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2019 Dart 18 UK National Championship at Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club

by Paul Chatfield 2 Sep 2019 12:00 BST 24-27 August 2019
2019 Dart 18 Nationals at Bridlington © UKIDA members

This year's 2019 Dart National Championships, 24th to 27th August, was hosted at the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club in the stunning Bridlington Bay. Fifty two Dart 18s entered including two teams from France and Italy. The majority of the Darts were sailed two-up with a varied combination of family members/partners/borrowed crews. There were eight singlehanded entries without the jib, six of which finished in the top twenty.

Boats arriving on Thursday and Friday were welcomed by club members and directed to parking and camping areas and the fabulous marquee gin bar, already up and running! The Windsport support team was set up prior to scrutineering and supported the boats throughout the event - offering a repair service and selling spares. Windsport's Brian Phipps ran a three hour race training session on Friday afternoon for the less experienced competitors.

The weather throughout the event was hot and sunny, almost unheard of on an August Bank Holiday! Race Day on Saturday had a good wind 3 - 4 and both races were won by Rob Garka and Fi Goegebeur from Worthing S.C. As soon as the racing finished free Pirate Cider was served at the sponsor's trailer (Windsport), when that finally ran out it was off to the event marquee for a BBQ, Gin Bar and 80's Dad Dancing at the Disco.

Sunday: hot with a light wind but still the Race Officer Tony Saltonstall managed to get two races in; race three was won by David Lloyd and Joanna Trafford, race four by Andy Kelley and Sue Nelson. Both boats were from Stokes Bay S.C. That evening's entertainment started with a fish'n'chips supper followed by a Sponsor Night with spot prizes supplied by the different sponsors. The big prize of a new jib was won by David 'Lucky' Lloyd in a game of knock out coin tossing. The entertainment continued with live music from Zebra, who performed on a Neill & Brown 40' trailer stage accompanied by a full light show.

Monday: unfortunately, even less wind but the sun was hot. Despite his best efforts, the Race Officer had to abandon the race five as the lead boats ran out of time just before the windward mark and racing was cancelled for the rest of the day. In the evening, competitors decamped to the main yacht club building in the center of Bridlington for a superb curry or pasta meal; the homemade chilli sauce was to die for (and some did). Everyone then boarded the Yorkshire Belle cruise boat for a two hour champagne fuelled trip around the spectacular Flamborough Head and sea bird colonies.

Tuesday: you guessed it, hot with light wind but the Race Officer finished three races. Races five and six were won by Rob Garka and Fi Goegebeur and race seven by singlehanded pensioner Paul Chatfield from Stokes Bay S.C. The prize giving was held outside with Bridlington Bay as a backdrop. Prizes were awarded for the top ten boats, first lady helm, youth trophy, best newcomer, Master's Trophy (combined age of 90+) and the handicap prizes (similar to a golf handicap) that encourage the crews with less sailing experienced to be more focused.

And finally, a big thank you from the competitors to all our sponsors who supported this championship.

Overall Results:
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PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stTofiBEL 8000Rob GarckaFi GoegebeurWorthing Sailing Club11(8)611212
2ndWindsportGBR TBAPaul Chatfield Windsport316(24)223127
3rdBusiness as UsualGBR 7923Des BarnesFi BarnesRoyal Yorkshire YC82(20)1735439
4thThis ol' Dart of mineGBR 6473Andy KelleySue NelsonStokes Bay SC53121(19)16340
5thdinghyinsurance.comGBR 7711David LloydJoanna TraffordStokes Bay SC1261(30)104942
6th GBR 7945Dan NormanAlyesha MonkmanIsle of Sheppey SC111295(23)2544
7th GBR 5242Riccardo BertazzoliAdriana AggioWorthing Sailing Club28(18)71211848
8thDorleGBR 7311Dan TeubertAmy TeubertRestronguet SC75(29)13462358
9thMat FinishGBR 8004Mat ExonJacob ExonRoyal Yorkshire YC610139139(15)60
10thRod WinrowGBR 8010Rod WinrowSarah GeeWorthing Sailing Club9725(29)1413775
11thOne for the RoadGBR 7644Tom Parker Netley SC(24)20222781776
12thTesting The WatersGBR 7382Deborah WatersBarry PetersWorthing Sailing Club1893(48)6182680
13thDaisy & ButtercupGBR 7778Lee MatthewsChantelle NeighbourDee Sailing Club1717(37)45261281
14th GBR 5123Scott Wilcox Stewartby SC26(35)527871083
15thPirate CidaarGBR 7248Andrew McQueen Stokes Bay SC10(22)191615151186
16thKin boatGBR 7846Darren WoodTracey‑ann WoodIYC2111(30)1217101687
17th GBR 3466Matthew Kingsland Netley SC35(38)639212094
18thDeva ElectronicsGBR 8007Simon MoruzziBev GoodchildDee Sailing Club131327(35)1822699
19thErathosteneGBR 7014Alizee MALAVARTFrançois MorissetWorthing Sailing Club(36)26411201730108
20thFalcon PerformanceGBR 7983Ben WillisEllis StonehouseRunswick Bay Beach SC1415(35)28281414113
21stPaddingtonGBR 8009Marco ManganelliFreddie SingletonStokes Bay SC281423141128(29)118
22ndFluidGBR 7894Joe franksHarriet FranksRoyal Yorkshire YC1519(26)23241919119
23rdCaptain NemoGBR 7969Adrian ParsonsRobert McPhersonDatchet Water SC30232219(41)1225131
24th GBR 7344Simon PalmerRhona MacGregorWorthing Sailing Club221817322227(38)138
25th GBR 7513Nigel JuppMel JuppWorthing Sailing Club(41)291110213139141
26th GBR 6464James HeadSam WalkerFelixstowe Ferry SC2327(31)24162427141
27thTykeGBR 7716Kev porterTeegan porterRoyal Yorkshire YC16217(46)293535143
28th GBR 7119Jonny WilliamsPhil WilliamsRoyal Yorkshire YC2724(28)25262022144
29th GBR 7708Chris AspinallAnna AspinallDee Sailing Club32(33)1431302321151
30thJust GingerGBR 7962Mark RobsonLee PottierUkida253215(43)323018152
31stThrillin' & Chillin'GBR 7609Trevor JenkinsOctavia OwenDee Sailing Club(43)43108332933156
32ndHertelGBR 7968Charlie HillierMary HillParkstone Yacht Club19302115(37)3637158
33rd GBR 6893Holly WinrowIzzie GeeWorthing Sailing Club3725161834(DNC)32162
34th GBR 7546Martin SmithPippa SmithRutland Sailing Club383733(40)362513182
35thDaisy DartGBR 4878Mick SingletonGeorge DeBoulayRunswick Bay(39)343620253436185
36thPuddytatGBR 7981Anthony ReesJoanne MullettMumbles YC(42)2841.526274024186.5
37thDeva Sail RacingGBR 7973Martino SalvoAlessandroCNV Italy2931(38)37383731203
38thAquanautGBR 7426 / 1253Chris SmithDalton SmithRunswick Bay Beach SC3136(44)38313334203
39th GBR 7315Gary CarrJulia CarrRAFSA(46)454321353228204
40th GBR 8011Mike GommeImani GommeRoyal Yorkshire YC44(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC220
41st GBR 7791Steven Fowler Royal Yorkshire YC(DNF)443436393840231
42ndMac the KnifeGBR 5739Steve CrockerDavid HewisonRunswick Bay Beach SC(50)483939403943248
43rd GBR 4992Rob FryerDan FryerRoyal Yorkshire YC4539(51)44424141252
44th GBR 6457Christopher BurkeAlan LeggetWorthing Sailing Club47(DNF)4534444242254
45th GBR 1288Billy ChristieRichard StaceyDee Sailing Club34414833(DNC)DNCDNC262
46th GBR 7673Mat PollockLiz MorrisDee Sailing Club33(DNF)3241DNCDNCDNC265
47th GBR 7298Steven BissellEuan McPhersonRoyal Yorkshire YC(49)474642434344265
48th GBR 7075Chris O'Connell Royal Yorkshire YC404041.547(DNC)DNCDNC274.5
49thNimrodTBCMark GowerTBCIsland Yacht club20(OCS)47DNCDNCDNCDNC279
50th GBR 7444Mal TaylorJen GreenDee Sailing Club44424049(DNC)DNCDNC281
51st GBR 5515Roger CannellIan SandersonRoyal Yorkshire YC48464945(DNC)DNCDNC294
52nd 4985George Sing.letonJenny Tom RouseRunswick Bay51495050(DNC)DNCDNC306

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