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International Contender British Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Day 1

by Ed Presley 7 Sep 2018 19:34 BST 7-10 September 2018
Day 1 of the International Contender British Championship at Hayling Island © Peter Hickson

The Contender fleet has landed on Hayling, and they are delighted to have us. 45 entries is unsurprising considering the renewed interest the class had seen since Hartley boats have started to knock hulls out.

With glorious conditions expected the fleet were very early rigging up so was there plenty of time to assist the newcomers to the fleet to rig and tune.

Getting down to brass tacks the racing took place in lovely conditions if not a little patchy, the RO set a line as square as you'd expect for HISC but a knock on the the start gave the advantage to the pin boats, continuing into the race the shifty stuff kept the lead changing, Thomas Hooton establishing a big lead had to fight of seasoned reach specialists Gary Langdown and Graham Scott, he failed. By the end Ol Stu Jones had crept into second behind Graham continuing a battle reminiscent of a the 1998 worlds. Gary was third.

The second race hinted at more wind but it might just have been a bit more stable. Off the line Si Mussell overcame beard windage to lead and made that count all the way to the windward mark, Pete Noble and Ed Presley took it in turns to lead at different points with the beat making cruel decisions on our behalf. On the last beat Ed had carved a small advantage but a trip along the shoreline allowed Simon to pass and win with Ed second, guess what that ugly green boat of Jones got third.

This all means Jones is leading.

Great day had, writing this in the bar; hoping for more of the same tomorrow. Thanks HISC and Hartleys.

Results after day 1:

PosSail NoHelm NameClubR1R2Pts
1st2465Stuart JonesDatchet Water SC235
2nd2420Simon MussellHighcliffe Sailing Club819
3rd720Graham ScottRYA189
4th2572Ed PresleyChew Valley Lake SC11213
5th2449Rob SmithCastle Cove SC9514
6th716Richard FranksWeston SC7714
7th2439Gary LangdownHighcliffe31316
8th2607Carl TagoeOxford Sailing Club51116
9th2702chris BoshierThorpe Bay Yacht Club13417
10th2618Nick NobelBristol Corinthian YC61218
11th559Paul RossShotley Sailing Club121426
12th2315Ben HoldenHalifax SC101929
13th691Peter NobleBroadstairs24630
14th705James SpikesleyNetley sailing club191534
15th2661Nick CurryWeston Sailing Club161834
16th2422Neil FergusonYorkshire dales sc152035
17th2203Adrian SmithHythe & Saltwood Sailing Club142337
18th712Rodger WhiteKing George SC301040
19th589Keith PaulNetley Abbey SC182442
20th2496Tony BrooksOxford Sailing club291645
21st693David PattersonEmsworth Sailing Club281745
22nd2410Richard ByneDraycote Water Sailing Club212546
23rd2477Chris HoweOxford Sailing Club173047
24th678Thomas HootonRYA4DNF49
25th2505Peter DivesEastbourne Sovereign SC203151
26th666Bill HootonBurton Sailing Club232851
27th2703Fiona CollinsNetley SC252752
28th2599Tony CookDowns sailing club322153
29th657Simon TurnbullPembroheshire YC312253
30th697Malcolm HallCarsington272653
31st2263Richard BattenMudeford Sailing ClubDNC954
32nd2491Peter BarrHayling Island SC332962
33rd2523Liz PotterWest Kirby Sailing Club263864
34th2407Richard ButtnerRNSA22DNF67
35th2639Ralph DrewWeston Sailing Club343468
36th654Matthew Murray-Downingbrightlingsea363369
37th675David Gautierlymington Town SC353570
38th392Alexander ShawTata steel sailing club403272
39th2318Alan MollattDowns s.c.373673
40th2490Paul GreenClwb Hywlio Y Felinheli393776
41st710Keith Le PageGuernsey Yacht Club383977
42nd317Iain JenningsDraycote water414081
43rd100Simon AndersUYCDNFDNC90
43rd672Trevor LloydBrightlingseaDNCDNC90

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