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10th Annual Harken Solution Nationals at Llandudno Sailing Club

by Kathryn Clark 11 Jun 2016 09:48 BST 4-5 June 2016

Some Englishmen, an Irishman and some Welshmen (and Kathryn) turned up to Llandudno SC on the weekend of 4/5 June for the 10th Solution National Championships.

A lack of wind saw Nathan Batchelor and Karl Milford tiring themselves out on paddleboards while the rest of the fleet waited for the breeze to fill in. It appeared on cue allowing the first race to start on time albeit still fairly light which suited the Pembrokeshire contingent. Christian Smart took 3 bullets and Ross Prytherch finally showed the fleet what he is capable of, which led to him to take it easy on the beers on Saturday night – something that gave the rest of the fleet cause for concern.

Sunday's sea breeze did a better job of building to give ideal conditions: good wind in warm sunshine. As a result, the finishing positions on Day 2 were less consistent which made for some good competition in the overall results.

Thanks to Llandudno Sailing Club for serving up an excellent event of great sailing coupled with a warm and friendly welcome.

Overall Results:

1st Christian Smart, 405 (Pembrokeshire YC) 6pts
2nd Nathan Batchelor, 459 (Tynemouth SC) 11pts
3rd Sam Davy, 450 (Hykeham SC) 14pts
4th Ross Prytherch, 438 (Pembrokeshire YC) 18pts
5th Peter Fisk, 436 (Llandudno SC) 25pts
6th Martin Tubb, 456 (Leigh & Lowton SC) 27pts
7th Karl Milford, 449 (South Shields SC) 27pts
8th Paul Nix, 440 (Glossop SC) 34pts
9th Kathryn Clark, 455 (Delph SC) 36pts
10th Kevin Clark, 458 (Delph SC) 46pts
11th Ian Ramsay, 397 (Port Dinorwic) 52pts
12th Noel Colcough, 448 (Dun Laoghaire MYC) 55pts