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National 18 English Championships at Bosham Sailing Club

by Jeremy Vines 10 Aug 2021 21:14 BST 10-11 July 2021
Startline action during the National 18 English Championships at Bosham © Greg Grant

When we arrived at Bosham on Saturday (10th July), there was absolutely no wind. A flat calm, and that is the way it stayed all day. No good for sailing but a chance to boat bimble and catch up.

There was Covid in the kitchen, so Club supper was off as well. Nevertheless we gathered on the terrace and shared fish & chips and a few beers. It was a lovely evening in a beautiful place with a very photogenic sunset.

Sunday saw fourteen 18s of various vintages set out from the Quay in a light/moderate Southerly wind for three back-to-back races. There were new Ultras, the older Ultimates, the wonderful Classics and a sprinkling of the Chi Harbour 18s. All racing to established Class handicaps.

Out on Chi Harbour the Race Officer set a bit of a navigation exercise in the first race and the leading visitors failed it by choosing the wrong turning mark, resulting in Bosham Classics taking the first six places.

Races two and three saw the three Ultras out in front, and largely ahead on handicap as well, with Ace having two firsts and the Ulta prototype Odyssey from Lymington a second. A very pleasant day on the water, with thanks to Race Officer David Macfarline and his team.

With no discards allowed, local Classic 18/133 'Theorette' skippered by Tom Reid came out on top with Ultra 18/424 'Ace', Ollie Houseman from Chew Valley in second place. Third was THE Classic Classic 18/15, 'Tinkerbell', Richard Stirrup. She was built in 1938 and still looks a beauty.

Overall Results:

PosBoatTypeSail NoHelmCrewPYR1R2R3Pts
1stTheorette (Classic)133REID TomPHILIPS Nick / REID Will10201269
2ndAce (Ultru)424HOUSEMAN OliverVINES Jeremy / WATTON Steve910121114
3rdTinkerbelle (Classic)15STIRRUP RichardPROSSER Jono / HALE David102055414
4thToucou (Classic)368REYNOLDS TimYOUNG Andrew / WANTNEY Mags1020261119
5thOptimus Prime (Ultru)421JONES MatthewYARGICIL Kaan / CHAVASSE Marcus910113519
6thSeafireCHICHESTER HARBOUR 187KING WilliamKERSHAW Rich / TAVENER Charles104589320
7thFinola (Classic)225MIRAMS PaddyMIRAMS Holly & Lucie1020641020
8thOdyssey (Ultru)400McSTAY PaulMcGill Joff & Ollie915147223
9thDandy (Classic)107BAILEY RobertMARTELL Michael. OXLEY Sandy1020412824
10thRed FlightCHICHESTER HARBOUR 188STIRRUP JoeRADFORD Catherine / STIRRUP Mandy104598724
11thThumbelina (Classic)253FAURE AdrianBARNES Richard / RUSTALL Chris1020313925
12thGembee (Ultimate)373CHANTER TrevorSMITH Lucy & William9577101330
13thBellatrixCHICHESTER HARBOUR 189CAMPS MichaelMc CORMAK Frank / BRADLEY Keith104510111233
14thDeja BlueCHICHESTER HARBOUR 1810HART StephenDAVIS Jen & Owen104513141441

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