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The Yachts and Yachting London Boat Show Pursuit Race

by Mark Jardine 15 Jan 2006 17:16 GMT
Stephen Denison wins the Yachts and Yachting London Boat Show Pursuit Race © Ben Duke

43 boats from 27 different classes made the journey to the Prince Albert Dock, just outside the ExCeL exhibition centre for the Yachts and Yachting London Boat Show Pursuit Race. Taxing conditions with fluky winds in parts of the course tested sailors from youth to international level.

The first boat off was the returning competitor Charlie Esse in his Optimist from the starting line, with the Lt. Commander of HMS Grafton firing the cannon. The course saw a initial windward up towards the City Airport runway and a short spinnaker reach across the dock and back down West, past HMS Grafton, under the footbridge to a leeward mark and back up through the start gate.

The leaders completed six rounds with drama right to the finish. The Merlin Rocket of Joe McLaughlin & Bryn Evans, had the lead going into the final seconds of the race, only to find a hole in the wind and watch helplessly as the Solo of Steve Denison crept past and took the winners gun. There was consolation for the Merlin Rocket class with second and a fourth overall together with fellow Rocketers, Rob Wilder and Tom McLaughlin enough to take the overall class trophy which will be proudly displayed at Tamesis Club.

The first under sixteen was Ben Palmer sailing his Topper just ahead of the Mirror sailed by Edward Fitzgerald & James Walker.

Many thanks to the Hayling Island Sailing Club Race Committee team of Paul Carpenter, Adam Carpenter, Alison & Martin Stainsby and Alison Johnson for running the racing so well. Also thanks must go to Paul Botterill of Barton Marine for bringing together the event on short notice. Yachts and Yachting Managing Director, John Heyes said during the prizegiving that sponsorship of the event would continue for 2007, with the perpetual trophies awarded ensuring this will be a continuing feature of the London Boat Show.

Overall Results:

1st Solo, 4327, Stephen Denison (Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club)
2nd Merlin Rocket, 3566, Joe McLaughlin & Bryn Evans (Tamesis Club)
3rd RS200, 751, Geoff Carveth & Emma Clarke (Hayling Island Sailing Club)
4th Merlin Rocket, 3656, Rob Wilder & Tom McLaughlin (Tamesis Club)

1st Class - Merlin Rockets

1st U16, Topper, 44584, Ben Palmer (Island Barn Sailing Club)
2nd U16, Mirror, 70361, Edward Fitzgerald & James Walker (Itchenor Sailing Club)

Full Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClub
1Solo4327Stephen Denison Hollingworth Lake SC
2Merlin Rocket3566Joe MclaughlinBryn EvansTamesis Club
3RS200751Geoff CarvethEmma ClarkeHayling Island SC
4Merlin Rocket3656Rob WilderTom MclauglinTamesis Club
5Snipe29834Mark AntonelliLiz CrouchBudworth SC
6Solo4215Godfrey Clark  
7Comet636Ian Coppenhall Hunts SC
8Snipe29411Richard LambertAndrew WibroeBlue Circle SC
9National 123481David WilkinsSuzi SallisSpinnaker SC
10Comet555John R. Windibank Chipstead SC
11Enterprise22975Phil KirkJames Askew 
12Topper44584Ben Palmer Island Barn Reservoir SC
13Mirror70361Edward FitzgeraldJames WallaceItchinor SC
14Cadet856Joshua PistolJamie ProffittFishers Green SC
15RS Vareo261Tim Greenwood Bristol Corinthian YC
16Enterprise22102Richard PepperdineTom KeyStaunton Harold SC
17Topper45197Andrew Brown Budworth SC
18Mirror69776Emma BarryMartina BarryBrightlingsea SC
19Int. Canoe Classic278Simon Allen Hayling Island SC
20Optimist5337Charlie Esse Royal Lymington YC
2159er90Russell SmithPaul DorerBowmoor SC
22RS300456Graham Cooper Chew Valley Lake SC
23Splash2123Jake Sheldlake Hickling Broad SC
24Comet Trio365David TalbotAlison SpiresHawley Lake
25Hurricane 5.9365Mike CoulsonViki Herbert – CoulsonDatchet Water SC
26Hurricane 5.9485Philip MarksLucy Boneham 
27Tornado418Grant PiggottDan HawkesWestern
28Laser 40004052Chris GouldJo MorrisonIsland Barn Reservoir SC
29Laser 50005272Andrew TempleTim SewardBroadstairs SC
30Challenger202Judi Figgures Grafham Sailability
3129er1114Daniel HendersonBruce SprattThorp Bay YC
32RS600942Olly Straker Western
3329er55Henry MaxfieldDicken MacleanHayling Island SC
34Flash834Bradley Field Benfleet YC
35Challenger257Val Millward Rutland Sailability
36Shearwater2005Shaun DuenDion DuenFelixstow Ferry SC
37Tornado369Adam PiggottGreg WindleWestern Sailing
38Flash811Thomas Dring Norfolk Punt Club
39Laser Vortex1160Tony Coulson Wilsonian SC
40Laser Vortex1013Grahame Smith Wilsonian SC
RTDCadet8560Billie QuinlanKatherine Kimber 
RTDRS700933Matt Humphreys Weston SC
RTD29er XX1David HallLaura SandersThorp Bay YC
RTDNational 123500Nigel MayHannah MayNotts County SC

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