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505 UK National Championship at Royal Lymington Yacht Club - Overall

by Rob Woelfel 15 May 10:06 BST 9-12 May 2019

This year's UK Championship was sailed out of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club in Lymington, UK on 9-12 May 2019. Conditions varied greatly as did the direction and strength of the wind.

While the UK seems to always deliver a bit of rain, this regatta was mostly sailed in brilliant sunny conditions. All races saw a very substantial current effect with the race committee working hard to set windward/leeward courses in very strong cross-current conditions. Special thanks to an experienced race committee who managed to avoid our fleet bobbing around waiting for wind while also capturing all of the planned 10 races!

Teams had a lot to manage on the water and everyone seemed to comment that it was very challenging but very rewarding racing. We saw large wind shifts and differing pressure throughout the course. Many runs would alternate between wire running and sit running as the wind varied greatly. Puffy, streaky, pulsing wind took its toll on even the best of sailors sometimes catapulting them hundreds of yards into the lead before sending them backward into the fleet.

Of the UK championships I have sailed I can say without a doubt that this was the most competitive! Of the 26 boat fleet, four different boats managed to capture at least one first place finish. At least eight boats finished with at least one race in the top three. Three boats went into the final race with a chance to win. Ultimately the top three finishers scored 19, 20, and 20 points respectively. Congratulations to Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane who sailed an excellent regatta and finished on top! In second place were Dan Holman and Sam Pascoe who managed to beat Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel in a tiebreaker.

Our thanks go to the team at Royal Lymington YC for their hospitality, race organisation and facilities.

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stGBR9215Roger GilbertBen McGraneNetley SC / Frensham2163‑151141‑1419
2ndGBR9222Dan HolmanSam PascoeNetley SC / Castle Cove14‑9‑716313120
3rdUSA9072Mike HoltRob WoelfelSanta Cruz YC321‑53242(RET)320
4thGBR9190Ian PinnellRuss ClarkHISC492459‑11‑114239
5thGBR9177Tom GillardGeoff EdwardsBudworth SC‑138414793‑101046
6thFRA9220BoiteFonntaineCVSQ11339210213(DNC)(DNC)53
7thGBR9214Andy SmithCarl Gibbon/Simon Briddon 9‑105‑12637108553
8thAUS9210Michael QuirkTim NeedhamRPEYC77‑1810‑1181055456
9thGBR9180Mark Upton‑BrownIan MitchellBosham/Hayling5‑121089559‑12758
10thGBR9085Charlie WaltersDougal Cram (DNC)(DNC)1421312672662
11thGBR8963Martin HodgsonAdrian MilesSSC10(RET)8612412‑1561169
12thGBR9124Terry ScutcherChristian Diebitsch 867141016816(DNC)(DNC)85
13thGBR9178Chris LewnsNorman ByrdWhitstable YC14‑1512‑19711158111290
14thGBR9093Ben IliffeHarry Briddon 65(RET)18‑22181861415100
15thRSA8905Graeme WillcoxJames ReadNetley SC15111111‑171314179(DNS)101
16thUSA8854Craig ThompsonPaddy LewisThompson Boat Works17(RET)‑19178191712159114
17thGBR9104Adam KenneyRichard NurseBurton SC12(DNC)1515‑191413181613116
18thGBR9126Stuart TurnbullMike PriddleBurton SC181317202015‑21(DNC)78118
19thGBR9125Roger DeaneTim WilliamsRock SWSC‑2116‑2316212019141316135
20thGBR9156Russell WheelerLee MarriottIsle of Sheppey SC23(RET)16‑26262216231717160
21stGBR9136Jamie MearsStewart MearsRCYC1614132216(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC162
22ndFRA9219Elisabeth NeidhartHenry ChevetYCIF(RET)(DNC)201314172421DNCDNC163
23rdGBR8881Neil RabbittsJonathan CarterBurton SC(DNC)(DNC)2125242322221818173
24thGBR8860Bobbie JohnsonJames KingChasewater SC22(RET)252318212020(DNC)DNC176
25thGBR9145Jim McGillivrayJohn McLeanPrestwick SC19(RET)222425242319(DNC)DNC183
26thFRA9150De KegariouCastledineCNA2017242123(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC186

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