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Osprey National Championship at Mount's Bay Sailing Club

by Kevin Francis 9 Aug 2019 14:27 BST 4-7 August 2019

After two years at the top, the reigning Osprey National champions Terry Curtis and Pete Greig were toppled by DJ Edwards and Mikey Greig sailing the aptly named Lethal Weapon.

Between 4 to 7 August, over ten gruelling races, Mounts Bay was a fitting stage for this clash of the titans at this year’s Osprey Nationals. The wind gods were kind in supplying plenty of puff to allow these magnificent boats to spread their wings and fly, and all this in glorious summer sunshine and a backdrop that cannot be matched anywhere else.

Day 1 started off with a wobble for the new champs with a wardrobe malfunction leading to a dash back to shore for a replacement trapeze harness for Mikey, but thereafter things settled down and consistent performances got them right back in the fight. Overnight leaders were Mike Atkinson and Richard Bowers who had mastered the ‘bang hard right’ approach and once up front were super quick using Moatt Sails to keep away from any real danger.

The south westerly wind generally built each day as did the swell, while the need to change gears for the differing conditions became ever more important. This year saw an unprecedented amount of boat breakages mainly to rudder fittings but also spars and sails, fortunately thanks to generous sponsorship from companies such as Allen, Rain and Sun, Marlow Ropes, Gul, Hartley Boats, Moatt Sails, Clamcleat and Seasure no one was sidelined for long. Matt Burge and Vyv Townend lost the first day to a Jib Sheave failure and thus immediately used up their two discards, so had an uphill but very nearly successful battle eventually gaining runner up spot.

By day 3 the wind was over 20 knots and the larger teams were starting to dominate on the course. The fleet tended to split off with some heading out to sea looking for even more breeze and the chance of a favourable lift whilst more and more teams took the other option of sailing inshore towards Penzance and hooking the big lift to the windward mark some 1.5 miles from the start line. The first turning mark became a scene of controlled desperation for most as the sleigh ride down the reach commenced in gallons of foaming white water.

Capsizes were surprisingly few, with battles going on right down through the fleet of 41 boats consisting of Mark 3, Mk 4, and some new Mk 5 boats, but one thing was common by the end of each day, the tired looks of the competitors. Fatigue on body and boat at Mounts Bay is not to be underestimated and nor are the redeeming qualities of a good Philps pasty.

Several teams are worthy of special note, Caroline Croft and Jon Gorringe sailed superbly in a borrowed boat making very good starts and very few mistakes to own 6th place whilst father and son duo George and Harry Odling put all the practice to good use to power another legendary boat named Infidel to 11th overall.

The highlight of the social programme was a private tour of St Michaels Mount and the chance to sample some fine wines and nibbles with fellow competitors hosted by Lord and Lady St Levan who reside in this wonderful iconic building. The Enterprise fleet was exposed to the Crazy Sheppey Raffle with plenty of prizes to go around and money raised in support of the local RNLI.

In summary, the event lived up to expectations and was the hardest Nationals for some years with a stellar list of competitors all keen to take that trophy home but there can only be 1 winner, well done DJ and Mikey. The Ospreys have been coming to Mounts Bay for 60 years and will return again in the future, the class would like to thank Mounts Bay Sailing Club and all of its volunteers who worked so hard to make the event a success, Lord and Lady St Levan for their support, and to the Enterprise fleet for sharing this venue with us.

Next year the Class holds its Nationals at Castle Cove Sailing Club in Dorset from the 25th - 28th July, why don’t you jump on board with us and experience the Osprey difference?

More information about the Osprey class at

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
11116Lethal Weapon1976DJ EdwardsMike GreigTata Steel SC(DNF [42])1(DNF [42])112212212
21353Callisto Matt BurgeVyv TownendPoole YC(DNS [42])(DNS [42])11044121528
31234Plan B Terry CurtisPeter GreigCastle Cove SC‑85‑7621553431
41198Blue Moon1981Angus HemmingsAdam BowersCastle Cove SC310243(BFD [42])(BFD [42])47134
51352String Driven Thing2012Piers StrongPhil AngravePoole YC96358367‑15(DNF [42])47
61281White Knuckles Caroline CroftJon GorringeBlithfield SC5368‑127‑2085850
71298Barking Mad2000Michael AtkinsonRichard BowersPoole YC1292165‑21‑2116354
81290Swiftwun1997Martin CooneyPeter FrithPoole YC(DNF [42])943611(BFD [42])310955
91322Peek a Boo2006Andy BarkerStuart MaunderSwanage SC47(DNF [42])‑1471041141057
101280Obsession Colin StephensSteve GeorgeMounts Bay SC248(DNF [42])(DNS [42])159108763
111085Infidel1975Harry OdlingGeorge OdlingPlymouth University SC1185119‑12766‑1263
121311Oh Spray! Chris GouldNick BroomhallBlithfield SC612107‑2563917(DNF [42])70
131296Whitestar2000Kevin FrancisPhil MaleCastle Cove SC13112095(BFD [42])14(DNF [42])9687
141363Robbers Alley2016Alistair RaynardRob BurdekinCarsington SC161412‑17118‑25151215103
151276Jennifer1995Dan JacksonJaime BohataTenby SC715‑191213191313‑2516108
161291Waimanu1998Alex WillisNick WillisHayling Island SC14‑171613141612‑221413112
171348Jammy Dodger Oscar ChessDavid CharlesMumbles YC101311311517(BFD [42])(DNF [42])1111119
181373Great White2018Richard MarshallSteve WatsonPoole YC121821‑281913‑27191814134
191337Mara Robert ShawIan LittleKielder Water SC152013‑2321211516‑2818139
201364The Cutter2016Russell WheelerMark MawhinneyIsle of Sheppey SC‑32‑34261527910122224145
211372Mellow Yellow2018Mick GreenlandDavid DownsIsle of Sheppey SC1816‑27242320191423‑25157
221314Think Again Viola ScottMichael ScottKielder Water SC262222‑342018112813(BFD [42])160
231338Curved Air2008Ken BrownChris ButtersIsle of Sheppey SC17(DNF [42])23211722(BFD [42])292017166
241369Dark Matter2017Roger BlakeJames BlakeGreat Moor SC242117182224(DNF [42])‑251921166
251350WARNING...Contains Nuts2012Alec MamwellArthur ButlerConiston SC22‑25252518‑2716172420167
261299Georgia Adam ElleryThomas ElleryMounts Bay SC20231422(DNF [42])238(DNC [42])DNF [42]19171
271207Schiaffino Andy HattersleyRichard HattersleyPoole YC2528‑3219(DNF [42])3017202922190
281326Shameless2007Mike StaceDeanna StaceTenby SC272624‑3326251818‑3427191
291367Silver Machine2017Alan HendersonTim BowdenPrestwick SC1924152028(DNC [42])(DNC [42])DNC [42]21DNF [42]211
30854Flying Machine Richard PackerAndrew MorriceBristol Corinthian YC31‑35312624262323‑3328212
311357Last Orders2014Paul RobertsJohn ClarkPortishead Y&SC302730‑3532282426‑3726223
321362OMG2016Emma StephensonPete LloydWeymouth SC(DNF [42])19(DNF [42])161014DNC [42]DNC [42]DNF [42]DNS [42]227
331374Ride Like the Wind2018John ShentonSteve OfferWilsonian SC2929182929(DNC [42])(DNC [42])DNC [42]27DNF [42]245
341368LOL2017Steve LeneyPaul HollisBlithfield SC213029(DNF [42])(DNS [42])DNC [42]DNC [42]DNC [42]2623255
351329RAM Thomas ChadfieldPeter SlaterBlithfield SC3436(BFD [42])27303226(DNC [42])32DNF [42]259
361316Uzi Jane2006Nigel YoungDarren HamiltonBristol Corinthian YC33373436(DNS [42])(DNC [42])222436DNF [42]264
371341yLost2009Will ChrichtonJon BattRibble CC363935323129(BFD [42])27(DNS [42])DNS [42]271
381345Hakuna Matata2010Chris DaviesLorraine BellCarsington SC23332830(DNF [42])(DNC [42])DNC [42]DNC [42]35DNF [42]275
391325Seaing Red2006Robin GeorgeNicola GeorgeGreat Moor SC353837(DNF [42])(DNS [42])31DNC [42]DNC [42]3829292
401114Just Pogo Keith McDonaldAndy BrittainSmall Heath YC283136(DNF [42])(DNS [42])DNE [42]BFD [42]DNC [42]30DNF [42]293
411206Dr Jeckell & Mr Hyde1983Dave BourneRichard BurtonRYA(BFD [42])3233(DNF [42])DNS [42]DNF [42]DNC [42]BFD [42]31DNF [42]306

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