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Squib National Championships at Weymouth Sailing Club - Day 3

by Vincent Delany 28 Jun 2016 20:58 BST 25 June - 1 July 2016

Today in Weymouth the PRO for the Squibs decided that two races should be sailed in place of one race previously programmed, due to a bad weather forecast for Wednesday with winds of over 30 knots.

Today the fleet raced in a different location from previous days, they raced off Weymouth harbour. Conditions consisted of about 8 knots wind and relatively calm waters. However the element which was different for the 60 boat fleet was the wind, which swung back and forth by up to 20 degrees. There was no apparent or visible reason for such a disturbed wind.

In the first race the fleet started on the second attempt. Unfortunately three boats were OCS. They were Jubilation, Ric O'Shea (who has championship winning aspirations), and Essayes. With a shifty wind it paid to start at the pin end, and to play the wind shifts. If you started at the wrong end of the start line you were on the back foot before the race evolved. Many top boats such as Brimstone, Lady Penelope and Dream On struggled to break through the silver fleet in such a short race. At the first windward mark, it was Mike Hart and Mark Hogan in Ric O'Shea who led the fleet, from Aquabat steered by Stu Rix and boat owner Steve Warren-Smith.

The wind was progressively building in strength. The course with the windward mark 1 mile upwind was a triangle and sausage. This was considerably shorter than yesterday's race, due to the need for two races. At the finish Ric O'Shea discovered their fate, and Aquabat took their third gun of the week. In second place was Nigel and Jack Grogan in reHydrated, and in third was Richard Robinson and Steve Allso in Greyling.

Incendio sailed by David Lloyd and Mark Stones in 6th place won the silver fleet prize. Once again Mark and Ian Knights in Quidsin of Royal Corinthian Yacht Club in 13th place won the daily bronze prize.

Top lady helm was Megan Pascoe in Squibble in 44th place
Top lady crew was Alex Porteous in Spoof in 4th place

The second race followed almost immediately after the PRO relaid the course for the wind shifts.

Prior to the start there was much shuffling from one end of the line to the other to take advantage of the wind shifts. On the gun it paid to be near the pin boat, but not too close to it as there was quite a pile up caused by Squibs unable to clear the start boat. On the first beat Alan Johnson and David Garlick pulled out a good lead very early on. However the shifty wind got the better of them and it was David Wines and Keith Davies in White Magic who took the lead at the first mark. Behind them was a large bunch of some 20 Squibs. The depth of talent in this Squib is immediately apparent to all the competitors who find that gaining places in the 30s is as difficult as it is at the top of the fleet.

Again the course was a triange and sausage with a beat of one mile.

At the finish the order was:

1st. White Magic, David Wines and Keith Davies
2nd. Crossfire, David Best and Pete Richards
3rd. Moonstone, Malcolm Blackburn and David Shiel

In the silver fleet Femme Fatale, Joe o' Byrne and Vincent Delany in 15th place who took the prize.

In the bronze fleet, it was Sannu-Sannu, David Baker and Steve Weake in 27th place who took the prize.

Results after Day 3: (four races, 1 discard)

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1881ReHydratedNigel GroganJack GroganRoyal Corinthian YC222‑56
213AquabatStu RixSteve Warren‑SmithRoyal Victoria YC1‑91810
3828White MagicDavid WinesKeith DaviesWest Hoe SC‑15310114
496MoonstoneMalcolm BlackburnDavid ShellS Caernarvenshire YC56‑11314
5819Lady PenelopeMalc HutchingsAndy RamseyRoyal Corinthian YC101‑20415
6132Cariad BachAlan JohnsonDavid GarlickS Caernarvenshire YC357‑1415
7797CrossfireDave BestPete RichardsS Caernarvenshire YC77‑9216
823GraylingRichard RobinsonSteve AllsoS Caernarvenshire YC683‑2317
9811SpoofMicky WrightAlex PorteousRoyal Corinthian YC4134‑1621
10823HumphreyRobert CoyleMarc RawinskyBurnham SC‑141181231
11136Ric O'SheaMike HartMark HoganS Caernarvenshire YC84(OCS)2234
12758Ghost RiderMike FenwickPenny FenwickWeymouth SC‑211651334
1373BrimstoneBryan RileyJenny RileyWaveney and Oulton Broad YC91017‑1936
14883Just In TimeNeil FulcherRiki AydenizStone SC11‑2421739
15800AlchemyGerard DysonTony SaltonstallRoyal Yorkshire YC‑2015161041
1665BansheeNigel HarrisJohn StephensonS Caernarvenshire YC131415‑1842
17789Dream OnBrian HollandTony SampsonS Caernarvenshire YC1212‑302145
1828ThistleChris HoganRichard RobertsS Caernarvenshire YC18‑3219946
19127MisfireRoger HarrisMark ThompsonS Caernarvenshire YC‑3218181147
2072Guy FawkesPhil AspinallHowie EnkelRoyal Corinthian YC16‑21141747
21849EssayessTim SadlerPhil SnewinS Caernarvenshire YC2723(OCS)656
22878SiadwellRichard DateMark McGarryHolyhead SC(BFD)26122462
2333IncendioDavid LloydMark StonesPortsmouth SC30‑3463066
2452BacchanteGez BrownHarvey WardenS Caernarvenshire YC‑3519242669
25108Ogo PogoToby TaylorAndy BiddleS Caernarvenshire YC192526‑4270
26845Rock n RollJohn SparrowRalph BanthorpeS Caernarvenshire YC‑3127232575
27872PocahnotasMike HughesGary CatherallS Caernarvenshire YC2317(RET)3676
28880QuidsinMark KnightsIan KnightsRoyal Corinthian YC343013‑4377
2911SquibDick BattPamela PhelanRoyal Victoria YC2422‑323278
3024Femme FataleVincent DelanyJoe O'ByrneRoyal St George YC3628‑371579
3136ArtemisAndrew MoorePeter HallinanFelixstowe Ferry SC172043(DNC)80
32780QuantumSimon VinesJim MitchellWeymouth SC2529‑392882
33810Clever DickRichard SullivanSue HarperRoyal Norfolk and Suffolk YC29‑35342083
34153AldebaranIain JonesPeter JacksonWeymouth SC26‑40253788
35779What's The StorySimon SandersJulian BriggsRoyal Corinthian YC28‑42293390
36655White KnucklesMichael LloydPete LloydWeymouth SC373322‑4692
37836AlkypopsGareth PritchardSteve Panad McQuirkHolyhead SC‑4531352995
3857BobinskiCraig HughesColin JonesHolyhead SC38‑393631105
3993Sannu‑SannuDavid BakerSteve WeakeS Caernarvenshire YC‑49414027108
40781LongshotJim ChalmersAnn ChalmersWeymouth SC22(RET)28DNC109
4186JubilationMark LeeMarcus BrayWeymouth SC3337(OCS)39109
42623WizardBenjamin GibsonChristpoher GibsonRoyal Victoria YC‑41383341112
43581SquibbleMegan PascoeSteve MarriottWeymouth SC4043‑4435118
4463Inky FingerDavid McCuneEdwin PageWeymouth SC4236‑4740118
45847Lil' QuickieMatthew RobertsTudor RobertsHolyhead SC464927(DNF)122
46829Kachina TooDavid HallDavid BattyeHolyhead SC43‑454138122
47695MimosaSimon UnwinJudith ThomasRoyal Dart YC39‑464245126
48608InquisitionPatrick JonesMike BeecroftWeymouth SC‑50474834129
49791Crazy DiamondJoe MoncrieffMarc MoncriefLowestoft and Oulton Broad YC48‑523151130
5088HussyVernon TaylorShe TaylorWeymouth SC47‑503849134
51774CorsairMichael BrownFred NealeRoyal Dart YC444449‑52137
5299ReboundSimon LeeGeraint ReesHolyhead SC‑52484547140
53564QuicksilverEddie HarperSteve DaddWest Hoe SC51(DNC)4644141
54773Artful DodgerRobin HaslerLloyd BullyWeymouth SC54‑555048152
55470Lap DancerMark LobbPaul SmithRoyal Dart YC53‑545150154
56280OspreyJohn CunninghamNicky CockayneCarsington SC‑55515253156
57337DynamiteTerence StevensPaul LightWeymouth SC5653(DNF)54163
58680TopsieTony PortchTBCPortsmouth SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC177

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