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Tideway Championship at Marconi Sailing Club

by Nick Hillman 3 Jun 2012 13:09 BST 26 May 2012
Tideway Championships 2012 © Stephen Beresford

The annual Tideway Championship took place at the Marconi Sailing Club on the River Blackwater in Essex on 26th May 2012. It was organised by Nick Hillman, who is an ex Chairman of the association. The race officer was Derek Kirby, and the course was set by Dave Hull and his team; a full complement of safety boats was available.

The Tideway Owners Association has one race meeting a year, and they race for two trophies: the Tideway Challenge Trophy, and the Rose Bowl for single handed boats. This year there were 15 participants who faced strong Easterly winds and an equally strong flood tide. There were three races, with one discard.

The first race was a little hesitant with boats hanging back from the line and spread out all along it. Andante (TW1) expertly sailed by Richard and Debbie Phillips won all three races, but the rest of the fllet were closer each time. By the third race it was getting very close, everyone was aiming to be at the shore end of the start line out of the tide and to be first over the line. All were taking short tacking against the strong flood. This caused more than a few collisions, but the Tideway fleet is far too Corinthian to let rules spoil a good days sailing.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelm and CrewR1R2R3Pts
1TW1AndanteDavid and Debbie Phillips1112
2TW41SquidPeter and Linda Watkins3224
3TW520DunlinRichard and Sylvia Colley2335
4TW529SunshineSam Riva and Lily Phillips6549
5TW15SkunaRichard Courts and Angela Allen57510
6TW 466SerenityBob and Hugh Neill46710
7TW461PeewitDavid Coldwell and Tim Manning84610
8TW519DaisyDavid Schwartz and Howard98917
9TW464Wild GooseArthur Davey and Sue Cornish7101017
10TW206CelloMuriel Widnall and Pat Thomson109817
11TW414ChiStewart and Prim Austerfield11dnsdns 
Rose Bowl
1TW300St.BrendanMichael Palmer1112
2TW459Kittywake 2George Helyer2224
3TW383Sandy BPeter Barnett3336
4TW 375JennyRichard Taylr4448

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