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Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy 2020 at Northampton Sailing Club

by Christine Pitcher 29 Jan 09:39 GMT 25 January 2020
Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy 2020 at Northampton © Tim Olin /

With the gate open soon after 7.00 am and with over 50 volunteers the galley started preparing for over 100 sailors in 70 boats from as far away as Scotland, Wales and Yorkshire down to Norfolk, Essex and Dorset.

The course was set using the whole of the lake with the sponsors' P&B cylindrical marks in a figure-of-eight course. With a light to moderate south westerly the first race got away on time at 11.00 am except for the Flying 15 of Chris White of Northampton who was 6 minutes late to the start.

There were 40 double handed boats beating up towards the clubhouse with the amazing Norfolk Punt of Colin and Oli Murray rounding second and taking off after the 505 of Ian Pinnell to win the first race. The RS400 of Michael Sims was second and the Scorpion of Alan Krailing was third, the 505 fourth and youth Ellen Morley from Hollowell was fifth in her Feva XL.

On the way to the start of the second race for single handers, Rich Adams lost his balance and took a swim in his RS300 and Oli Wells was also seen taking a dip after deciding to sail his RS600 instead of a Solo. Sailing the same course, previous winner Will Gulliver of NSC sailing a Phantom was pinching so much that he got squeezed onto the committee boat and had to man handle his way round to start at the back of the fleet. NSC youth Abigail Larr was also testing the water temperature as she capsized just after the start.

Andy Couch, previous winner, pulled away in his Phantom but Tom Gillard sailing his Solo was close enough to take the win on handicap. Martin Honnor of Ogston SC was third in another Solo, Chris Larr was fourth in his RS Aero 9 beating last year's overall winner Tim Hire, RS Aero 9 (still a youth) into fifth.

With swift race management and each fleet taking a quick lunch between races, the PRO was able to get races 3 and 4 away promptly giving hour long races. In the doubles the top two positions were reversed giving Michael Sims the overall win on count back over the Norfolk Punt of the Murrays. Sam Knight and Chris Bownes in their RS400 from Bartley SC came in third, making them sixth overall.

The single handers got away clean with Tom Gillard holding the pin end and making three quick tacks to keep clear air which later paid off when the wind dropped as he caught Andy Couch to take his second bullet with the Phantom second and Tim Hire third.

With the double handed results in, their prize-giving started at 4pm with Commodore Miles O'Dell sporting his blazer and chinos speaking about Steve Nicholson and how he would have been proud to see so many sailors of all ages enjoying themselves. He thanked the sponsors Harken, Gull and P&B for their very generous support and prizes. Michael Sims and Mark Lunn, RS400, took the Steve Nicholson Trophy having won the event overall. He thanked NSC for organising such a well run event once again. Prizes were given out to youth and juniors down to sixth place.

The single handed results followed with NSC's newest member, Hunter Stewart (7 days old) arriving in time to see his dad Gary who had been on rescue duty all day. Tom Gillard in his Solo took the trophy from Andy Couch, Martin Honnor and Chris Larr. Tom again thanked NSC and the sponsors of the event in Steve's memory.

Double-handed Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubPYR1R2
1stRS4001488Michael SimsMark LunnCarsington SC95321
2ndNorfolk Punt94Colin MurrayOly MurrayInvergordon85712
3rd5059190Ian PinnellTim NeedhamNorthampton87844
4thRS Feva XL502Ellen MorleyHazelHollowell124055
5thScorpion2034Alan KtailingSimon ForbesWaldringfield102539
6thRS4001235Sam KnightChris BownesBartley953123
7thEnterprise23310Steve BlackburnTim BrownellLeigh and Lowton1151106
8thRS Feva XL7633Teddy DunnImogen Wade 1240810
9thOsprey1372Mick GreenlandDavid DownsIsle of Sheppey936717
10thRS Feva XL5764Oliver RaynerMatthewYorkshire Dales SC1240618.5
11thMerlin Rocket3786David WadeBen RaynerNorthampton968916
12thAlbacore6922Matt BiggsMarkBlithfield10551611
13thNational 123527Kevin IlesAndrea DownhamWest Oxfordshire SC10561314
14thEnterprise23349Ann JacksonNick ScuttBurghfield SC1151208
15thLark2468Samuel BaileyKamila CzartolomnaSouth Staffordshire10731118.5
16thOsprey1369Roger BlakeJames BlakeGreat Moor SC9361713
17thRS Feva XL5279William BaileyToby HatsellYorkshire Dales12402412
18thRS4001395Ben IlliffeFresh 9531524
19thGP1414178Lawrence CreaserChris ThorneHollowell1130337
20thRS200458Nidel PepperdineDiana PepperdineStaunton Harold10492120
21stFireball15133Kevin HopeRussell ThorneNotts County SC9442915
22ndRS4001502Jon HeissigNicky GriffinLlangorse9531431
23rdMerlin Rocket3716Steven LeneyGillian LeneyBlithfield9681827
24thMerlin Rocket3758Dave HayesPete NicholsonWhistable/Brightlingsea9681928
25thRS Feva XL4624Freddie SunderlandStella NygardOlton Mere SC12402821
26thFlying 154013Chris BowenMarion BowenNorthampton10202722
27thEnterprise22901Paul YoungTBCMidland SC11512525
28thGP1413146Steve WardMike AcasterBartley11302230
29thScorpion2042Chris MasseyCharlotte 10252329
30thRS4001450Nick Eaves  9532626
31st5058970Isaac MarshRobin JonesNorthampton8783123
32ndTasar2513Andrew YatesEd MaggsOlton Mere SC10203632
33rdRS200743Chris ThomasOwen ThomasPriory10493236
34thMerlin Rocket3805Mark ReddingtomSean RickettsBlithfield9683533
35thMerlin Rocket3742Howard EelesBradley EelesBartley9683434
36thWayfarer10855Rob DunkleyAngie DunkleyHollowell110230RET
37thRS4001222Mark HopePaula BeveridgeHollowell9533735
38thRS2001264Nicki FisherSerena Stewardson 10493837
39thFlying 153765Chris WhiteAnthony SandersNorthampton10204038
40thAlbacore5866James Kearns  10553939

Single-handed Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmClubPYR1R2
1stSolo5675Thomas GillardSheffield Viking115211
2ndPhantom1456Andy CouchBlithfield100232
3rdSolo5880Martin HonnorOgston115226
4thRS Aero 92891Chris LarrNorthampton102444
5thRS Aero 91566Tim HireRoyal Lymington YC/LTSC102483
6thPhantom1400Jim HoptonShustoke100275
7thSolo5835Vince HoreyKing George/Grafham11525.58
8thRS300NSNRich AdamsMidland SC989107
9thLaser15George SunderlandOlton Mere SC1108910
10thStreaker2111Alan GillardSheffield Viking1155129
11thLaser Radial216646Alastair BrownGreat Moor11501611
12thLaser108827Paul KeelingBlithfield11081116
13thD‑Zero191Nigel AustinCransley10431512
14thRS Vareo407Luke FisherEmberton Park SC10931413
15thLaser Radial197742James StewartNetley11501314
16thD‑Zero183Gavin FlemingHunts Sailing Club10431815
17thPhantom1280Ian StoneDatchet10025.5DNC
18thRS Aero 71888Abigail LarrNorthampton10731722
19thLaser Radial194659William SunderlandOlton Mere SC11502317
20thRS600652Anthony YorkNorthampton9162020
21stLaser135448Carl AveryBurton11082219
22ndRS600851Oliver WellsNorthampton9162518
23rdSupernova1008Norman CarterHollowell10771924
24thRS600946Ian RhodesNorthampton9162123
25thSupernova1019Alison LinnellHollowell10772421
26thRS Aero 73018Robin CaigerBough Beech10732625
27thPhantom1435Will GulliverNorthampton1002RETDNC

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