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Hurricane 5.9 SX Inland Championships at Rutland Sailing Club

by John Tuckwell 21 May 2014 07:40 BST 17-18 May 2014

What an event! The first Hurricane Inland Championships was sailed in fantastic weather, great company and the closest sailing seen this year. It was clear from the off that the competition was wide open.

The racing was always going to be a war of attrition with the phrase " keep your head out of the boat" more applicable than possibility at any other venue........ and Rutland was true to its word with massive wind shifts and wind shears testing the most experienced of crews.

By the end of Saturday's racing the lead team was John Ready and Angus Roberts (Mersea) posting two 1st's and a 7th. Pushing them was John Tuckwell and Chelsea Furber (Bala) with two 4th's and a 1st, Geoff and Jack Tindale (Stone) with a 2nd, 3rd 5th and the two dark horses from Starcross of Doug Smith / Jamie King and John Donovan / Eamon Tyrell making up the chasing pack. By the end of racing on the Saturday there was 1 point separating the top 5 places! It was great to see Adam and Paul Charlesworth back on the scene, having last sailed at the Nationals at Weymouth last year and some great upwind and downwind sailing by Alex Burling and Colin Ebdon.

Sunday dawned and it was Tuckwell/Furber straight out of the blocks posting a 1st with Nick Moore and Max Oliver in third having really found their groove. Race five was taken by Ready/Roberts with Moore/Oliver 2nd and Tuckwell/Furber 3rd. The home boat of James Martin and Bridget Vergette (Rutland) had a brilliant start with good upwind pace showing they too could do battle with the best on the front row, racing in their first Nationals.

The last race and it was still anyone's event. Tuckwell/Furber blew a mainsheet just after the start which they repaired and clawed their way back from last to 6th. The Tindale's went on to win the race followed by Doug Smith / Jamie King 2nd and John Donovan / Eamon Tyrell 3rd.

Special mention to Nico Sarolli who had previously only ever sailed as crew on a Dart 18, taking his first outing, competition and Nationals in a Hurricane under the watchful eye of Andy Bedford. It was great to welcome him to the class and see his steady improvement throughout the event.

With the final results calculated it was John Ready and Angus Roberts who won the event with 9 points with John Tuckwell and Chelsea Furber second on 13 points and Geoff and Jack Tindale taking 3rd only on count back from Doug Smith and Jamie King as both had finished on 15 points.

All agreed that this had been some of the closest racing for some time and big smiles were had on the faces of all competitors due to the quality of the racing and the stunning weather. The event has set a good indication of what can be expected at the Nationals in August in Harwich, the home of the Hurricane where it is expected hotshots from other catamaran classes are expected to attend.

As always thanks goes to Rutland sailing Club for a fantastic and well organised event and the class sponsors of Typhoon who supplied the prizes, Andark and Insurance4dinghies by Towergate.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st11John ReadyAngus Roberts 1‑712149
2nd483John TuckwellChelsea FurberBala Cat Club41413‑613
3rd456Geoff TindaleJack TindaleStone SC2354(DNF)115
4th416Doug SmithJamie KingStarcross342‑54215
5th454John DonovanEamon TyrellStarcross523‑75318
6th407Nick MooreMax OliverDatchett‑75732522
7th428Adam CharlesworthPaul CharlesworthStokes Bay8666(DNF)733
8th386James MartinBridget VergetteRutland SC69887(DNC)38
9th421Alex BurlingColin EbdonIYC98(DNF)96941
10th165Andy BedfordNico SorelliDatchett1010(DNF)108846

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