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Allen Endurance Series - overall

by Allen Brothers 19 Dec 2019 12:00 GMT
Simon Northrop & Caleb Cooper during the East Coast Piers Race © Alex Irwin / www.sportography.tv

The second edition of the Allen Endurance Series (AES) wrapped up at the IOS Round Sheppey Race on the weekend of the 31st/1st September. The series which included a total of 150 different entries over the four events was again dominated by F18 sailors, with the high-performance catamaran claiming all 3 of the top overall podium spots for the second year running.

This year the AES showcased a wide range of conditions with each of the four long distance events experiencing varying wind speeds and sea states, ensuring each entrant got a good test of their sailing skills. Despite this, Simon Northrop of Minnis Bay managed to win two of the four events and after including one discard also takes the overall series win by just 4 points. Therefore, claiming a total of £700 worth of Allen vouchers.

Simon commented, "We are pleased to have won the AES this year after finishing runners up in the first year. The series tests every skill from endurance to navigation and everything in between. We had some fantastic racing with the other competitors and we were hoping to take the Sheppey race to add to the other two wins in the series, but, we decided to sail over from Whitstable instead of trailing the boat and this was a bad call as we arrived late due to a light head wind and started 22 minutes late!

"We still managed a sixth overall, just 15 minutes behind the first boat, and we had a great blast chasing everyone down. The Sheppey race was the highlight of the series for me, despite this, as I last did this race in a Condor 30 years ago and it was great to come back again!

"Thanks to Allen, Sail Racer and everyone else involved in the series, it's really great to have an overall title to race for all season and I look forward to competing again in 2020."

Second AES overall place goes to Tim Neal, who claims a £200 Voucher, and third place along with a £100 voucher goes to Nick Barnes.

The Allen Endurance Series will carry on into its 3rd season for 2020 and will consist of the following events:

  • Whitstable Forts Race, 23-24/05/2020, Whitstable YC
  • Solent Forts Race, 13-14/06/2020, Hayling Ferry SC
  • East Coast Piers Race, 27-28/06/2020, Marconi SC
  • Round Sheppey Race, 05-06/09/2020, IOS SC

More details of the 2020 series will follow on the Allen Endurance Series website and Facebook page.

Top Ten Overall Results: Full results on SailRaceer

PosHelmClubClassWhitstableHaylingECPRSheppeyPts
1SIMON NORTHROPMinnis BayF1841166
2TIM NEAL F1872 110
3NICK BARNESBrightlingsea Sailing ClubF181144715
4KEVIN DUTCHSeasalter sailing clubTornado15 12330
5GRANT PIGGOTTWeston SCNacra F20 Carbon9326 38
6WILL SUNNUCKS Vampire2633 41
7CHRIS KINGWeston SCNacra F20 Carbon12924 45
8MARK ROBSONUKIDADart 1810 393887
9NICK ELMOREThorpe Bay Yacht ClubNacra F20 Carbon3 7 161
10GHISLAIN MELAINE F18185  174

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