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Gul Scorpion National Championship at Tenby Sailing Club - Day 3

by Hannah Edge 8 Aug 2018 11:38 BST 5-10 August 2018

Following on from an evening of fun at the quiz (just ask team SSS the meaning of le nombril!) the fleet launched for two points races and the all-important crews' race. The conditions were a little damper than the forecast with sailors reaching for their spray tops rather than their sunglasses.

After a general recall the fleet got away cleanly. With the breeze getting up to around 16 knots and blowing off the land there lots of shifts to play. It was even breezy enough for some of the fleet to enjoy a cheeky reach around down the run.

Alan Krayling and Simon Forbes 2034 were again on top form taking the bullet from Pete and Taxi 2039, with Andy and Steve 2042 pulling through to 3rd. Special mention to lightweights Sam Barker and Cara Jones 1923 who held onto brilliant 4th place in their restoration masterpiece Orinocho, despite their board pin dropping out and then having to use their centre board as a dagger board!

With the wind shifting around the AP flag made another appearance while the race officer moved his course. After 2 general recalls the race officer put up the black flag which resulted in 5 boats being sent home for an early bar visit and shower.

The race eventually got away cleanly, and with a big left hand shift the top reach became really tight and made for a good downwind blast. Pete and Taxi 2039 lead from start to finish, it must have been the luck of having the rubber chicken on board! Alan and Simon 2034 held on for 2nd despite loosing the tiller extension. Chris Turner and Oli Fellows 1850 sailed their best race of the week so far, coming home 3rd and in doing so became the third wooden boat to post in the top 4 so far this nationals.

Again this leaves Alan Krailing and Simon Forbes 2034 sitting on top of the pack by a single point now that the first discard has kicked in.

Team Girl 2023 are leading the silver fleet by four points and lady helm by a single point over Team Drama Queen 2005.

John & Nichola Willars 2017 are leading the bronze fleet with Dave Bennet & Martin Tuhoy-Smith 1991 placing second currently.

With the scorpion class association boat sailed by John Tilby & George Backus-Griffin 1797 looking strong for the tenacity award by completing all races so far.

Crews' Race

After being BFD in race 5, Baz and Cathrine had a pre race round at the bar! Then headed back out to the course, where 6 boats lined up for the best race of the scorpion year.

Captain Jerry Sparrow and Steve 'cabin boy' Walkers 2033 sharp eyes spotted a port hand bias line and set off on their flyer clearing the fleet and pegged it to the mark, between them agreeing on a cunning one tack strategy. They rounded closely followed by the John & Pete Rose 1995, a tight reach ensured that these two extended their lead over the fleet. On the broad reach, the Roses moved ahead. After a well constructed two tack beat Captain Jerry Sparrow snuck ahead of team Rose pipping them on the line by a few seconds.

Meanwhile Catherine and Baz were busy looking at the instructions to work out who pulled the kite up and down at the marks, and held on to third over Liz Bowers and Dave Elston who came in 4th. The misfortune of gear failure for David Harris & Malcolm James meant that the Willars twins capitalised and snuck through to pick up 5th place.

The evening monster barbecue at the club was enjoyed by everyone. As was the late night disco which catered for all ages and all levels of flossing ability. Highlights of the night included a light footed salmon trouser dance, the group in-betweeners dance lesson and the bemused look on the bar staffs face as they hoped their next shift didn't fall on the Thursday night fancy dress party.

Results after Day 3:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
12034 Alan KrailingSimon ForbesStaunton Harold SC1‑22126
22039Inside VoicePete GrayAndy DavisStaunton Harold SC‑513217
32042Prestige WorldwideAndy McKeeSteve GrahamNorhampton SC9513(BFD)18
42040AmbushKevin GoslingAndrew ServiceBeer SC‑20459523
51995SilverlodePeter RoseJohn RoseTenby SC‑13676625
62020Snap Shackle & PlopJohn MursellRichard BowersCCSC‑288107429
71850Cream CrackerChris TurnerOliver FellowsLyme Regis SC‑149812332
82033Legal HighSteve WalkerJerry HannabussPennine SC1210‑145835
92041Hot FussTim ParsonsSarah ParsonsLyme Regis1031214(BFD)39
102023Pincer MovementRachel RhodesHannah EdgeStaunton Harold SC1115411(BFD)41
112005Drama QueenJanet RitchieAlan RitchieChipstead SC3(OCS)2210742
122032Shady LadySteve MitchellPolly NewmanPorthpean SC412‑23181145
131958Barbarians for BreakfastNigel PotterSimon HibbertNotts County SC61318‑23946
141923OrinochoSam BarkerCara JonesCCSC1617(BFD)41249
152001ZephrJohn TurnerKatie FrostLyme Regis SC17(OCS)1681051
162031Up Yours 2Peter CrowtherDavid ThompsonPennine SC811(BFD)191351
172030Saline DripColin BradleyJenny BradleyPennine SC218‑21151752
181957HarlequinPaul GraceAlex ReindorpChipstead SC7720‑302054
192043The Real Rock 'n' RollerBarry WolfendenCatherine MaguireBough Beach SC1914913(BFD)55
201939Ice on FireRob SmithSandra SmithCCSC27(OCS)6171666
212013Wind of ChangeSteve LongJuliet LongRoadford Lake SC15161322(DNS)66
221959Princess TigerlillyChris YeatesDave BarkerEastbourne Soverign SC‑332211201568
231981Highway StarDave ElstonElizabeth BowersCCSC252315‑271477
241931The BuisnessBill JacksonMyles JacksonLlandegfedd SC‑302017162578
251947Angel DustRichard JonesPhil RobbertsLlandudno SC231919‑251980
261952CartelElly PeggAndrea FellowsYealm YC1824‑28241884
272004Discreet BananaJock FellowsGeorge FellowsCCSC21252421(RET)91
282017Not another WombatJon WillarsNicola WillarsNotts County SC242127‑3228100
292029Jac Y Ddraig GochCarl JonesShellie JonesPennine SC322625‑3421104
302037Pickled WombatDave SnutchSue BarnsNotts County SC2227‑302926104
311991It's me or the BoatDave BennetMartin Tuohy‑SmithChew Valley SC‑3930263523114
322002Silver BallsCloe WillarsJake WillarsNotts County SC31‑34343122118
331892Just CrackersAlison StephensChris ForrestCCSC293332‑3624118
342027A La CarteCarol HainesKeith AtkinsonYealm YC2632(DNS)26RET126
351936Bottyburp the BarbarianSimon HoldenJames HarcourtKing George SC372831‑4030126
361925PredatorMartyn DenchfieldRichard BarnettStaunton Harold SC343533‑3727129
372011Must Try HarderMalcolm JamesDavid HarrisSouth Cerney SC3529(RET)28BFD134
381857Hooray HenryChris MuxworthyEmma MuxworthyPennine SC(DSQ)312933DNS135
392015Touching the VoidJoanne MahyEmily GreenSBSC363635‑3929136
401797 John TilblyGeorge Backus‑GriffinSyston SC‑3837363831142
411990Blue BreezeTrish WalkerHamish WalkerPaignton SC/RNSA(DNC)DNCDNCDNSDNS168

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