Please select your home edition
Marine Resources 2022 - LEADERBOARD

Hadron H2 Inland Championship at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Keith Callaghan 24 Nov 2019 20:40 GMT 23 November 2019
Hadron H2s competing in their Inland Championships at Draycote Water SC © Keith Callaghan

The H2 Inland Championships, sponsored by Callaghan Design, were held as part of the first day of the Draycote Dash event on Saturday. It's been a wet and chilly November, which is perhaps why the turnout for the event, on a grey and chilly day, was disappointingly lower than last year. Nonetheless, the four races were fought with the usual H2 enthusiasm by the competitors.

Sailing a class event in a fleet of well over 100 other boats, ranging from Toppers to Norfolk Punts, was an additional challenge for the competitors but with the H2s among the fastest in the medium handicap group it was reasonably easy for them to get clear starts. The helm who made the most of this was class chairman Richard Lefley, sailing H2 #115 'H2ooligan'.

Richard sails regularly at South Cerney SC, a smallish tract of water with a competitive handicap fleet, so he was well at home with the race conditions. Richard sailed brilliantly in the shifty 8-10 knot breeze and was rewarded with 4 straight wins. Behind him, competition was fierce, with the tussle for second and third places going to who beat whom in the last race - Michael Alexander (H2 #135 'Leadfree') just gaining the honours from Simon Hipkin (H2 #104 'Bluebird'). Fourth and fifth places went to Chris Brown, who didn't improve his chances by capsizing* in the first race, and Andrew McGaw.

So after four races and more than fours hours on the chilly water, it was back to the hospitably warm Draycote Water clubhouse. Richard maintains his reputation as the man to beat inland, having won the trophy in 2018 as well. There was talk among the competitors that perhaps the Inland Championships should be at a warmer time of year in 2020 and no doubt the HH2CA Committee will be giving that full consideration.

PRO Dave Barker (himself a Hadron H2 owner) and his team deserve praise for their management of three fleets of dozens of disparate dinghies - thank you DWSC.

* Footnote: Third placed Simon Hipkin, who builds the H2 and has been sailing them regularly for four seasons, tells me that he has never capsized while racing one. A remarkable record when you understand that includes extreme races where he was the only finisher! Richard Leftley, however, likes to practice a spectacular capsize every now and then - especially when there is a camera pointing at him! (see below)

Related Articles

Deben Hadron H2 Open
Four back-to-back races in a gruelling, gusty breeze The eight sailors who came to the starting area for Deben Yacht Club's Hadron H2 Open on Saturday 2nd July certainly knew they had a day of racing. Posted on 4 Jul
Chichester Harbour Race Week preview
Last year saw 383 boats crewed by almost 600 sailors from 65 clubs The UK's pre-eminent sailing harbour will again be the setting for the country's most well-attended open regatta when Chichester Harbour Race Week takes to the water this August. Posted on 28 Jun
A Fine Line
Dinghy historian Dougal Henshall looks at race officers and start lines As the world around us reblooms after the constraints of lockdown, there is plenty of food for thought surrounding the debate as to something of a reset for dinghy racing. Older sailors talk in nostalgic terms of the delights of the 'golden era'. Posted on 22 Jun
Hadron H2 Solent Trophy at Warsash overall
A light sea breeze fills in for the second day As the competitors munched their hearty breakfasts at Warsash SC on the second and final day of the H2 Solent Trophy, the wind was looking to be as forecast - rather feeble. Posted on 25 May
Hadron H2 Solent Trophy at Warsash day 1
A dozen very keen H2 sailors, including several newcomers While not quite up to last year's record entry of 18 boats for this event, a dozen very keen H2 sailors, including several newcomers, were welcomed by the club which hosted the class's very first Nationals, back in 2017. Posted on 24 May
Hadron H2s at Chichester
Andrew McGaw was in majestic form Andrew Mcgaw was in majestic form winning the 4th Chichester YC Hadron H2 Open meeting with three first places. With impressive speed particularly down wind he was a convincing winner. Posted on 4 Apr
Hadron H2 Inlands at Burghfield
Self bailers overwhelmed by the deluge of rain The forecast for the Hadron H2 Inland Championships, hosted by Burghfield SC on Saturday, 2nd October, was 'rain and wind'. The rain arrived on schedule - it bucketed down - but where was the wind? Posted on 4 Oct 2021
Hadron H2 Nationals at Herne Bay overall
Sunshine and light to moderate breezes for the final day After two days of grey skies and brisk winds, the final day dawned with sunshine and a light to moderate Easterly breeze - much to the relief of many in the fleet. Posted on 6 Sep 2021
Hadron H2 Nationals at Herne Bay day 2
Stronger breeze whips up a steep chop for the helms to deal with Day 2 of the event provided a little more wind than the previous day, with an ENE breeze of 15+ knots which whipped up a steep chop, especially once the ebb had settled in. Posted on 5 Sep 2021
Hadron H2 Nationals at Herne Bay day 1
Nick Craig stamps his authority on the fleet It will come as no surprise to hear that Nick Craig stamped his authority on the fleet from the first gun. Posted on 4 Sep 2021