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Enterprise Winter Championship and Sailing Chandlery National Circuit Final at Northampton

by Nigel Bird 6 Nov 2019 06:34 GMT 2-3 November 2019
Martin Honor and Gabe Hill win the Enterprise Winter Championship © Jon Woodward

The event started with a gathering for breakfast and the Rugby World Cup final. After the disappointment of losing there was more disappointment as the wind had risen while we were all distracted and was unsailable. The race officer postponed, and the wind peaked and then dropped to a nice force 3-4 and the first race started at 2.30.

Fifteen boats took to the water, Nigel and Andy Bird led for the first lap before being overtaken by Tim Sadler & Chris Keatley and Martin Honnor & Gabe Hill on the second beat. This remained the order to the finish with Dave and Chris Jackman taking 4th place before Chris became the first casualty of the weekend, slicing his head open on the boom and therefore missing race 2.

Fifteen boats started the second race as Steve Blackburn & Tim Brownell had managed to repair their broken forestay and showed us all the way round, leading for most of the race and followed by the Birds, Martin and Gabe and national champions, Paul Hobson/ Craig Wheatley in 4th.

The light was fading as we sailed in and we almost needed floodlights to pack up! Northampton sailing club organised a great evening with food, bonfire, fireworks and a disco with everyone having a great time, some perhaps partied too hard!!

Sunday dawned with very little wind and not a Cornish man in sight! Rumour has it they were clubbing until the early hours. Hobson & Wheatley were seen on the shore, but they also were too fragile to take to the water.

So, a diminished fleet of thirteen started race 3 despite the arrival of Matt Rawson & Tom Dorr. The wind was very light and shifty with some big gains and losses over the course of the race. Steve and Tim took line honours again from the Birds who banged hard to the right on the last run making the biggest gain of the race to the dismay of the rest of the fleet who had all gone left! Martin and Gabe continued their consistent podium presence taking 3rd with Jon Woodward & Charlotte Graham finding their form and coming in 4th.

The wind then dropped to almost nothing and we thought that might be it for the day, Jon and Charlotte were joined by Alice Allen & James Hobson in a race for the clubhouse while the remaining 11 boats started race 4. The first leg turned into a reach and Tim/ Chris, Ann Jackson & Alan Skeens and Ges Brown & Julie Moore caught a zephyr and left the rest of the fleet for dead. Ges and Julie managed to overhaul Ann and Alan to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. No one could catch Tim and Chris who took line honours.

Race 5 was started with a bit more breeze and a new course but only eight boats as more had succumbed to the cold. The fleet split into 2 fleets of 4 with Tim and Chris taking their 3rd win of the weekend from the ever-consistent Martin and Gabe with Matt and Tom taking 3rd place.

The last race was down to the hardened core of six boats. The Birds caught a great shift up the first beat to lead at the windward mark from Tim and Chris and Martin and Gabe. On the first run Nick Jackson & Laurence Dorr slipped into 2nd place and overtook the Birds up the next beat to lead to the finish with Martin and Gabe in 2nd, the Birds in 3rd and Charles Morrish & Alison Robertson-Morrish picking up 4th spot forcing Tim and Chris into 5th.

Martin and Gabe won the overall event with their consistent performance beating Tim and Chris by one point with Nigel and Andy in third.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stRiot Van22619Martin HonnorGabe HillOgston Sailing Club233‑42212
2ndHmmm23384Tim SadlerChris KeatleyYorkshire Dales Sailing Club1‑6511513
3rdUnlawful Entry22456Nigel BirdAndy BirdRYA322‑55315
4thTo Infirmity and Beyond23349Ann JacksonAlan SkeensBurghfield Sailing Club55‑1034623
5thWedge23015Nick JacksonLaurence DorrBurghfield7‑11766127
6thSimply Red23089Charles MorrishAlison Robertson MorrishSt Mary's Loch12‑15987440
7thWimp23410Ges BrownJolie MooreSCYS8762(DNC)DNC41
8th50 Shades of Blue23310Steve BlackburnTim BrownellWLYC and L&LSC(DNC)119DNCDNC47
9th 23420Matt RawsonTom DorrOgston(DNC)DNC873DNC54
10thOut of the blue22901Paul YoungEmma Coleman/James GuyMidland Sailing Club131313108(DNC)57
11thWannabe Red23433Jonathan WoodwardCharlotte GrahamSouth Staffs1194(DNC)DNCDNC60
13thBlue Job22501Alice AllenJames HobsonBCYC101011(DNC)DNCDNC67
14thMinion23347Callum DingleSteve SargentLooe S C98(DNC)DNCDNCDNC71
15thAllen23422Anthony WheatleyBen WheatleyWest Riding141212(RET)DNCDNC74
16thRebel Rouser22940Dave JackmanChris JackmanLooe SC4(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC76
17thPiffpaff23307Simon BennettJonathan WebbLooe SC1514(DNC)DNCDNCDNC83

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