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Hartley Boats Contender National Championship at Broadstairs SC - Overall

by Ed Presley 15 Sep 2019 06:45 BST 6-9 September 2019

With the final day of The Contender Nationals came the relief of only two races after two days and six races in blistering winds. Overcast and murky with a forecast of light wind; the day began with lots of grumbling about aching muscles, trick knees and the possibility of an early dart home, unsurprising really following a delightful championship dinner that delivered classic British hangovers.

The Race Officer was having none of it, the wind was up, a little bit of tide, perfect, "Get those wet wetsuits back on" was the cry. Out on the water a brutal battle of wills was beginning between the leader and 2nd place namely Stuart Jones and Gary Langdown, in just about trapezing winds these two were messing about mid line on an incredibly starboard biased line. Stuart was able to get under Garys bow to ensure he had a crap start, to combat this Gary jumped the gun and took the rest of the fleet with him, as it fired Stuart and Gary must have been 5 boat length's over but a general recall meant they got away with this disgrace.

On the second start with slightly lighter wind and another starboard biased line all was well with James Spikesley getting out clear to the left however it seemed that the right was the place to be with Ben Hawkes once again showing pace with Gary and Stuart in behind. Gary as always managed to take out distance on the reaches and took the lead with Rob Smith doing the same to keep Stuart back in 3rd.

It was a similar tight affair in the second race of the day, this time Mark Watts from the left, Graham Wilcox up the middle and Ed Presley out on the right made the windward mark as leaders. As they quietly mooched offwind the breeze picked up to let them surf down to the leeward mark, the second beat was now properly trapezing weather and both Rob Smith and Stuart Jones changed gears the fastest to get into the front pack, these 5 seemed to be out in front until Ed Presley spilled it on the run due to unsequential pumping. On the last beat Stuart Jones's new found low and fast speed got him out front taking Rob Smith with him. Graeme Wilcox hung on to third with some bigger chaps lurking just behind.

Stuart Jones took the gun and with it the national Championship for the 2nd year in a row. Now last time the report was very unkind in inferring that he was a fluky pondy but now he has done it again in breeze and waves, I will have to concede that he may, sort of, almost know what he's doing.

The Silver fleet was wrapped up by Graeme Wilcox in 4th and Ben Hawkes cleared up an impressive event taking the Under 25s, Newcomer and Bronze fleet titles.

What a great Champs it had been! In no small part due to Broadstairs club membership who had let us take over the club for four days and camp out in the bar whilst running a flawless event. The class is looking very strong currently with lots of new boats being built and now a new builder can be added to the list of National Champion winners. Hartley boats came 1st and 2nd with another in the top ten, however no design is dominant with both wooden and epoxy Bonezzis featuring strongly and older Bob Hoares showing that hulls have long competitive lives with two in the top ten.

Next year we will be off to Porthpean one the classes favourite venues for a Nationals, get a boat and join us!

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoBow NoHelmClubR1R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1270610Stuart JonesDatchet Water SC515‑731‑63119
2271029Gary LangdownHighcliffe SC1‑207‑1766111436
324495Rob SmithCastle Cove SC‑204‑17616442238
469538Graeme WillcoxNetley SC6‑9‑1259259339
5261813Nick NobleBristol Corinthian YC‑243345514‑17640
6250333Tim HoldenHalifax SC132218‑178‑16943
7231519Ben HoldenHalifax SC8512711(DNF)‑201044
8242043Simon MussellHighcliffeSC9610318(DNF)8(DNS)45
9270940Mark WattsWeston SC117‑139‑12337545
1022639Richard BattenMudeford YC(DNC)114102(DNC)1161155
1170524James SpikesleyNetley SC213‑20121013124‑1666
12238339David DaviesLoch Ryan SC3‑169111412910(DNS)68
13270830Ed PresleyChew Valley Lake SC‑16811134‑141314770
14260722Carl TagoeOxford SC14128813‑15‑1511470
15273015Adrian SmithHythe & Saltwood SC7‑24‑21211710715885
1667811Tommy HootonRYA‑19101615‑187G2131286.8
17266114Nick CurryWeston SC10156‑2221‑22161913100
1827028Chris BoshierThorpe Bay YC15‑191414‑1916101817104
196291Ben HawkesCCSC‑2727‑312524232515121
2066636Bill HootonBurton SC42219(DNC)‑2318182122124
2127182Peter NobleBSC‑251424(DNC)159202419125
22241031Simon DoddsHythe & Saltwood SC12251818‑262117‑2724135
23240717Richard ButtnerRNSA/RYA1818152320‑2723‑2621138
2459520Dave AdamsBSC2123‑2524‑2520241218142
2555916Paul RossShotley SC2626(DNC)16111922‑2823143
26236137Tom ColeyHythe & Saltwood SC‑31172919223019‑3128164
27272934Chris HoweOxford SC1731(RET)(DNC)3025212220166
28244641Daniel HollandsHythe & Saltwood SC‑30‑2923202929282325177
29237628Peter GiffenBSC232822(DNC)312626(DNC)DNC202
30231842Alan MollattDowns SC283430(DNC)3224(DNF)3027205
316963Tony CookDowns SC292126(DNC)2728(DNF)RETDNC223
3269725Malcolm HallCarsington SC223527(RET)333129(DNC)DNC223
3350335James DanielsOgston SC3439(DNC)(DNC)3534272529223
34270721Paul KarasThorney Island SC(DNS)3332(RET)DNF35252926226
35253845John McLeanRoyal Queensland YS323628(RET)343330(DNC)DNC239
3665432Matt Murray‑Downing 3332(RET)(DNC)2832DNCDNCDNC263
3731727Iain JenningsDraycote Water SC3540(RET)(DNC)36DNCDNCDNCDNC295
38260244Mick PullinCovenham SC(DNC)30(RET)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC306
396907David HoltMinnis Bay SC(DNC)(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC32RET308
42=71218Rodger WhiteKing George SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC322
42=271112William GouldCarsington SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC322

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