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Comet National Championship at Staunton Harold Sailing Club

by Dave Waymont 28 Aug 2018 11:35 BST 25-27 August 2018

Twenty-nine Comets took part in the 2018 Comet Class Association National Championships at Staunton Harold Sailing Club, Melbourne, Derbyshire on the 25th-27th August.

Day 1 saw a 10 knot North Westerly breeze which swung just before race 2 to Northerly. General recalls occurred on race 1 and race 3 for which the second start was under black flag.

Race 1 winner was Chris Hatton who beat the first mark leader Nigel Austin into second place.

The wind shifted in several directions moments before race 2 was due to start and led to some delay until it had settled to allow Race Officer, Howard Jones, to set a course. Race 2 was closely contested between John Blundell, Chris Hatton and Eddie Pope with all in the lead at some point. The race was won by Chris Hatton with Eddie Pope second.

The second start of race 3 was under black flag and Paul Williamson got a great start at the pin end of the line. The fleet was chaotic at the downwind mark as the second group of boats caught up with the leaders as they ran down to the mark. Eventual winner was Chris Hatton with Nigel Pepperdine in second.

Day 2 had a Southerly, gusty wind and race 4 winner Chris Hatton took the lead on the second beat from Bob Dodds who finished second.

The gusty and very wet conditions for race 5 caused several incidents at the marks with Peter Mountford and Paul Hinde needing to do turns in separate incidents. Chris Hatton was the race winner with Chris Blundell in second place.

The final race of day 2 saw John Blundell first to the windward mark with Chris Hatton second round the mark but Chris overtook John on the reach down towards the dam wall to take his familiar first place. Nigel Pepperdine was third.

Day 3 with a Westerly 12 knot wind started with John Blundell leading race 7 for the first lap until Chris Hatton took the better side of the reservoir on the second beat. What was now becoming the familiar first and second places were as before and the battle was for third spot. Steve Bellamy took this third place from Bob Dodds after battling it out on the last two beats.

The final race of day 3 saw a long beat set and with Chris Hatton in the lead, Bob Dodds, John Blundell, Eddie Pope, Paul Williamson and Nigel Pepperdine battled for second place. John Blundell eventually took second place but the fight within the group slowed them down and Michael Ettershank, who was in sixth place, moved up, took and held onto third place on the last beat.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st838Chris HattonBowmoor SC‑1‑11111116
2nd126John BlundellSHSC‑533‑4222214
3rd616Nigel PepperdineSHSC‑4‑723434420
4th869Bob DoddsCMYC3‑5‑52345522
5th377Eddie PopeOgston SC‑924587‑9632
6th875Nigel AustinCransley SC2979‑1056‑1138
7th84Michael EttershankUp River YC74‑1386‑1310338
8th688Paul WilliamsonSHSC(DNF)6675‑108739
9th701Izac DoddsCMYC881067‑11‑121049
10th867Chris RobinsonBurghfield SC6‑13111198‑13853
11th864Peter MountfordSHSC‑1212‑181012611960
12th683Kris Kenmuir‑HoggSHSC10‑24‑141311971464
13th311Stephen BellamyWinsford Flash111116(DNF)(DNC)1631269
14th844Paul HindeSevern14‑17‑20121312151783
15th532John CoppenhallHunts SC131417151415‑19‑2188
16th800Henry JaggersBeer SC171581716(DNC)‑201689
17th563Chris BlundellSHSC15191216(DNC)(DNC)141591
18th556Andrew BeaumontAttenborough SC21161519(DNC)(DNC)1613100
19th57Steve GregoryFrensham Pond1918‑2118‑22141719105
20th396Richard BarnettSHSC2010‑22211519‑2222107
21st724Rhian BevanCransley1621‑29201718‑2320112
22nd845Nigel FernSHSC‑2323‑242219171818117
23rd857Helen LeiversSevern SC22‑26252318(DNC)2123132
24th740Peter BlundellChester SC(DNF)20914(DNC)DNCDNCDNC133
25th527Dave WaymontSHSC‑27‑28262620202425141
26th382Roger HarrisonRedditch SC18222325(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC148
27th849Tim Higgs 24272824(DNC)(DNC)2524152
28th400John SturgeonHawley Lake SC252519(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC159
29th754Mark StarkeyUpton Warren SC2629272721(DNC)(DNC)DNC160

Other winners were:

Paul Williamson (Veteran)
Peter Mountford (Ancient Mariner)
Rhiain Bevan (First Lady)
Izac Dodds (First Youth)
Roger Harrison (First Newcomer)
Staunton Harold Sailing Club (First Team)

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