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2019 UK Hansa Nationals at Rutland Sailing Club

by David Durston 12 Aug 2019 07:14 BST 2-4 August 2019

This year's event was very well supported with 41 boats and 54 people taking part across the 5 Hansa Classes competing: The 2.3; 303 one-person; 303 two-person; Liberty; and SKUD 18s. It is a common misconception that Hansa's are just for disabled sailors, but it is an open class and it was good to see several able-bodied entrants across the fleets.

Pauline Harrison and her Rutland Sailability/SC team of volunteers staged a very well run event on and off the water over the scheduled 3 days. The Race Officer, David Wilkins, had a very difficult job to set an appropriate course in shifty, and at times a very light wind. Despite his best efforts, and everybody willing the wind to fill in, the 4 races scheduled for Saturday had to be abandoned. Over the three days, the event was decided over 4 races, with one result discarded.

In the 2.3 fleet day 1 proved to be difficult for Lindsay Burns, the eventual winner, with Alice Lucy and Nick Neve both from Rutland SC sharing the honours with a 1st and 2nd place each. A team due to be sailing in the SKUD fleet were unable to race over the weekend, so Alice and Nick were tempted to take their places in this high performance boat. The two races run on the Sunday were won by Lindsay from Frensham Pond SC, with John Combes from Rutland SC taking second place. This proved to be the final result for the 2.3 class at this event, with Alice Lucy having done enough on day 1 on to the last podium position.

The 303 one-person fleet was dominated by two Frensham Pond sailors, Mike Everitt and James Woosnam, who took 1st and 2nd places respectively. George Paxford from Whitefriars Sailing Club was a newcomer to Hansa sailing, and caused a stir by putting in a great performance to finish in 3rd place on 12 points. This was closely contested by Monique Foster from Great Moor SC who also finished on 12 points, but just missed out in the final race finishing in 5th place, one place behind George.

Father and daughter team, Natalia and Allan Hillman, have been dominant in the 303 two-person class all season, and this event was no exception. They put in a perfect score of 4 nett down to 3. Closely behind on a nett 6 were a team from New Forest, Jane Knight and Angela Cosford. There was a close battle for the third podium place between the Chesil SC team of Phil Hall/Steve Kitson and Andy Sheath/Kate Lintott from Frensham Ponds. In the end there was one point separating them, with the Chesil team finishing on top with 9 points.

After day one David Durston from Whitefriars SC was in a strong position with two 2nd places. Val Millward and Chris Atkins had finished 1st in race 1 and 2 respectively, but Val had a 6th and Chris a DNC in their other races. It came down to the Sunday races to decide the places. Val from Rutland SC showed her class and experience to add two more 1st places to finish on nett 3 to take the Championship. David could not repeat the form he had on Friday, getting a 4th and 7th place. Paul Phillips from Frensham Pond had a stronger performance on day 3, getting a 2nd and 3rd to put him in 3rd place overall, just 1 point behind David.

All sailors in the SKUD 18 fleet were from Rutland SC. The boats are kept there and regularly used and raced in varying formats. The John Williams/Mark Haughey dominated this fleet with 3 bullets. Alice Lucy and Nick Neve only completed 2 races in this class, and showed their skills here too, finishing 1st and 2nd, just missing out for 2nd place by 1 point overall to the Roy Emmerson/Ben Measures team who finished on nett 8.

Despite the frustrations of day 2, the sailing and social side was very enjoyable. There is great camaraderie across the sailors, volunteers, and supporters. Many of the sailors will soon to travelling to Portimao, Portugal for the Hansa European Championships, supported by RYA Sailability and Brett Cokayne as Coach. Good luck team.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
2.3 Fleet
1st2111Lindsay Burns Frensham SC‑33115
2nd1647John Coombes Rutland SC‑44228
3rd1648Alice Lucy Rutland SC21(DNC)DNC10
4th1649Nick Neve Rutland SC12(DNC)DNC10
5th267Sally Wallace Bolton‑553311
6th797John Hepburn SW Scotland664(DNC)16
303 1 Person Fleet
1st2554Mike Everitt Frensham SC111(DNC)3
2nd2967James Woosnam Frensham SC‑22215
3rd2979George Paxford Whitefriars SC3‑65412
4th2809Monique Foster Great Moor SC43‑6512
5th2284Rory McKinna Clyde Cruising67‑8215
6th2973Anthony Barkes Waveney SC‑884315
7th2747Margaret Foreman Frensham SC‑953917
8th2464Jessica Campbell SW Scotland74‑9819
9th2518Leslie Philip Tideway SC5‑97719
10th2884Bob Waters Waveney SC‑101010626
11th2315Harry Kennington Frensham SC‑1111111032
303 2 Person Fleet
1st1896Natalia HillmanAllan HillmanRYA‑11113
2nd2748Jane KnightAngela CosfordNew Forest22‑326
3rd2314Philip HallSteve KitsonChesil SC3‑5249
4th1461Andy SheathKate LintottFrensham SC‑434310
5th380Hannah ShelmerdineMatt TozerBolton SC545‑614
6th3147Logan BellBuddyRutland SC‑766517
7th3146Jesen KendallBuddyRutland SC6(DNC)7720
8th2455Millie MoodyBuddyRutland SC‑878823
Liberty Fleet
1st3068Val Millward Rutland SC‑61113
2nd3144David Durston Whitefriars224‑78
3rd2557Paul Phillips Frensham SC4‑5329
4th88Chris Atkin Hanningfeld SC1(DNC)5511
5th2599Chris Emmet Rutland SC34‑6411
6th2723Simon Harle Rutland SC‑982616
7th1010Tessa Watliss Frensham SC76‑8316
8th33Pat Crowley Rutland SC577‑819
9th2444Paul Pearson Rutland SC83(DNC)DNC23
10th1888Mary Duffy Rutland SC‑11109928
11th3145Alison Grant Frensham SC109(DNC)DNC31
Skud Fleet
1st77Mark HaugheyJohn WilliamsRutland SC111‑23
2nd42Roy EmmersonBen MeasuresRutland SC‑32338
3rd10Alice LucyNick NeveRutland SC(DNS)DNS219
4th57Richard SantKate NealRutland SC23‑5510
5th11Rick HughesNev RoseRutland SC‑444412

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