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2000 Noble Marine Millennium Series Round 1 at Weir Wood Sailing Club

by Chris Jordan 5 May 2016 12:40 BST 30 April - 1 May 2016

The forecast for the weekend of the first of the 2000 Noble Marine Millennium Series meetings at Weir Wood Sailing Club varied from "typical UK Bank Holiday" (wild, wet and windy) to "Weir Wood specials" (warm, sunny and shifty winds). As the 22 boats gathered on the Sunday, the weather was warm and sunny, but with the odd chilly gust blowing down the shore. The fleet launched and reached the start area, just in time for the wind to shift through 40 degrees and for the line to be re-set. And that was how the weekend and the eight races developed: "just before" anything was about to happen, the wind dramatically shifted! All the fleet found it hard to struggle up the ladders, while sliding down the snakes was easy! By the end of the first day, when the sun had shone continuously, everyone was exhausted but at the same time excited and eager to resume racing the next day.

The evening celebrations included a great meal cooked by Weir Wood sailor Rachael Pereira, a quiz, and a "drop an egg off the balcony without breaking it" challenge (after wrapping it up in padding, the amount of which depended on the results of the quiz), and a cake "bake off" rounded off the event on Monday.

For the second day the forecast was expected to provide gusts of up to 28 knots, although the local expert Tim Hulley said (quite correctly, as it happened!) that things were always 10 knots less at Weir Wood. The weather delivered, though, on the bank holiday promise of cloudy skies and persistent drizzle, but we were still having to cope with 30 degree wind shifts hitting you every 15 seconds, in a wind strength of having helm and crew at the end of their toe straps.

With eight races, it is hard to remember who claimed the start lines, or who messed up the beat by going too far right, or those who didn't get the speed required downwind in the gusts... but the overall results eventually showed:

That you needed to be a National Champion to do well in the 2000 Class! The 2014 National Champion (Rob Burridge, with new supercrew Sarah Burridge), just beat the 2015 National Champion (Fergus Barnham with Katie Burridge, 2014 National Champion crew), who just beat Steve and Sarah Cockerill as the newcomers to the class, having picked up their new 2000 the day before the regatta. Chris and Gill Jordan, sailing Just 1 More, finished top of the "also-rans" in fourth place.

Many thanks to all the team at Weir Wood who made a memorable event. Thanks also to our sponsors Noble Marine.

Overall Results:

PosHelmCrewSail NoR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1Rob BurridgeSarah Burridge225021232122210
2Fergus BarnhamKatie Burridge23212313414111
3Steve CockerillSarah Cockerill226113146231313
4Chris JordanGillian Jordan226075425758526
5Tim HulleyLinda Hulley24114761646627
6Amy HulleyJohn Dasey206485104863430
7Miles WadeAnderley Wade22362788839222243
8Kev O'BrienJake O'Brien2255861411135751145
9Paul LuttmanGemma Burridge2458126510131011749
10Iain YardleySarah Yardley22049129710117850
11John ClifftonCaroline/Peter Cliffton2108414971214129958
12Dom HumeDavid Hume26601016139914101061
13Robin CourtneyRachel Pereira2063111014161215121473
14James MacgregorJenny Macgregor227215191614118221276
15Guy RussellClaire Collett21446131312171516151684
16George ColcombeDan Gibson22516192018111613141385
17Chris BrownG Brown21102201115151717131586
18Andy HockeyAnna Crane219141818171818221617104
19Rachel SheridanClaire White22292121201919191718112
20Greg CoxTerre Cox25971615222222222222119
21David RussellDebbie Russell28541717192222222222119

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