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Noble Marine Albacore National Championship at the Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy

by Mike Banner 22 Aug 2019 07:51 BST 27-29 July 2019
Noble Marine Albacore Nationals at Pwllheli © Dave Whittle / Andy Pearce

Thirty Albacores contested the 2019 Nationals at Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy and Event Centre in Pwllheli.

The three day, seven race event was sailed in light to moderate shifty winds in generally dry weather, a contrast to last year's event when storms allowed only two races.

Sponsored by Noble Marine Insurance, this was a warm up to the 2021 Internationals that will be sailed at the same venue. Racing was dominated by the P&B crew of Oliver Davenport and Fergus Barnham with five bullets, one second and the luxury of not needing to sail on the last day. Behind them the racing was tight throughout the fleet and both older wooden and newer plastic boats featured in the top ten. Jerry Rook and Jake Stow (Lyme Regis) finished as runners-up with John Greenwood and Kay Tavinor (West Kirby) taking third overall on countback from Peter Snowdon and Steve Penfold (Scaling Dam). In the team prizes West Kirby won followed closely by Scaling Dam.

Race management was excellent with the use of the U flag enabling a quick turnaround whilst the teams enjoyed the Snowdonia National Park back drop in Cardigan Bay and the food and refreshments were great back onshore at Plas Heli. Thanks to all involved!

To keep things interesting there were a number of spot and tally prizes awarded including holdalls and clothing donated by P&B and Noble plus Beer and Welsh Cakes for first boat to the windward mark.

A number of racing mishaps were noted including Class Commodore, Jerry Rook, falling out of his boat, and a mast foot bracket failure that brought a premature end to the regatta for Nev Herbert and Mark Fowler.

After the event 12 Albacores were loaded into shipping containers ready to represent GBR at the Albacore Internationals in Shelburne, Canada, 24-31 August.

Overall Results:
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PosFleetBoat NameSail NoHelmR1  R2  R3  R4  R5  R6  R7  Pts
1stGold 8252Oliver Davenport111112(DNC)7
2ndGoldRunning on Empty8128Jeremy Rook463‑2631320
3rdGold 5897John Greenwood7‑92356124
4thGoldNot Again8158Peter Snowdon‑1084224424
5thGold 8187Mike Hartley‑626445627
6thGoldAlbaholic8152Phil Smith8775‑93838
7thGoldAlbus Dumblecore8235Tom Lonsdale531166(OCS)1344
8thGoldFirebird6844Tim Coleman91087711‑1952
9thGoldTotally Ratted8228Judy Armstrong2559(DNS)DNC254
10thGoldThe usuAL suspects8213John Woffinden1111‑1313108558
11thGoldUffa Fox Sake8255Matthew Thomson14141011119(DNC)69
12thSilverYou Can Call Me AL8253Fraser Earle21‑23168814976
13thGoldFoxtrot Alpha7987Richard Smith1515912(RET)171078
14thGoldAl8132Barry Wicks‑2613201712121185
15thGoldLake Safari8182Thomas Teubner1220‑23191771287
16thGoldFifty Shades8233Mike Banner131615151613‑1888
17thGoldMontiverdis Vespers7925Graham Darvill1617‑211414151692
18thGoldVitesse7912Paul Gimson‑271826221510798
19thGoldSnake Eyes8211Stuart Mc Adam181218‑23192215104
20thSilverDog Woof6654Clive Gimson17‑221721181617106
21stGoldGarden Leave8130Howard Witt(RET)DNC1410131821107
22ndSilverNot‑a‑lark7770John Fitzgerald‑23191920221922121
23rdSilverBlue Jay7525Andy Pearce1921‑2524202120125
24thGoldBullett6922Nev Herbert34(RET)DNCDNCDNCDNC131
25thSilverNemesis6504Steve Bailey252424182120(DNC)132
26thSilverArnoud8157Andrew Bell20261216(RET)DNCDNC136
27thSilverJack Tar5Andrew Potter242522(RET)DNCDNC14147
28thSilverThis Way Up6956Phil Sheppard‑29282725232324150
29thSilverFidelio6673Andrew Burfield28‑292827242423154
30thSilverTilly Lynne8230Dave Whittle2227(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC173

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