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2019 UK IOM National Championship at Eastbourne & District Model Yacht Club

by GBR IOM Class 29 Aug 07:03 BST 24-25 August 2019
2019 UK IOM Nationals at Eastbourne & District Model Yacht Club © Sue Brown / Catsails

With a heat wave forecast and light airs no doubt some were expecting a drifting conditions! However, the expected forecast over the complete weekend of gradient winds predominantly from the South Quarter along with sea breeze meant that there was always some wind to race with.

With fifty IOM's measured over Friday and first thing on Saturday morning the briefing & seeding races started on time with Rob Walsh, Chris Harris and Mark Dennis taking the honours.

Racing moved at a good pace and whilst there wasn't a lot of breeze there was more than enough to get quality races in with plenty of opportunity for coming back through the pack after a poor start or leg.

Racing eventually finished at approx 17:00 hrs due to dying breeze and hold ups whilst three protests were heard.

Results at this time were tight, Ante Kovacevic held a two-point lead from Rob Walsh. Chris Harris in third on 22 points with the following five skippers of Ballington, Jelacic, Watson & Richards all in close proximity on the scoreboard. A common theme down the scoresheet no matter where you were overall and further testament to how tight racing was on the water throughout the day.

Day two started on time in good breeze with Nigel Brown taking out race 7 and making steady progress in to the top ten overall. At the front both Ante Kovacevic and Rob Walsh were having a good tussle from races 7-9 always finishing one place ahead or astern of each other. By race 9 the breeze was moving more towards the South West with Phil Holliday taking the race win, thereafter there was a short delay whilst the course was moved further to the West side of Princes Park.

Zvonko Jelacic on the new course had an impressive afternoon with two seconds and a first place in a bid to close on points to compatriot Ante Kovacevic and Rob Walsh.

With a protest in race 11b there was a short delay, whilst initially resolved, PRO Jes Collier after consultation with a regional judge decided with fairness in mind the hearing needed to be reopened, with the breeze now failing skippers were greeted with cold beers in the club house and then reassembled for the class social at Eastbourne Angling Club.

Monday morning dawned with plenty of sore heads after a great class social. With the original protest reheard subsequently two further requests for redress were submitted. Understandably this took a little time to resolve with race 12C being re-sailed late morning.

With the breeze continuing to shift following the sun as it had done on the two previous days the Eastbourne race team worked tirelessly to get three further races to take the final tally to fifteen races prior to the NOR cutoff.

Back at the front things were getting tight, with a demotion in race 14 to B fleet for Walsh and a first place for Kovacevic, Ante was only six points off the lead going into the final race championship decider.

After an extremely tight race won by Zvonko Jelacic with Ante Kovacevic second and Rob Walsh taking third place to retain the IOM UK National Championships.

Ante Kovacevic took out second place with Zvonko Jelacic taking the final podium position with Chris Harris a further 11 points back in fourth and Darin Ballington 19 points further back in fifth.

Craig Richards back in 8th was presented with the Vulturesoft trophy for the highest finisher to have not won a UK MYA National Championships or the trophy previously.

Bob Conner in 21st place was awarded a prize for being the most promoted skipper. Eric Van der Kindere was awarded a prize for completing the most number of observer duties. George Startup was awarded the prize for oldest skipper.

Prizes were presented by PRO & Eastbourne District MYC Commodore Jes Collier & Eastbourne Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd.

Thanks to the overseas skippers who joined us, Ante Kovacevic, Zvonko Jelacic, Martin Gray & Eric Van der Kindere, oh and Nick Martin from Wales!

A massive thank you to all at Eastbourne & District MYC, despite not only difficult conditions on the race course Jes Collier and the team had the added issue of protest hearings, every opportunity was always taken to ensure that fair decisions were taken for all skippers no matter where in the fleet. The Galley functioned faultlessly and were kept busy not only feeding the fleet but watered in the humid conditions.

Overall Results:

PosSkipperSail NoClub/CityHullR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15Pts
1Robert Walsh25FleetwoodBritpop124828216139216343
2Ante Kovacevic130CroatiaK247161332776851248
3Zvonko Jelacic35CroatiaK2451011464152211136159
4Chris Harris21WindrushBritPop16711077834912114670
5Darin Ballington98Manor Park RSCBritpop10137310861011510198889
6Gavin Watson44West Cornwall RSCSedici920656413441441515107101
7Graham Bantock95ChelmsfordAkziom3881015149131392113512106
8Mark Dennis19ChelmsfordBritpop1412161217279861546710110
9Craig Richards12WindrushGreyhound23179181171153162012217115
10Nigel Brown55GosportSedici630144891512101214111722123
11Nick Martin1WoodspringBritpop2121918132191011188571211129
12Tony Edwards75Yeovil Model Boat ClubBritPOP9212021215147155136895137
13Steve Taylor43Aberdeen MYCBritpop39912111511314165127101518146
14Robert Wilson97Leicestershire RYCBritpop511111714126141833271391314157
15Derek Priestley67FleetwoodDead Reckoning1014151471851924198.52317119166.5
16Phil Holliday66Datchet Water RSCBritpop410515172121301151418293921191
17Ian Dundas38AberdeenBritpop61318281928283237121174415193
18Brian Summers7Tayside Radio Sailing ClubBritpop152723519242329223025141813210
19David Andrews13London MYCSedici729132913121623295122202129216
20Mick Chamberlain146LincolnSedici82522192425151217131017301933226
21Bob Conner14Woodspring MscBrit pop184731232322163116873183016231
22Trevor Binks72EastbourneBRITPOP8242933371110182528232162733254
23Vernon Appleton136Chipstead Sailing ClubBritpop9372313162318229172829263227260
24Dave Allinson4Chipstead Sailing ClubBritpop723353020333243352117162334264
25Roy Stevens54Scarborough MYCBritPop31628202620312927202624282026284
26Julia Hancock24HCMYCBritPop112221222927202019342230252624288
27Colin Walton3Manor ParkBritpop73130252216262131383431212520306
28John Owens33AberdeenCorbie 5122832352824292421253133222225323
29Jim La Roche155Coalhouse Fort RYCBritpop113833324526251720272526243137334
30Martin Gray183USABritPop81725263137443536262428322323334
31David Adam36Three RiversBritpop21516272531483638373536442419341
32Peter Crisp52Chipstead SC Radio SailingBritpop51824243236353828233237345151366
33John Stuart‑Mills198GosportKantun 2132626292729232730314135454144378
34John Cleave0RydeChaste185140373348423322248.521334043394.5
35Barry Martin138LMTC/MYSABritpop63335383034353744512934363438419
36Colin Hatton46Eastbourne & District MYCDM3133446423642404045354319272933433
37Jerry Cavill59WindrushV10144436354130333439423732373734439
38Terry Connell47EastbourneMMX52027313835414646413943513639441
39John Taylor171Cotswold Model Yacht ClubEllipsis124041414941222533403638413836443
40Jen Hand69Lincoln Radio Sailing ClubBritpop154537404032382832454044313335445
41Eric Van der Kindere57FranceKantun 2103539434247302626303351515151463
42Stewart Campbell50Kinghorn RSCKantun 2134347363949364441325139423528475
43Dennis Graham23Coalhouse Fort RYCMalteser164138394646464147443841352830483
44Keith Edgar30Bideford & DistrictBrit pop123243453443453940474440394442497
45George Startup172Chipstead Sailing ClubFractal‑2163649493538394534514551384251517
46Anthony Marshall474Hove lagoonDubock144242444440434843364645404341517
47Barry Mayer15Birmingham MYCWedge185144484845474249464242434540550
48Tony Connell133EastbourneLintel143948474339374748434751515151554
49David Kerridge112Harwich & DovercourtAB 6114645464744514942395151515151573
50Austin Guerrier8Datchet Water RSCV10185151515151515151515151515151630

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