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International Contender British Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Day 2

by Ed Presley 8 Sep 2018 20:25 BST 7-10 September 2018
Day 1 of the International Contender British Championship at Hayling Island © Peter Hickson

After an evening of defending our canapés from the masses, and having a few drinks, day 2 dawned with light wind but with the promise of more. Out on the course the 16 knot breeze had some unusual knocks in it so it wouldn't be a straight forward "fastest wins" affair.

Day 1 leader Stuart Jones's consistency and nous (his words) would be required to fight off Graham Scott, who has number of skills in the bank when its shifty and Simon Mussell, who has speed to burn when its breezy, who would win out?

The start of race 3 saw the boats mid line strike gold but those pin enders who chose to tack onto port earlier and duck sterns made ground by the windward mark. It was Mussell who made it in first followed by Richard Batten and Ed Presley. Graham Scott made gains down both reaches, as he does, to close onto Batten but Richard was very quick upwind and carved a decent gap from Scott. Simon won by a fair margin and was rarely hassled.

With a bit more bias on the line, boats at the committee boat made the best start in race 4. Nick Noble and Graham Scott seemed to be cracking it but Ben Holden was one of the few who made the left pay. These three squirted off downwind but with a large fleet hovering behind. This routine stuff was interrupted up the second beat when the wind rudely stranded Ben and others out left without so much as a hint, Scott and Noble just survived with Ed Presley getting the benefit of the stealth shift on the left.

Once again things look settled after a run with no redeeming features, but the wind had its next evil trick lined up for the last beat. Graham had a enviable lead and Nick in 2nd could feel secure with a bit of a buffer back to Ed, I'll these three stayed right in a classic contender manner (too lazy to tack) and then witnessed Mussell come from nowhere on the left to plop in behind Graham. Graham luckily had only some reaching left to do and he's pretty good at that. Simon second and a cheesed off Nick third.

Now we have Simon leading from Graham by a point and Jones third, obviously Ed is in fourth again because he is writing this report.

Results after day 2:

PosSail NoHelm NameClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st2420Simon MussellHighcliffe Sailing Club811212
2nd720Graham ScottRYA183113
3rd2465Stuart JonesDatchet Water SC237517
4th2572Ed PresleyChew Valley Lake SC1124421
5th2618Nick NobelBristol Corinthian YC6125326
6th2702chris BoshierThorpe Bay Yacht Club13412736
7th2607Carl TagoeOxford Sailing Club51181539
8th716Richard FranksWeston SC77101741
9th2315Ben HoldenHalifax SC10196843
10th2449Rob SmithCastle Cove SC9592245
11th691Peter NobleBroadstairs246151358
12th705James SpikesleyNetley sailing club1915131259
13th2263Richard BattenMudeford Sailing ClubDNC92663
14th559Paul RossShotley Sailing Club1214162870
15th2439Gary LangdownHighcliffe313UFD1072
16th2203Adrian SmithHythe & Saltwood Sailing Club1423171872
17th2661Nick CurryWeston Sailing Club1618182173
18th693David PattersonEmsworth Sailing Club2817141978
19th712Rodger WhiteKing George SC3010212081
20th2422Neil FergusonYorkshire dales sc1520222683
21st589Keith PaulNetley Abbey SC1824271685
22nd2496Tony BrooksOxford Sailing club2916202489
23rd657Simon TurnbullPembroheshire YC3122291193
24th2477Chris HoweOxford Sailing Club17302630103
25th2410Richard ByneDraycote Water Sailing Club21252335104
26th2599Tony CookDowns sailing club32212432109
27th678Thomas HootonRYA4DNFUFD14110
28th2407Richard ButtnerRNSA22DNF1131110
29th697Malcolm HallCarsington27263325111
30th2703Fiona CollinsNetley SC25273029111
31st2619Mike Murley-HughesWeston SCDNCDNC199120
32nd2505Peter DivesEastbourne Sovereign SC2031DNF23120
33rd666Bill HootonBurton Sailing Club2328UFD27124
34th2491Peter BarrHayling Island SC33292834124
35th675David Gautierlymington Town SC35352533128
36th2639Ralph DrewWeston Sailing Club34343139138
37th654Matthew Murray-Downingbrightlingsea36333437140
38th2523Liz PotterWest Kirby Sailing Club26383740141
39th392Alexander ShawTata steel sailing club40323536143
40th2490Paul GreenClwb Hywlio Y Felinheli39373238146
41st710Keith Le PageGuernsey Yacht Club38393641154
42nd2318Alan MollattDowns s.c.3736DNCDNC165
43rd317Iain JenningsDraycote water4140DNFDNC173
44th100Simon AndersUYCDNFDNCDNCDNC184
44th672Trevor LloydBrightlingseaDNCDNCDNCDNC184

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