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International Canoe Week at Plymouth - Day 4

by Chris Hampe 14 Jun 11:21 BST 10-16 June 2019

Day 4 of canoe week saw the start of the four-day National Championship and as the fleet launched into the Cattewater from the Mt Batten Centre they soon found that conditions were going to be a little bit tougher than what the forecasts had suggested.

The waters of Plymouth Sound resembled a washing machine with the tide stirring up a difficult chop with the South-Westerly wind gusting up to 27 knots driving 50 shades of grey drizzle down on to the course.

With many boats putting in early swimming practice when the starting gun finally fired several boats had already returned to shore and it was a reduced fleet that was led away by Philip Robin in his Dragonfly design. At the Windward mark there was a trio of boats in the leading group and Robin Wood moved up into second place at the first gybe mark followed by Chris Hampe. In the second group of boats Alistair Warren, Steve Clarke and Dave Timpson all capsized at the mark to allowing Dan Skinner in his nethercott through into fouth.

The leeward mark was one of those fine lay lines, If you had a good rounding you could get just squeeze past the committee boat to pass through the upwind gate. Philip Robin led around the mark and continued to revel in the conditions pointing much higher than anyone else. This had serious consequences for Robin Wood who rounded into Philip Robins dirty air and got swept onto the committee boats anchor line breaking the T-foil off of his rudder and causing him to capsize onto the committee boat.

This left Phil Robin and Chris Hampe with a commanding lead over Alistair Warren who was on a charge through the fleet. On the run Phil Robin had an unexpected capsize leaving Hampe alone out front where he would stay for the third and final lap to take the win. Alistair Warren came through into second, Phil Robin third and Dan Skinner took a well earned fourth with his older nethercott. With visibilty now restricted the race officer sent the boats home and the fleet politely declined the offer of having a second race despite the conditions being forecast to improve.

Nationals Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoCanoe NameHelmClubPYR1Pts
1st340Monkeys UncleChris HampeMount Batten86011
2nd317DragonflyAlistair WarrenAldeburgh YC86022
3rd328Little ScarletPhil RobinHaylig Island SC86033
4th262LongbowDan SkinnerWest Kirby SC92044
5th321DustyGlen TruswellPoole YC86055
6th319Stringy BitsRob BellEmberton Park SC86066
7th275Mustang SallyAlasdair AlstonWest Kirby SC92077
8th344Black BettyRobin WoodLlandegfedd SC810DNF23
8th262LongbowDan SkinnerWest Kirby SC920DNC23
8th339BloodhoundDave TimsomLlandegfedd SC860DNC23
8th347FlashAndy GordonStokes Bay SC870DNC23
8th323Tipping PointRoger HowellRPCYC860DNC23
8th326End GameHugh de LonghCastle Cove SC870DNC23
8th343BlunderbussPhil AllenChichester YC860DNC23
8th314Silver SurferEd BremnerRoadford Lake SC920DNC23
8th102TormentMichael BriggStokes Bay SC970DNC23
8th333White KnightTony MarstonWest Kirby SC905DNC23
8th338Money4NuffinSteve ClarkeLlandegfedd SC860DNC23
8th336Hard and FastRob StebbingCastle Cove SC880DNC23
8th346The Last HorizonJohn EllisScaling Dam SC890DNC23
8th311ScarletPerham HardingSwanage SC870DNC23
8th267Oh Fancy ThatMartin RobbCastle Cove SC940DNF23

International Canoe Week Results:

PosSail NoCanoe NameHelmClubPYR1R2R3R4Pts
1st340Monkeys UncleChris HampeMount Batten860414110
2nd319Stringy BitsRob BellEmberton Park SC860DNC22633
3rd321DustyGlen TruswellPoole YC860DNC33534
4th328Little ScarletPhil RobinHaylig Island SC860DNC45335
5th338Money4NuffinSteve ClarkeLlandegfedd SC860366DNC38
6th275Mustang SallyAlasdair AlstonWest Kirby SC9209139738
7th343BlunderbussPhil AllenChichester YC860297DNC41
8th346The Last HorizonJohn EllisScaling Dam SC8905710DNC45
9th333White KnightTony MarstonWest Kirby SC9057511DNC46
10th344Black BettyRobin WoodLlandegfedd SC8101RET1DNF48
11th336Hard and FastRob StebbingCastle Cove SC8806812DNC49
12th314Silver SurferEd BremnerRoadford Lake SC920101214DNC59
13th311ScarletPerham HardingSwanage SC870DNC118DNC65
14th267Oh Fancy ThatMartin RobbCastle Cove SC940DNC1013DNF69
15th317DragonflyAlistair WarrenAldeburgh YC860DNCDNCDNC271
16th262LongbowDan SkinnerWest Kirby SC920DNCDNCDNC473
17th326End GameHugh de LonghCastle Cove SC8708DNCDNCDNC77
18th339BloodhoundDave TimsomLlandegfedd SC860DNCDNCDNCDNC92
18th347FlashAndy GordonStokes Bay SC870DNCDNCDNCDNC92
18th323Tipping PointRoger HowellRPCYC860DNCDNCDNCDNC92
18th262LongbowDan SkinnerWest Kirby SC920DNCDNCDNCDNC92
18th102TormentMichael BriggStokes Bay SC970DNCDNCDNCDNC92

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