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Magic Marine Solo National Championship at the WPNSA - Day 2

by Will Loy 9 Aug 17:14 BST 8-11 August 2019
Jack Hopkins fully powered up on day 2 of the Solo Nationals at the WPNSA © Will Loy

After a rather restless night at Portland Dodge, I mean Lodge, I was at last, relieved to be woken by my alarm. The wind whistled through my open window as vehicles sped past, their tyres parting significant puddles which had formed overnight.

The cloud had given way to sunshine and with it an air of optimism filled my head as I headed off to WPNSA for day 2 of the Solo National Championship. With winds due to increase during the day we headed out to the harbour at 9.15 a.m with the breeze at 16-20 knots from 230 degrees. I sat aboard the 80bhp Suzuki powered rib with my driver Chris and we observed the fleet as they launched, above, a Seagull sat atop his plinth, clearly unimpressed by the sailors as the gybed out of the confines of shelter.

59 competitors made it to the start line, Andy Fox clearly wanted to stay dry for as long as possible and left the sanctuary of the dinghy park with 15 minutes until the prescribed start time of 10 a.m. He needn't of rushed as there was a general recall which was followed by the appearance of the black flag. There would be a number of naughty boys whose day would be ruined but more of that later. The pin end seemed busy, Shane McCarthy hitting the left hard while in the distance, on the right of the course, Charlie Cumbley powered off right.

The breeze was increasing with every minute and this was matched by the sea state which was becoming a bit bumpy. I wrestled with my undergarments, keen to find one part of me that was dry enough to wipe my camera lens, the wedgy was worth it as I collected some great footage as the fleet screamed down the reach. Cumbley had led into the top mark with Oliver Davenport and McCarthy his wing men. The reaches were as exhilarating for some as they were frightening for others, the gybe mark claiming a few.

Cumbley revelled in the increasing pressure, heading right with the pack following in his considerable wake as they all battled upwind. I was stationed at the top mark and understand from various recollections post race that the run to the leeward mark was spicy. McCarthy and Davis victims to the viciousness of the sea while Law went in after his tiller extension parted company. There were many more stories of daring do and of God's wrath which had obviously been angered. Other Gods are available. I did see Shaun Welsh kneeling in prayer at some point but now understand he always sails like that.

Cumbley took the win but Davenport crossed the line to silence, BFD. This inherited Jack Hopkins up to second with Jon Emmett an impressive third. Richard Lovering broke through Finley Dickinson on the run, with Dave Lucas in sixth.

With the breeze gusting to over 30 knots, PRO Paul Kimmens wisely sent the fleet home for the day. Gusts are expected to reach 46 knots this afternoon and the forecast for tomorrow is bleak. Tonight is the BBQ and AGM, I do expect the beer to flow as we chew the fat over everything Solo.

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
15705Charlie CumbleyWarsash SC1‑61316
25787Andy DavisSouth Staffordshire SC7131‑812
35831Richard LoveringHayling Island SC4‑1466420
45629Finley DickinsonHayling Island SC23(UFD)12522
55732Jack HopkinsHayling Island SC13‑2428225
65864Jon EmmettWeir Wood SC11‑16102326
75743Tim LawSalcombe YC5759‑1226
85808Shane MacCarthyGreystones SC‑16114111137
95840Oliver DavenportNorthampton SC149164(BFD)43
105130Mark LeeLymington Town SC31313‑241544
115782Nigel DaviesDraycote Water SC1017713‑2247
125691Guy MaygerFelpham SC1741116‑1848
135645Ian HopwoodNantwich SC15‑371551651
145781Alexander ButlerHayling Island SC61518‑361453
155813Innes ArmstrongBurwain SC1251922(BFD)58
165835David LucasGrafham Water SC338(RET)14661
175742Adam SavageElton SC212833‑3564
185834Chris BrownRYA‑3534227770
195803Kevan GibbLargo Bay SC‑431017212472
205850Vincent HoreyKing George SC34‑4512102076
216000Doug LattaHayling Island SC8‑5423153379
225827Ewan Birkin‑WallsGrafham Water SC262514‑421782
235735Andrew VoyseyHayling Island SC2312‑38202984
245804Steve EdeArdleigh SC‑323121171988
255816Richie BaileyHayling Island SC923(UFD)402597
265406Jarvis SimpsonBrightlingsea SC24302619‑4099
275750David MitchellWarsash SC19‑44311836104
285793Ellie CumpstyChew Valley Lake SC30213225(BFD)108
295865David WinderHollingworth Lake SC25‑38283026109
305393Simon DerhamLittleton SC31‑57343510110
315801Willie ToddLargs SC18183044(DNC)110
325786John SteelsStarcross YC‑4520332730110
334973Paul RobinsonPapercourt SC282729‑3227111
345745Andrew FoxLeigh & Lowton SC40‑49272323113
355381Fraser HaydenPapercourt SC38‑5993932118
365763Steve DenisonRYA2033(UFD)3828119
375487Roger BennettSilver Wing SC‑4426252941121
385704Tim LewisRYA37‑43373421129
395666Andrew BoycePapercourt SC‑5732243744137
405569Nick RawlingsHayling Island SC‑6247352634142
415724Terry PalmerNorfolk Broads YC363536‑4837144
424921Chris MayhewRoyal Harwich YC‑5942415013146
435796Andrew HylandLymington Town SC27403941(DNS)147
445612Tony Weatherell 2228(UFD)28BFD149
455736Iain CarpenterNorthampton SC41224646(DNC)155
465670Nigel ThomasHill Head SC39482049(RET)156
475842John WebsterCarsington SC50194345(RET)157
485354Robin MilledgeLymington Town SC464642‑5131165
495844Peter MitchellWarsash SC29(DNF)DNSDNS9180
505778Shaun WelshLymington Town SC‑5636475443180
515824Tom CampbellLymington Town SC68294047(DNC)184
525466David MansonBough Beech SC485544‑5639186
535570Malcolm BuchananLymington Town SC54415343(DNS)191
545858Patrick BurnsRYA42395263(DNC)196
555560Charles StimpsonSpinnaker SC65505431(RET)200
565259Roger WilsonRollesby Broad SC476050‑6245202
575617Stephen RestallElton SC535858‑6138207
584239Ben NicollWest Oxfordshire SC49‑63635542209
595547Peter WarneNorthampton SC51515158(DNC)211
605377Stephen WaiteHighcliffe SC52535653(DNC)214
615721Graham WilsonNorthampton SC55525760(DNC)224
625644Paul BottomleySouth Staffordshire SC61564564(DNC)226
635718Craig ClarkePapercourt SC64684952(DNC)233
645665Paul AlridgeBrightlingsea SC58655557(DNC)235
655731Vernon PerkinsSouth Cerney SC69644859(RET)240
665632Glenn BoltonBurghfield SC60665967(RET)252
675846Paul TaskerChichester YC636160(DNS)DNC255
685648Simon StrodeRollesby Broad SC66626266(DNS)256
694715Justine DavenportBurwain SC67676165(RET)260
705623Rob GascoigneElton SC706964(DNS)DNC274

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