Please select your home edition
Edition
Noble Marine 2012

OneSails Melges 24 UK National and Open Championship - Day 2

by Ian Videlo 6 Sep 2015 21:26 BST 5-7 September 2015

The UK Melges 24 Association have resurrected the UK National Championships after an absence of 4 years now that there is a growing fleet establishing itself on the river Orwell in Suffolk.

Day 2 dawned with blue skies and a gentler Northerly breeze which reached a good force 3 throughout he first race of the day but gradually became less stable throughout the day, slowly tracking around towards the West as the day progressed.

Four races were scheduled for today and competitors arrived at the starting area in good spirits, perhaps in part as a result of the previous evenings hospitality including beer and Gin courtesy of Suffolk brewery Adnams.

The first race saw the familiar pattern of Miles Quinton's "Gill Race Team" helmed by Rob Larke leading around the first mark followed by "Why Knot" (Ben Stone) and the Tom Branton's S & M helmed by Stephen Videlo. These leading positions remained unchanged all the way through to the finish.

In the next race, the boats that went right up the first beat seemed to well, none more so that "Speak Easy" helmed by Bill Rees who had a clear lead at the first mark from "S & M" and then "Gill Race Team". "Speak Easy" were overhauled by "S & M" on the first run but were still ahead of "Gill Race Team" as they competed the first lap and to their credit held on to 3rd place at the finish. "Gill Race Team" continued their hot pursuit of "S & M" and got to with just a few feet by the finish, but had to settle for second place.

After a short lunch break, the third race got under way in an increasingly unstable breeze. "S & M" led at the windward mark from "Gill Race Team" and "Conspiracy" helmed by Josh Major. "Gelikt" helmed by Carlo Vroon had overhauled Conspiracy by the leeward mark but the leading two boats extended their lead in the shifting conditions with "Team Race Gill" managing to hold off the challenge from "S & M".

For the final race of the day, the race team set a slightly shorter course with an upwind finish in view of the conditions. "S & M" clearly enjoying the conditions again led at the first mark from "Why Knot" and "Gill Race Team". On the second beat "Gill Race Team" were first to tack onto Starboard after the leeward mark and within a couple of hundred metres had spotted a favourable patch of wind and jumped into a clear lead.

The same three boats went down the final run together and became preoccupied with each outer as they went hard left up the final beat. The remainder of the fleet took a more central path lead by "Gelikt" who managed to get just ahead of "Gill Race Team" to take the race win by less than a length, with "S & M" third and "Why Knot" just holding off two other fast approaching boats from the left of the course to finish fourth.

The evening's entertainment was a Pimm's Party hosted by event sponsor OneSails who had laid on perfect weather for such a party.

The event finishes tomorrow when three races are scheduled. Whilst the likely winner may be clear to all, the race for second place looks to be a tight affair, so there is much to look forward to.

Results after Day 2:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stGill Race TeamGBR694Miles Quinton1111‑2127
2ndS & MGBR333Stephen Videlo32‑4312314
3rdGeliktNED789Carlo Vroon232‑643115
4thWhy KnotGBR432Ben Stone4432‑55422
5thSpeak UpGBR272Bill Rees‑767436632
6thConspiracyGBR473Josh Major55‑8574733
7thSlot MachineGBR648Peter Smith6‑85767839
8thNew TricksGBR546Chris Dawson‑876888542

Related Articles

North Sails Weekly Debrief
Look inside Palma, 3Di NORDAC Q&A, Melges 24 World Champ North Sails expanded their presence in Palma to become the largest superyacht service facility in the world. Posted on 17 Jun
Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta expands for 2019
Invitations extended to the Melges 24 and Viper 640 classes The renowned Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta is expanding for the 2019 edition, with invitations extended to the Melges 24 and Viper 640 classes, who will join the J70 Class and Star Class. Posted on 13 Jun
Melges 24 Worlds at Victoria, Canada overall
Italian Altea and Canadian Full Circle victorious A final day of racing yielded three more races to conclude the 10-race series at the Melges 24 World Championship, hosted by the Royal Victoria YC in co-operation with the Canadian Forces Sailing Association and Victoria International Marina. Posted on 10 Jun
Melges 24 World Championship day 4
Rain pays off for Monsoon It is eventually champagne sailing in Victoria, for the penultimate day of the 2018 Melges 24 World Championship: the breezy conditions in the waters of Victoria's Outer Harbor allowed to complete two races Posted on 9 Jun
Melges 24 World Championship day 3
Italian team Altea sets the pace in Victoria The breeze eventually fills in on the race course of Victoria and the Melges 24 fleet takes home a full day of sailing, with three races completed in the third day of the 2018 Melges 24 World Championship. Posted on 8 Jun
Melges 24 World Championship day 2
Only Italian crew takes the bullet in Victoria Long day on the water and only one race completed for the Melges 24 fleet, facing extremely challenging conditions with light and shifty breezes in Victoria for the 2018 Melges 24 World Championship. Posted on 7 Jun
Melges 24 World Championship day 1
Top three in Stars and Stripes Light breeze was the protagonist of the opening day of the 2018 Melges 24 World Championship in Victoria BC, Canada, where forty-one crews from five countries gathered to determine who will be the next one to achieve the Melges 24 Worlds title Posted on 6 Jun
2018 Melges 24 Canadian Championship
Tricky conditions to conclude the 5-race series A second day of racing yielded three more races in light and tricky conditions to conclude the 5-race series at the Melges 24 Canadian Championship 2018, organized by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club Posted on 5 Jun
Getting ready for the Melges 24 Worlds in Victoria
Sailors from all over the world arriving in Canada The brand-new marina literally opened its doors in the first place to the Melges 24 family before even moving in itself. Posted on 3 Jun
Melges 24 World Championship - Final preparations
Teams will enjoy the Canadian hospitality Victoria is a great location for the Melges 24 Worlds and it's not just because of the excellent sailing conditions. Posted on 30 May