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2012 Brass Monkey at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

by Keith Escritt 28 Dec 2012 05:49 GMT 27 December 2012

Great Ball of Fire!

Reigning Fireball World Champion Tom Gillard and Simon Potts blast to victory on windy Yorkshire Dales

With the 2012 Brass Monkey at Yorkshire Dales SC being part of the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series, a bumper entry was expected, and sure enough entries had to be closed as capacity was reached weeks before the event date.

The 121 pre-entries to the event had been watching the forecast over the Christmas period with interest and trepidation as it fluctuated from a Force 6 – 8 early in the week to a gentle Force 2 on the eve of the event. With over 15 current or ex-National / International Champions in the fleet it was going to be a tough one to win - no matter what the conditions.

Early arrivals were indeed welcomed by a gentle Force 2 as well as the aroma of bacon butties! At this stage it was looking like a light wind event, but there was a sting to come. The wind built minute by minute and was measured at a good F4. One of the first to launch was the foiling Moth, who proceeded to entertain the packed viewing gallery with some spectacular speed and massive crashes. As more boats took to the water and came to similar grief, it was very clear the cold wind had some real punch as the gusts were definitely near a F5 by now. As the wind continued to swing to the north-east and temperatures plummeted, the race officer tried to reset the line, but eventually decided to get the starts going before everyone froze. With three separate starts but combined results it was important to have minimal recalls, so the black flag was in operation from the beginning.

The starts were: A - predominantly fast / trapeze, B – predominantly doublehanders and juniors, and finally C - the singlehanders. With staggered starts and handicaps, it was of course hard to tell who was winning, but the speed and handling of the Fireballs and Contenders was clear while the leading Lasers were in front of the Phantoms and others, and the RS200s looked to have the doublehanders under control. The course had to be set across the lake, and with resulting short beats and reaches, the faster skiffs never really got going before they had to tack, gybe or drop the kite. With a good F4-5 blowing and some meaty gusts now touching F6 but lulls near the windward shore, good boat handling and reactions became key, as almost half the fleet went for an early lunch after numerous swims. After all this the clear winners of race one were Tom Gillard/Simon Potts (Fireball), from Jack Wetherell (Laser) and Tim Holden's Contender. So that went World Champ, National Champ, ex World Champ. No wonder the mere mortals were struggling to match their pace!

There were 12 different classes in the top 20 so the Great Lakes handicaps seemed to be working.

After a hearty lunch with over 250 meals served and hardly any delay, Race 2 started in a reduced breeze. It was still a F3-4, but the wind wasn't quite as cold and so a few more ventured out. Again the Gillard/Potts team looked good as did Mike Saul's RS800 until a windward capsize and lengthy swim. The Holden Contender was still in touch, and SailJuice series leader Peter Nelson (RS600) was also in contention just in front of the RS400 sailed by Martin Cooper / Nick Hunt. The Lasers were again dominating the singlehanders, but with the National Champion Jack Wetherell eventually pulling away from the pack. The leading 200s sailed by Matt Mee/Emma Norris, Johnny McGovern/Sarah Williams and Chris / Laura Pickles were again having a close race as were the Scorpions just behind them. Callum Escritt in the leading Topper had found some extra pace and eventually finished just in front of the RS200 bunch on corrected time. So Gillard/ Potts won a second race, with Tim Holden leap-frogging Jack Wetherell into 2nd. Nelson was 4th Cooper 5th and Callum Escritt 6th.

Overall, several boats had only completed one race but the worthy winner with two bullets was the Fireball of Tom Gillard and Simon Potts (Sheffield Viking). Second (for the second year running) was Tim Holden from Halifax in his Contender. In 3rd on the same points was Jack Wetherell (BeaverSC), and 4th were Martin Cooper / Nick Hunt in their RS400 from Scaling Dam making it a Yorkshire 1 – 2 – 3.

Just a point back in 5th was Jonny McGovern / Sarah Williams in the first of the RS200s from port Dinorwic. They were followed by the Lasers of Henry Wetherell (Beaver) and the first of the Yorkshire Dales sailors, Hector Simpson. 8th were the 29er team of Curtis Mearns / Jamie Catchpole (LLSC) and 9th were Chris / Laura Pickles from Yorkshire Dales. Andy Tunnicliffe / Chris Robinson in a Merlin from RWYC rounded out the top ten.

First Junior and Topper was Callum Escritt in 14th (Yorkshire Dales), first Scorpion in 15th were Steve Hall / Oliver Wells, (Northampton) The top Laser Radial was Keiran Hill in 17th and the first Phantom was Simon Hawkes (Wimbleball) in 29th. Leading Ladies / girls were Lucy Yeates / Ellie Deveraux in 28th in a 420 (LLSC).

A number of prizes had been generously donated by Gul and MSDS, and after the prizegiving winning helm Tom Gillard thanked the club, especially the hard working galley, race and rescue teams, series sponsors GJW Direct and his crew. This was a very well deserved win for the Fireball team, as once again Yorkshire Dales proved to be the place to come for guaranteed wind!

Photo Galleries:

Overall Results:

PosBoat TypeSail NoHelmCrewClubPYR1R2Pts
1stFireball15083Thomas GillardSimon PottsSheffield Viking SC970112
2ndContender2503Tim Holden Halifax SC968325
3rdLaser202146Jack Wetherell Beaver SC1118235
4thRS 4001135Martin CooperNick HuntScaling Dam SC9489514
5thRS 200658Jonny McgovernSarah WilliamsPort Dinorwic/Hollingworth Lake10577815
6thLaser200888Henry Wetherell Beaver SC111861723
7thLaser202315Hector Simpson Yorkshire Dales SC1118518.523.5
8th9ER2121Curtis MearnsJamie CatchpoleLeigh & Lowton SC9101310.523.5
9thRS 2001296Chris PicklesLaura PicklesYorkshire Dales SC105715924
10thMerlin Rocket3670Andy TunnicliffeChris RobinsonRwyc9801410.524.5
11thRS 2001311Matt MeeEmma NorrisRwbsc/Hollingworth Lake SC105719726
12thRS 600920Peter Nelson Northampton SC92024428
13thContender2422Neil Ferguson Yorkshire Dales SC968181331
14thTopper46888Callum Escritt Yorkshire Dales SC134126632
15thScorpion2026Steve HallOliver WellsNorthampton SC1042112132
16thScorpion1947Dave WoodheadJerry HannabussElton SC1042231235
17thLaser Radial196912Kieran Hill Scaling Dam SC114082937
18thLaser200906Craig Williamson Staunton Harold1118251540
19thScorpion2025Tom JeffcotePenny JeffcoteNotts County SC1042202343
20thSupernova1062Mark Hartley Staunton Harold1068123547
21stSolo5302Michael Sims Carsington1150173148
22ndScorpion1937Steve WalkerAndy ServicePennine SC1042222648
23rdTopper46654Daniel Budden Leigh & Lowton SC1341351449
24thFireball14955Peter ClaytonRichard ClaytonScaling Dam SC970163450
25thBlaze789Jonathan Saunders Felpham SC1031104353
26thEnterprise19876Alan JohnsonPaula FisherSouthport/Scyc1130302757
27thContender627Michael Pullin Halifax SC968382058
28th42054058Lucy YeatesEllie DevereuxLeigh & Lowton SC1075293059
29thPhantom1378Simon Hawkes Wimbleball1010214263
30thLaser 4.7186128Isaac Marsh Scammonden SC1205283866
31stLaser Vago (All configs)358Dave Baxter Yorkshire Dales SC106453.51669.5
32ndEnterprise22629Matt VelamailTim BrownellUlley SC1130314172
33rdLaser164818Simon Cook Scaling Dam SC1118344074
34thFinn6Dave Walker Yorkshire Dales SC1060324577
35thTopper47076Oliver Blackburn Leigh And Lowton SC1341572582
36thScorpion1990Peter CrowtherDave ThompsonPennine SC1042463783
37thLaser Radial202467Meg Backhouse Yorkshire Dales SC11403648.584.5
38thPhantom1390Richard Sims Carsington1010375289
39thLaser Radial203001Geogia Booth Scaling Dam SC1140444690
40thLaser143929Neil Ashurst Yorkshire Dales SC1118415192
41stGP1414030Colin MidgleySallyDerwent Reservoir SC1130425395
42ndLaser117483Graham Mcwhirter Leigh & Lowton SC1118405696
43rdLaser179551Tim Simpson Yorkshire Dales SC1118455499
44thLaser133336Malcolm Marsden Blackpool And Fleetwood YC11185248.5100.5
45thLaser176814Jim Backhouse Yorkshire Dales SC11186239101
46thStreaker1809Dan Phillips Ripon SC11625844102
47thSolo5098Phil Kilburn Notts County S C / Rutland S C11504858106
48thEurope112John Turley Yorkshire Dales S C11434959108
49thRS 2001135Ben MurrellJulia AllanYorkshire Dales SC10575063113
50thMirror70567Emma ClaytonFaye CaswellYorkshire Dales SC13726057117
51stLaser Vortex1117Mike Collins Yorkshire Dales S C9006455119
52ndEnterprise22901Paul YoungMegan WardMidland SC11305960119
53rdPhantom1111Ollie Shaw Leigh & Lowton SC10105567122
54thLaser Vago (All configs)756Lee CarterDan TrowsdaleYorkshire Dales SC106453.570123.5
55thContender2315Ben Holden Halifax SC9684DNF127
56th9ER1323Lawrence LoganThomas ClaytonNotts County SC9106365128
57thMusto Skiff253Graham Priestley Ullswater YC855DNF18.5141.5
58thEnterprise55Mark LunnSteve BlackburnWest Lancs YC1130DNF22145
59thTopper45326Georgie Mckenzie Yorkshire Dales SC1341DNF24147
60thLaser198541Andrew Stott Leigh & Lowton SC111827DNF150
61stRS 2001218Joe HenryAlex PicklesRnsa1057OCS28151
62ndRS 200890Crispin BeaumontEd Bartley SC1057DNF32.5155.5
62ndRS 8001088Mike SaulJosh MoranYorkshire Dales SC807DNF32.5155.5
64thLaser Vortex1045Phil Whitehead Yorkshire Dales SC90033DNC156
65thLaser Radial203966Simon Weatherspoon Leigh And Lowton SC1140DNF36159
66th9ER1197Keith EscrittMatthew EscrittYorkshire Dales SC91039DNC162
67thLaser197932John Simms Yorkshire Dales SC111843DNF166
68thRS 200824Michelle TickleKaye TickleWest Lancs YC1057DNF47170
69th9ER1784James GrummettDaniel BuddenBurwain S.C91047DNC170
70thLaser Radial190698Laura Carveth‑Marshall Yorkshire Dales SC1140DNF50173
71stLaser201875Tim Luke Killington111851DNF174
72ndLaser185701Pete Slingsby Yorkshire Dales SC111856DNC179
73rdPhantom1347Chris Biglin Shustoke SC1010DNF61184
74thLaser Radial166376Matthew Chambers Rotherham SC114061DNC184
75thTopper46875Harriet Lee Yeadon1341DNF62185
76thSolo4888Colin Mather Ripon SC1150DNF64187
77thMusto Skiff216Jonathan Modral‑Gibbons Ullswater YC85565DNC188
78thSupernova541Gary Chambers Rotherham SC1068DNF66189
79thRS 200857Jamie RogersAlan RogersYorkshire Dales SC1057DNF68191
80thPhantom1173Chris Cooper Rotherham SC1010DNF69192
81stMegabyte104Vanessa Weedon‑Jones Grafham Water SC1074DNF71194
82ndTopper36153Josh Haynes Trent Valley SC & Pwllheli SC1341DNC72195
83rdMusto Skiff31Stewart Walker Yorkshire Dales SC855DNF73196
84thMusto Skiff351Ian Martin Datchet Water SC855DNFDNC246
84thMusto Skiff393Jonathan Olin Rutland SC855DNFDNC246
84thLaser Vago (All configs)1067George DaviesPeter DaviesWest Kirby SC1064DNFDNC246
84thMerlin Rocket3656Olly TurnerSuper CrewStarcross YC980DNFDNC246
84thLaser Radial184333Mike Rayner Yorkshire Dales SC1140DNFDNC246
84thLaser Radial151287Helen Phillips Yorkshire Dales SC1140DNCDNC246
84thLaser173168Adrian Thear West Riding SC1118DNCDNC246
84thRS FEVA XL?Will PriestleyMatt FosterYeadon1200DNFDNC246
84th9ER156William HideDominic DanielYorkshire Dales SC910DNFDNC246
84th9ER1285Catherine HideEllie HideYorkshire Dales SC910DNFDNC246
84th42054583Matthew Lulham‑RobinsonBenjamin Lulham‑RobinsonYorkshire Dales SC1075DNFDNC246
84th9ER98Steve DickensonAndrea CloughYorkshire Dales SC905DNFDNC246
84thAlbacore8158Matthew Metcalfe‑SmothPaul Metcalfe‑SmithOgston1062DNFDNC246
84thEnterprise22132Richard PrykeMillie PrykeRipon SC1130DNFDNC246
84thInternational Moth0Paul Brotherton Etherow555DNFDNC246
84thLaser Radial192560Ian Escritt Yorkshire Dales SC1140DNFDNC246
84thGP1413654Neil MarsdenHannah MarsdenBlackpool /Fleetwood YC1130DNFDNC246
84thGP1413732Hugh DevereuxMalcolm BirdBudworth SC1130DNFDNC246
84thPhantom1405Mark Weston Filey SC1010DNFDNC246
84thPhantom1345Andy Couch Rudyard Lake Sailing Club1010DNFDNC246
84thRS 200760Luke CowlingAndrew CowlingYorkshire Dales SC1057DNFDNC246
84thRS 200723Ruth Cannell‑WhiteleySarah ClaytonYorkshire Dales SC1057DNFDNC246
84thRS 300457Alistair Norris Red Wharf Bay SC1000DNFDNC246
84thSolo5298Gavin Vaughan Carsington1150DNCDNC246
84thSolo5067Bernard Clark Ripon SC1150DNFDNC246
84thRS 4001289Stuart HalmanGill GreenacreLeigh And Lowton SC948DNFDNC246
84thRS 400519Phil PriestleyAlastair ColeYorkshire Dales SC948DNFDNC246
84thRS 300434Ben Murrell Yorkshire Dales SC1000DNFDNC246
84thEnterprise21001Simon RickettsAndrew PartingtonWssc1130DNCDNC246
84thSplash2243Ben Haynes Trent Valley SC & Pwllheli SC1184DNSDNS246
84thStreaker1665Paul Thomas‑Peter Ripon SC1162DNFDNC246
84thStreaker1754Chris Wright Ripon SC1162DNFDNC246
84thTopper47312James Tulley Yorkshire Dales SC1341DNCDNC246
84thTopper46853Nick Devereux Budworth SC1341DNFDNC246
84thLaser98541Chris Stott Leigh & Lowton SC1118DNFDNC246
84thLaser Radial198434Jack Hasslope Beaver SC1140DNFDNC246
84thRS 8001059Jonathan ListerNatasha ListerYorkshire Dales SC807DNFDNC246
84thLaser8570Adam Simms Yorkshire Dales SC1118DNFDNC246
84thTopper1James Mckenzie Yorkshire Dales S C1341DNFDNC246

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