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British Finn National Championship at Christchurch Sailing Club - Overall

by Simon Percival 7 Aug 2016 20:11 BST 5-7 August 2016

The forecast for Sunday was for a big breeze so some of the competitors decided to sit this one out whilst the rest headed into Christchurch Bay under grey skies and a light breeze.

The championship was all to play for amongst the top three, but is was Pete McCoy who led out from the start in the middle of the course, at all times the breeze was steadily building towards what had been forecast. At the top mark Peter managed to pull away from Ben Cornish, with Hector Simpson rounding in third. The breeze by now had built sufficiently for the race committee to switch on the pumping flag, perfect for the young fit Finn sailors in the fleet less so for the rest! Peter extended his lead to the finish followed by Ben and Hector, who by now had all but secured the championship.

The breeze and the sea state really built for the last race which once again gave way to some superb Finn sailing, just what the boat was built for! After a couple of false starts the fleet got away, once again Pete led to the windward mark having discovered his hiking legs, schooling the rest of the fleet to the finish. Ben followed in second with Henry Wetherell taking third place.

The whole fleet then made their way back through the entrance of Christchurch Harbour under the watchful eyes of a coastguard helicopter which was entertaining the masses on shore as part of the annual RNLI Fun Day. Although not so fun for Jerry Andrews whom the chopper managed to dunk in as a result of its down draught!

At the prize giving Ray New who organised the event on behalf of Christchurch Sailing Club, thanked some of the sponsors for providing the major prizes, Norths Sails, WB Sails and Sountouched Sailing and wished those travelling from far and wide a safe journey home.

Ben Cornish was duly crowned British Finn National Champion for the second year running and gave his thanks to the race committee, organising team, 'trolley dollies' and bar staff for providing and exceptional event. Although the major star of the show was the weather, pretty much perfect all the way through.

Overall Results:
If you finished in the top ten at the Finn nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here

PosHelmCategoryNatSail NoR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1Ben Cornish GBR9111231229
2Peter McCoy GBR29244421114
3Hector SimpsonU23GBR964311BFD3416
4Henry WetherellU23GBR71323234316
5Callum DixonU23GBR7076611545531
6Cameron TweedleU23GBR987BFD7857842
7Markus BettumU23GBR70355106BFD101551
8Allen BurrellGMGBR2111267791452
9Simon PercivalMGBR635815811108954
10Marc Allain de BeavaisGGMFRA999759BFD21657
11John GreenwoodGMGBR5181016101111765
12James Downer GBR4917891986DNC67
13Kristian SjobergGMFIN201109151416131172
14Matthew StephensU23GBR6191316171812121686
15Martin HughesGMGBR5671620141514181087
16John MackieMGBR68261120136152388
17Mike de CourcyGMGBR212114231613141795
18Sander KooyGMGBR119BFD3217181713116
19Philip BaumGGMRSA5125241821151625119
20George CooperOGBR7151313129DNFDNC122
21Andy DenisonGMGBR2020DNF2623311912131
22Will PattenGMGBR523025222717DNC19134
23Cy GrisleyMGBR6928311924222022135
24Jerry AndrewsMGBR6229183529202218136
25Alex AtkinsMGBR58134292126193121147
26John HeyesGMGBR6124232836242829156
27Ivan BurdenMGBR67927213725332330159
28Simon Moss GBR72222173433323226162
29Ed ThorburnGMGBR59542263932272928181
30Matthew WalkerOGBR1003132122225DNCDNC182
31Fred Van ArkelGMNED924362230353425DNC182
32Pete AshworthGGMGBR5939302420DNF3735185
33Tim SimpsonGMGBR9347442947212620187
34Jonathon TweedleMGBR54848343642362727202
35Joe StockerU23GBR64432454528BFD3624210
36Andrew WylamGGMGBR22413543DNF263531211
37Jean‑Louis SimonsGMGBR6173328253041DNCDNC217
38Ray NewGGMGBR803733333129DNCDNC223
39Roddy SteelGMGBR57738394744383034223
40Tim NewtonGMGBR4745403841403433226
41Howard SellarsLGBR7723BFD273423DNCDNC227
42Richard HartLGBR6314327423928DNCDNC239
43Andrew HurstGGMGBR777DNFDNF31RAF303332246
44Richard PhillipsGGMGBR4250385143433836248
45Laurence PetersGMGBR620443650374439DNF250
46Steve HaylesMGBR371419DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC273
47Roman KhodykinOGBR1340DNF413837DNCDNC276
48Peter BlickGGMGBR345143494635DNCDNC284
49Ian FrayneGMGBR304642524545DNCDNC290
50Graham Dale‑JonesGGMFRA/2X494146DNC39DNCDNC295
51Paul SmithGMGBR72753BFD484042DNCDNC303
52John TorranceGGMGBR99543740DNFDNFDNCDNC311
55Chris BarbaryMGBR53455DNF53DNFDNFDNCDNC348

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