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Albacore Inland Championship at Carsington Sailing Club

by Mike Banner 10 Jun 2018 06:32 BST 26-27 May 2018
Judy and Paul Armstrong win their 9th consecutive Albacore Inlands at Carsington © Nick Arran

Judy and Paul Armstrong of Scaling Dam SC continued their stranglehold of the Albacore Inlands winning their ninth consecutive annual event at a warm and windy Carsington Water over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

Eleven boats competed in the event however only Matt Biggs and Mark Fowler (Blithfield SC) got close to the Armstrongs, even to the point of leading the event after the first day! Three races were sailed on each day with a good force 4-6 breeze allowing or plenty of fast reaches and rock n roll gybes. Matt and Mark won the first and third races with Judy and Paul taking the second. Adam Savage and Andy Moore from Elton SC scored a brace of thirds whilst Mike Banner and Louise Carr (Leigh & Lowton/ Shoreham SC) grabbed the other.

On day two Team Armstrong took off – literally! - as they revelled in the perfect conditions and tighter reaches, scoring three bullets to take the event. There were a few new faces on the podium including Peter Snowdon and Jason Upton from Scaling Dam whilst Adam and Andy managed to dislodge Matt and Mark in race five to claim their best result of the weekend, just before a broken main halyard gave them ta discard.

There were some tired legs but happy smiles at the prize giving with everyone wondering just what they have to do to unseat the Armstrong's from their near-decade on the Albacore Inlands throne!

There are a number of upcoming Albacore events with the main event being the Noble Marine Insurance sponsored Nationals at Royal Torbay Sailing Club at the end of July. Full details on the class website.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st8228Judy ArmstrongPaul ArmstrongScaling Dam‑2121116
2nd6922Matt BiggsMark FowlerBlithfield1212‑428
3rd8133Adam SavageAndy MooreElton33432(DNC)15
4th8233Mike BannerLouise CarrLeigh And Lowton4534‑7521
5th7920Peter SnowdonJason UptonScaling Dam Sc‑66653323
6th8158Matthew Metcalf‑SmithChris ArmstrongCarsingtonsc5‑8565425
7th6844Tim ColemanJo SankeyNottingham Sc74776(DNC)31
8th6504Stephen BaileyIeze BogdanovicaNottingham Sc97988(DNF)41
9th7428Ben ThomasSina StapelfeldtSouth Bank‑111110119647
10th6956Phil SheppardKirsten SheppardNottingham Sc101089(DNF)DNC49
11th8230Dave WhittleEmma Meltcalf‑SmithSouth Cerney89(DNF)10DNCDNC51

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