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WASZP UK Nationals at Rutland Sailing Club - Day 1

by Martin Evans 19 Jun 06:11 BST 18-20 June 2021

We've wound up a pretty big day for the first of the championship races at the UK WASZP Nationals. The pouring rain didn't dampen spirits as the record-breaking fleet clocked up 5 races in a solid 15 knots of gusty and shifty conditions.

Sam Whaley dominated race 1 by launching from a committee boat start to take control of the fleet. He held his lead throughout to seal the win. Whaley took the lead in race 2 with the same starting tactic but stuffed a tack to let Jamie Calder through for the bullet. Again, it was Whaley dominating the start in race 3 in what was a carbon copy of race 1 for him, taking the win.

The winning formula backfired for the Swanage sailor in the fourth race as he pulled the trigger early and got nailed with an OCS. The final race saw lead changes throughout as the wind got patchier and lighter. Ed Higson made the best of it to take the final bullet, putting him on the podium at the end of day 1. Hattie Rogers is leading the way for the female sailors, sitting in 9th overall.

The battles continued throughout the fleet, with the WASZP class offering quality one-design racing for sailors of all levels. Despite the grey backdrop and constant rain, the 50 boats lining up on the start line provided a real spectacle, making it clear that the WASZP class in the UK is going from strength to strength.

Steak night (and beer) is set to repair the tired bodies ready for Saturday. There are two more days to go before winners are decided, so stay tuned for more action to come.

Results after Day 1:

PosRigSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st8.220Matt Beck (DNC)32128
2nd8.23139Sam Waley 121(DNC)59
3rd8.22703Ed HigsonDraycotte35‑72111
4th8.22521Jamie CalderDalgetty Bay SC‑5143412
5th8.22429Ross BanhamHISC2‑635616
6th8.22729Eliott Savelan 4(DNC)94320
7th8.22699Arthur FryHISC‑9456924
8th8.22237Dan Wellbourn HespCarsington SC77‑87728
9th8.22932Hattie RogersRoyal Lymington YC108‑1381238
10th8.22799Tom PollardSt Catherines SC81510‑24841
11th8.22263Zachary Blomeley 1210119‑1442
12th8.22  6(RET)6221044
13th8.22972Andy HutchinsonLoch Ern11‑1715101147
14th8.22515Will CrockerEmberton Park SC and Yorkshire Dales SC1491214‑1749
15th8.22522Toby Bloomfield 1611‑17121352
16th8.22511Martin Evans ‑181216111655
17th8.92867Geoff CarvethHISC13‑1614131555
18th8.22294Ewan McLellanImperial Poona and Loch Ern SC15131816(DNC)62
19th8.22789Andy Bridgeman 17181915‑2069
20th8.22610Adam Rayburn JamesDatchet Water19(RET)23191980
21st8.22400Keith BedboroughDalgetty Bay SC22‑2320172281
22nd8.22475Peter Deming ‑261425202483
23rd8.22698Thomas WilliamsonRoyal Lyming YC2121(DNC)251885
24th8.22050Steve TylecoteRutland SC241921‑272185
25th8.22375Christian Smart 25222226‑2795
26th8.22701Laurent Brel 20(RET)34182698
27th8.22394William HeathcoteRoyal Lymmington YC‑3128242329104
28th6.22516Jess Starmer 30‑32312831120
29th8.22697Ethan Leahy 33352729(DNC)124
30th8.22499Piers Nicholls (RET)2030DNC23133
31st8.22924Ben Ibbotsan (DNC)DNC282125134
32nd8.22696Felix CorsonPort Dinorwick SC272532(DNC)DNC144
33rd8.22708Doug StruthQueen Mary SC(RET)2629DNC30145
34th8.23002Sven GauterDatchet Water28(RET)33DNC28149
35th6.98Eve KennedyParkstone YC352936(DNC)DNC160
36th8.22928Daniel GoodmanQueen Mary SC(RET)2426DNCDNC170
37th8.22616Iain FurgusonBlithfield2927(RET)DNCDNC176
38th6.92305Alice Senior (RET)3035DNCDNC185
39th6.92704Ross FurgusonBlithfield SC3233(DNC)DNCDNC185
40th8.22797Andrew VoyseyHISC3436(DNC)DNCDNC190
41st8.22298Ross Southwell 3734(DNC)DNCDNC191
42nd8.22074Rob ThomasDatchet Water SC3637(DNC)DNCDNC193
43rd8.22796Ross HunterDerwent Reservoir SC(DNC)3837DNCDNC195
44th8.22388Mathew LeaRutland SC23(RET)DNCDNCDNC203
45th8.22030Sean PurdyOcean Crusing Club(RET)31DNCDNCDNC211
46th8.22974Nick IrelandStokes Bay and Warsash SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th8.22748Matt Beck (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th8.23124Duncan HepplewhiteLoch Lomond SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th8.22422Chriatian SmartPembrokeshire YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th6.93120Jasmine Boote (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th6.91234Victoria PayneHISC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th8.22471Sam WaleySwanage SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th6.92800Daisy Fisher (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th8.22607Ian FitzgeraldDalgetty Bat SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th6.93294Henry HeathcoteRoyal Lymington YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th8.2 Phil EwartDerwent Reservoir SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th8.23121Tom HebbertKYC and RTYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th8.22352Andy Webb (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240
46th8.22019Tristan PayneHISC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC240

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