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National 18 British and Irish Championships at West Mersea Yacht Club

by Jeremy Vines 27 Jul 2018 13:05 BST 15-20 July 2018
National 18 British and Irish Championships at West Mersea © Peter Hickson

The National 18s were out in force on the wide Blackwater estuary during the week of 15th to 20th July. Winds were in the south and were reinforced by sea breezes to a steady force 3 to 5. Add plenty of sunshine and this was the recipe for great sailing each day. Hosted in splendid style by West Mersea Yacht Club and Dabchicks Sailing Club, with considerable input from Blackwater SC, plus local expert Paul Jackson as Race Officer, some were saying it was the best event ever.

Entries came from England, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and France. Predominantly they were Morrison 'Ultras', but there were also a number of 'Ultimates' which raced in a separate fleet. Noticeable this year was an increase in family crews.

On the water there were three back-to-back races a day over four days, making 12 good races in all. Courses were windward/leeward leading to much close and tactical sailing and place changing both upwind and downwind. Early on and with several first places, it seemed that 'Shark Too' (Charlo Dwyer) would come out on top. However, 'Second Wife' (Tom Crosbie) took charge in the latter races. They ended equal on points overall, but the Crosbies took the major trophy by two points when the worst two results were discarded. Third was another Irish boat 'Fifty Shades' (Nick Walsh) and fourth a Scottish entry 'Two and half men' (Richard and Stuart Urquhart).

It was noticeable that the English are closing the gap with two boats taking several top three places and 'Hurricane' (Ollie Houseman) taking sixth place overall.

The 'Ultimate' prize was won by Crossfire (Antony Ellis) from the Isle of Man in fine style crewed by his son Nickolas who, at 11 years old, was much the youngest competitor.

Ashore there was abundant night life with variously oysters, belly dancers from Southend, musicians from Mersea Island, the 80th Anniversary Dinner and two jolly sing songs ending in traditional style with Tom Dwyer's rendition of 'Paddy McGinty's Goat'.

Thank you West Mersea. Please can we come again?

Further information about the National 18 British and Irish Championship and the class's 80th Anniversary celebrations can be found at or by emailing

Ultra Class:
If you finished in the top ten at the National 18 nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here

PosBoat NameCountrySail NoClubHelm CrewCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1stSecond WifeIRL417Royal Cork YCTom CROSBIEChloe CROSBIEPatrick CROSBIE122-64312114-621
2ndShark ElevenIRL418Royal Cork Yacht ClubCharlo DWYERJohnny DURCANRobbie ENGLISH-53111-534233223
3rdFifty ShadesIRL405Royal Cork Yacht ClubNick WALSHRob BROWNLOWEddie RICE44-82-5251541129
4thTwo and half menGBR420Royal Findhorn Yacht ClubStuart URQUHARTRichard URQUHARTMartin CRUDEN21(OCS)5216575-8337
5thAquadisiacsIRL404Royal Cork Yacht ClubColin CHAPMANMorgan O'SULLIVANJames MCCAN3-8(OCS)43426382540
6thHurricaneGBR401TamesisOllie HOUSEMANJeremy VINESSteve Watton-96437-989825456
7thSecond ChanceGBR403Blackwater Sailing ClubBryan SARGEANTJack GROGANWill Sargeant(DNF)73811(DSQ)434611865
8thPuss n’BootIRL402Royal Cork YCTom DWYERPeter O'DONOVAN (OCS)56(OCS)677116991177
9thPantherGBR406Blackwater SCJessica BERNEYGregor DAVIDSONHugo Berney695(OCS)8697101110-1481
10thThe ShadowGBR412Blackwater SCJulian BERNEYMaria RICHARDSGraham Hoy7-1091098-1289761083
11thSHUCK'EMIRL409 Jamie DWYERKieran DWYER 8-1279101010-1212107790
12thOptimus PrimeGBR421Tamesis ClubMatthew JONESKaan YARGICI 1013107121111-14-1513139109
13thHighland FlingGBR413Royal Findhorn Yacht ClubKevin DAVIDSONClaire LAURIEStephen Laurie11111211(RET)(DNC)131311151413124
14thOdysseyGBR400Blackwater Sailing ClubSteve PERKINSJack PERKINSPerkins son(DNF)(DNC)DNC121313141013121212127
15thNimbleIRL419Royal Cork YCDave CLANCYDeirdre TOBIN 121411131412-15-1514141515134

Ultimate Class:

PosBoat NameCountrySail NoClubHelm CrewCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1stCrossfireIOM303Isle of Man YCAntony ELLISStuart BREWNickolas ELLIS-1111111111-2110
2ndMuc DhooGBR346Bough Beech SCTrevor CHANTERWilliam CHANTERLucy SMITH2-3222222-321219
3rdRAFFLESIRL352Centre Nautique De St PolMathieu PERETTIStephan PERETTILaura Peretti323333(DNC)(OCS)2DNCDNCDNC31

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