Please select your home edition
Edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club LEADERBOARD

Streaker Southern Paddle Open at Emberton Park Sailing Club

by Veronica Falat 16 Apr 2014 07:58 BST 12 April 2014
Streakers at Emberton Park © Karen Langston

Thirteen Streakers competed in the Emberton Park open meeting on Saturday 12th April, part of the 2014 Southern Paddle series sponsored by Pinnell & Bax, and enjoyed some incredibly close racing. The breeze was shifty and variable in strength and the course configuration gave plenty of mark roundings and so there was plenty of place changing and you could never relax – there was always someone poised to overtake you!

Each race started with a short beat to a starboard-hand mark which brought immediate excitement, especially as the mark was close to the bank! In the first race Mike Hobin, Debbie Degge and Barney Proud led the way down the first reach. Ian Bradley was soon in amongst them and eventually Veronica Falat caught up and this group of five pulled away from the rest. By the finish Debbie was in the lead with Ian second, while Veronica just managed to pip Mike and Barney to the line in the final few yards.

To make life even more interesting, the course for the next race involved sailing to marks the other side of an island. Debbie and Mike were again in the lead early on and led most of the fleet in a clockwise direction round the island, while Barney cleverly realised that anti-clockwise was better and he was soon close on their heels, while several others were struggling in lighter wind and shallow water! No-one could get a secure lead in this race. Veronica led for quite a while but Debbie claimed water at the final mark and in the beat to the finish both Debbie and Ian played the shifts well to beat Veronica into third place.

After lunch the final race saw Debbie capsizing on the run but she had already won the event and so could retire happy, leaving the rest of the fleet to scrap for a result and it was Ian who eventually established a good lead to the finish, with Mike gaining a valuable 2nd place ahead of Veronica.

Ian and Mike were respectively second and third overall with Veronica winning the 'lucky loser' prize of a Streaker burgee.

Many thanks to all at Emberton Park SC for providing such entertaining racing - and the food was excellent too!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
11870Debbie DeggeBartley SC11‑142
21817Ian BradleyOuse Amateur SC‑2213
31814Mike HobinWest Oxfordshire‑4426
41654Veronica FalatWaveney & Oulton Broad‑3336
51750Barney ProudSouth Windermere‑5549
61789Mark LangstonBeccles Amateur SC6‑7511
71664Rowan CurtisBeccles Amateur SC7‑10613
81446Matthew WhitfieldTamworth SC‑86814
91548Ian WhitfieldTamworth SC10‑11717
101700Alan SimmonsLancing SC9‑12918
111757Gary HoganEmberton Park SC‑1191019
121875Peter WithringtonBurghfield SC‑1281119
131828Nick CarterBurghfield SC1313‑1426

Related Articles

Streaker Virtual Open at Banbury
A full complement of 20 helms take part Having been forced to cancel their first Streaker Open Meeting, Banbury Sailing Club decided to hold a Virtual Open Meeting in its place. The event was fully subscribed, with 20 Streaker sailors meeting up on 19 April for a programme of five races. Posted on 20 Apr
Streaker Northern Paddle Series presentation
New sail given at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 The Streaker Stand at the RYA Dinghy Show was the venue for the presentation of the North Sails Streaker sail to the winner Andrew Hague. Posted on 8 Mar
Streakers at Elton
The smell of bacon sandwiches filled the car park on arrival The forecast of rain and no wind was not that good for the Streaker End of Season Event at Elton SC on the 19th October. This was also the final round of the North Sails sponsored Northern Paddle Series with overall positions still to be decided. Posted on 25 Oct 2019
Streaker Northern Paddle Series concludes
74 sailors competed across the north of England and part of Scotland The final event of the North Sails sponsored Streaker Northern Paddle series took place on Saturday 19th October at Elton Sailing Club. The series ran across much of the north of England and part of Scotland. Posted on 25 Oct 2019
Streakers at Yeadon
A brief respite from the miserable wet autumn weather In a brief respite from the miserable wet autumn weather, the Streaker fleet assembled at Yeadon Sailing Club on a warm sunny October Saturday with a steady breeze. Posted on 15 Oct 2019
Streaker Class Developments
Carbon Boom approved Streakers for many years have been a progressive one design class, the Streaker Class members happy to adopt small changes to class rules to improve the Streaker design and members enjoyment of an exciting dinghy. Posted on 12 Oct 2019
2019 P&B Streaker Southern Paddle Series
A very close finish this year The Streaker Southern Paddle series, sponsored by Pinnell & Bax, had a very close finish this year. It kicked off with the open meeting at Tamworth SC in late March and 6 months later concluded at Island Barn Reservoir SC. Posted on 11 Oct 2019
Streakers at Island Barn Reservoir
Pinnell & Bax Southern Paddle series finale The final event in the Streaker class's Pinnell & Bax Southern Paddle series took place at Island Barn Reservoir S.C. in south west London on 28th September. Posted on 3 Oct 2019
Streakers at Ouse Amateur
It started gently enough The open meeting at Ouse Amateur S.C. on Sunday 22nd September was the second Streaker event of the weekend, coming a day after the Haversham open. Veronica Falat and Mark Langston sailed in both and joined four local sailors at OASC for three races. Posted on 1 Oct 2019
Streakers at Haversham
P&B Southern Paddle Series and Midland Series event The Streaker open meeting at Haversham SC was sailed under cloudless blue skies. 13 boats took part, 4 of them from the home club, and the racing was closely fought, especially as the breeze provided plenty of shifts and gusts to complicate matters. Posted on 24 Sep 2019