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Sprint 15 Sport National Championship at North Devon Yacht Club

by Fraser Manning 23 Sep 2018 14:49 BST 15-16 September 2018

Thirty-nine Sprint 15 sailors gathered at the home of the North Devon Yacht Club at Instow on Friday the 14th September for the Sport Nationals – the two day regatta for single-handed Sprint 15 catamarans with main, jib and trapeze. This was the highest turnout in almost ten years, with a record eight youth sailors!

Due to an early tide, the first race was set off promptly 8.30am by race officer Jonathan Miles in a force 3-4 south westerly with triangular courses in challenging tides. Local NDYC sailor, Anthony Gray, led the first race from start to gun, giving local fans much encouragement. Sam Heaton (NDYC), David Grant (NDYC) and Liam Thom (Shanklin SC) were fighting it out for second. Thom got ahead on the final leg to take second with David Grant finishing third.

Sam Heaton got the best of the starts in the second race and was unlucky to be passed by Tom Gall (Warsash SC in the last minute who took the honours on the line.

The third and final race of the day was sailed with a strong outgoing tide. Reigning Youth National Champion Hector Bunclark (NDYC) led most of the race, at one point with dad Liam making it a 1-2 Bunclark, only to be defeated by the tide at the last leeward mark. The race was taken by Fraser Manning (NDYC) from Paul Grattage and Steve Sawford to ensure honours were well spread around the fleet at the end of day 1.

There was an excellent, very well-attended barbecue on the Saturday night, with most stocking up for the predicted high winds on Sunday. Overnight positions were; Thom first, Manning second and Heaton in third, all separated by just 3 points.

Sunday arrived with less wind than forecast, with a southerly force 4.

In race 4, after a general recall caused by a strong incoming tide, Grattage got away well and led from start to finish ahead of Thom and Gray. Many were wondering if this was going to be a great Grattage comeback.

Race 5 was where the battle for the title really mounted. Manning was led by Thom, who couldn't be caught. Manning fought off Grattage to come home in second place with Grattage in third.

In the final race, Manning again led, knowing a win would give him the title. Thom skilfully passed Manning but Manning took back the lead on the beat. Thom passed again and with that took the win and with it the National Championship. Manning finished second with Gray third.

The last day had shuffled the overall scores, knocking Sam Heaton into sixth behind Steve Sawford (in fifth) and Paul Grattage into third. Anthony Gray just missed out on the podium, finishing fourth.

Hector Bunclark retained the Youth National title with a creditable 8th place overall being in the top 10 in every race, Yvonne Pike (Shanklin SC) was first lady and George Love was the first over sixty helmsman. Anthony Gray and Aaron Kirby (Royal Western Sailing Club) took the Pro-Am trophy.

The event was supported by several sponsors of the event, including Windsport and The Commodore Hotel.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1Liam Thom2018Shanklin Sailing Club2472116
2Fraser Manning1977North Devon Yacht Club11317228
3Paul Grattage1957Shanklin Sailing ClubDNF52131011
4Anthony Gray1893North Devon Yacht Club172037314
5Tom Gall19Warsash Sailing Club8115114417
6Sam Heaton1972North Devon Yacht Club4210514617
7Steve Sawford1989Rutland Water Sailing Club98346518
8Hector Bunclark1906North Devon Yacht Club106668926
9Mark Aldridge2027Grafham Water Sailing Club51224810730
10David Grant1943North Devon Yacht Club313417161232
11George Love2019Carsington Sailing Club1499951132
12Ed Tuite Dalton2023Draycote Water Sailing Club7185139DNF34
13Jon Pearse1339Marconi Sailing Club23101210121944
14Erling Holmberg1981Shanklin Sailing Club191181517DNC51
15Charles Watson1237Halifax Sailing Club1219111221DNF54
16Alex Raymont525North Devon Yacht Club13231316191355
17Richard Chidwick1545North Devon Yacht Club6151421222256
18Aaron Kirby638Royal Western Yacht Club25DSQ252011864
19Jeremy Rowe1500North Devon Yacht Club15162318231766
20Eamonn Browne1861Creeksea Sailing Club2241932262368
21John Manning1955Beaver Sailing Club16212223132972
22Daniel Craner685North Devon Yacht Club18DNC1628271475
23Ian Mounce1908North Devon Yacht Club20292614311676
24Chris Murphy17Shanklin Sailing Club26202725181881
25Ray Gall1914Carsington Sailing Club17302822DNF1582
26Liam Bunclark1951North Devon Yacht Club28171724243482
27Keith Heason1424North Devon Yacht Club21253019292186
28Yvonne Pike1220Shanklin Sailing Club29221829282694
29Simon Hare2026Oxford Sailing Club17312933322097
30Amy Barker1936North Devon Yacht Club33273231152598
31Derek James1744Draycote Water Sailing Club2424DNC26302498
32Daniel Drew1540Royal Western Yacht ClubDNFDNC2130202899
33Tom Gurney1643Royal Western Yacht ClubDNF2635DNF2527113
34Nick Day1888North Devon Yacht Club32DNC33273332124
35Joe Talbot Adams1485North Devon Yacht Club30DNF31353430125
36Harry Gale1849North Devon Yacht Club31DSQ34373531131
37Ben Penny1200North Devon Yacht Club3433DSQ343633134
38Ben Duhig1681North Devon Yacht ClubDSQ32363637DNF141

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