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Squib East Coast Championship at Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham

by Alex Porteous 30 May 16:16 BST 26-27 May 2018

Wow, what a fabulous weekend of sailing! After a number of weekends fighting the tide in light wind sailing conditions, the 2018 East Coast Championship truly showed what a spectacular sailing location Burnham on Crouch is with champagne sailing on both days...

On Saturday morning 29 boats, including 12 visitors, set off down to Clarks to ensure clear water away from the other classes setting sail that day. After a short postponement to enable all the boats to make their way to the race course and then the pre-requisite couple of general recalls (could be interesting at Cowes week!) racing commenced. With gusts of around 22 knots, the Grogans in Helmut Shöing II showed their skill in the strong breeze and were quick to the first mark and extended their lead around the course. It was a closer battle behind with Aquabat (Stu Rix/Steve Warren-Smith) taking second spot ahead of Humphrey (Robert Coyle/Marc Rawinsky).

Race two got away first time and again racing was close with mayhem at the mark roundings! The Grogans continued their winning ways once more but this time it was the yellow hull of Guy Fawkes which made an appearance and snuck in front of Lady Penelope to take second place.

With the tide changing and winds not abating, the sea state got up. A slight break between races two and three as the Committee boat had to move to avoid running aground (easily done as demonstrated by Pani Munta).

The U flag made its first appearance in Race three and brought the squib fleet back in check after a couple more general recalls. By this time rolling waves now set the scene for the spinnaker runs and Lady Penelope (with Andy Ramsey returning to crew Malcolm Hutchings) showed how it was done taking the win from Humphrey whilst the Grogans had to settle for third. The racing continued to be extremely close and the finishing whistle was practically constant as boats crossed within seconds of each other.

The final race of the day and many crews were looking forward to the much deserved pint and dry clothes. Three times round the course and this time it was Aquabat who came out on top, choosing the right time & angle to cross the tide. As the boats crossed the finish line, the important race commenced as the spinnakers stayed up and boats enjoyed a fast and furious spinnaker reach back to the club! Brilliant fun!

At the end of day 1 it was the Grogans in the lead at the half way point with Lady Penelope just two points ahead of Aquabat and the rest of us not that far behind. It was definitely all to play for coming into day 2. However, there was one important competition to be had first and that was the Darts competition kindly organised by Jason Phelps and the Corinthian Otters to raise money for a new Otter Spotter engine. Competition was fierce and, despite being knocked out in the first round and having to re-enter, it was Phil Aspinall who took his only trophy of the event!

Day 2 saw a shorter sail out to the race course and lighter winds but the sunshine remained and we were promised another fantastic day's racing. Malcolm and Andy (Lady P) started off the proceedings with a win in Race 5 as conditions saw boats short tacking along the edge (reminiscent of the Gold Cup weekend but with more wind!) just pushing Ian Keely in Supanova into second with Helmut Shöing taking the third place. Jenny & Bryan Riley just missed out on third place after a superb last run, overtaking 5 boats on their way to the finish.

Race 6 and this time it was Aquabat taking line honours. Second and third went to Pani Munta (Mike Probert/James Bryer) and Spoof (Micky Wright/Alex Porteous) in yet another nail bitingly close finish. Helmut Shöing was back in front for Race 7 with Brimstone taking 2nd in front of Aquabat and with that win, the Grogans had taken the trophy and took the decision to grab that early beer. However it was all to play for in Race 8 with Lady Penelope and Aquabat fighting it out for second. This time it was the turn of Nic Tolhurst & Sarah James in By The Lee to lead from start to finish, keeping ahead of Supernova and Humphrey's late charge and winning the final race of the day.

One single point separated second and third and final results showed Helmut Shöing in first, Aquabat second and Lady Penelope third. In the silver fleet it was Nemesis (Ray Althorp/Guy Welch) who prevailed over Buccaneer (Emma Baker/Sam Prime) and Magic Roundabout (Jason Phelps/Carl Anderson). Leading Lady Crew was Jenny Riley (ably assisted by Bryan in Brimstone).

Many thanks to our sponsors, Hyde Sails and Harken for the prizes as well as Edwin Buckley and Team Phoebe for yet another fantastic event.

Overall Results:

1105Helmut Shöing IINigel GroganJack GroganRCYC113231013611
213AquabatStu RixSteve Warren‑SmithRVYC285114131120
3819Lady PenelopeMalcolm HutchingsAndy RamseyRCYC731316131021
4823HumphreyRobert CoyleMarc RawinskyRCYC362471310325
573BrimstoneBryan RileyJenny RileyW&OBYV45416492726
6868By The LeeNic TolhurstSarah TolhurstRCYC1010165548133
7811SpoofMicky WrightAlex PorteousRCYC84710935633
8605SupernovaIan KeelyPeter MatthewsW&OBYV1179621112237
9128Pani MuntaMike ProbertJames BryerRCYC3612681029439
10157Cheque MatePeter MarchantIan SimonsRCYC6911111174845
11883Just In TimeNeil Fulcher Stone SC9238718217554
1233IncendioDavid LloydMark StonesPortsmouth S.C.5111013168111658
1336Artemis 2Philip RustChris RustBrsSC1314121561461364
14760SurpriseDuncan GrindleyAdam KnightsRCYC1215172412536970
1572Guy FawkesPhil AspinallHowie EnkelRCYC3622019812181574
16880QuidsinMark KnightsIan KnightsRCYC & BSC17221591719141284
17806NemesisRay AlthorpGuy WelchTSC361721121515201796
18862BrutusSimon GriffinTim Rigler/Dave Hyde/Steve HowardRCYC2016191813221618100
1920BuccaneerEmma BakerSamuel PrimeRVYC2120223620161514106
20736Magic RoundaboutCarl Anderson/Jason PhelpsCarl Anderson/Jason PhelpsRCYC1519231419202221108
21842Posh TottyJez Littlewood/Heidi WrightHeidi WrightHPYC1618182125231919111
22595OutlawIan ScottIona MartinRCYC1813252222251720112
23791Crazy DiamondStuart BurrowsMarc MoncrieffW&OBYV2225142323172323122
2483EasyIan BrandNick PeelRCYC1924242024182124126
25142SquiggleJono BrownChris DunnRCYC1421131736363636137
26727MosquitoBen LuddingtonChris BrownRCYC2326262526262422146
2721TomboBill JonesMartin HipseyRCYC2527273621242536149
28709ElectraDavid MellardNikki MellardRCYC2436363636363636204
29137AtomicRobin HarrisMark Fowler 3636363636363636216
29500HussarMartin HarrisonTom ArcherRVYC3636363636363636216
29682OutcastRoger SmithCharles TuckerRCYC3636363636363636216
29720WoodyBen HardenDigger Harden/TBABSC3636363636363636216
29779What's The StorySimon SandersJulie BatchelorRCYC3636363636363636216
29855CrocRichard SullivanSue HarperRNSYC & WOBYC3636363636363636216
29900Top DogTony GibsonGerry LewseyStone SC3636363636363636216

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