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Great North Asymmetric Challenge at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club

by William Carruthers 14 Apr 21:35 BST 13-14 April 2019

Twenty-seven crews from seven northern clubs put entries in for this year's GNAC. Those who had travelled were committed to sail but, despite the sunshine, there was a bitterly cold south easterly wind gusting force 6 on Saturday so several of the local crews opted not to go out.

Some provided additional bodies for the rescue craft which were in regular demand standing by while capsized dinghies were righted and, in some cases, providing actual assistance to boats and crews.

With four windward leeward races sailed back to back it was cold enough for those who didn't capsize and, for those who did, heading back to a warm clubhouse was a favoured option. By the final race on Saturday just fourteen boats were still racing.

Conditions suited the RS400s which took the top two positions overnight, led by Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop from Leigh and Lowton.

On Sunday, the wind had eased marginally and there were fewer capsizes but there were still exhilarating conditions, and the downwind legs in particular caused entertaining watching from the warmth of the clubhouse. The gusts on the beat proved tricky as they were often headers!

By popular agreement there was a change to the four race schedule with a lunch break splitting the action.

All in all the racing was very close with positions often changing lap by lap, and there were five different race winners. There was an incredibly close three way contest for the lead and, after taking two discards into account, there was just a single point separating the first three positions, all RS400s, with overnight leaders Catchpole and Coop taking the honours, with Hamish Gledhill 2nd, and Chris Pickles 3rd. In 4th position came the Feva well sailed by Alistair and Evie Coates from Leigh and Lowton and the leading RS200 of Phil and Naomi Smith from Bass.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubPYR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1stRS 4001396Richard CatchpoleGary CoopLLSC9421315345214
2ndRS 4001407Hamish GledhillSimon DowseWest Riding Sailing Club94221221523515
3rdRS 4001283Chris PicklesMark LunnBassenthwaite SC94235.542132615
4thRS Feva XL3746Alistair CoatesEvie CoatesLeigh and Lowton124021133717318
5thRS 2001369Phil SmithNaomi SmithBass104662136451422
6thRS 4001254Phil MurrayNeil SchofieldTynemouth942498768101442
7thRS 4001437Barrie ThorntonNick HuntScaling Dam942dnf4681668.51244.5
8thRS 2001037Caroline ExleyCharlie ExleyBassenthwaite SC1046dnf5.591121313747.5
9thRS 400703Mark SomervilleJoe RobertsBassenthwaite Sailing Club942517DNC4121641051
10thRS 400669Jacob AinsworthKayleigh RobertsSouth Shields9427779141212951
11thRS 400874Jon GayAmanda HendersonLochaber94281012121514.56856
12thRS 400603Alex LeonardBen MurrellBass SC942913510DNF118.5dnf56.5
13thRS 2001068Martin SmithBarbara SmithDelph10461014DNCDNC9915158
14thRS 4001257Mark DingsdaleSteve Super Crew BlackburnLeigh & Lowton SC942131610DNC10714DNC70
16thRS 2001551Louise McKeandCathy PartingtonLeigh and Lowton10461211DNCDNC1317111377
17thRS 2001076Ethan DawsonJames AbbattBassenthwaite Sailing Club10461418DNC13DNCDNC1611100
18thRS 400810Richard FaheyJonny HollidayTynemouth Sailing Club9421815DNCDNC1818DNCDNC125
19th20002272James MacGregorJenny MacGregorBassenthwaite SC111217DNCDNCDNC1114.5DNCDNC126.5
20thRS 4001112Jon AbbattNicola AbbattUllswater YC94216dnfDNCDNC1719DNCDNC136
21stRS 2001135Julia AllanCarolyn StoreyYDSC/ BASS10461920DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC151
22ndRS 400664Phil DavenportIzzie HunterBass SC94215dnfDNCDNCDNFDNCDNCDNC155
23rdDEVOTI D‑ONE1Liam Alcock South Shields948dnf19DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC159
24thRS 4001069Chris MulhollandCatherine MulhollandUllswater YC94220DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC160
25thRS 4001401Bill KenyonBen SwainsonBudworth SC942DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC168
25thRS 100 8.4481Mark Somerville Bassenthwaite SC1004DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC168
25thRS 2001181Dave ExleyJack ExleyBassenthwaite SC1046DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC168

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