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Contessa 26 National Championships at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club

by Mike Harrison 17 Sep 06:35 BST 7-8 September 2019

The Contessa 26 National Championships were hosted by Royal Lymington Yacht Club on 7 and 8 September. In a predominantly light airs event the club provided some excellent racing under PRO Malcolm Mckeag.

Three races were run for three Classes, Class 1 (IRC) class 2 (Class Handicap) and Class 3 (Local Handicap - white sails) with additional tandem results for combined overall Class handicap results. The course format for all three classes were round the cans type racing.

For the first time the event had an international flavour, with Kurt Brewee entering Bijou from Belgium, who was well rewarded for his efforts with an overall win in Class 2 over previous Class 2 champion Richard Pickance in Thousand Knights III.

The results for both Classes 1 and 2 went to the wire and were last race cliff hangers. In Class 1 the well sailed Brizo of George Smith and his young local contemporary crew including Hattie Rogers won race 3 which gave them the win in Class 1 and overall on countback from Jiminy Cricket (M and B Harrison), with Ross and Sarah Appleby's High Potential finishing third on overall points and the beautifully and recently refurbished Coco of Parkstone (Peter Saxton) in fourth place.

In Class 3 Rumpul recently acquired by Victoria McPherson and sailed with husband Sandy and their six year old daughter making up the family crew were the winners over Bob Lombardelli's Alboran.

Overall Results: (overall place in brackets)

Class 1
1. Brizo (George Smith) (1)
2. Jiminy Cricket (Mike and Barbara Harrison (2)
3. High Potential (Sarah and Ross Appleby) (3)
4. Coco of Parkstone (Peter Saxton) (4)
5. Elinor (Rupert and Justin Houlton) (7)

Class 2
1. Bijou (Kurt Brewee) (6)
2. Thousand Knights III (Richard Pickance) (5)
3. Curvaceous (Deborah and Mark Arnold) (8)
4. Little Corina (Wayne Barker) (10)
5. Sulali (Simon Jollands) (11)
6. Seahorse (Diana Nicholson) (13)

Class 3
1. Rumpul (Victoria McPherson) (8)
2. Alboran (Bob Lombardelli) (12)

PosBoat NameClassSail NoSkipperClubClass HandicapR1R2R3Pts
1stBrizoIRC 11223George SmithRLymYC0.763115
2ndJiminy CricketIRC 11251Mike & Barbara HarrisonISC & CCYC0.761225
3rdHigh PotentialIRC 12Sarah & Ross ApplebeyRLymYC0.7623712
4thCoco of ParkstoneIRC 12790Peter SaxtonRoyal Yacht Squadron0.7664313
5thThousand Knights IIIClass 2320Richard Pickance0.74547617
6thBijouClass 2114Gurt BreweeWSVNB0.74475517
7thElinorIRC 13767Rupert & Justin HoultonRLymYC0.75756819
8thCurvaceousClass 2177Mr & Mrs ArnoldLTSC0.74498421
9thRumpulClass 3133Victoria McPhersonRoyal Southern Yacht Club0.735119929
10thLittle CorinnaClass 2224Wayne Barker 0.7448101230
11thSulaliClass 2305Simon Jollands 0.74410111031
12thAlboranClass 3192Robert LombardelliRSolYC0.7312121135
13thSeahorseIRC 1184Diana NicholsonRoyal Yacht Squadron0.744DNCDNCDNS42

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