Please select your home edition
Edition
YY.com app (top)

Gul National 12 Series at Shoreham Sailing Club

by The Stewart Family 27 Jun 2014 07:49 BST 21-22 June 2014

Probably the best sea sailing in the UK over the midsummer weekend was enjoyed by a strong fleet of National 12s at Shoreham Sailing Club competing in the fourth event of the 2014 Gul series. Wall to wall sunshine and a stunning coloured sea was an added, very welcome, bonus.

On Saturday, the experienced race team set a full sized Championship course to the West of the harbour entrance. It looked like the right hand side of the beat would pay due to the tide but with occasional left hand shifts, nothing could be guaranteed. Tom Stewart and Andrea Ralph slipped round the Windward Mark first pursued by the family team of John and Oliver Meadowcroft who had the lightweight Camm team hot on their transom. Stewart and Ralph held off the challengers to take the gun but the Meadowcrofts were overhauled.

The Camms led the early part of race two and as the recognised light airs stars of the fleet, they looked like they would do their usual horizon job, however this time it was not to be as, on the second lap, Stewart and Ralph found good pressure on the right and took the lead. The wind faltered and it looked like the race team would shorten but Alan Chaplin knows his stretch of water and the breeze came back and a full length race was enjoyed.

I usually wouldn't comment on the evening activities but the scale and quality of the Shoreham Barbecue needs a mention, the food was superb and the portions big enough for the Fireball Crews (with whom we were sharing the event)....and then followed pudding and beer.

Sunday morning looked lighter than Saturday but as the start gun went, the wind shifted right and picked up 5 knots so crews were flat hiking up the first beat. Christian Day and Sophie Richards nailed the start but were overhauled on the left by Team Meadowcroft who led around the top mark with the new pairing of Kevin Iles and Pip Jefferis just behind them. On the next lap,Tom and Andrea went through the gears as the breeze freshened and pulled through to first place and to an early victory.

In Race four, Shoreham showed its very best, another 5 knots of breeze and waves to surf on! Local stars William Warren and Sophie Mackley won the pin end and were looking good to lead at the top mark but with the wind swinging right they were caught by the pack. Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart emerged from the melee and shot off down the first reach like a startled hare. Enjoying the conditions on the second downwind leg and stretching their lead was too much for Jonno and he went back too far and with a back flip, leapt into the drink. Much to their surprise, Tom and Andrea picked up a wave after the gybe and gratefully were gifted the lead which they held to the finish. The Camms recovered well from their worst start of the weekend and worked their way through to record a fourth second place.

Overall Results: (top three)

1st Tom Stewart and Andrea Ralph
2nd Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne
3rd John and Oliver Meadowcroft

Related Articles

Do you want to compete at National 12 Burton Week?
There are helms looking for crews or you can borrow a boat There are helms looking for crews or you can borrow a National 12 for Burton Week (and the reduced Entry Fee is available until 25th July). Posted on 19 Jul
National 12 Dinghy Shack Series at Royal Harwich
Smugglers' Trophy weekend racing on the River Orwell The National 12 fleet were once again welcomed back to the Smugglers' Trophy weekend at Royal Harwich Yacht Club. The Smugglers' Trophy weekend consists of four or five different fleets enjoying racing on the River Orwell. Posted on 14 Jul
National 12s at Plymouth
Dinghy Shack Series at the Port of Plymouth Sailing Association Dinghy Regatta A small but perfectly formed - and tightly competitive - fleet of National 12s battled with the M4 & M5 traffic to be blessed with a weekend of glorious sailing in Plymouth Sound as part of Port of Plymouth Sailing Association's Dinghy Regatta 2021. Posted on 16 Jun
Solway Yacht Club June Open
From International Moths to the Laser Grand Prix and much more! Lakeland Laser Grand Prix result: 1st Richard Benson (Tynemouth SC) 2nd Jonathan Nicol 3rd Myles Ripley (Sedburgh School) 4th Dewi Williams (Solway YC) 5th Guy Liggins (Derwent SC) Posted on 15 Jun
Entry now open for National 12 Burton Week
To be held at Shoreham Sailing Club sponsored by Allen Entries are now open for Burton Week 2021, the National 12 Class Championships which includes the prestigious Burton Cup race. This race has been run since 1936. Posted on 10 Jun
National 12s at Salcombe
Dinghy Shack Series held over the early May Bank Holiday weekend In usual fashion for the first May Bank Holiday Weekend, the National 12 fleet descended on Salcombe for 3 days of sunshine, ice cream and sailing. A few regulars from the fleet were absent so 10 N12s, and 20 sailors, took to the water. Posted on 5 May
Uffa Fox 2022 Regatta announced
A series of events in Cowes to mark the highly regarded naval architect To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Uffa Fox, one of the most highly regarded naval architects and enthusiast of all aspects of sailing, the Royal London Yacht Club are holding a series of exciting events in Cowes from 18th-21st August 2022. Posted on 27 Apr
National 12 website going analogue
NTOA rules forbid the class from using the internet After a thorough review of the National Twelve Owners Association rules, it has come to light that the class is not permitted to use the internet for promoting the class. Therefore, in the next 12 days, www.national12.org will be taken offline. Posted on 1 Apr
National 12 85th Anniversary Regatta preview
To be held in September at Northampton SC The National 12 class are holding a celebration weekend event for our 85th birthday on the 11th and 12th September 2021 at Northampton Sailing Club. All current, past and future N12 sailors, enthusiasts and supporters are invited. Posted on 31 Mar
Did You Miss It? National 12 Virtual Talk
How to get the best out of your N12 available to watch With fully adjustable rigs, personalisation, and unique setups, the National 12 can often appear daunting for first time helm and crews. In this online session, some of our class experts discussed 7 main areas to focus on to improve your sailing. Posted on 17 Mar