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Inaugural Streaker Coastal Championship at Snettisham Beach Sailing Club

by Veronica Falat 5 Aug 2021 07:07 BST 31 July - 1 August 2021

In past years, the Streaker class has held an Inland Championship whether or not the Nationals was held at sea. This meant that sometimes there were two important inland events but no equivalent event at sea. This changed this year with the inaugural Coastal Championship, held over the weekend of July 31st - August 1st at Snettisham Beach SC in north Norfolk.

The conditions were good with an onshore westerly breeze on the Saturday and a slightly lighter northerly on Sunday. Excellent courses were set - triangle/sausage courses on Saturday and windward-leewards on Sunday. Many thanks to the race teams at SBSC for giving us some super racing.

Local sailor Jasper Barnham led both of Saturday's races from start to finish. He was fast both upwind and down. Behind him Veronica Falat and Neil Firth had close battles for 2nd place, while Pete Matthews, Phil Halldron, Chris Smith and Ian Bradley were never far behind.

On Sunday, Graham Sexton joined in and at last Jasper was made to work hard for his place at the front of the fleet. These two were neck-and-neck throughout both races on that day and at the end of the first, Graham was just ahead.

In the second race, again they were engaged in their own private battle, so much so that Veronica managed to catch them up on one of the beats and then stayed close on the following run. However, a lap later, Jasper took the win, just ahead of Graham with Veronica observing the action from behind.

Overall, Jasper took the Championship win with 3 first places, Veronica was 2nd and Neil Firth 3rd. Phil Halldron was the first Silver Fleet sailor, just ahead of Pete Matthews, and Ian Haynes and Andy Ritchie were first and second in the Bronze Fleet.

This event is part of the Streaker Super Series sponsored by Rooster. Jasper currently leads the series having won the Southern Championships in June at Weymouth.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st2127Jasper BarnhamSnettisham Beach SC11‑213
2nd1972Veronica FalatWaveney and Oulton Broad Y.C22‑337
3rd1977Neil FirthBanbury S.C33‑5410
4th2109Phil HalldronDowns SC‑644614
5th1654Pete MatthewsWaveney and Oulton Broad Y.C45‑8716
6th2126Graham SextonFishers Green SC(DNC)DNC1217
7th2121Ian BradleyOuse Amateur SC‑776518
8th1844Chris SmithIsland Barn RSC567‑818
9th1817Ian HaynesOuse Amateur SC889‑1025
10th1890Andy RitchieWaveney and Oulton Broad Y.C99‑10927
11th1549Chris KellySnettisham Beach SC‑1110111132
12th1360Tim BrownSnettisham Beach SC1011(DNC)DNC35
13th1514Jackie FrenchSnettisham Beach SC(DNF)12121236

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