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Noble Marine UK MUSTO Skiff Nationals 2020 at Brixham Yacht Club - Day 2

by Ben Schooling 5 Sep 06:59 BST 3-6 September 2020
Noble Marine UK MUSTO Skiff National Championships 2020 day 2 © Natalie Hilton

On the second day of the Noble Marine UK MUSTO Skiff National Championships 2020, just three races were planned, but the experienced and impressive Brixham Yacht Club Race team assessed the wind and seized the opportunity to take advantage of the building breeze to give the eager fleet a fourth race to round off the day.

Race 3:

The day dawned bright with light breeze, 5 - 8 knots, as per forecast out the West. After a speedy launch racing got under way on time at noon with the lightweights enjoying the conditions.

Young Callum Escritt rounding the windward in first in GBR 075, showing old boats can still be quick with the chasing the pack including Ben Schooling, Ed Chapman, and Euan Hurter. It was Hurter who made the best of the second beat to pull through Escritt with Ian Trotter making strong gains on the right. At the finish, Hurter took his first Nationals bullet from Callum Escritt, with Trotter third and old man, Ian Escritt in 4th - a great result for the father and son.

Race 4:

In the second race of the day the breeze had increased slightly 7 - 9 knots. Jono Shelley got a great start near the pin end of the start line and tacked across on to port on a good line of breeze. In the Force 2 to 3 conditions, with small gusts fanning across the course from the Brixham cliffs, Shelley did a great job of holding off multiple attacks from different assailants. The Ullswater sailor defended the left side of the course but Rob Richardson, Andy Rice and Tom Conway were looking dangerous on the right hand side, which came good on the second beat. Shelley tacked to leeward of Rice on the final lay line to the windward mark and just held on to his lead, stretching away for the winner's gun while Richardson pipped Rice for second place across the line.

Race 5:

The breeze was still between 9 - 12 knots but with 20 degree shifts that were hard to predict. The leader came from the right and middle left up the first beat. Stuart Keegan tried the middle down the run but hard right was the place to go down the run, meaning Bruce Keen led at the leeward. The next 3 boats went around the left leeward mark. It was very shifty and gusty up the second beat, but the top 3 stayed the same. Keen held onto the lead to the finish, Keegan second and Sam Pascoe passed Trotter down the last run for third.

Race 6:

The breeze thankfully picked up a bit with some 15 knot gusts so the fleet were pleased they could stretch their legs. Danny Boatman led round the windward mark closely followed by Peter Greenhalgh and Bruce Keen.

Greenhalgh was able to roll Boatman and accelerate away, however, he over-stood the leeward gate a bit and this gave Keen an opportunity with his early gybe. Keen and Greenhalgh spilt leeward marks and Greenhalgh attempted to tack to cover, but fluffed the tack and reversed 3 boat lengths giving Keen the lead.

There were several bands of breeze coming down the course, which Keen and Greenhalgh did their best to work to their advantage, working independently and completely out of sync with each other, eventually it turned into a big drag race to the right. Keen did an early attacking gybe, which Greenhalgh matched and both were flat out all the way to the lay line, where Greenhalgh was able to have a little breathing space to manoeuvre to the finish. 3rd place went to Bill Maughan, having sailed a really solid race with current national champion Jamie Hilton hot on his heels.

A great day of racing and 6 hours on the water, the fleet returned for a well-earned pasty & pint!

Results after Day 2:

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stPeter Greenhalgh609Warsash158‑208123
2ndBruce Keen534Stokes Bay SC111‑16111226
3rdSam Pascoe605Castle Cove53‑27731937
4thEuan Hurter464PYC / DBSC9121109‑1741
5thJono Shelley566Ullswater YC14912113‑1849
6thBen Clegg614Brightlingsea SC215‑431910753
7thStuart Keegan619DRSC238‑41132854
8thBen Schooling544Stokes Bay SC71469‑372157
9thMike Matthews294SYC172‑364192567
10thIan Trotter546Derwent Reservoir SC26173184(RET)68
11thAndy Tarboton525Henley Midmar YC1241125‑301668
12thRob Richardson303Royal Windermere YC34‑3718271071
13thPaul Molesworth582Stokes Bay SC186‑372162071
14thAndy Rice364Stokes Bay SC1324283‑38977
15thDan Vincent557Stokes Bay / RNSA‑3810133317578
16thTom Conway500Derwent Reservoir SC‑3119315111379
17thJames Hilton593Dalgety Bay SC327‑463712483
18thWilliam Maughan556Chew Valley Lake SC430‑331432383
19thDanny Boatman530Derwent SC(BFD)22321215687
20thNeale Jones611ISC2516927(DSQ)1188
21stDavid Annan535Grafham Water SC20337‑39201292
22ndDavid Hivey594WPNSA287241518(DNC)92
23rdRobbie Wilson549Wormit Boating Club1018203114(RET)93
24thIan Escritt598Yorkshire Dales SC16‑38423232894
25thEd Chapman333Woollahra SC613517(DNC)DNC95
26thKieran Graham200Derwent Reservoir SC193214624‑3695
27thAndrew Gould584Emsworth Slipper SC152323‑381623100
28thJoshua Bellben375Stokes Bay SC24201024‑2624102
29thJosh Dawson289Derwent‑47113935527117
30thBrennan Robinson350GWSC / RNYC3628‑4282135128
31stRichard Smith419Wilsonian SC30213529‑4214129
32ndCallum Escritt75Yorkshire Dales SC333922633‑43133
33rdSeraga Samus547Stokes Bay SC44251736‑4622144
34thBrian Greensmith219Derwent Reservoir SC8295241(DSQ)15145
35thTom Taylor265GWSC213138‑462730147
36thFred Cudmore86DWSC32‑4515323138148
37thGuy Rivington216Stokes Bay SC41‑4825222834150
38thJason Rickards315CVL SC35342130‑3931151
39thJohn Piatt178Stokes Bay SC294622‑512239158
40thMichael Sims206Carsington37352928‑4029158
41stRon Barnes542Thorpebay274130‑493632166
42ndIan Stone113Maidenhead SC43‑4726453426174
43rdJoseph Trotter253Derwent Reservoir SC‑484044164442186
44thNathan Stainer469Stokes Bay SC‑453634424133186
45thBen Paton586Lymington Town SC(DNS)DNC194025RET192
46thGeorge Cousins302Restonguet SC222645(RET)DNCDNC201
47thStewart Walker167Yorkshire Dales SC4643‑51502937205
48thJoshua Bell147Chew Valley Lake SC(DNC)DNC40343545208
49thRobert Trotter334Derwent Reservoir SC3944‑50444340210
50thPaul Anderson58Largs4242‑48474541217
51stJames Nuttall97Chew Valley Lake SC40‑4947434744221
52ndStephen Wright543Stokes Bay SC(DNF)50494848RET249
53rdIan Turnbull526Ullswater YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC270

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