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Tasar National Championships at Whitstable Yacht Club

by Ella Gibson 13 Jul 2016 13:10 BST 8-10 July 2016

Strong winds and gusts of up to 35 knots proved challenging for the 52 sailors who braved the water for the 2016 Tasar National at Whitstable Yacht Club last weekend (8-10 July). However, a little determination and a lot of impromptu on the water repairs saw 26 boats battle it out in a fast and furious weekend of sailing.

The first day of racing saw the least wind of the series and a good start for Liz and Roger Pescod who sailing their new boat won the first race after starting 3rd off the line. Whilst Constantijn Udo and Jan Slotemaker, one of the two Dutch crews to sail in this year's competition, managed to secure an easy win with a lead from the start in the second race.

On the second day, despite starting in 6th and lying a close 3rd around the last gybe mark one of strongest gusts of the weekend hit seeing the two leading boats capsize allowing Rod and Maureen Porteous time to slip through and blast down the final reach to win race three. Although being one of the boats hit by the gust, impressively, Neil Spagagna and Steve Gustice managed to limp over the line to 9th position with a 45 degree bend in the top three foot of their mast.

With only eleven boats still out on the water (some without full rigs) and the wind speed continuing to increase, racing for the day was abandoned.

On the final day, the first start was brought forward to take advantage of lighter winds. On race 4 the Porteous's made a brilliant clear start leading the fleet from the line, picking the shifts correctly on the favoured left hand side of the course to take a convincing win.

The Porteous crew continued their success to take the next race. Spracanga and Gustice sailed a consistent race 4 and 5, holding Udo and Slotemaker off to take second place in both races. With strengthening winds the final race was abandoned.

In his winner's speech, Rod said that in spite of the very tough conditions, the good courses, stiff competition and great sportsmanship demonstrated throughout the Tasar championship made for brilliant and rewarding racing across the fleet.

Big thanks are owed to Race Officer, Tom Bruton and the rescue boat crews, who were heavily occupied, as well as the food and catering team and event organisers.

Sailors are now looking forward to the Tasar Nationals at Porthpean, Cornwall next year and the World Championships taking place in Gamagori, Japan in 2018.

Overall Results:

Junior Cup – Luna Schutte
Ladies Cup – Liz Pescod
Rolling Pin and Masters Plate - Rod & Maureen Porteous
Grand Masters Plate - Constantijn Udo & Jan Slotemaker
Black Horse Trophy (Club Team) - WYC

PosSail NoNameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R6Pts
12815 Rod PorteousMaureen PorteousHayling Island Sailing Club2‑51115
2298Vlieg‑er‑eens‑uitConstantijn UdoJan Slotemaker ‑8123410
32816SpagerwockyNeil SpacagnaSteve GusticeBabbacombe SC72‑92213
42935 Liz PescodRoger Pescod 16(DNC)7923
52908 Stephen NationJulie PuckettWYC64(DNC)8725
62932TeaserTessa LancasterNick Lancaster ‑11875525
7411Ugly MonsterWillem SchutteLuna Schutte 33(DNC)101127
82875 Jon BloicePhilippa BloiceWYC476‑171431
92640Dry WhiteJohn LawtonLizzie BullBabbacombe SC12(DNF)124836
10611Free SpiritAndy JacksonPaul McNally Theresa Page Stephen ChapmanWYC‑15103141037
112189 Martin GibsonElla GibsonClevedon SC5911‑131237
122511DonaldStuart TurnerTrev BakerClevedon SC9151011(DNC)45
132649 Nigel BrownKevin HallWYC10(DNF)DNC6346
14281(5)Red SquirrelRupert StockSteph Wall (DNC)DNC49646
15366The Future's OrangeRichard LedgerRobert SpaughtonWYC‑16148161351
162636SEXKester FitzpatrickMike FitzpatrickWYC‑191613121556
17104APRTim KnightDariusz SadowskiRoyal Lymington YC14115(DNC)DNC57
181258Two to OneBenedict WhybrowJon Summers 17‑2214211870
19281Gert LushRichard WhiteSarah Hotchkiss 2013(DNC)15DNC75
202305PAMPhilip BurtonMargaret Burton 2219(DNC)201778
21292Whatever nextTimothy BarrPhillip BarrICRJ1312(DNC)DNCDNC79
222633Summer WindZanna GoochLiz NorthWYC1818(DNC)19DNC82
23638 Ali NicolsonNaomi Miall/Ravi SinghWYC2321(DNC)231986
242646 Anthony ReesConrad Maufe 2117(DNC)22DNC87
252522 Ian ButterworthSue Butterworth (DNC)DNCDNC181688
262165Allo AgainAlex HarwoodDan HarwoodWYC2420(DNC)24DNC95

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