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Harken Musto Skiff UK National Championship at Castle Cove Sailing Club - Day 3

by Dan Kilsby, Bruce Keen, Jamie Hilton & George Hand 11 Aug 2018 21:34 BST 9-12 August 2018

Day 3 dawned wet and breezy and the fleet set off enthusiastically into the bay for a big day on the water!

The first race started in 10-15 knots and a rolling, but confused sea state. Dan Kilsby and Andy Peake lead around the windward mark having worked up the left hand side of the course. An extra layer of excitement/ distraction was added to proceedings as the fleet was visited by a 8 foot Porbeagle Shark, sniffing around for swimmers! Kilsby escaped unscathed to take the win, closely followed by Bruce Keen and birthday boy Jamie Hilton.

With the wind against the tide the fleet was pushing the start line hard for the second race of the day. On the second attempted start the fleet got away with a few pileups at the committee boat. Hilton was first to the top mark, but lost the lead when he gybed and went for a swim. Keen and Peake gained downwind by going all the way to the port layline, followed closely by Andy Rice. Keen eventually took the win, followed by Vincent who timed his gybe for the shift on the last downwind perfectly and snuck past the chasing pack.

Andy Rice smashed it up the first beat from the port end heading out fast on starboard with his plate raised in a building breeze and an increasingly lumpier sea. Hilton in fine form, and class legend Nigel Wallbank led the chasing pack. Come the leeward Rice rounded well clear of Hilton and unfortunately for Nigel he had a brush with the mark leaving him with a spin. Hilton narrowed the gap by the top mark and took the lead on the hoist with Andy slowing to sort his knitting. Hilton took the win for a Birthday Bullet, and the first to break the Stokes Bay stranglehold on race wins. Andy took second with Schooling taking a solid third.

Race 4 started with the fleet clocking on to the fact that whatever happens, just go Left. Even if everything suggests otherwise, just go left. Our illustrious leader Bruce was led around the course by George Hand, who, with Bruce had secured the pin end of the line for the go left gain feature. Bruce managed to overhaul George on the final beat to the finish and take the bullet. George grumpily finished in 2nd and Andrew Peake taking a solid 3rd.

Tonight the fleet have enjoyed a BBQ and are now involved in full sized hungry hippos.

Results after Day 3:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1534Bruce KeenStokes Bay SC-812215112
2557Dan VincentStokes Bay SC/RNSA-981524525
3444Jamie HiltonAberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club4663-131727
4525Andy TarbotonHenley Midmar Yacht Club13-10787632
5568Andrew PeakeWilsonian SC2101445-27338
6548George HandStokes Bay SC-207310414240
7302Dan KilsbyStokes Bay SC6131316-20443
8527Dan TrotterDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club544(RET)9111144
9544Ben SchoolingStokes Bay SC11-2251173845
10364Andy RiceStokes Bay SC-1811813321350
11372Alex KnightCastle Cove Sailing Club101296(RET)61053
12526Jono ShelleyLargs Sailing Club3518(DNF)109954
13474Alastair ConnDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club791181212-1759
14539Neil AshbyWilsonian SC162714-20101564
15469Richard PelleyStokes Bay SC12-1616911131475
16535David AnnanGrafham Water Sailing Club2114-2712221716102
17315Jason RickardsMSCA131812241425-43106
18113Ed WilkinsonDatchet Water SC-28151716182119106
19479Yaroslav PetrovRusskoe More Sailing Club2323221515-3018116
20410Paul SmalleyChew Valley SC1427152023-3724123
21483John EvansDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club1720-3819241825123
22547Serega SamusWilsonian SC15-281926281521124
23582Paul MolesworthDatchet Water SC19-372123211628128
24394Nigel WallbankLymington Town Sailing Club-3025292217829130
25584Andrew GouldStokes Bay SC252120(DNF)163612130
26419Richard SmithWilsonian SC2417(RET)18252331138
27566Michael SimsCarsington Sailing Club261928272619(DNF)145
28542Ron BarnesThorpe Bay Yacht Club-41242533192434159
29186Andrew SticklandThorpe Bay Yacht Club31-383617272630167
30500Tom ConwayDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club222623-41312936167
31323Andrew WildeCarsington Sailing Club333326293022-37173
32432Rick PerkinsWhitstable Yacht Club293132253328(DNS)178
33265Tom TaylorGrafham Water Sailing Club-43392421354123183
34202Mike DencherCastle Cove Sailing Club2729333642(RET)20187
35250Nigel DakinStokes Bay SC3235303429-4439199
36294Gary StonesLymington Town Sailing Club36-514132383222201
37289Andy WhittleBlackwater Sailing Club35303739(DNC)3327201
38350Brennan RobinsonRoyal Natal Yacht Club-47344228363138209
3997James NuttallDatchet Water SC40-443935403832224
40446Erik BoerresenCSF3442(DNF)43393535228
41304Jamie SouthwellStokes Bay SC374734403242(DNF)232
42487Sean ThijsseStokes Bay SC(OCS)413131RETDNC33250
431Nick CherryLymington Town Sailing Club494545373743(DNS)256
44222David MoyStokes Bay SC44-504342444540258
45545Nick LettWilsonian SC38(RET)DNSDNC483926265
46220Tom WhicherLymington Town Sailing Club514846463440(DNF)265
47583Lee CullenArun Yacht Club5246404447(DNC)41270
48147Joshua BellStokes Bay SC483244(UFD)DNF34DNF272
49305Olivier VidalNetley Sailing Club5040(DNF)3041RETDNS275
50178John PiattDatchet Water SC39(RET)DNSDNF454742287
51181Troy ChristensenDatchet Water SC(DNF)49354743RETDNS288
52361Huud OuwehandWSU De Kreupel(DNF)36RET38DNF46DNF291
53373Tom GilbertDatchet Water SC4643(RET)4546RETDNS294
54282Mark ReynellPoole YC42(DNS)DNSDNCDNCDNCDNS327
55543Stephen WrightStokes Bay SC45(DNF)DNFDNCDNCDNCDNS330
56516Russell ClarkStokes Bay SC(RET)DNSDNSDNCDNCDNCDNS342

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