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Bruce Wake Hansa European Championships at Rutland Sailability Overall

by Ron Sawford 12 Jul 2015 22:31 BST 8-11 July 2015

Championships decided in near perfect conditions

The morning of the last day of the 2015 European Championships saw Rutland SC buzzing with excitement as the race teams prepared their boats and sorted out the tactics they needed to achieve their aims, some to hold or gain a podium position, others for personal bests or catching up from earlier disappointments. There was still much to be settled in all classes and very close competition throughout all fleets. The sailing conditions were near perfect with steady winds around force 3 to 4 and warm bright sunshine. Each class would sail two races back to back.

The first to settle their championship were the Hansa 303 two person Class and the SKUD 18 Class. In the 303 two person Class, despite two poor results Reis Pedro and Andr Bento (POR) held their third overall by just one point from 4th place duo Michael and Tish Leydon (AUS). Joao Pinto and Guilherme Ribeiro (POR) held second and pairing of Zoltan Pegan and Eva Mircsev (POL), with a first and a second place on the day clinched the championship.

The race team led by PRO David Wilkins and RO John Fothergill had a full yet straight forward day in contrast to the tricky conditions they experienced in the light airs on race day two and the heavy conditions of race day one, all of which they managed expertly throughout.

The SKUD 18 Class had been dominated by the magnificent sailing of Monika Gibes and Piotr Cichocki (POL).Their full run of wins had already made them uncatchable and they sealed their championship win with yet two more wins. There were still many positions to be decided throughout the fleet. A close battle had existed for the other two podium positions between Sergio Roig and Violeta Del Reino (ESP) and our leading (GBR) sailors Allan Smith and Craig Nairn. The Spaniards took second place in the days first race and the brits took 2nd against the Spaniards 5th in the last race but in the final analysis their 5th was discarded which left them taking 2nd place overall from the brits by one point.

Many of the 303 boats and crews sailing in the doubles needed to be turned round quickly for the 303 one person class races which followed. This involved much hoisting of sailors and very efficient pontoon management. The shore team led by Ray Johnson and made up of Rutland Sailability volunteers carried this out magnificently, as had been usual throughout the event.

The final two classes to race were the 303 one person Class and the Liberty Class. In the 303 one person Class the magnificent sailing of Michael Leydon (AUS) throughout the event, with his 4 wins and a 3rd had already given him an unassailable lead, his 1st place in the first race of the day sealed his championship win. Patrick Ruf (ESP) strongly held second place at the start of the day and with a great win in the last race he kept that position. In the battle for the last podium position between Joao Pinto (POR) and Zoltan Pegan (POL), Zoltan's 2nd and 6th place on the day was better than Joao's 3rd and 12th but Joao's was able to discard his 12th and he took third place overall by two points.

The safety boats, which were provided for us, fully crewed, by the RAF Sailing Association and were led by cox and event safety officer Neil Wilkinson, had a busy but relatively eventless day in the ideal sailing conditions. This was in stark contrast to the practice race and the first days racing when heavy conditions and abandoned races kept them extremely busy supporting sailors who were having difficulty with the strong winds or with gear failure.

The Liberty Class had provided very close racing on all of our previous race days with positions of the lead sailors frequently changing. Monique Foster (GBR) handled the heavy weather of day one with great skill to take two wins. Race 3 and 4 were taken by Paul Philips (GBR) with some great sailing and a tactical error from Monique dropped her to 3rd and let Dave Durston (GBR) into second place. In the last race of the event Dave sailed a great tactical race to get 2nd place and secure 2nd place overall. Monique held onto third. So Paul Philips (GBR) with a magnificent run of four wins took the championship win giving team GBR a clean sweep in this class.

The Servo Liberty sailors, who also compete in the Liberty Class, had an equally close battle. The excellent consistent sailing of Sefke Holtrop (NED) kept her the lead throughout the event. Melvin Kinnear (GBR) (2010 World champion) got a magnificent first place in race 6, beating all the manual and Servo Libertys but it was not enough to catch Sefke and left him in second place overall. Hanneke Deenen (NED) with consistent sailing and a great 4th place in Race 6 took 3rd overall. Therefore with a magnificent run of four wins Sefke Holtrop (NED) took the championship.

At the prize-giving and closing ceremony, on the sunny veranda overlooking the lake with all the ten countries flags streaming in the evening breeze there were great celebrations. Event Chair and Race Office Leader throughout the event, Pauline Harrison introduced our event sponsors who gave hearty congratulations to all the sailors and their teams. Many thanks were given including the Protest Jury Ives Leglise, Walter Mielke, Caren Wilkins and Nadina Lincoln; the great support given to the race office and social events team by Trish McNair and Chris Mynard and by IFDS Adviser Ian Harrison; Equipment Inspector and Measurer John Figgures; the catering team that had served us so well throughout the event and many others mentioned above in this report.

Marcus Frith Chair Hansa Class Association thanked Pauline and Ian Harrison for their excellent management, leadership and advice throughout the planning and delivery of this outstanding event. He also thanked the whole Rutland Team, the sailors and their support teams and invited them to our UK National Championships at the PWNSA Weymouth on the 14th to 16th August 2015. Akko van der Veen, Dutch Hansa Class Association introduced the next major international Hansa event to be the Combined Hansa Worlds, June 2016 NED IHCA International Sailing Centre, Medemblik.

The prizes were awarded with rousing applause and received with great cameradery and fun. The event was then closed by Penny Wake on behalf of our principle sponsors The Bruce Wake Trust, and all then enjoyed a sumptuous and joyous Championship Dinner.

Overall Results:

PosHelmCrewNatSail NoR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
Hansa 303 1 P
1stLeydon Michael AUS206811311(OCS) 7
2ndRuf Patrick SUI226222‑4341 12
3rdPinto Joao POR227059123‑12 20
4thPegan Zoltan HUN1355‑1326 21
5thWoosnam James GBR25241142‑1257 29
6thCavalheiro Jos‚ POR23614‑109692 30
7thLutz Willi SUI176568657‑14 32
8thMestre Jana ESP19137310‑16103 33
9thReis Perdro POR26038‑127469 34
10thBarkes Anthony GBR1680‑1613121084 47
11thFerra Toni ESP1915968‑181413 50
12thSchmid Claudia SUI1498157118‑1810 51
13thRibeiro Guilherme POR113812‑1414141111 62
14thIglesias Isaia ESP1873‑1717179128 63
15thHedley Kate GBR2277131615713(OCS) 64
16thWatkiss Tessa GBR1644(DNC)1513111717 73
17thPhilip Leslie GBR251810181815‑2015 76
18thKeeble Ian SUI17661811‑19171516 77
19thBallam Jerry GBR1679(DNC)202119225 87
20thGrant Alison GBR23152019162016(OCS) 91
21stPurillo Javier ESP187414‑2222211919 95
22ndDabbs Chris GBR1642192120‑222118 99
Hansa Liberty
1stPhillips Paul GBR255724111‑10110
2ndDurston David GBR240262323‑9218
3rdFoster Monique GBR1066112‑1048723
4thWickam Genevieve AUS2514455325‑824
5thHoltrop NED226833455‑14424
6thCrowley Pat IRL33‑1069492636
7thKinnear Melvin GBR124098(DNS)6611242
8thEmmet Chris GBR24445710‑11116544
9thCassell Rick GBR2445(DNC)DNC8883345
10thDeenen Hanneke NED12001110712‑1341155
11thHarle Simon GBR18881211117711‑1359
12thTaylor Joe GBR18838(DNF)691013DNC61
13thHarris Keith GBR173379(DNC)DNCDNC121068
14thHarper Tom GBR1890(DNC)DNCDNFDNC127973
Hansa 303 2 P
1stPegan ZoltanMircsev EvaHUN1‑313122110
2ndPinto JoaoRibeiro GuilhermePOR2270221231‑411
3rdReis PedroBento Andr‚POR260314231‑131324
4thLeydon MichaelLeydon TishAUS2068534543‑1224
5thChristen DeniseScheller DominiqueSUI1433455489(OCS)35
6thMaurer PatrickMeyer MarcSUI14978‑1486114239
7thCopertari GianlorenzoBovari Lucas AntonyITA2588987‑12106343
8thScarisbrick Timothyde Longh AnyaGBR2298101012855(OCS)50
9thStager DominikRuf PatrickSUI22626111199(DSQ)551
10thLutz WilliSchimd ClaudiaSUI149811‑13613137656
11thPhilip LeslieTierney KateGBR2518‑19710146101158
12thChauchoy J‚r‚mieCollier St‚phaneFRA23471212‑137128758
13thBurgi FlorianHuber WayraSUI176576911‑20201669
14thGorisse ClementineDebuire AurelieFRA239813915‑1717171586
15thHadley HuricanneKitson StephenGBR229714171416‑21151086
16thNemes Csan dNemes BotondHUN21616161918‑23893
17thHall PhillipFoyle RichardGBR2314‑212119211611997
18thHughes RikHaward JohnGBR18972018‑22207161899
19thRogel Oph‚lieD'haenne AnnieFRA2441181917181512‑2099
20thKeeble AlexKeeble IanSUI1766151521151914(OCS)99
21stGuitterd YvesChoquet ThomasFRA219117222010‑231821108
22ndDevolder QuentinLepretre Jean‑PhilppeFRA239422‑241822142117114
23rdBrown NicholaEmmerson RoyGBR2455‑24232324221914125
24thEnguerand PaulCaron GregoryFRA235223202423(DNF)2219131
Skud 18
1stGibes MonikaCichocki PiotrPOL82‑11111116
2ndRoig SergioDel Reino VioletaESP41232232‑514
3rdSmith AllanNairn CraigGBR9‑323323215
4thVan de Veen AkkoElburg LizaNED21444‑645324
5thFiggures JudiJohnson RichardGBR56‑555554428
6thSpray ChristineRose NevilleGBR10666‑776637
7thHovden AlexWeedon‑Jones NessaGBR42(DNC)DNCDNC46DNCDNC42

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