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Finn Southern Area Championship at Christchurch Sailing Club

by Simon Percival 6 Jun 2018 08:58 BST 2-3 June 2018
Finn Southern Area Championship at Christchurch © Ela Miller

Christchurch Sailing Club welcomed 30 competitors for the Southern Area Championship, which was a healthy entry considering the World Masters had concluded only a week previously in Spain.

Paul Butler PRO reminded competitors of some of the safety concerns when existing and entering the harbour but looked forward to a promising day of racing in Christchurch Bay.

The fleet made their way out into the Bay only to be greeted by a sea mist which reduced visibility enough to delay the start of Race 1. The PRO set a short windward leg so the fleet could get away and see the windward mark!

Race 1 started first time remarkably, in a building sea breeze from the South West of around 10 knots, by the top mark it had increased to beyond 12 knots and the fleet enjoyed free pumping led downwind by Cameron Tweedle, followed by Henry Bagnell making a return to the Finn and Mike De Courcy fresh from the Masters in Spain. The order remained the same till the finish after some thrilling downwind surfing conditions for all with only a few capsizes.

By race 2 the mist had cleared sufficiently to set a longer course and again the fleet got away first time although there were 4 boats over the line at the gun, Mike De Courcy, John Heyes, James Downer and Roman Khodykin. Cameron again got to the windward mark in first place and pulled away from the fleet downwind showing some solid technique in the conditions to take first place. Jack Arnell recovered well from his first race to take second place whilst Lawrence Crispin took third after some solid upwind sailing.

Race 3 again remarkably started first time however another group of boats were over the line, painfully some for the second time, John Heyes, James Downer and Roman Khodykin. At the windward mark and with the tide starting to ebb Jack Arnell led from Simon Percival after making the most of the tide on the left side of the course. Henry Bagnall edged out Simon Percival to take third place while Cameroon got past Jack Arnell on the last leg to take first place.

The fleet the sailed back in following some champagne sailing conditions in the Bay.

Saturday evening and a pleasant time was had by those who remained for a meal at the club, with one or two prizes handed out from 'Suntouched' and 'North Sails' who had kindly donated some gifts for the event.

Sunday morning and the forecast looked promising for a repeat of the previous day. However, an easterly gradient breeze was cancelling out any sea breeze that looked as though it might develop. Despite the best efforts of the PRO and race team in moving the course and two abandoned starts, racing was abandoned at 1430 hrs and the fleet were towed back through the harbour to the Club.

At the prize giving the competitors were treated to a tea laid on by the Christchurch members and Cameron Tweedle was awarded the Southern Area Masters title for 2018. Simon Percival representing Christchurch Sailing Club thanked all those involved in putting on the event and prizes were awarded to the category winners below, again thanks to Suntouched Sailboats and North Sails for their donations.

Prize Winners:

  • First U23: Cameron Tweedle
  • First Open: Henry Bagnell
  • First Master: Simon Percival
  • First Grand Master: Lawrence Crispin
  • First Grand Grand master: Andrew Wylam
  • First Legend: Ray New

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1GBR 98Cameron Tweedle (U23)WPNSA1113
2GBR 55Henry Bagnall (O)Gurnard SC25310
3GBR 28Jack Arnell (U23)Christchurch SC82212
4GBR 74Lawrence Crispin (GM)Stone SC63514
5GBR 635Simon Percival (M)Christchurch SC74415
6GBR 37Steve Hayles (M)Christchurch SC56617
7GBR 750Ivan Burden (GM)Burridge SC1110829
8GBR 20Andy Denison (GM)Christchurch SC1281131
9GBR 80Ray New (L)Christchurch SC1371636
10GBR 88Jonathan Tweedle (M)Oxford SC10121436
11GBR 69Cy Grisley (M)Keyhaven YC15111238
12GBR 62Jerry Andrews (GM)RHYC1813940
13GBR 21Michael de Courcy (GM)Mengeham Rythe SC3OCS741
14GBR 100Matthew Walker (M)Mengeham Rythe SC2191545
15GBR 33Kieron Holt (M)Warsash SC19151347
16GBR 703Matthew Wright (O)Keyhaven YC14142048
17GBR 22Andrew Wylam (GGM)Mengeham Rythe SC22171049
18GBR 12Jack Acton (U23)Christchurch SC20161955
19GBR 620Laurence Peters (GM)Christchurch SC23181859
20GBR 42Richard Phillips (GGM)Christchurch SC25201762
21GBR 49James Downer (O)Gurnard SC (CWC)4OCSOCS66
22GBR 34Peter Blick (GGM)Keyhaven YC24212166
23GBR 281Merrick Gill (M)Christchurch SC1719RET67
24GBR 61John Heyes (GM)Mengeham Rythe SC9OCSOCS71
25GBR 619R Crane (GM) 27222271
26GBR 40Russell New (M)Christchurch SC26232473
27GBR 57Anthony Huggett (M)BurghField SC30242377
28GBR 13Roman Khodykin (M)MRSC16OCSOCS78
29GBR 611Tony Lock (L)Christchurch SC28RETDNC90
30GBR 577Roddy Steel (GM)Keyhaven YC29DNCDNC91

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