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505 UK National Championship at Whitstable Yacht Club - Day 2

by Rob Woelfel 27 Apr 2018 20:43 BST 26-29 April 2018
505 Nationals at Whitstable © Nick Champion / www.championmarinephotography.co.uk

Another great day of sailing out of the Whitstable Yacht Club. We completed three races, although the race committee tried very hard to run a fourth but conditions would not allow it.

Racers saw everything today from persistent shifts to the left, to persistent shifts to the right, to the right to oscillating shifts. The race committee had their hands full trying to keep the course square. The weather cooperated nicely and crews were on their trapeze up wind and down wind all day long.

At the start of the day Tom Gillard and Harry Briddon were in first place wearing the bright yellow first place rash guards with a giant 1 provided by the race committee. Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel were in second place wearing the blue rash guard with the giant number two. Ian Pinnell and Alex Davies were wearing the bright red rash guards with the number three on it.

The racing was very tricky and in three races we had three different first place finishers. There were big gains to be made to the boats that could limit their exposure and choose the right side of the course. A big mistake could cost you dearly as the races were quite short, generally running around 40 minutes each.

In race number one Nathan Bachelor and Sam Pascoe from Tynemouth Sailing Club won in commanding fashion leading the race for the vast majority and getting the bullet as they crossed the finish line. Philippe Boite/Matheus Fountaine finished Second with Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel in third.

In the second race Philippe Boite and Matheus Fountaine from CVSQ finished first. They held off all challengers with great boat speed and by executing world class decision making on the course. Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel were in second with Charlie Walters and Dougal Cram in third.

In race three Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel from the Santa Cruz Yacht Club finished first. Philippe Boite and the Matheus Fountaine were right behind to capture second with Michael Quirk and Tim Needham in third.

Another highlight was Andy Smith coming down to visit as he recovers from a pretty gruesome broken arm. It looks like he might be sailing in as little as a week and I am proud to report that his broken arm can already bear the weight of a full-size beer. Get well soon Andy.

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Nt Pts
1USA9072Mike HoltRob WoelfelSanta Cruz YC2‑3215
29203Nathan BachelorSam PascoeTynemouth SC‑814510
3FRA 9175Philippe BoiteFountaineCVSQ(DNC)91212
4AUS 9134Michael QuirkTim NeedhamRPEYC46‑7313
59085Charlie WaltersDougal Cram ‑743714
69124Terry ScutcherChristian Diebitsch 52‑10815
79190Ian PinnellAlex DaviesNorthampton37‑8616
89177Tom GillardHarry BriddonSheffield Viking SC/Ogston SC1‑1651521
99180Mark Upton‑BrownIan MitchellBosham SC & Hayling Island SC68‑161024
108963Martin HodgsonA MilesStone SC10511‑1226
119178Chris LewnsJack KilburnWhitstable Yacht Club‑16136928
129093Ben IlffeSimon BriddonOgsbon SC/DWSC1117‑24432
138905Graeme WillcoxJames SpikersleyNetley SC9(DNC)121132
149159Norman ByrdRoger GilbertNorthampton‑201291839
158914Tim BirdRich NurseBurton SC141114‑2139
168991Nicholas MeadowJames ReadGuernsey Yacht Club17(DNF)131343
179125Roger DeaneTim WilliamsRock SC151022‑2347
18FRA9086Elisabeth NeidhartDemonteilYCIF(DNC)14171748
198860Bobbie JohnsonJames KingChase Water SC191515‑2549
209013Alan HendersonAlistair BarriePrestwick SC(DNC)18191451
219032Jim BlythJerry WhiteLargo Bay SC(DNC)21181655
229126Stuart TurndallMike PriddleBurton SC13(DNF)251957
239145Jim McGillivrayIan McGillivrayPrestwick SC212020‑2661
249156Russell WheelerLee MarriottIOSSC18(DNF)262064
259104Adam KenneyIan MerryfieldBurton SC(DNC)19232264
269179Tudor OwenTom Bruton jnrWYC12(RET)DNCDNC68
278881Neil RabbitsRob BathBurton SC(DNC)DNF212473

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