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Yorkshire Dales Skiff Open

by Ian Escritt 10 Apr 2019 11:24 BST 6-7 April 2019

On 6th & 7th of April YDSC held its first ever Skiff open meeting as part of the Scottish and Northern Skiff series. Eleven Musto Skiffs made up most of the fleet, the rest being as diverse as a Norfolk Punt (Skiff version), and a RS500.

Competitors were met by thick fog, which gave people a chance to tuck into bacon butties provided by the club's new caterers, they continued to keep everyone well fed all weekend.

PRO Richard Clayton must have set the course using "the force" as no one could see the water. The fog cleared and sure enough the buoys were in just the right place!

Race 1 started in a very light breeze and it was local Ian Escritt (your reporter) who nailed the start and led for a lap before he realized it wasn't a Laser he was sailing. Another Ian (Trotter) slid through to win on the water by a big distance, but when the handicaps were calculated it was Mike Saul and Oliver Kent in their RS500 who took the win, followed by Trotter, Colin and Oliver Murray in a Punt, Escritt managing to hold on to 4th.

Race 2 saw the wind increase slightly allowing Trotter to stretch his legs a bit to take the win, with consistent Saul/Kent 2nd and a delighted Terry Pressdee who got the shift of the day 3rd.

Race 3 saw the Murrays pick their way around some wacky shifts to win, Josh Moran 2nd, Trotter 3rd.

Race 4 Stuart Keegan must have got rid of the bucket tied to his boat as he dramatically improved to win followed by Moran. Escritt and Trotter had a photo finish Escritt taking it after the PRO got something caught in his eye.

After day one it was Trotter, Murray, Saul/Kent, Moran.

Sunday brought a different feel, gone was the shifty 3 to 8 mph breeze, replaced by a 10 to 18 mph blast. Musto Skiffs dominated the day with more wins for Trotter and Keegan, good results for Moran and Pressdee, whilst the Punt's massive rig struggled.

Overall Ian Trotter was always in charge whilst Stuart Keegan recovered from a poor start to take 2nd, Josh Moran 3rd and Saul/Kent 4th.

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Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubPYR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1MUSTO SKIFF546Ian Trotter Derwent SC84921‑3‑41217
2MUSTO SKIFF384Stuart Keegan Derwent SC849‑10‑114131211
3MUSTO SKIFF481Josh Moran Ullswater YC849‑5‑52223413
4RS 5001040Mike SaulOliver KentYorkshire Dales SC96312‑6(OCS)54618
5MUSTO SKIFF385Terry Pressdee Yorkshire Dales SC849‑935‑645320
6Norfolk Punt94Colin MurrayOliver MurrayInvergordan Boating Club8853415‑109(DNF)22
7MUSTO SKIFF334Ian Escritt Yorkshire Dales SC8494‑97388‑1030
8MUSTO SKIFF167Stewart Walker Yorkshire Dales SC8497‑10109‑126537
9MUSTO SKIFF75Callum Escritt Yorkshire Dales SC84968‑1277‑13937
10MUSTO SKIFF82Jonathan Lister Yorkshire Dales SC84986‑14(OCS)610838
11MUSTO SKIFF286Stephen Smith Yorkshire Dales SC84911788‑14‑121246
12VORTEX1041David Smith Yorkshire Dales SC914‑13‑14111011111154
13VORTEX1160Ian Craven Yorkshire Dales SC914(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC97757
14MUSTO SKIFF253Phil Whitehead Yorkshire Dales SC84912139DNF13(DNC)(DNC)59
15MUSTO SKIFF410Simon Byrne Yorkshire Dales SC84914121311(DNC)(DNC)DNC67
1649ER1068Ian CravenWill JonesYorkshire Dales SC697151515(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC79

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