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Gul Scorpion National Championship at Llandudno Sailing Club - Day 1

by Steve Walker 29 Jul 2019 07:42 BST 27 July - 3 August 2019

A warm welcome from Llandudno Sailing Club to the Scorpion fleet has attracted a competitive fleet, with a smattering of World, European, National champions alongside the Scorpion family sailors who have all come together for top competitive sailing, great fun and a family holiday.

Some exciting launching split the fleet between the club slipway and a walk to the beach.

A short windward-leeward practise race, gave the fleet and race team a chance to introduce themselves. Won by 2042 Andy McKee and Steve Graham, 2nd 1958 Nigel Potter and Simon Hibbert.

A quick turn around started the championship races.

Race 1 which is subject to protest hearing after a little confusion with courses. Many of the pre championship runners and riders showing their intention to beat their odds. Race 1 seems to have set the scene for the week of close racing throughout the fleet. First 2039 Peter Grey/Richard Pepperdine, second 2013 Tom Gillard/Rachael Rhodes, third Steve Walker/Jerry Hannabuss.

Race 2 saw 1981 Dave Elston/James Bishop first around the weather mark and off down the run. A large number took the option of reaching off but it was the teams that took the straight line run that paid. A reach with the gybe mark set what felt like under the pier gave a gusty but fast reach. By the finish line, the top two had a comfortable lead. First Andy McKee/Steve Graham, second Tom Gillard/Rachel Rhodes, third Peter Grey/Richard Pepperdine.

Those coming-ashore at the club slipway saw the well-known Scorpion teamwork and everyone made sure the boats beached safely.

Once ashore the sailors were treated to free drink and welsh cakes.

The SWAGS had their first meeting of the week, catching up with all the onshore gossip.

Thank you to the club for a superb curry. A few drinks with the crazy Sheppey raffle, which had the whole club house running around that finish off a fun evening.

Results after day 1:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelm NameCrew NameFleetClubR1R2Pts
1st2039Inside voicePeter GrayRichard PepperdineGoldStaunton Harold134
2nd2013Bearly IllegalTom GillardRachael RhodesGoldStaunton Harold224
4th2044TallulahSteven WalkerJerry HannabussGoldPennine Sailing Club347
3rd2042Prestige WorldwideAndy McKeeStephen GrahamGoldDovestone SC/ Northampton SC415
5th1923 Sam BarkerCara JonesGoldCastle Cove SC5510
7th204The real rock n rollaChris TurnerOllie FellowsGoldLyme Regis SC6915
9th1947Angel DustRichard JonesPhil RobertsSilverLlandudno SC71017
8th2026Sneaky NinjaChris MasseyTom DanielsSilverHollingworth Lake Sailing Club8715
6th1981Highway StarDave ElstonJames BishopSilverCastle Cove Sailing Club9615
10th1959Princess Tiger LillyChris YatesDave BarkerSilvertbc10818
15th2001ZephyrIsaac MarshMalcolm JamesSilverSouth Cerney SC111829
14th2005Drama QueenJanet RitchieAlan RitchieGoldSidmouth SC121527
12th1988FAC 51Russell WheelerLee MarriottSilverIOSSC131326
11th2031UpYours2Peter CrowtherDave ThompsonSilverPennine s c141226
16th2029Jac Y Ddraig GochCarl JonesShellie JonesSilverLlandudno SC151732
13th2004Discrete BananaJock Fellows SilverCastle Cove SC161127
22nd1979The Last IndulgenceAnn WhitfieldPaul NewmanBronzePennine SC17DNC51
19th1977Cavallo Di GuerraColin Keogh BronzeLlandudno SC182240
18th2027A La CarteElly PeggtbcSilverYealm YC191635
17th2033Legal HighCatherine MaguireAndrea FellowsGoldRoyal Lymington/CCSC201434
21st1936Bottyburp the BarbarianSimon HoldenWilliam PinnockBronzeKing George S.C 212142
20th2017Not Another WombatJon WillarsNicola WillarsSilverNotts. County SC222042
24th2015Touching the voidJo MahyEmily GreenGoldSutton Bingham SCDNCDNC68
24th2037Pickled WombatDave Snutch BronzeNotts. County SCDNCDNC68
24th1866Friend or FoeJake WillarsBradley SeatonBronzeNotts. County SCRETDNC68
24th1925PredatorMartyn DenchfieldRichard BarnettBronzeStaunton Harold SCRETDNC68
24th1939Ice on FireRob SmithSandra SmithGoldCastle Cove SCDNCDNC68
24th1940Spitfire SummerNigel DenchfieldChris ClarkeGoldGrafham Water SCDNCDNC68
24th1958Barbarians for BreakfastNigel Potter GoldNotts. County SCDNCDNC68
23rd202Panama JackAdrian HallTommy HallBronzeIndependentDNC1953
24th13FOENkevin nichollsRebecca OgdenBronzeNotts County SCRETDNC68
24th1991Its me or the boatDavid Bennett GoldChew Valley SCDNCDNC68
24th2002SilverballsChole WillarsJohn TailbyGoldNotts. County SCRETDNC68

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