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Osprey National Championship at Weymouth Sailing Club - Day 1

by Simon Hawkes 16 Aug 19:45 BST 16-19 August 2018
The boat park on day 1 of the Osprey Nationals in Weymouth © Simon Hawkes

The day started with heavy rain and was grey, dismal and very little wind. As the morning wore on and the competitors prepared themselves, the weather brightened and by launch time the sun had started to appear.

Out of 47 entrants 44 made it on to the water. The level of organisation and planning ranged from one boat ' Blue Moon' still screwing fittings back on after a well deserved re-fit and the owner having to return home to fetch the hatch covers and 'Peek a Boo' having been so well prepared it was even polished yesterday but still last out by a long way as they had to sail all the way back in as they forgot the trapeze harness. The crew deciding it was quicker to dive in to the water, climb a rusty ladder and run 200m to fetch it then return to the boat.

Tim Rush was on hand monitoring the fleet from a rib and giving helpful feedback to the competitors after the evening curry. Sadly, not having been able to be on the water, watching I am reliably informed it was fantastic. The sun came out and a changeable 15 to 20 knots blew down the course. A better than Prosecco day's sailing!

The two pictures show the winners of the two races. As many will know each boat is powered by one of the formidable Greig brothers. Mikey is the one lifting his helmsman "Sam Barker" to his boat wondering whether to have him as a snack or save him for later.

The other is Pete who differently is questioning whether he needs to pack the oxygen and did anyone tell Terry's care home he might be late back?

Three days of friendly and competitive racing lie ahead along with a packed evening events list.

More thrilling instalments to come.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2Pts
11234Plan BTerry CurtisPeter GreigCastle Cove SC145
21290SwiftwunMartin CooneyPeter FrithPoole YC426
31352String Driven ThingPiers StrongPhil AngravePoole YC336
41322Peek A BooMatt BurgeStuart MaunderPoole YC257
51198Blue MoonAngus HemmingsAdam BowersCastle Cove SC6612
61298Barking MadMichael AtkinsonRichard BowersPoole YC10717
71356Shippy Mc‑ship FaceBen HawkesSam WoolnerCastle Cove SC11819
81116Lethal WeaponSam BarkerMike GreigMBSC/CCSC19120
91296WhitestarKevin FrancisPhil MaleCastle Cove91423
101291WaimanuAlex WillisNick WillisHISC / KWSC81624
111347Pipe n SlippersPhilip MeakinsBen MeakinsWarsash Sailing Club141024
121362OmgPete LloydNick FramptonWeymouth SC121325
131363Robbers AlleyAlistair RaynardRob BurdekinCarsington151126
141369Dark MatterRoger BlakeJames BlakeGreat Moor SC52328
151364134The CutterRussell WheelerMark MawhinneyIsle of Sheppey SC131730
161345Hakuna MatataChris DaviesLorraine BallCarsington72532
171085InfidelGeorge OdlingHarry OdlingPlymouth Uni171532
181175Able ToEmma StevensonTim BowdenWeymouth SC241236
191372TBAMick GreenlandLee MarriottIOSSC201939
201195Another one bites the dustPete BarnstableRichard CumberbatchCastle Cove SC222042
211373GnasherRichard MarshallAndrew EdmondsPoole YC212142
221338Curved AirKen BrownChris ButtersIOSSC261844
231342Best ChanceTed LewisLucas BoissevainTenby SC162945
241344RhiannonHuw OwenCarwyn OwenTenby SC40949
251316Uzi JaneNigel YoungDarren HamiltonBCYC183755
261273FrustrationMike StreetHarry OwensCastle Cove SC292756
271326ShamelessMike StaceDeanna MortonTenby SC282856
281114Just PogoJonathan OsgoodDavid DownsTata Steel SC253257
291350WARNING ..... Contains NutsAlec MamwellArthur ButlerConiston S.C.362258
301357Last OrdersPaul RobertsMike CoxPortishead YC342458
31854Flying MachineRichard PackerBoris MorriceBristol Corinthian YC372663
321360The Flying 'O'John MillsCaz MillsShoreham SC273663
331318AquaholicDave BestTony PauffleyPoole YC323163
341247StringbagMarcus ScraceJohn PymCastle Cove SC333467
351281White KnucklesDave ElstonGavin PoulloinCastle Cove/Weymouth SC23RET68
361276JenniferDan JacksonNick ArranTenby383068
371341ylostWilliam CrichtonjonJon BattRibble Cruising Club / Blithfield303969
381334Back AgainJaime BohataErik ArentzTenby SC353570
391333Two RonniesCharlie AdlerAndy AdlerCastle Cove SC393372
401183Martin HunterMartin HunterJoe ToshUpper Thames SC31RET76
411194LetticeIan HartStephen EhrhartPoole YC433881
421325Sea‑ing‑RedRobin GeorgeNicola GeorgeGMSC414081
431310Brave New WorldMichael RichardsonRichard KellawayPoole444185
441319Prey EncoreChris PlayfairAlistair WatkinsPoole42OCS87

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