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Wrecker pursuit race at North Devon Yacht Club

by Jon Miles 30 Oct 2020 21:31 GMT 25 October 2020
Osprey 1234 on its way to win the North Devon Wrecker pursuit race (hunting down last years series winner Simon Hawkes in his K1) © Sailing Southwest

Sunday 25th October had a variable wet and breezy forecast and so it turned out. With 38 entries to the Sailing Southwest Winter Series round 1 all were getting ready for a wet one.

As the main fleet were launching a F6-7 squall came in and stayed for the first 30 minutes into the race. The first lap was exciting but soon settled into a steady 3-4 SW with an increasing breeze at the finish.

Early starters saw the RS Aero blast away in hot pursuit of Ben Flower in his Laser. Sam Mettham in an Aero 5 took an early lead but could not shake off Greg Bartlett and Peter Barton in Aero 7s and Ben in his Laser. The four swapped places as the gusts came through for the first four of six laps. Finally Greg and Peter pulled away but the faster boats were flying on big gusts.

Tony Curtis in Osprey 1234 was steadily climbing through the fleet and finally hit the front with five minutes to spare.

The catamaran fleet was headed by Jon Farr in a Dart 18 who was carving through but could not catch the leaders. A Hurricane 5.9 showed some impressive speed but giving almost 40 minutes to the Aero was no match. With the big wind for the early starters the Aero fleet was away.

Finally as the wind came back gusting a good F5 near the end the Ospreys and cats charged with Robert Warren in his RS400 showing rapid progress. As the race neared the final 15 minutes the top five were away but the next five were very close. Sam and Leanne Thompson were on a charge in their Merlin. As they approached the windward mark for the last time their mast came down leaving the field open.

Overall Osprey 1234 dominated for overall first, with Greg Bartlett holding on for second, and Peter Barton in third. Ben Flower took fourth and Jon Farr in the leading cat took fifth.

The CPMR club prize round 1 was taken by the home team with NDYC members scoring a fifth, eighth and ninth. Weymouth took a second and twelfth but also a DNC giving them 53 points with Starcross in a close third with first, seventh and DNC giving them 53 points.

Full details of the Sailing Southwest winter Series can be found at

Thanks NDYC for an exciting opener for the series. The next event is at Roadford on 22nd November.

Overall Results:

PosNameBoatSail NoClubRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 5Round 6Final
1Terry CurtisOsprey1234Weymouth SC151397421
2Greg BartlettRS Aero 73174Starcross YC4221212
3Peter BartonRS Aero 73193Lymington Town SC3332133
4Ben FlowerLaser212109Tobermory YC 2113344
5Jon FarrD187583NDYC24211816755
6Robert WarrenRS 400727Restronguet SC171515131166
7Tim BowdenOsorey1175Weymouth SC 161414119 7
8Angus CookSprint 151893NDYC1816161612 8
9Hector BunclarkSprint 151906NDYC2218171715 9
10Simon HawkesK192Wimbleball SC1110666 10
11Henry HallumRS200162St Mawes SC69131014 11
12Richard WatshamRS Aero 73023Starcross YC878813 12
13Sam MettamRS Aereo 53437Papercourt SC 14445 13
14David GrantHurricane 5.9162NDYC2624232220 14
15Hugh KingdomBlaze827NDYC95558 15
16Paul BerbeckK184Wimbleball sc1211101416 16
17Chris DyerSprint 151221NDYC2322211919 17
18Terry FreemanSupernova429NDYC7871217 18
19Simon FleetSprint 151936NDYC2120191918 19
20David DownsMerlin Rocket3698Tata Steel SC1917202022 20
21Nick StotenLaser Standard188783Mounts Bay SC56111621 21
22Josh JonesBuzz 426Roadford Lake SC2525232324 22
23Sam ThompsonMerlin Rocket3711RNSA131213910RTD23
23Sam HeatonSprint 151972NDYC2019222123RTD23
23Howard Stone Laser Radial128697NDYCRTD     23
23Hugh WormingtonLaser 210413NDYCRTD     23
23Dan CranerLaser Radial68641NDYC10RTD    23
DNCPaul TuttlesHadron H2117BrixhamDNC     DNC
DNCRichard ChidwickSprint 15204NDYCDNC     DNC
DNSStuart SwiftBlaze785NDYCDNS     DNS
DNSPaul TatemBlaze828NDYCDNS     DNS
DNSTom LewisSprint 151545NDYCDNS     DNS
DNSTim CobbyDart 187480NDYCDNS     DNS
DNSMike CoulsonHurricane 5.9365NDYCDNS     DNS
DNSChris HampeInternational Canoe340Mt Batten SC DNS     DNS
DNSAndrew StockLaser 200021449NDYCDNS     DNS
DNSAlan ShinglerDart 185062NDYCDNS     DNS
DSQStephen DavidDart 186129NDYCDSQ     DSQ

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