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2018 Shadow National Championship at Gurnard Sailing Club

by Pete Newlands 10 Jul 2018 12:30 BST 29 June - 1 July 2018
2018 Shadow National Championship at Gurnard © Chris Evans

What a boat and what a venue! The race administration was first class and Barrie and Amanda Harding arranged great courses and even handed out doughnuts to the twelve competitors between races.

Nine races were scheduled over the three days and eventually six were completed in the light conditions. The last days racing was cancelled as the wind failed to materialise.

Sadly, the weekend collided with a number of other international sailing events meaning that the fleet's professional sailors were unable to get the time off work to take part.

Nigel Harley proved his latent talent again by being in the top three places at the first mark in three races, culminating in a last race podium finish. Dave Downer battled with Tony Wyeth but always managed to narrowly lose a place at the end of each exciting final run on Saturday. Tony finished the first day in fifth place overall but slipped a few places on the Saturday.

Ben Willows borrowed a boat and gave it a solid go, sailing quickly and keeping with the fleet until eventually suffering gear failure. Pete Bowen needed a little more wind to show his class, starting well but losing out as the race progressed.

James French flew in for the weekend, missing the Friday races. As usual, right on the leader's pace but needed to be able to count more races in the series. Martin Scott was consistent in the light conditions and did well to finish fourth overall – just inches from doing better in several races.

Pete Newlands, Carl Blenkinsop and Shaun Kellett all scored a race win but were unable to whittle away at the talent of Robin Leather who never finished lower than second. Carl had great speed, winning the second race but unfortunately his gennaker caught the water on an early hoist on Saturday, breaking his pole and ruling him out. Shaun stormed the first race with a huge win and ended up second overall just two points behind Robin.

Robin Leather sniffed out the breezes most consistently and demonstrated his customary calm boat handling to take the overall win and retain the title.

Next Shadow event is the Isle of Wight dinghy champs 28-30 July.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail No.R1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stRobin LeatherGBR 0852nd2nd1st1st2nd6
2ndShaun KellettGBR 0571st3rd2nd2nd5th8
3rdPete NewlandsGBR 0483rd4th3rd4th1st11
4thMartin ScottGBR 0025th6th5th5th7th21
5thNigel HarleyGBR 0459th7th6th7th3rd23
6thJames FrenchGBR 032DNCDNC4th3rd4th24
7thTony WyethGBR 0896th5th9th6th8th25
8thDave DownerGBR 0408th9th7th8th6th29
9thCarl BlenkinsopGBR 0644th1st10thDNCDNC30
10thPeter BowenGBR 05410th8th8th9th9th34
11thMark JenkinsonGBR 0847th9thDNCDNCDNC44
12thBen WillowsGBR 084DNCDNC10thDNCDNC51

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