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Allen, North Sails and Selden Enterprise National Championships - Overall

by Nick Jackson 11 Aug 22:56 BST 3-9 August 2019

The last nail biting race of the Allen, North Sails and Selden Enterprise Nationals at Mounts Bay took place on Thursday due to a forecast of 40 mph winds on Friday.

After four days of brisk South Westerlies the wind had dropped to a modest 6-10 knots and swung to the South East - an unusual wind direction according to the locals. After nine excellent races all the major trophies were still up for grabs and much would depend on the outcome of this final tenth race.

It was between defending champions Dave & Chris Jackman and Paul Hobson / Craig Wheatley. Paul had been runner up many times, and having won the event previously as a crew, he was keen to be the first to also win the event as a helm. Paul and Craig had a one point lead over the Jackmans with both pairs having the same number of race wins, but overall the Jackmans had a worse discard, meaning that Dave & Chris had to beat Paul & Craig and finish in the top three to retain their title. No easy task.

There was also only one point between the two leading lady helms Ann Jackson and Jane Scutt for the Iris Holt Bowl so it was all to play for! In the much-coveted Mary Arnold Baker Trophy (First Lady) the main contenders Becca Stephens and Laura Bevan were close in 6th and 7th places. It was also a close run thing in the Rolling Pin Trophy (Husband and Wife/Partner) with just one point between Nigel & Andy Bird and Darren Roach with Hayley Ramadhar.

As the race started, former Champion Nick Craig with son Adam (10) showed his class by leading at the first mark. He retained his lead throughout the race and won by a country mile! Phil Ford & Jane Humpage bagged an impressive second after a difficult week and Jeremy & Becca Stephens (another former Champion) were third to regain the Mary Arnold Baker Trophy.

Meanwhile, Paul and Craig had engaged Dave and Chris in the inevitable pre start match race and, despite being caught up in a gaggle of several other Looe boats, managed to slow them down sufficiently to miss the start by 2-3 lengths. Although Dave and Chris did manage to wriggle free they could not find enough boat speed in the fickle force 2-3 breeze to get up to the third place they needed so Paul and Craig were crowned worthy Champions. First time for Paul (at the back end of the boat) and for Craig after many years of trying! On checking the record, Paul is the only person so far to have won Championship week as both a helm and a crew. Craig also won the Betty Southworth Trophy for 1st crew over 40 and Paul won the Admiral's Trophy for 1st helm over 50.

Yet another former Champion Tim Sadler with Chris Keatley managed to fend off a spirited challenge for third place overall from Martin Honnor and Gabe Hill.

The ladies Trophy was going to the wire with Jane leading Ann by several places but Jane succumbed to a 720 at the last leeward mark to drop crucial places and with that the chance of victory.

Darren and Hayley just pipped Nigel and Andy for the Rolling Pin Trophy, but Nigel won the Roy Barker Trophy for 1st helm over 60. The Stephens, Jeremy and Becca once again won the Generation Trophy. Lloyd Williams from Penzance SC won the Ron Brittain Trophy for 1st crew under 18 and Joe Jackman (crewed by Jack Sargent) from Looe SC won the Yachts & Yachting Trophy for 1st helm under 21. Dave & Chris Jackman, as well as coming 2nd overall, won the Yachtsman Trophy for 1st helm over 40.

The Bronze fleet winners were Mounts Bay SC members Alex Morcumb & Daniel Sell and the Silver fleet winners were Jeremy Williams & Lloyd Williams from Penzance SC

Back on shore, the excellent volunteer Championship coordination team were busy setting up for the prize giving and disco which would take place that evening in the club house, after the Enterprise Class Association meeting led by Commodore Richard Pryke. With everyone in positive mood, the class has great plans to increase turnout at next year's Nationals Championship taking place at Looe Sailing Club.

The prize giving started with spot prizes thanks to event sponsors Allen, North Sails and Selden ensuring that everyone walked away with some goodies. At the main event, the array of impressive silverware was handed out to riotous applause, a mark of the goodwill and friendly nature of the fleet. And then it was party time! In true Enterprise fashion the competitors, family and friends kept the bar staff busy and the clubhouse rocked until the early hours.

Altogether an excellent week at Mounts Bay, greatly enhanced for the first part of the week by having the Ospreys racing alongside us for their four day National Championship. They proved to be very entertaining by inviting us to share their mad "Sheppy Raffle" which raised a couple of hundred pounds for the RNLI.

Overall Results:
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PosBow NoSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubFleetR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1st8823421MargretPaul HobsonCraig WheatleyLooe SC / Beaver SCGold3(DNF)1113134‑1417
2nd7922940Rebel RouserDavid JackmanChris JackmanLooe SCGold513‑2081211‑1322
3rd10523384 Tim SadlerChris KeatleyYorkshire Dales SC / Penarth YCGold13633‑18‑1163833
4th10022619Riot VanMartin HonnorGabe HillOgston SCGold‑1594242389‑1141
5th9722652That’s EntertainmentJeremy StephensBecca StephensPenzance SCGold‑12427‑1645117343
6th762331050 Shades of BlueSteve BlackburnTim BrownellWLYC / Leigh and Lowton SCGold4‑147‑1255728745
7th6722439FloozyPhil BevanLaura BevanGrafham Water SCGold‑22105676(DNF)95452
8th9423270KittyPhil FordJane HumpageBristol Corinthian YCGold7(DNF)9196116‑202262
9th8223135Bang TidyDarren RoachHayley RamadharLooe SCGold9211132‑1410‑2112564
10th9122456Unlawful EntryNigel BirdAndy BirdRYAGold1368510‑15‑201061068
11th7123275WimpMatt JaycockIvan JaycockLooe SCGold88‑17412(DSQ)1615131692
12th7222Comfortably NumbJeremy WilliamsLloyd WilliamsPenzance SCSilver‑17514161513417(DNF)993
13th7423015Wedg‑ENick JacksonLaurence DorrBurghfield SCGold111112141412912(DNF)‑2195
14th8323420Peak DinghyMatt RawsonVicky GommOgston SCGold1012102197‑2413‑291597
15th6122762Churchfield 2Steve SargentEloise JaycockLooe SCGold216‑3118‑23108161618104
16th8023089Simply RedCharles MorrishMarc HegerSt Mary's Loch SCGold(DSQ)231817119‑2642117120
17th6223349To Infirmity and BeyondAnn JacksonAlan SkeensBurghfield SCGold14191510‑2816141420‑25122
18th6822702EspadarteJane ScuttNick ScuttMiddle Nene SCGold2024‑269138‑32191023126
19th8922166Da's BoatJoe JackmanJack SargentLooe SCSilver232019(DNF)192019511‑32136
20th7023410WimpGes BrownJulie MooreSCYCGold181323(DNS)201913‑241420140
21st8623347MinionCallum DingleConor LanganLooe SCSilver25181381717‑3027(DNF)26151
22nd6522501Blue JobAlice AllenJames HobsonBristol Corinthian YCGold1672724(DNC)29‑3429236161
23rd6423443Wannabe RedJonathan WoodwardJackie FranklinSouth Staffs SCGold211725(DNF)2524‑28221812164
24th9523169Snow PicnicBrian BowdlerEsther BowdlerLooe SCSilver26‑31241526‑3122181724172
25th9622868Immoral EntryAlex MorcumbDaniel SellMounts Bay SCBronze28212025(DNF)23123115‑33175
26th10323249Thunderbird 2Richard PrykeAmelia PrykeRipon SCGold1915(DNF)2318262726(DNF)22176
27th7722418Limited EditionAndy GommSarah GommOgston SCGold24‑252222242223‑252519181
28th6622322Kirkup's Cast Off’sKeith TylerKatie TylerHunts SCSilver‑3329‑3511302117331930190
29th9223351Yoo Hoo ‑ Big Summer Blow OutJohnny AllenRay ToomerBristol Corinthian YCSilver(DSQ)22(DNS)DNS212518232228206
30th8523170HarkenNick CraigAdam CraigBurghfield SC / Frensham SCGold6(DNF)(DNS)DNSDNCDNC157DNF1217
31st10223307PifPaffSimon BennettChris GodboltLooe SCBronze3232(DNF)(DNS)222721322727220
32nd10621889GulpTom KliskeyAoife MooneyPenzance SCSilver3126212627‑35293030‑37220
33rd9322901Out of the BluePaul YoungAlex HomerMidland SCSilver34271627293031‑3928‑35222
34th10122807Never Say NeverJohn MatthewsDiane StephensPenzance SCSilver‑412830283132‑36343331247
35th7823274 Jack PopeFleur BennettLooe SCSilver‑383328333228353524‑38248
36th7322935MalabarChris PalmerAlex RichPenarth YCBronze35353432343325‑3735‑41263
37th6323123Mick 'E' FinnJacob OwenLauren BowdlerLooe SCBronze‑4030292933(DNF)39403740277
38th9022903Page.comMark MatthewsLiz MatthewsCastle Cove SCBronze2734(DNS)(DNS)DNFDNC38282636283
39th9919007Captain SizerMike HeapBryce HowardOgston SCBronze294236(DNF)35(DNF)33413634286
40th6922705Two BeesRobin BroomfieldPaul BloomfieldMinima YCBronze3938(DNS)343834373632‑44288
41st8423312AkangraPeter RendallHelen CumminsPenarth YCBronze3637333137(DNC)(DNC)383839289
42nd9823194FlossieJimmy CockGraham Kirkup / Will SearleMounts Bay SCBronze4240323036(DSQ)(DNC)DNCDNC29303
43rd8722345Suzy DeePaul DunnGary OswaldLooe SCBronze3741(DNS)(DNS)393641423442312
44th7522368Thursdays ChildBenjamin ArcherOlivia BelliniParkstone YCBronze4439(DNS)(DNS)DNCDNC40433143334
45th10422814Bang onNeil RoachNatalie RoachLooe SCBronze3036(DNS)(DNS)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC46347
46th8122655Red EntRichard ShillitoThomas DorrMinima YCBronze4343(DNS)(DNS)DNCDNC42443945350

We're all already looking forward to our next events which include:

  • Scottish Nationals at St Mary's Loch SC on 24/25 August
  • Severnside Areas at Penarth YC on 7th September
  • National Circuit Open at Royal Western YC, Plymouth on 21/22 September
  • Golden Hind Open Meeting at Looe on 5/6 October
  • Winter Champs at Northampton SC on 2/3 November
  • And many more regional Open Meetings around the country
And the main events in 2020:
  • Inland Championship at Ogston SC on 25/26 April
  • National Championship at Looe SC from 26 to 31 July. For anyone interested in buying or borrowing an Enterprise for the event, contact the class association via the Facebook page or website.

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