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International Contender British Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Overall

by Ed Presley 12 Sep 2018 06:30 BST 7-10 September 2018

After three days of competition the final day's sailing at Hayling Island Sailing Club was beautifully set up for a great day out on the water.

An excellent Championship Dinner had been put on by the host club the night before and now the weather gods delivered again, with sunshine and a steady 15 knots from the West.

There were many battles to settle with Stuart Jones lead over Graham Scott a mere 6 points as well as other personal battles to be resolved further down the fleet – the reward being the bragging rights for the winners in the bar later.

Once again the fleet were escorted out over Hayling Bar by a fleet of safety boats provided by HISC of which the sailors were extremely appreciative and thankful for their support over the Championship.

At the start of the first race of the day the wind over tide had developed some good, sizeable waves for surfing downwind. Mark Wood, principal race officer, had set a slight port bias line and coupled with the tide pushing boats towards the line the inevitable happened and the two hooters sounded and a flag went up for a general recall; the first and only of the weekend – a testament to the excellent race management.

After nerves were settled the real action started with the port end favouring again. As the first beat unfolded it became apparent that it was a day for the heavyweights as Richard Batten and Simon Mussell showed their superior upwind boat speed to the windward mark. These two would hold onto these positions to the finish but behind them the fight for overall honours was unfolding. The pressure finally got to Graham Scott at the first jibe mark. Whilst in a position to reduce the gap between himself and Stuart Jones; Graham, seasoned campaigner and ex-World Contender champion, got the wobbles on and mistimed his jibe in the ever-increasing swell and ended up swimming. Stuart capitalised on Graham's mistake and came home 3rd with Graham recovering well to take 4th.

In the race to be British Ladies Champion Fiona Collins further consolidated her lead over Liz Potter. By now both were becoming masters of the testing conditions and showing many of their male competitors how it is done.

Matthew Murray-Downing leader of the Junior competition sailed an excellent race and posted his best result of the Championship maintaining his grip on this competition.

So it was onto the final race of the Championship... With slick race management, turning the races around in double quick time, the competitors were looking at their watches counting down the final 5 seconds and making their final approaches to the line with barely time to recover from the previous race.

A blistering port end start by Ben Holden had him gaining the gap he needed to show a clean set of heels over the fleet to the windward mark. A valiant effort by Graham Scott saw him round in second but by now the 2017 Champion knew his chances of retaining the title had probably been lost as his rival Stuart wasn't too far behind. As predicted by various weather forecasts, the wind had increased to a steady 15 knots gusting to 20 knots, providing the fleet with classic big wind, big waves Contender conditions showing what a versatile and fun boat it is to sail.

Not too far off the leading group was Chris Boshier, sailing his new Hartley Contender, eventually finishing 6th in the final race and 9th overall. Early reports are that the boat is fast. Chris certainly showed this to be the case with a step up in his results from other recent championships.

In the end Ben sailed the perfect race to take line honours. Graham's 2nd place was not enough to retain his title as a jubilant Stuart Jones crossed the line in 5th place and in so, becoming the new British Contender National Champion 2018. David Patterson and Malcom hall won the Silver and Bronze fleet respectively, Fiona Collins won the Ladies' prize and Matthew Murray-Downing the Junior and newcomers prize.

All would agree that this had been the best British Contender Championship for many years, helped by the excellent weather conditions, impeccable race management, fantastic facilities at HISC, all the volunteer helpers and the friendly, happy members of the Contender class. A special Thank You to the following sponsors Hartley Boats, Spinlock, Kingfisher Yacht Ropes, Bishop Skinner Marine, Selden Masts, Stena Line Ferries and R&B Sport and Travel for supporting the class Championship.

The class is going from strength to strength with five different builders in the top ten, many new faces, a new UK builder, a good second-hand boat market and some great future Championship venues. 2019 will see the World Championships at Quiberon in France and the British Championship at Broadstairs. There will also be the usual National Travellers Series throughout the year which promises to have a repeat of the great attendances seen in 2018.

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoHelm NameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Tally PenaltyPts
1st2465Stuart JonesDatchet Water SC23‑751135 20
2nd720Graham ScottRYA1‑8317642 24
3rd2263Richard BattenMudeford Sailing Club(DNC)9262213 25
4th2618Nick NobelBristol Corinthian YC6‑12533474335
5th2315Ben HoldenHalifax SC10‑19684351 37
6th2572Ed PresleyChew Valley Lake SC1124499(UFD)11 50
7th2439Gary LangdownHighcliffe313(UFD)106569 52
8th2607Carl TagoeOxford Sailing Club5118‑158787 54
9th2702Chris BoshierThorpe Bay Yacht Club134127‑1912136 67
10th2449Rob SmithCastle Cove SC9592211‑25910 75
11th705James SpikesleyNetley sailing club‑1915131210181113 92
12th678Thomas HootonRYA4(DNF)UFD14511108 98
13th691Peter NobleBroadstairs‑246151313142314 98
14th2420Simon MussellHighcliffe Sailing Club8112(DNF)DNC2DNF 106
15th693David PattersonEmsworth Sailing Club‑2817141915221417 118
16th2422Neil FergusonYorkshire dales sc152022‑2625101512 119
17th2203Adrian SmithHythe & Saltwood Sailing Club14231718201512‑27 119
18th2661Nick CurryWeston Sailing Club16181821141617(BFD) 120
19th559Paul RossShotley Sailing Club1214162818(DNF)1915 122
20th2407Richard ButtnerRNSA22(DNF)113124131616 133
21st716Richard FranksWeston SC77101716(DNF)DNCDNC 149
22nd712Rodger WhiteKing George SC‑3010212021292229 152
23rd2496Tony BrooksOxford Sailing club‑2916202426282118 153
24th589Keith PaulNetley Abbey SC18242716‑29202822 155
25th657Simon TurnbullPembroheshire YC‑3122291128192621 156
26th2505Peter DivesEastbourne Sovereign SC2031(DNF)2317212423 159
27th2491Peter BarrHayling Island SC332928‑3423171819 167
28th2703Fiona CollinsNetley SC25273029272320‑32 181
29th697Malcolm HallCarsington2726‑332531242920 182
30th2619Mike Murley‑HughesWeston SC(DNC)DNC199128DNCDNC 186
31st2477Chris HoweOxford Sailing Club1730263032‑352725 187
32nd2523Liz PotterWest Kirby Sailing Club263837‑4022263026 205
33rd2599Tony CookDowns sailing club32212432303433(DNF) 206
34th675David Gautierlymington Town SC‑35352533332732243212
35th654Matthew Murray‑Downingbrightlingsea363334‑3735302528 221
36th392Alexander ShawTata steel sailing club‑4032353634363131 235
37th2639Ralph DrewWeston Sailing Club343431‑3939333630 237
38th2410Richard ByneDraycote Water Sailing Club21252335(DNC)DNCDNCDNC 242
39th710Keith Le PageGuernsey Yacht Club38393641373235(DNF) 258
40th666Bill HootonBurton Sailing Club2328(UFD)27DNCDNCDNCDNC 262
41st2318Alan MollattDowns s.c.3736(DNC)DNC363134BFD 266
42nd2490Paul GreenClwb Hywlio Y Felinheli393732383837(DNF)DNC 267
43rd317Iain JenningsDraycote water4140(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC 311
44th672Trevor LloydBrightlingsea(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC 322

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