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60th Anniversary Allen Brothers Enterprise Inlands at Bristol Corinthian

by Matt Velamail 10 May 2016 09:28 BST 7-8 May 2016

With the hottest weekend of the year so far and plenty of wind forecast everybody was looking forward to a great event at Bristol Corinthian YC, however many competitors arrived on Saturday morning to a less than ideal mirror on Cheddar Reservoir and a morning downpour.

The PRO, Arky, postponed racing for an hour and a half while the wind filled in, which it eventually did by which time the sun had burnt off the morning haze and all the competitors had caught their first rays of 2016. The format of the weekend was going to be very different from what we normally have come to expect, 5 races on Saturday and 4 races on Sunday, thanks to a new class initiative proposed by Johnny Allen.

Racing began around 2pm in NE winds and after a couple of general recalls the PRO pulled out his big black flag! In force 3 conditions the fleet got away and after a 40 minute race it was Jon Woodward & Karen Alexander who took the first bullet, closely followed by Jane & Nick Scutt, with Tom Atkin & Clare Adams rounding out the top 3. Conditions were testing with the correct side of the beat being hard to predict as all the home boats suggested it would be with this wind direction.

Race 2 was won by home boat Phil Ford & Jane Humpage, Alan Johnson & Kaye Tickle 2nd and Tim Sadler & Saulty 3rd.

Race 3 bullet belonged to Tim & Saulty, AJ & Kaye taking another 2nd and Jane & Nick securing 3rd.

Then the wind swung round to a south easterly, increased and the full strength of the sun came out. The shifts became less noticeable and with 3 races down, some fresher legs were able to hike through and move towards the front of the fleet. Race 4 was won by Paul Hobson & Abigail Honnor stealing it on the last beat from Nigel & Andy Bird, Tim & Saulty fighting back to a well-deserved 3rd.

By the time race 5 came, the competitors were now thinking of other things when the PRO raised his big black flag with a large pint of Guinness on the front! It was Phil & Jane who won the race to the bar, sealing their 2nd bullet of the day to lead overnight. Ann Jackson & Alan Skeens took a nice 2nd with Martin Honnor & Victoria Gomm finishing 3rd.

So after 5 races in beautiful conditions, the fleet were well and truly ready for a typical Enterprise party and dressed in their best ready for dinner! After dinner speeches were given from Jon Woodward with a special mention to the late Ray Page and Johnny Allen on the future of our class and commending BCYC on demonstrating how Enterprise events should be done.

Day 2 came and after thunderous showers throughout the night, it felt like we had awoken in the humid jungle of the Amazon, however it wasn't long this time until the sun came and with that, the BREEZE – A day of champagne sailing awaited the sailors and the conditions couldn't have possibly been better. Unfortunately National Champions and favourites, Tim & Saulty had boat issues overnight and were left trying to secure another boat which was kindly lent by Richard Pryke and was to help bring their campaign back on track.

The PRO was obviously feeling generous today and left his black flag tucked away, however the antics of the previous night had obviously left the sailors feeling very naughty and several general recalls later and a wind shift the black flag was out again.

Race 6 was taken convincingly by Jon & Karen who were looking to get the bit between their teeth today, heavy weather specialists Dave & Chris Jackman secured 2nd and consistent Nigel & Andy took 3rd.

Race 7, with the bit definitely between their teeth now, the bullet again belonged to Jon & Karen – now seeming very strong contenders for the overall title. Martin & Victoria breezed into 2nd and Tim & Saulty finding their speed in the borrowed JJ squeezed in a 3rd.

By now, 7 races completed, some of the sailors were starting to tire and the conditions had taken their first victims, however it was difficult to refuse such perfect conditions and close racing. Race 8 was again Jon & Karen leading at the front, but a course change unfortunately left them sailing to the leeward mark instead of the windward mark! Phil & Jane took advantage and won the race, getting their campaign for the win back on track, Phil & Laura Bevan 2nd and Martin & Victoria 3rd.

One race left to go, 8 races of hard, tight racing completed amongst a very high standard fleet of sailors – it all came down to the last one. There isn't much to say except it was Tim & Saulty who were able to lead from the front and extend to secure the bullet and with that a well-deserved victory! Rob Libby & Brian Bowdler held onto 2nd and Darren Roach & James Ellis finished 3rd.

Tim & Saulty – Inland Champions!

It goes without saying; this event has been a massive success for the class, 50 boats, fantastic conditions and a great club. The new format of many races certainly split the fleet however it was a great demonstration of how consistency is what ultimately proves successful in a class which must showcase some of the closest racing in the country and is such a big attraction for all those that sail in it. A massive thank you to Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club, the PRO and his team and all the volunteers on the water, behind the galley and at the club and all the competitors for making the effort to come.

Last but not least, many thanks go to our main sponsors Allen Brothers and Noble Marine. We look forward to seeing you at the next National Circuit event!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st23384 Tim SadlerRichard SaultYorkshire Dales SC10313‑1963‑17127
2nd23089SIMPLY REDJon WoodwardKaren AlexanderSouth Staffordshire SC1795‑1111‑13933
3rd22456UNLAWFUL ENTRYNigel BirdAndy BirdHayling Island SC55122123(OCS)5(DNC)44
4th22619RIOT VANMartin HonnorVictoria GommOgston SC12‑25‑25834231446
5th23270KITTYPhil FordJane HumpageBristol Corinthian YC716‑17117141(BFD)47
6th2331050 SHADES OF BLUEMatt VelamailTim BrownellYorkshire Dales SC‑22‑231597568555
7th22315OIL BEEF HOOKEDJohn BlundellChris BlundellStaunton Harold SC‑2167481911(RET)459
8th22814BANG ONDarren RoachJames EllisRoyal Navy SA‑13131310(DNC)796361
9thSRI4747P'SAkshan JirasinhaIshan AbeysekeraRoyal Colombo YC18846911(DNF)(DNC)864
10th22659NORMANDavid JackmanChris JackmanLooe SC19‑35(DNC)7102491667
11th23411BLUE JOB ON TOPPaul HobsonAbigail HonnorBeaver SC94‑21114‑2012111869
12th19876SUBSONIC WHINKLEAlan JohnsonKaye TickleSCYC / WLYC‑2022166815(RET)2069
13th22702ESPADARTEJane ScuttNick ScuttMiddle Nene SC21131218‑221310‑2869
14th22200ZZZ00MRob LibbyBrian BowdlerLooe SC4‑21111113‑212112274
15th23349TO INFIRMITY & BEYONDAnn JacksonAlan SkeensBurghfield SC159‑2819215(OCS)41276
16th23347MINIONStephen GrahamAlex HalliwellNorthampton SC / WLYC61214(BFD)‑171310141079
17th22652THAT'S ENTERTAINMENTJeremy StephensRebecca StephensPenzance SC14225(BFD)418715(DNC)85
18th22439FLOOZYPhil BevanLaura BevanGrafham Water SC‑26188181514‑1921186
19th23015WEDG‑ENick JacksonRachel JacksonBurghfield SC1119‑3814‑2210520786
20th23311IGAM OGAMIoan LaveryChris KeatleyPenarth YC(OCS)172223‑2698196104
21st23307BERTTom AtkinClare AdamsPenarth YC32018(DNF)(DNC)3018717113
22nd23275 James MorleyMillie PrykeRipon SC‑24‑3217152012231813118
23rd23410WIMPGes BrownJulie MooreSouth Caernarvonshire YC2510102452916(DNC)(DNC)119
24th23008J GREY J MATTERBarry MossIan DeeleyShell Island Sail & Power Club171624‑29‑2816252715140
25th22130THURSDAY'S CHILDMatthew JaycockIvan JaycockLooe SC162816222124(DNF)‑2919146
26th22112TUTU WON ONE TOOCharles MorrishAli MorrishSt Mary's Loch SC8‑2727‑342327262325159
27th23351BIG SUMMER BLOW OUTJohnny AllenJames HobsonBristol Corinthian YC‑2929232716‑32202126162
28th22892 Ian HarrisJackie FranklinBristol Corinthian YC34152613302622(DNC)(DNC)166
29th23123MICK "E" FINNPeter GreenwoodJoe JackmanLooe SC28‑34‑29252528172222167
30th21067RISE AND SHINEIan WakelingSean O'NeilBristol Corinthian YC27‑36‑37322423241623169
31st22823 Mike CosseyMargot BishSutton SC‑3314‑33213125312624172
32nd22501BLUE JOBAlice AllenAbi CampbellBristol Corinthian YC323720(DNF)273427(RET)21198
33rd22901OUT OF THE BLUEPaul YoungElla CrabtreeMidland SC‑4033322636‑41352527214
34th22152E‑MOTIVEGavin PoulloinAmber PoulloinWeymouth SC353131‑3929‑36303132219
35th472ALL SHOOK UPPhilip WilsonAmy WilsonOgston SC30‑39303338‑40372430222
36th23346BAD BOUTROSPhil SnewinRos ColemanChester SC23243520(DNF)33(DNF)DNCDNC237
37th22419COCKNEY REBELSteve HiggsRichard BatemanBristol Corinthian YC3640‑434034353328(DNC)246
38th23242ROXYAndrew GrantJohn SorensonPenarth YC‑4238‑46414138293029246
39th19054FLIC EN FLAC IIBryan SmithRichard PackerBristol Corinthian YC‑45‑4636353743323233248
40th22935MALABARChris PalmerBeatrice DruryPenarth YC39‑41393833‑47343334250
41st22936THUNDERBIRD 1Richard PrykeAnnabel PrykeRipon SC31261930(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC259
42nd23248HEV‑EMartin BottomleyRay BallEmberton Park SC433041283237(DNF)(DNC)DNC262
43rd23312AKANGRAPeter RendallHelen CumminsPenarth YC38424431403938(DNC)(DNC)272
44th23044 Mark MatthewsLiz MatthewsCastle Cove SC44474042354436(DNC)(DNC)288
45th22455BBDEEDave WigginsKeith ClarkBristol Corinthian YC48484737(DNF)4539(DNC)31295
46th22360 Charles RichardsonPaulBristol Corinthian YC3744344342(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC302
47th23313RED WHITE & BLUEJohn BerryNeil BawdenEtherow SC / South Staffs SC4143423639(DNF)(DNC)DNCDNC303
48th22704BILBO BATTINN ???David MarsdenSue ClintonBristol Corinthian YC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC3128DNCDNC314
49th19002AXITMichael CreesAndrew RichmanBristol Corinthian YC46494844444640(DNC)(DNC)317
50th22124ADMIRELANigel YoungDarren HamiltonBristol Corinthian YC474545454342(DNF)(DNC)DNC318