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Allen Brothers Enterprise Nationals at Brixham Yacht Club - Overall

by Alice Driscoll 1 Aug 2016 15:05 BST 25-29 July 2016

The 60th anniversary Allen Brothers Enterprise National Championship held at Brixham Yacht Club was won by Tim Sadler and Richard Sault from Yorkshire Dales SC with a convincing 26 point lead over their rivals, Phil Ford and Jane Humpage from Bristol Corinthian YC.

The week's racing concluded with two excellent races, despite the shifty winds giving the Race Officer Sean Semmens some challenges getting the fleet started. With the wind picking up to a blustery 10-12 knots, the close racing throughout the week meant that every boat in the 47 strong fleet was working hard to maintain positions over their closest competitors.

Off the water the pressure was also on the fleet to keep up with the social scene, as the class celebrated its 60th anniversary with outrageous 1950 themed fancy dress, a silent auction for a mast kindly donated by Selden and a more riotous auction of a British Olympic Sailing Team poster donated by North Sails. Combined with fines for on the water misdemeanours, over £500 is being donated to the Enterprise class' adopted charity Sail 4 Cancer. Additional and much appreciated day sponsors included Pinnell and Bax, and Hyde Sails. With the fleet split into three divisions – Gold, Silver and Bronze – the daily prize giving, improvers awards, and the infamous Gez Brown 'Ginga awards' ensured inclusion across the fleet including first time attendees Robin Broomfield and Paul Bloomfield from Minima YC in their first Enterprise Championship winning the Ginga Plate for the lowest placed qualified boat with all races sailed.

The overall finishers in the top 10 were particularly close after nine races with just one discard. Jeremy Stevens, crewed by daughter Rebecca from Penzance YC were third overall, just beating another father and daughter combo, Phil and Laura Bevan from Grafham Water SC into fourth place. Newcomers to the fleet, Darren Roach crewed by his sister Natalie Roach from Royal Navy SC had a disappointing last day dropping from second place to fifth overall. Popping up in 6th and 7th places, and fighting for leadership of the Silver Division were more father and daughter teams with Richard and Millie Pryke from Ripon SC just taking the lead against Nick and Rachel Jackson from Burghfield SC.

Proving that you don't have to be related to sail well together, Alice Allen and her crew Andy Massey (Sharky) from Bristol Corinthian YC came 12th overall to win the Ladies National Helm trophy against close competition from Ali Morrish and Nick Scutt from St Mary's Loch and Middle Nene SC.

The winner of the Bronze Division was Ali's father Charles Morrish crewed by Emma Coleman from St Mary's Loch and Midland SC, with Thomas Kliskey and Sophie Barrett from Penzance YC in second place.

The much coveted Mary Arnold Baker trophy for the first lady helm or crew was won by Jane Humpage, a welcome returner to the fleet having not raced in a national championship for many years. The much revered 'rolling pin' trophy for the first co-habiting couple was won by Phil Snewin and Ross Coleman of Chester SC.

The race organisers from Brixham YC commented on how the Enterprise races were incredibly closely fought, despite the frequent and random wind shifts. With often just seconds separating the boats after 3 lap races, this shows the close competitive nature of this one design fleet. This also reflects in the variety of boats in the top ten, with Peak Dinghy Spares GRP hull in first place, the Rondar Mark 3 hull in second place and a Prior-built all wooden hull in third place, proving neither age or price of hull makes that much difference – it all comes down to the sailing skill of the helm and crew – which was very much demonstrated as the shifty conditions made each race a real 'snakes and ladders' game on the water.

The final night prizegiving was a black tie dinner, with fantastic hand made Enterprise decorations provided by Mark and Liz Matthews from Castle Cove SC. Lizette Van Nierk from Sail 4 Cancer presented the prizes, with the fleet having raised in excess of £500 for the charity. Thanks go to event co-ordinator Carol Ford, assisted by Jeremy Squires and all the members of the Enterprise Association committees who make these events possible.

Upcoming events in the diary include the next Area Championship at Bassenthwaite SC on 6th/7th August, the next National Circuit event at Penarth YC on 13th/14th August (which is also an Area Championship), and the Winter Championship at Rutland SC on 26th/27th November. The Enterprise National Championship for 2017 will be held at Abersoch (South Caernarvonshire YC) from 5th – 11th August.

For more information visit the Enterprise Association website at

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubFleetR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st23384 Tim SadlerRichard SaultYorkshire Dales SCGold115454‑93124
2nd23270KITTYPhil FordJane HumpageBristol Corinthian YCGold2127203‑2512350
3rd22652THAT'S ENTERTAINMENTJeremy StephensRebecca StephensPenzance SCGold119132116115(DSQ)68
4th22439FLOOZYPhil BevanLaura BevanGrafham Water SCGold13‑164114101241068
5th22814BANG ONDarren RoachNatalie RoachRoyal Navy SAGold4‑21107436181870
6th22936THUNDERBIRD 1Richard PrykeAmelia PrykeRipon SCSilver206‑2310825145.570.5
7th23015WEDG‑ENick JacksonRachel JacksonBurghfield SCSilver‑215219171247773
8th23410WIMPGes BrownJulie MooreSouth Caernarvonshire YCGold102143‑27138112182
9th20565MISTYNeil BarrettEd HughesRutland SCGold320‑22221017285.587.5
10th23311IGAM OGAMIoan LaveryChris KeatleyPenarth YCSilver2211216‑366109893
11th22619RIOT VANMartin HonnorVictoria GommOgston SCGold1614‑1713915171994
12th22501BLUE JOBAlice AllenLe SharkBristol Corinthian YCGold12153126‑337221794
13th23347MINIONSteve GrahamAlex HalliwellNorthampton SC / West Lancs YCGold1548(DSQ)13520171395
14th22102 David PorterBeth PorterWest Lancs YCGold52716(DSQ)152436298
15th22754ISAAC HUNTPaul HobsonAbigail HonnorBeaver SCGold71812212‑22131614103
16th19876SUBSONIC WHINKLEAlan JohnsonPaula FisherSouth Caernarvonshire YCGold61061511118(DNC)DNC115
17th22353RAMPAGELloyd WalkerStevie BrowneLeigh on Sea SCSilver‑2381916711162316116
18th22702ESPADARTEAli MorrishNick ScuttSt Mary's Loch / Middle Nene SCSilver197201116722(RET)19121
19th23349TO INFIRMITY & BEYONDAnn JacksonAlan SkeensBurghfield SCGold172311‑2521924154124
20th23089SIMPLY REDJon WoodwardKaren AlexanderSouth Staffordshire SCGold181912318‑29151915128
21st23351YOO HOO BIG SUMMER BLOW OUTJohnny AllenJames HobsonBristol Corinthian YCSilver8326925142320(DSQ)128
22nd22418LIMITED EDITIONAndy GommSarah GommOgston SCSilver92518171220‑261023134
23rd22272CATCHMEIFUCANCharles AdamsHannah AdamsWest Lancs YCSilver30242482318(DNC)1311151
24th23346BAD BOUTROSPhil SnewinRos ColemanChester SCSilver2422927‑298192125155
25th22405THUNDERBIRD IIIPeter LawsonCarl HopkinsKillington SCGold251715182421(DSQ)2620166
26th23049BELIEVEBrian CummingLinda CummingDabchicks SCSilver14262814‑3227142422169
27th23008J GREY J MATTERBarry MossIan DeeleyShell Island Sail and PowerSilver291329519‑40293026180
28th22475ELLOLAElliott JagoJordan FrenchPlym YCSilver33283428‑4019311212197
29th22152E‑MOTIVEGavin PoulloinAmber PoulloinWeymouth SCSilver(DNF)3035263023212524214
30th22112TUTU WON ONE TOOCharles MorrishEmma ColemanSt Mary's Loch SC / Midland SCBronze31293824202630(DSQ)27225
31st21889GULPThomas KliskeySophie BarrettPenzance SCBronze273127342234(DSQ)3332240
32nd23140MY AIM IS TRUERichard LeachJackie FranklinPenarth YCSilver‑353431312831322830245
33rd22935MALABARChris PalmerBeatrice DruryPenarth YCBronze42323330262827(RET)34252
34th14613RAGAMUFFINBen HillGabe HillWest Lancs YCBronze3233323235‑37333129257
35th22901OUT OF THE BLUEPaul YoungElla CrabtreeMidland SCSilver28402537‑4438283633265
36th22903PAGE.COMMark MatthewsLiz MatthewsCastle Cove SCBronze‑413836403932253228270
37th23312AKANGRAPeter RendallHelen CumminsPenarth YCBronze36‑4141293436392935279
38th23313RED WHITE & BLUEJohn BerryNeil BawdenEtherow SCBronze3837(RET)3633353637RET300
39th22125CLOAD 9Thomas CloadKaren CloadPlym YCBronze263930(DSQ)37DNCDNC27DNC303
40th22523ENLIGHTENMENTPhil HarrisonLouise HasselEarlswood Lakes SCBronze‑434342414339353536314
41st23348BABY BLUE EYESMartin BromleyHeike CieslakPenarth YCBronze(RET)353943383034RETDNC315
42nd23248HEV‑EMartin BottomleyRay BallEmberton Park SCBronze3744403542(DNC)DNC3831315
43rd22623MATTENigel JamesStuart CrangMarconi & Fishers Green SC / Brixham YCSilver40‑4643384541403437318
44th22758CELESTEIan SimpsonSue SimpsonThames Estuary YC / Alexandra YCBronze39423739414237(RET)DNC325
45th22912 Peter DollingElaine DollingDabchicks SCBronze3436(RET)3331DNCDNCDNCDNC326
46th22655BELIEVE IN BETTERRobin BroomfieldPaul Bloomfield / Tom PlumridgeMinima YC / Brixham YCBronze44454442‑4643383938333
47th23416 Paul SleemanJacqui SleemanSouth Cerney SCBronze(DNF)RETDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC384

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