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Bart's Bash at Bewl Sailing Association

by Jo Mayes 18 Sep 2018 18:23 BST 16 September 2018
Wanderer Inland Championships during Bart's Bash at Bewl 2018 © Richard Janulewicz /

Nineteen boats jostled on the line in a brisk SW wind, awaiting the start of the annual BSA Bart's Bash handicap race. Some competitors were regular and hardened racers, others were visitors sailing in the Wanderer Inlands at Bewl, one boat was helmed by a disabled sailor and a couple were just joining in the fun of the day. It was the maiden voyage at Bewl for Simon and Al Cooper's newly acquired Flying Fifteen 4041.

A triangular course with a long beat was set and a time limit of about an hour and a quarter for the first boat was given. The race was under way at 11:00 sharp.

The start was impressive, no one over the line yet no one very far behind it. The Flying Fifteens and a Laser pulled ahead quickly towards the windward mark. John Wardrop and Mark Munday in FF 3911 closely followed by Dan Kingston and Paddy McFarlan in FF 3746 rounded the windward mark first with Martin Dennant in Laser 207753 in hot pursuit. These early boats were somewhat fooled by the run to the leeward mark as a huge wind shadow left them floundering. Phil Meadowcroft and Adam Wickenden in Wanderer 1541 noticed their predicament so pulled out towards the middle of the lake as soon as possible, gaining on them well. However, John kept just ahead of Dan for the remainder of the first lap. Martin did not relax and kept on their tail. For the first lap most boats were in close contention with each other and many place changes occurred.

The wind increased during the race making the second beat challenging, and exhilarating gusts allowed the Lasers to plane periodically. Boats flying spinnakers not only looked striking but the extra sail enabled them to sail fast. The long formidable beat separated the fleet. Phil Meadowcroft gradually pulled further and further ahead of the other Wanderers.

By the third lap the leading Fifteens had overtaken the slower classes of boat. Keith Bromhead and Jennie Humm had led the other Flying Fifteens for two laps but gradually Simon and Al Cooper overhauled them. Finally about half of the fleet sailed five laps and the remainder four. A couple of boats retired.

The Race Officer shorted the course at 11:12, and John Wardrop crewed by Mark Munday crossed the line first, 1 hour and 14 minutes from the start. But was he far enough ahead of Martin Dennant and Phil Meadowcroft to win Bart's Bash? On corrected time he was in fact 76 seconds ahead of Martin Dennant who was just 16 seconds ahead of the next Flying Fifteen sailed by Dan Kingston. Phil Meadowcroft in his Wanderer was fourth, 19 seconds behind the Fifteen.

Phil Barber sailing his F1 catamaran Felix with novice crew Mikhail Yakuba finished last but never sailed through the gate without a cheery wave to the race team; the true atmosphere of the race – serious but fun.

A barbecue was served as the prizes were awarded, and no one seemed to be complaining about the course or the wind!

£350 was collected in donations and a cake sale, which will go towards refurbishing a pontoon at Bewl and adding a hoist so sailing becomes more accessible to all.

Overall Results:

PlaceSail NoTypeHcapHelmCrewClubFinishElapsedCorrectedPoints
13911FLYING FIFTEEN1015John WardropMark MundayBewl Sailing Association12:12:4301:12:4301:11:391
2207753LASER1097Martin Dennant Bewl Sailing Association12:19:5901:19:5901:12:552
33746FLYING FIFTEEN1015Dan KingstonPaddy McFarlanBewl Sailing Association12:14:2901:14:2901:13:233
41541WANDERER1190Philip MeadowcroftAdam WickendenHenley SC / Salcombe SC12:27:4201:27:4201:13:424
5197939LASER1097Matt Cox Bewl Sailing Association12:21:0201:21:0201:13:525
6203324LASER1097Phil Carter‑Haines Bewl Sailing Association12:24:0901:24:0901:16:436
74041FLYING FIFTEEN1015Simon CooperAl CooperBewl Sailing Association12:19:5401:19:5401:18:437
83510FLYING FIFTEEN1015Charlie EvansHannah EvansBewl Sailing Association12:20:1101:20:1101:19:008
93769FLYING FIFTEEN1015Robin TaylorGio MorganBewl Sailing Association12:20:4401:20:4401:19:329
103503FLYING FIFTEEN1015Keith BromheadJennie HummBewl Sailing Association12:20:5501:20:5501:19:4310
111795WANDERER1190Lindsey WeatherleyHillary HandleyCotswold Sailing Club12:17:0901:17:0901:21:0211
12998WANDERER1190Peter CuttsDave BardwellBewl Sailing Association12:21:1301:21:1301:25:1912
131604WANDERER1190Nick HawkinsMike JudsonIsle of Sheppey Sailing Club12:27:2801:27:2801:31:5313
14261RS Venturer Keel1112Tim ScottRichard Hayden Carolyn HowdenBewl Sailing Association / MoB12:22:2301:22:2301:32:3614
151689WANDERER1190George MitchellAmy LewisReigate Sea Cadets12:29:1501:29:1501:33:4515
16760LASER VAGO XD1074Dominic Johnson Bewl Sailing Association12:30:0401:30:0401:44:5016
17F1F1 Cat1000Phil BarberMikhail YakubaBewl Sailing Association12:25:3801:25:3801:47:0217

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