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Swallow National Championship at Itchenor Sailing Club

by Tony Glover 10 Jul 11:46 BST 7-8 July 2018
Gwaihir leading Skua during the Swallow Nationals at Itchenor © ISC

The 70th anniversary event of the Swallow's debut at the 1948 Olympics in Torbay was hosted by Itchenor Sailing Club and sailed in Hayling Bay over two days in glorious, if somewhat light conditions, and attracted a top quality fleet of 17 boats.

This was a long-awaited battle between a number of elite boats and sailors and did not disappoint – even if tidal conditions and significant wind shifts occasionally challenged the fleet.

First win after a delayed start on Saturday went to the family-crewed Skua and in emphatic style from last year's champion, Gwaihir. However in the second race the placings were reversed with the 2016 champion, Carolyn Brigg in Marengo filling third place twice over in Marengo – honours even at that point. A bold start for the final race of the first day and some canny upwind tactics brought Swift helmed by Jon Perry to the front with Gwaihir and Skua recovering well from indifferent starts to occupy the other podium positions.

At the end of the first day's racing Gwaihir topped the leader board by a single point from Skua and the fleet celebrated this auspicious anniversary with an excellent open air Championship Dinner at Itchenor Sailing Club.

Racing was initially delayed on day two, for the sea breeze to settle but when it did the race produced another winner with Anthony Lunch in Solitude showing good speed and control of the fleet, with Marengo and James Hartley in Osprey following close behind.

In the final and breezier race of the five race series, Gwaihir managed to cross the fleet on port and was away. As the closest challenger, Skua did an excellent recovery job to climb to second but it was not quite enough. Marengo finished third once more.

A resounding success, the Championships were the perfect tribute to the Swallow's 70th anniversary and benefitted from excellent race management by Itchenor Sailing Club members and by Richard Fleck the Race Officer.

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoBoat NameCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
193GwaihirMike Wigmore / Mark Struckett / Charles Hyatt / Keith Bliss212416
23SkuaHarry Roome / Prue Roome / Charles Roome123828
382MarengoCarolyn Brigg / Charles Fisher / Nick Boyd3362311
495OspreyJames Hartley / Jeremy Sibthorp / Peter Bentley / Ian Tillet41173418
586MigrantChris Fox / James Leaver / Barnie Hartley6845520
67SwiftJon Perry / Peter Brasier / John Tremlett114110621
792CockersoottieCharles Prescot / Mimie Currie / Dudley Howard87591429
867SolitudeAnthony Lunch / Andrew Reid / Adam Levitt1012101OCS33
966BuccanneerMike Bond / Simon Hamlyn / Marcus Irwin‑Brown / Mike Burnford79811933
1074ArchonMalcolm Green / Elizabeth Pattison / Chris Creak959161235
1188DarterTony Glover / Mike Lindsay / Gayle Palmer1313136840
1270CurlewSimon Slater / Peter Baron / Tim Boswijk51414131143
1387EchoGeorge Miller / Simon Miller / James Cunnison12612141343
1480Blue TitTom Clarence‑Smith / Andrew Dunlop / Paul Giles141011121043
1589SvalaNigel Masding / Hugo Fisher / Richard HouseDNCDNCDNC7750
1676HarlequinMark Walker / James Govan / Peter McGleughlin151515171560
1760WhimbrelP Snell / J Webber / M CoverDNCDNCDNC15DNC69

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