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Nordic Folkboats at the Royal Solent Yacht Club Taittinger Regatta

by Chris Baldwick 2 Aug 2016 17:41 BST 30-31 July 2016

Nineteen Nordic Folkboats entered the Folkboat Class in the annual Taittinger Regatta, held at the Royal Solent YC at Yarmouth over the weekend of July 30th/31st.

At the start on Saturday morning competitors arrived to find no wind and a long postponement. Eventually the wind filled in from the northwest, which allowed the race officer to set a course along the shore and against the tide. Crackerjack finished 1st followed by newcomer Svane with Madelaine 3rd. The wind became very light and the tide turned just before the end, which gave the last boats a challenge getting back to the finish.

The second race of the day saw the wind swing to the southwest and with the tide now flooding the tactics changed completely. Again a course up and down the island shore was laid; though not as long as the first race. This time Tak came first followed by Svane and Pilgrim.

Sunday dawned, again windless, but with more sunshine and after another postponement competitors set off to the west with a strong ebb tide towards Hurst. There then followed a long downwind spinnaker run against the tide, and an eventual finish off the Royal Solent YC. Padfoot finished 1st followed by Pilgrim and then Riot.

The racing proved close with different boats winning each race, but the overall winner in the Nordic Folkboat Class was Svane with two second places and a fifth, a great result for a new member of the Folkboat fleet. Padfoot was 2nd over all and Pilgrim 3rd.

Despite this year's lack of wind, the Taittinger Regatta is always a very popular event with many other classes competing and a great social programme.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmOwnerR1R2R3Pts
1SvaneGBR 702Sean Muskett 2259
2PadfootGBR723Chris Hills 45110
3PilgrimF 734Julian Sowry 63211
4CrackerjackGBR 718Matthew JonesStuart Watson14712
5MadelaineFGBR 707Ed DonaldEd Donald37616
6TakGBR 713Jeremy Austin 71917
7RiotF695Melissa AshcombePeter Scholfield810321
8Gremlin625Leslie Ross 59822
9Cloud Cuckoo693Martin Le Gassicke 981027
10MimiGBR722Chris Beane 13121136
11The OtterGBR720Claire Locke 12111336
12AJAXF747John Gallimore DNF61238
13Eala BheagF GBR 754Alasdair Maclean 10131740
14Bossa NovaF685David FoxDave HirstDNFDNC444
15ScaramoucheFB738John Whyte 11DNC1546
16Strider611Susie Potter RAF151651
17Millie717Gordon DrurySeanine JoyceDNFDNC1454
18Hannchen613Toby Waite DNF14DNC54
19ColumbineF615Christine Hartley‑Webster DNCDNCDNS60

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