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SLAM Flying Fifteen Northerns at Royal Windermere Yacht Club

by John Atkinson 7 May 2012 19:27 BST 5-6 May 2012

Twenty-three boats from fifteen clubs as far afield as Bewl Valley and Loch Lomond came together at Royal Windermere YC for the SLAM Northern Championships over the weekend of 5 – 6 May, making a total of thirty boats competing.

On Saturday the fleet sailed in the north basin in what was forecast to be north east 6 – 10mph of wind. The first race was won by Steve Goacher and Phil Evans after a good start in very difficult conditions. The wind came and went from a variety of directions, and every leg of the course turned in to a beat at some stage during the race. Second was Phil Snewin and Ros Coleman, also from the home club, and Simon Longstaff and Jon Denwood from Bassenthwaite managed third, their best result of the series. The second race followed a similar pattern, Goacher and Evans winning again. Graham Campbell and Graeme Galbraith from Cardwell Bay SC came through to take second place, George Purves and Ian Shearer from East Lothian YC third.

After a change of wind to southerly, followed by a rapid course change, it finally settled easterly. Following another rapid course change, the third race started after a general recall. This time Goacher and Evans made a bad start, and managed to pull back to fourth place. The race was won by Snewin and Coleman, with Justin and Thomas Waples third.

Sunday dawned sunny with a gentle southerly breeze. The fleet were sent into the south basin, where the Race Officer set a windward-leeward course while the wind remained reasonably true. Peter and Sue Bannister from Hayling Island pulled up the fleet to win the first race, followed by team Waples with their best result of the series. Nigel and Gavin Tullett from Windermere were third, also their best result.

The lunchtime calm fortunately coincided with a lunch break on the water. The wind finally settled back into the south west, and after a minor course change the fleet got off to a second start following a general recall. Simon Robinson and Dave Vasey from Derwent Reservoir SC built up a large lead which was eventually eroded by Snewin and Coleman, who managed their second win. Robinson and Vasey came second and Goacher and Evans pulled up in to third place. The wind by this time was patchy, coming and going in places, making the racing something of a lottery.

The event was won by Steve Goacher and Phil Evans with two firsts, a third and fourth to count. Second was Phil Snewin and Ros Coleman, also with two firsts. Nigel and Gavin Tullett were third with a second and three fifth places to count, making the result a clean sweep for the home club. Justin and Thomas Waples came fourth, and Graham Campbell and Graeme Galbraith fifth.

There were five silver and classic boats competing, the winner being Jordan Aspin and Jason Benn from Sir John Fisher Sailing Centre in Barrow-in-Furness.

All credit is due to Race Officer Steve Bewsher and his team who managed the scheduled five races in very difficult conditions. The event was generously sponsored by local clothing business SLAM. Everyone enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and excellent meal at the club on the Saturday evening, and after the racing on Sunday the event finished in glorious sunshine.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
13821 Steve GoacherPhil EvansRWYC11-4439
23820DragonflyPhilip SnewinRos ColemanRWYC261-7110
33816KiffsNigel TullettGavin TullettRWYC5-1753518
43954Bright SparksJustin WaplesThomas WaplesRCYC4-15321221
53641Ffunky ChickenGraham CampbellGraeme GalbraithCardwell Bay SC728-9421
63736WavebreakerPeter BannisterSue BannisterHayling Island SC6-991824
73737EleniSimon RobinsonDave VaseyDerwent Res. SC10-16105227
83973Longstaff's BoatSimon LongstaffJon DenwoodBassenthwaite SC310116(DNC)30
93953 Robert HogbenGlyn MorganBewl Valley SC947-191030
103899Spirit of HallinMike ThompsonSimon MillingtonChew Valley SC1272-161334
113573Funny EnuffJohn AtkinsonElizabeth MoretonRWYC1114-1981144
123914Defying GravityAdrian TattersallTim SmartParkstone YC8-191515745
133974CarbonffootprintGeoff BaylissIan PrestonHayling Island SC135-18101846
143347PandaGeorge PurvesIan ShearerEast Lothian YC183-21141651
153996HighwaymanMike MooreMichaela SheardBassenthwaite SC-19186121551
163678FfreeAlistair LoganHugh JenkinsLoch Lomond SC17111218(DNC)58
173965FforgetmenotAnthony OsmanAndrew MurphyParkstone YC14-2320111459
183624Flying FerretClare HoulihanAmanda WilsonRWYC151214-212162
193956PowderhoundJohn PollardJean ThomsonRWYC16-251623964
203829InnominateTim DouglassSteve TurleyDerwent Res. SC2013-25171767
213721SquiggleKeith JamiesonPeter BrownRWYC-222213201974
223787FiveDavid BrockbankCatherine MillingtonKey West YC26(DNF)DNC13676
233130AnemoneJordan AspinJason BennSir John Fisher SC23822-292477
243463InnominateJohn ThornleyMegan ThornleySouth Windermere SC242117-262082
25630Not SureGavin ShawStewart KinganSunderland YC21202425(DNC)90
263939 Athol KingTrevor BellisDerwent Res. SC25272322(DNC)97
272979FfracasStephen CrosbieHelen CrosbieRoyal Motor YC-292627242299
283685Millenium MaidSteve LeeMatt LeeLoch Lomond SC-2824262823101
292930FFSRay CookJon MillerR Northumberland YC2728(DNF)27DNC113
301569Queen Anne's RevengeRob GoodisonJonathan MalloryScarborough YC(DNF)29DNFDNF25116

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