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Gul B14 National Championship at Paignton Sailing Club - Day 1

by Mike Bees 2 Aug 2018 21:07 BST 2-5 August 2018

Twenty-five boats arrived at the lovely seaside resort of Paignton, for the Gul B14 Nationals hosted by the super-friendly Paignton Sailing Club and supported by Bays Brewery.

Day 1 dawned with what looked like a reasonable WNW blowing, but as the fleet launched for a 1pm start it started to drop away. After a short on-the-water postponement the sky cleared and the breeze started to build from the SE. PRO Ian Bullock and his team quickly laid a course and after a general recall the fleet was away with everyone on the racks.

Race 1 set a pattern of sorts - the first boat round the windward mark sailing away to an untroubled win. In this case it was Mike Bees/Pete Nicholson who came out of the left on the first beat. The other podium spots were taken by Steve Hollingsworth/Elliot Holman and Kathy Sherratt/Josh Wilce.

Race 2 followed the pattern to an extent, in that Alan Davis/Char Horlock cleared off into the distance but this time the right hand side was king, and remained so for the rest of the day. Next were Gerry & Leaky Fermor, starting a superb run of consistency, followed by Mark Watts and Matt Johnson.

Race 3 followed straight on with the conditions unchanged. This time Watts/Johnson took an early lead from Hollingsworth/Holman but those positions swapped mid-race as the early leaders had a brief sleep. Gerry & Leaky also slipped by for second.

With conditions looking poor for Friday, the race officer wisely added a 4th race. With the short races putting a premium on starts there was a bit of carnage on the start line, leading to a bit of protest/arbitration action. Watts/Johnson cleared off to a win, again followed by Gerry & Leaky followed by the also so-consistent Hollingsworth/Holman.

Welcome refreshment was provided in the dinghy park by Bays Brewery to cap an excellent afternoon in the sunshine

With another 10 races scheduled it's still early doors but the first three overall are showing ominous consistency.

The classic fleet is currently lead by Ben Lloyd-King & Jez Page.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st765Steve HollingsworthElliot HolmanRestronguet SC2‑7136
2nd786Geraldine FermorLeaky Fermor ‑102226
3rd797Mark WattsMatt JohnsonWeston SC‑63317
4th771Mike BeesPete NicholsonBrightlingsea SC16‑7411
5th78Kathy SherrattJosh WilceWeston SC /Rutland SC354‑912
6th787Alan DavisCharlotte HorlockWeston SC / Exe SC‑12161219
7th758Tim HarrisonAnna Marriott ‑13411722
8th764Tony BlackmoreMeg BakerStarcross7‑1251022
9th770Simon HadleyNikki HadleyWhistable SC5108(DPI)23
10th789Henry MetcalfJasmine HusbandRestronguet SC‑999624
11th785Peter KightAlexRestronguet SC / Torpoint SC88‑12824
12th762Chrispy TaylorGi HarrillStarcross SC4‑11101125
13th620Ben Lloyd‑KingJez PageRestronguet SC11‑15131337
14th788Gary ParksChris WebberRestronguet SC(UFD)13141441
15th70Alicia CliffordChaelie HadleyWhistable SC1514‑161645
16th7Carl RaynesGuy Raynes 16‑18151546
17th735Tom GatehouseKate GatehouseNetley SC141718‑2049
18th766Barry PriceAdam KictenGrafham / Hayling SC1919‑211755
19th749Will RandQ van MeursLymington Town SC2016‑232157
20th694Alistair MoppettRory MoppettBough Beech SC‑2320191857
21st723Patrick SeylerStacey BrayPorthpean SC22‑24171958
22nd707Amir ShamsuddinAl StorerKing George17‑22202259
23rd731Stewart HadfieldLewis KnealeBala SC212122‑2364
24th358Mattias LangeHelge LudwigBlankeneser Segal Club182325(DNS)66
25th672Christian WilmsDaniela AltEastbourne Sovereign SC(DNF)25242473

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