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Cherub National Championships at Weston Sailing Club

by Phil Kirk 31 Aug 2014 09:16 BST 23-26 August 2014
Cherub Nationals at Weston © Weston SC

Eighteen Cherubs lined up over the bank holiday weekend for some close tactical racing and off the water fun.

Day 1 proved to be a game of snakes and ladders with some distinct holes in the wind creating some place changes. Race 1 started with last year's champions Jill and Andy Peters in Usagi leading but father son team of Clive and Alex Everest in A&E were soon up to speed and took the lead and the race win. Race two started with a pin end tangle slowing three boats. A&E capitalised to lead Paul and Peter Jenkins in Cool Beans at the first mark. After recovering from the tangle Paul Croote and Ed Higham in Marmite engaged warp drive and recovered to second place at the finish. In race three the fleet got away with a cleaner start but Clive dropped the main and capsized allowing Usagi to take the win from Marmite. Further down the fleet the wind shifts and holes were causing some place changes allowing e places to be lost or gained on the beats however the day was remembered for bright sunshine and otherwise champagne sailing conditions.

Day 2 started with light winds and a shore postponement. Once on the water Marmite made a good start in race 4 and led at the windward mark. A&E regained the lead on the downwind leg and built a lead to finish ahead of Usagi. Race 5 saw Marmite and Cool Beans bang the left hand side and get away from the fleet only to get stuck in a hole on the downwind and watch A&E and Usagi storm past them. These 2 went on to take 1st and second ahead of Cool Beans in 3rd.

Day 3 was expected to be remembered as windy Monday but by race time the wind had dropped to a light breeze and the bank holiday rain had stubbornly set in. The fleet stayed close together in race 6 exchanging places in the light winds. Behind the top 4 Tom Hole and Andrew Whapshott in The Subtle Knife sailed a good race showing devastating speed. The wind picked up for race 7 testing the skills and crew work and allowing the fleet to show what true cherub thrills are made from. A&E won from Cool beans and Marmite. The rain eased with the wind and race 8 started with crews forward and marginal trapeezing for the helms. A&E led from Phil Kirk and Dave Ching in E-Numbers at the windward mark with these two splitting down-wind to avoid the wind shadow of a large container ship. This created a hole which affected all but A&E. Johnny and Alex Harris in Ronnin had their best race trading places with E-numbers and Marmite for the rest of the race but doing enough to clinch second ahead of Marmite.

That evening the usual friendly Weston SC hospitality entertained the fleet with good food and a lively band.

On the final day the now soggy fleet were met by more rain and no wind. After 2 hours postponement and no forecast for anything better remaining races were abandoned.

Clive and Alex Everest in A&E were the undisputed champions counting 7 first places. Nick Pratt and Jo Hutchinson in Madge won the 97 rules trophy.

Weston SC were thanked for running an efficient championships in some difficult conditions. It is notable that the standard of the fleet has improved and the racing is getting closer year on year. At the prize giving the top three enjoyed some of Magic Marine's generous sponsorship of the event gave the top three prize winners a choice of some exciting kit.

Overall Results:
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PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1A&E3215Clive EverestAlex Everest114111117
2Usagi Jiumbo3202Andrew PetersJill Peters2412234818
3Marmite3212Paul CrooteEd Higham7223443321
4Cool Beans3214Paul Jenkins Peter Jenkins5354322724
5Elenor3208Dean RalphSimon Jones3635785534
6Ronnin2698Johnny Harris Alex Harris6767576239
7The Subtle Knife2693Tom Hole Andrew Whapshott45DNC10657643
8E‑Numbers3203Phil KirkDave Ching887696DNC448
9Poppy3216Roland TrimPolly Jarman9989101191465
10Atum Bom2688Ben RushtonDiana McCosh10149121298969
11Madge2646Nick PrattJoanna Hutchinson111110151513101282
12The Spanish Inquisition2664Alex SlatterMarc Slatter121311141414111186
13Banshee Ambulance3201Stephen CarverJamie PearsonDNC10DNC118DNCDNCDNC105
14Antidephobia3209John HamiltonDanDNCDNCDNC81110DNCDNC105
15Loco Perro2685Nigel ModernSam Modern1312DNCDNC1312DNCDNC107
16Chease Before Bedtime2645Tom BakerJoe WhiteDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC15DNC10120
17Shinny Beast2676Emma PersonAbi RileyDNCDNCDNC13DNCDNCDNC13121
18Born Slippy2674Mike Cunningham DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC133

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