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Sailing Southwest Winter Series round 2 - Penzance Pirate pursuit race

by Jonathan Miles 15 Nov 2018 14:41 GMT 4 November 2018
Sailing Southwest Winter Series round 2 - Penzance Pirate pursuit race © Lottie Miles Photography

The second round of the SSW Winter Series dawned with better than expected weather with southerly 10kn breeze and 10 degrees C in the UK tropics of Penzance.

As usual there was a warm welcome from Penzance Sailing Club for the Pirate and Round 2 of the SSW Winter Series. 29 boats took to the water with a significant entry of fourteen Lasers and four Enterprises.

There was discussion on who would shine in this event. Ben Flower in his Laser was fresh from victory at the NDYC Wrecker, whilst hot money was on the two Ospreys each featuring past National Champions, or if all went well, the Int Canoe could be in the running.

The Race Officer set a good beat off the club line with a southerly swell running into the bay. The Mirror sailed by locals Sebi Schmidt and 'Schmidt Junior' was away on time and a lap ahead before the swarm of Lasers and Enterprises were away nearly 30 minutes later. Jer and Lloyd Williams of PSC were leading the rest in their Enterprise.

At the end of the first hour of the 150 minute race, the Schmidt's were still leading, but the Enterprises were heading a good chase. Ben Flower was leading the laser fleet but it was proving hard to catch the leading Enterprises. The two Solos were keeping the rest of the Laser fleet at bay but it was close. Chris Hampe in his Canoe was the final starter and he was looking fast but he seemingly had so much ground to make up in order to catch the slower boats.

All boats now racing, and we saw great speed from the pair of Ospreys sailed by local Colin Stephens & Mike Greig and Nemo & Simon Hawkes. The K1 sailed by Jeff Vander was closing up to the back of the leading pack, with Stacey Bray in the sole D-Zero following on.

With 1 hour left to run, the Williams' Enterprise managed to take the lead with Ben Flower now in second place. Jeff Vander was also climbing through the fleet, getting himself into the top ten.

At 30 minutes to go, and the battle between the Enterprise of Jer Williams and Flower in the Laser was still close. The Ospreys, led by Colin Stephens, were closing them down too. Also in the mix was Jeff Vander in his K1, but the race team's attention was on the very fast Canoe of Chris Hampe, who was scything through the fleet.

The final gun went at 1300 and the GPS tracking system was called into play to determine the results and confirm on the water positions. Chris Hampe took first in the International Canoe, with Jer and Lloyd Williams hanging on to second place in their Enterprise. Third was another local Colin Stephens and Mike Greig in their Osprey and 4th was Jeff Vander in a K1. Ben Flower took fifth in a standard Laser.

Top speeds were unsurprisingly achieved by the International Canoe at 13.7 knots and full results and speeds can be found on

The overall series standings

After 2 rounds with no discards, Ben Flower from HISC leads with a 1st and 5th, whilst Stacy Bray in the D-Zero holds second place with a 6th and 7th placing. We now move on to the Christmas Cracker at Paignton on the 2nd December.

Big thanks to sponsors GJW Direct Insurance, Allen Sailing for event prizes, Admiral Trailers for Prize Draw Trailers and Gul Watersports for series prizes.

Prize Draw

There will be the first Prize Draw for an Aluminium Launching Trolley after the Christmas Cracker in Paignton. All entries who raced will have been automatically entered. See for full details.

Penzance Pirate Results:

PosHelmCrewClassSail NoClubTop speed (kn)Average speed (kn)
1Chris Hampe International Canoe340BCU13.75
2Jer WilliamsLloyd WilliamsEnterprise22544Penzance SC7.24.3
3Colin StephensMike GriegOsprey1116Penzance SC / Mounts Bay SC10.55.6
4Jeff VanderBorg HK1147Lyme Regis SC8.24
5Ben Flower Laser212153Hayling Island SC8.74.4
6NemoSimon HawkesOsprey1356Castle Cove SC10.65.4
7Stacey Bray D‑Zero260Porthpean SC9.14.7
8John MatthewsDi StephensEnterprise22807Penzance SC84.3
9Tom KiiskyRuby StephensEnterprise21637Penzance SC7.34.4
10Oliver Croft Laser Radial208210St Mawes SC7.94.4
11Dean Mooney Enterprise22934Penzance SC7.34.3
12Duncan Bruce Laser213968Mounts Bay SC8.64.5
13Neil Ruffer Laser177591Penzance SC8.14.2
14Ben DeightonNick DowningRS 4001200Penzance SC10.35.1
15Paul Whitehead Laser102669Penzance SC7.54.2
16Graham Dyer Laser481Restronguet SC7.84.1
17Hans WehmeyerHarry HTasar371Fowey Gallants SC6.84.3
18Duncan Junes Solo4234Penzance SC73.9
19Jeremy Gilbert Laser171511Penzance SC84.4
20Martyn Curnow Solo5484Penzance SC7.34
21Louise Summers Laser Radial174441Penzance SC7.24.1
22Sally Booth Laser136201Penzance SC7.14.2
23Ben Penny Laser160667NDYC7.44.3
24Sebi SchmidtSchmiidt Jnr.Mirror70176Penzance SC6.53.4
25Daniel Craner Laser120257NDYC8.34.3
RETSerek Jones Laser158375Penzance SC6.54
RETPaul Kavanagh LaserNO NUMBERPenzance SC7.34.1
RETJoe Talbot‑Adams Laser68641NDYC7.53.9
RETJames Muir Laser164446Penzance SC7.84.1

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