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'Blasting' conditions for the Staunton Blaster

by Ann Nugent 15 Feb 2018 10:07 GMT 10-11 February 2018
The Staunton Blaster lives up to its name © Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk

The Staunton Blaster lived up to its name again with driving rain, and the wind blasting with gusts of up to 40 knots through Day 1 and gusts of up to 28 knots on Day 2. Thirty-two boats from across the Midlands, took part, with 15 different fleets represented. The weekend was an incredible test of endurance for sailors, safety teams and race officers, capsizes were frequent and the safety teams did an excellent job on both days!

Race 1 saw Ogston's, Roscoe Martin sail into first place (RSAero5), Staunton's Matt and Simon Foskett (Fireball) and Pete Gray and Rachael Rhodes (Scorpion) came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Whilst the safety team was kept busy on the water, the race officials were kept just as busy trying to note down Notts County S.C.'s Jamie Manson's (RS600) laps! A welcome break from the weather and everyone headed in to enjoy a choice of very welcome pasta bakes and cakes before taking to the water again for the afternoon's back to back racing. Then it was back on the water for the afternoon's racing, Race 2 started with strong winds and lots of rudders and daggerboards on show. Staunton's Corey Newton (Supernova) had got into his stride by now, with a first place finish, and Notts County's, Jamie Manson (RS600) and Ogston's, Roscoe Martin came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Back to back Race 3 started promptly and thankfully weather conditions eased. Those sailors who had given up on their New Year gym resolutions were left pleading for an early course shortening, each time they passed through the 'finish' line. Staunton's, Corey Newton, working well in his Supernova had his second, first placed finish of the day, Matt and Simon Foskett (Fireball) likewise took another second place, and Dovestone/Northampton's Andy McKee and Steve Graham (Scorpion) finished third. A great end to day one with Corey Newton finishing first overall - will the trophy change hands in 2018, but still stay in the same family?

Day Two and the fourth and fifth races of the Staunton Blaster leg of the Cooler/ Blaster mini-series.

Races 4 and 5 were held back to back on Sunday morning with slightly better conditions than Saturday; wind speed of 19 – 20 knots gusting to 28 knots at times not counting the intermittent snow and sleet showers, interspersed with periods of sunny weather, not for the faint hearted!

Race 4 saw gusty conditions, challenging to most competitors, with a few capsizes to keep the RIB crews busy. The conditions seemed to suit the fast fleet with Matt and Simon Foskett in their Fireball coming in first with Pete Gray and Rachel Rhodes second (Scorpion) and Jamie Manson with a highly gymnastic performance in his RS600 in 3rd place.

Race 5 saw the wind fluctuate in strength throughout the race with Andy McKee and Steve Graham in their Scorpion coming first, helped by a splendid spinnaker low broad reach to catch up with the Fireballs, and Corey Newton who had not done so well in Race 4 to take second in his Supernova with Grahame Newton, well ahead in the slow fleet, coming third overall in his Laser full rig, doing well to keep upright in the gusty conditions.

Overall race results of the 5 race series was Corey Newton, first, Matt and Simon Foskett, second and Peter Gray and Rachel Rhodes third, all Staunton Harold sailors, 4th Roscoe Martin of Ogston SC and 5th Jamie Manson of Notts County.

The final leg of this Open Series will be at Notts County on the 24th and 25th February 2018. All sailors are welcome please go to ncsc.org.uk for full details.

A very big thank you to all the travelling sailors who made the event such a great competition. Also to our excellent race and galley teams for a wonderful job, both on and off the water. We would also like to thank the club's very own Paul Williamson whose photos were used throughout the weekend and also Tim Olin, renowned specialist marine photographer who somehow managed to capture a host of amazing photos of this weekend's races, despite the weather conditions! For a high quality copy of the photos shown here email and to take a look at the full album from the weekend please go to www.flickr.com/photos/141388522@N05/sets/72157690335597462

Overall Results: (full race results here)

PosFleetClassSail NoHelmCrewClubPYR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stFASTSupernova1165Corey Newton Staunton Harold SC1075-6116210
2ndFASTFireball14870Matt FoskettSimon FoskettStaunton Harold SC964252.51-1110.5
3rdFASTScorpion2022Peter GrayRachael RhodesStaunton Harold SC10403-442413
4thSLOWRSAERO 52106Roscoe Martin Ogston112013-105716
5thFASTRS600810Jamie Manson Notts County SC9204273-14.516
6thFASTScorpion2042Andy McKeeSteve GrahamDovestone/Northampton1040-14112.54118.5
7thSLOWLaser209956Grahame Newton Staunton Harold SC1095-7767323
8thSLOWGP1414224Nigel PepperdineRichard PepperdineStaunton Harold11315-1398628
9thSLOWLaser RADIAL186696Sam Jones Staunton Harold SC113686-1111833
10thFASTRS200772Peter GoodyearAlastair LucasStaunton Harold SC1047(DNC)9516535
11thSLOWSolo5658Martin Honnor Ogston SC1140912(DNC)10940
12thFASTFireball15004Rob WatsonSimon ForbesStaunton Harold SC96410101212-1344
13thFASTScorpion1925Martyn DenchfieldRichard BarnettStaunton Harold104013-211691856
14thSLOWLaser RADIAL203181Nathan Smith Staunton Harold SC113617(DNC)14141257
15thFASTRSAERO 71089Kent Martin Ogston SC107111813(DNC)RET63
16thSLOWEurope403George Crammond Staunton Harold SC1145151717(DNC)14.563.5
17thSLOWSolo4882Brian Fisher Notts County SC114018-1915191668
18thSLOWGP1413949Peter NugentCharles SaundersStaunton Harold SC1131-191419171969
19thFASTScorpion2001Adrian JonesMalcolm JamesNotts County SC1040-211818152071
20thFASTRS4001024Nick KindonGrahame SMithStaunton Harold SC946(RET)2021182180
21stFASTScorpion2037D SnutchJ WellsNotts County104020(DNC)DNC131781
22ndFASTPhantom1347Chris Biglin Staunton Harold SC99912(RET)DNCOCS1084
23rdSLOWLaser207732Craig Williamson SHSC/HISC1095(RET)158DNCDNC85
24thSLOWLaser 4.7156348S Rumball Ogston SC1195(RET)16RETDNCDNC109
25thSLOWSolo5649Steve Bishop Girton SC114016(DNC)DNCDNCDNC109
26thSLOWLaser134447Mike Heap Ogston SC1095(DNC)DNC20DNCDNC113
27thSLOWTopper 4.245438Haydon Moore Notts County SC1400(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC124
27thFASTRS2001162Russ CosgraveLucy MalloryStaunton Harold SC1047(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC124
27thFASTSupernova1130Nick Whiles Attenborough1075(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC124
27thSLOWRSFeva XL S/H3271Mark Warmalp Staunton Harold SC1227(RET)DNCDNCDNCDNC124

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