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Hurricane 5.9 Nationals at the Weymouth Portland Sailing Academy

by John Ready 25 Sep 2013 19:18 BST 14-15 September 2013

'The Hurricane way of life'

What better season finale for the Hurricane59 fleet, than GBR's pinnacle location, Weymouth and the 2012 Olympic course...

Class secretary Maxine Oliver, organised a blinding combo of international quality racing facilities with social events to match. World class race officers, Olympic facilities, the band Super Massive, an RNLI benefit race night, Hog roast and more... Did you see the prizes waiting for every competitor? Thanks to Typhoon, Hyde Sails and AWSailboats.

The fleet however out shone all of this with a huge show of camaraderie and mutual support on 'big Sunday'..... This is really what Hurricane sailing and its sailors are all about, sail with us and you become part of the family.... It's the Hurricane way of life baby!! (By the way there are no secrets either, have you seen the tuning guide link below?)

Day 1 Races 1-3: Beautiful Weymouth bay, glorious sunny conditions and a 10knt offshore breeze greeted our contenders, in what turned out to be ''do or die" day for nationals 2013.

There was no chance for slow starters as competitors fought to make their mark on the score board in this soon to be truncated 4 race series, but no one knew that yet....

Greg Reed has form where leading races at nationals is concerned and got off to a cracking start comfortably leading race one. Defending champion John Ready was joined by 'super crew' Nahid Gaebler (Tornado European & World Champion) but started badly at the committee boat, failing to avoid a barging Mawdit/Lowther and got buried...

Reed/Loosemore struggled with the shifts and pressure changes around the course as they dropped down the order, you have to cover the fast boats or they do a runner!

Tindale/Bull also buried at the start worked the pressure and shifts well as they fought back to win race 1. Ready/Gaebler lit the after burners downwind to finish 2nd with Tindale/Wood in 3rd.

In races 2 and 3 it was more of the same with the wind continuing to the right and a real need to join the pressure dots to keep that hull flying. In Race2 Ready/Gaebler started much faster and showed real pace up and downwind until gear failure saw them passed by Wood/Hay & Tindale/Bull at the top of the final upwind. Downwind the leaders split with Ready/Gaebler pulling thru and Tindale/Bull beating Wood/Hay to 2nd. Honourable mention goes to the Charlesworth brothers who picked the right corners to hit upwind achieving their best result of the regatta in 4th.

The final race of the day saw Ready/Gaebler sail much better for what turned out to be an important 2nd win of the day, on the way to championship no4. Class stalwart Geoff Tindale continued to prove his great eye for pressure with an assured performance in 2nd. However the honourable mention on this one went to the Starcross sailors Buxton-Smith crewed by Max Hodges with a fantastic 3rd place, their best placing of the event.

At the end of the days racing Nahid described sailing the Hurricane 'like coming home' a high complement indeed for our 3 sail thrill machine, which still offers incredible value and longevity. You can still sell these boats for what you buy them for, no depreciation!! (Which may have something to do with a certain Andy Webb and his meticulous refurbs!)

Day 2 Race 4: Big Sunday

Day 2 arrived with a bang as the fleet sailed into a force 5 on the harbour course with more to come... Race4 was sailable, but not for long, the course was shortened at the end of the 2nd lap with multiple capsizes and 33knot gusts as the fleet went into rescue mode to get home. 1st Wood/Hays 2nd Mawdit/Lowther 3rd Powell/Cummins.

The F18's were sharing the event as their Nationals on the harbour course as Big Sunday blew in. It was during the following few hours were every Hurricane sailor distinguished themselves by getting stuck in and ensuring every boat came home safely. This strong sense of community brought letters of thanks from battered F18 sailors and impressed the WPNSA staff who were grateful for the support.

Unfortunately, despite the race officer's best efforts, there were no more races on days 3 & 4 with big wind sweeping the bay.

The class Agm was held on Saturday electing new members, Paul McKay & Nathan Jones to our strong and enthusiastic team, with Andy Bedford moving to the top job and past Chairman, newly elected Commodore of Honour Nick Moore, to events.

The meeting closed confirming Harwich Town sailing club and Weymouth & Portland National sailing Academy as our National championship venues for 2014 & 2015. (2014 nationals will be subject to a confirmation vote on the forum).

Roll on 2014. Its all about 'the Hurricane way of life' baby, come and join us... I hear there might be an updated tuning guide on the way too!

Trophy winners:

1st / National Champions 2013: John Ready & Nahid Gaebler (Kieler Yacht Club, GER)
2nd overall: Jack Tindale & Hugo Bull (Stone SC)
3rd overall: Geoff Tindale & David Wood (Stone SC)

Top Mixed Crew: John Ready & Nahid Gaebler (Kieler Yacht Club, GER)
Best young team Jack Tindale & Hugo Bull (Stone SC)
Best newcomer: Graeme Hughes & Mark Smith (Datchet Water SC)
Top Club: Island YC
Anniversary Trophy 8th Greg Reed & Tom Loosemore (Datchet Water SC)
Furthest travelled: Nahid Gaebler (Kieler YC, GER)


Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4Pts
1GBR11John ReadyNahid Gaebler211(DNC)4
2GBR456Jack TindaleHugo Bull125(DNC)8
3GBR500Geoff TindaleDavid Wood3(OCS)249
4GBR374Mark WoodJames Hays5.53‑6110
7GBR229Tim POWELLMike CUMMINS‑1097319
9GBR436Mark MawdittAaron Lowther‑13713222
10GBR346Robin PONTINGSabrina SOKOLOWSKI111212(DNC)35
11GBR407Nick MOOREMark Bowyer88(DNF)DNC36
12GBR315Graeme HUGHESMark SMITH121014(DNC)36
13GBR118Paul MCKAYAndrew BEDFORD151315(DNC)43
15GBR155Malcolm HOLMESJohn MOORE1411(OCS)DNC45
18GBR421Alex BurlingMark Gower(OCS)OCS11DNC51
19GBR102Nathan JonesBen Smith(DNC)RAFDNCDNC60

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