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Etchells European Championship at the Royal London Yacht Club

by Jan Ford 16 Jul 21:45 BST 12-14 July 2019
Etchells European Championship 2019 © RLYC

The International Etchells European Championship was hosted by the Royal London Yacht Club and took place over three days on the Solent. 17 boats entered including four youth boats and seven Corinthian boats.

Three races took place on both Friday and Saturday in generally light to medium conditions from the North West; sea-state was determined by the tide with chop decreasing throughout the day. Boats scoring low points generally started well; managed the shifts (+/-25 degrees) and the leverage that brought against the fleet.

Results in the middle of the fleet were very sporadic and even after six races (and one discard) 5 points separated fourth to ninth place, with the rest of the fleet close behind.

A particularly impressive Saturday was had by Ante Razmilovic's Swedish Blue, winning all three races in less than stable conditions. The term Ante-Christ was used a number of times at the pub that night.

Despite this impressive performance everything was to play for on the final day that saw light and fickle wind from the East. First and second was fought-out exclusively by Swedish Blue and Seamus McHugh's K2. K2, the only continental boat (SUI 1406) in the fleet, managed to beat Swedish Blue (12-14 respectively) closely match racing on Sunday.

Whilst Shaun Frohlich's Exabyte secured third after putting four boats between him and Rob Goddard's Rocketman (who took first Corinthian) in the final race.

Miles Jones jumped up past Hattie Roger's Royal Lymington boat and Thea Crawshaw's Royal Thames boat after a strong finish on Sunday and taking 1st youth boat overall.

The way the results are calculated in yacht fleet racing can lead to some interesting scenarios and the 2019 Etchells European Championship was a good example. After six races, with five to count, McHugh (K2) and Ante Razmilovic (Swedish Blue) each had 20 points. McHugh's discard was a seventh place whereas Ante's was a whopping 18.

This meant that if McHugh scored eighth or worse in his last race, his score after discard would always be set at 27. So if Ante came eighth or worse, even though he might have been well ahead of McHugh, McHugh would be crowned European Champion. The only way Ante could win was to not only beat McHugh, but not have a position worse than seventh. In the event they match-raced each other in this all-important final race, and Ante came fourteenth leaving McHugh to claim the championship cup.

A huge thank you must go to the race committee that did very well to manage the racing despite the variable wind direction, and to the various owners, and Jan who provided the beer, ice-cream and cake.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat nameSkipper/CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1  SUI 1406K2Seamus McHugh / Luis Doreste / David Vera / Leonor Ramia2126271220
2  GBR 1438Swedish BlueAnte Razmilovic / Brian Hammersley / Andrew Mills5DSQ51111427
3  GBR 1437Exabyte 7Shaun Frohlich / David Bedford / Duncan Truswell8381174232
4  GBR 1439Rocketman (Corinthian)Rob Goddard / Bryn Phillips / Joe Burns / Christine Shrimpton121010312733
5  GBR 1352Jolly RogerTom Abrey / Matt Reid / Bruno van Dyke10713129333
6  GBR 1468STRAIT DEALERDavid Franks / Graham Sunderland / Harry Blowers / Phoebe Conellan31216543936
7  GBR 1459ColinKim Ridge / James Downer / Andrew Palfrey68685UFD538
8  GBR 927Royal Dart YC ‑ Youth (Corinthian)Miles Jones / Lewis Smith / James Holmes / Libby Watkins12134965440
9  GBR 1407IceAndrew Cooper / George Cooper Jack Daniel / Graham Deegan / Ben Childerley94121298143
10  GBR 1020Royal Lymington YC Youths (Corinthian)Robby Boyd / Max Crowe / Henry Collison / Hattie Rogers1453210101343
11  GBR 782Royal Thames YC Youths (Corinthian)Ollie Grogono / Thea Crawshaw / Murray Hampshire / Verity Hopkins461171361145
12  GBR 1460MBFGrant Simmer / Graeme Spence / Sam Haines7DNS154821046
13  GBR 1351Audrey (Corinthian)Jon Warwick / Eddie Warwick / Will Bedford11119141413664
14  GBR 1353The Plant HunterMalcolm Offord / Laurence Mead / Luke Deegan131014131111866
15  GBR 1194Oxford University YC Youths (Corinthian)Rebecca Anthony / Josh Bell / Meli Besse / Annika Moslein17971515141575
16  GBR 1271ZiggyJulian Metherell / Oliver Spensley‑Corfield / Tom Forrester‑Cole151413161715DNC90
17  GBR 1014Grieg City Academy (Corinthian)Montel Fagan‑Jordan / Azat Ulutas / Ted Blowers / Samuel Oladele1615171716161696

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