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505 Open at Whitstable Yacht Club

by Tudor Owen 24 May 2016 09:54 BST 21-22 May 2016

In a weekend of all or nothing, Race Officer Howard Paterson and his team did an excellent job of running the 505 Open Meeting in warm but very windy conditions on day one, with next to no wind on day 2.

Race 1 got underway in 18-25 knots with Terry & Christian showing good pace in the heavy breeze to take the win, with Nathan & Sam recovering well after a broach & capsize on the first run taking second place, and Tudor & Tom having a close race with Richard & Paul to come home in 3rd.

The 2nd race, with a freshening breeze and plenty of capsizing, saw Nathan & Sam taking first place, with Terry & Christian in 2nd, and Nick & James (from Guernsey) sailing a solid race to come home in 3rd.

The last race of the day got underway in much the same breezy conditions as the previous 2 races, with once again Terry & Christian taking first place and showing us all how it's done in the heavy weather, with Nathan & Sam taking 2nd place, and Tudor & Tom in 3rd recovering well after an earlier capsize.

It was all then back to shore for a hog roast, beer and a welcome rest.

Sunday morning dawned with very light conditions and after a one hour postponement the Race Officer managed to get us underway in light conditions. The racing was really close with Mike & Mike showing particularly good pace upwind, and Nathan & Sam leading. Terry & Christian, and Tudor & Tom caught up Nathan & Sam on the last run. It was all really close with these 3 boats up the last beat, but Nathan made a gutsy move by tacking off early for the finish line and holding on for the win, with Terry & Christian in 2nd, Tudor & Tom in 3rd.

With conditions lightening we all returned to the shore and racing was finished for the day, giving Nathan and Sam overall victory with Terry & Christian in 2nd (on count back), and Tudor & Tom in 3rd. A full list of results can be found on Whitstable Yacht Club website.

Thanks must go to Whitstable Yacht Club for making everyone feel most welcome and keeping us fed and watered. Also to Mark Barnes for his organisation of the event.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
19131 S Pascoe Tynemouth SC‑21214
29124 Terry ScutcherChristian DiebitschShotley SC1‑2124
39093The Stourmouth RipperTudor OwenTom BrutonWYC3‑7339
48514 Ben IliffeRichard NurseRYA/Hayling Island SC5(DNC)5515
59156 Mike PickeringMike PriddleRestronguet SC‑664616
68991 Nick MeadowJames ReadGuernsey YC(DNF)36817
79104FFS!Adam KenneyDan ParsonsBurton SC95(DNC)418
88887 Richard WilliamsPaul DaviesShotley SC4(DNC)9922
98860 Babbie JohnsonEden HylandChasewater SC8‑107722
109039 Hamish GledhillAdrian ThearWest Riding SC1148(DNC)23
118881 N RabbittsD SamanjoulBurton SC79(DNC)DNC30
129126SerendipityStuart TurnbullRob BurdekinBurton SC(DNF)8DNC1133
139125 Roger DeaneTim WilliamsRock SC10(DNF)DNC1034