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2000 Class Association UK National Championships at Royal Torbay Yacht Club

by Kev O'Brien 23 Aug 13:18 BST 8-13 August 2021

The 2000 Class Association held their UK National Championships at the top sailing venue of Torbay, hosted by the world-class Royal Torbay Yacht Club. The event took place over the 8-13 August attracting 47 entries in total, including three Junior entries.

A special mention to the Armed Forces in supporting the event with the Royal Navy entering two boats, British Army eleven boats and the Royal Air Force four boats. Many personnel were experiencing their first National Championships having only learnt to sail in the last few months!

Whilst many classes have decided to reduce their Nationals in duration, the 2000 class still held a five-day event with a lay day. Many families came along and the location of Torquay has many local attractions nearby to keep the non-sailors happy. The Royal Torbay Yacht Club was available to all to use for the week.

The entry fee included a Commodore reception supper, Monday night sailing supper, all supported by a packed social calendar. A huge thanks to the volunteer membership at Royal Torbay Yacht Club who made it feel like a home from home.

The first couple of days of the event saw the competitors face a strong breeze with rain showers between races with the Race Officer Bob Penfold postponing a race within a minute to go until the start, to allow very ominous rain clouds to pass. I've never experienced rain like it! Many put their boats into the 'hove to' position and sat through what can only be described as 'biblical rain'!

During the first couple of days of racing the 'F' flag was used. The 'F' flag is available so that families can be part of the family's series and not be compelled to compete if the wind is typically beyond 20 knots combined with a sea state assessment.

After two days of racing, the results were very close throughout the whole fleet. The top four placed boats were only separated by a couple of points.

The next few days of the event saw a respite in the wind speed and with the direction coming from the SW this made for very tactical racing and tested the sailors in the fleet with shifty wind conditions, although one race was abandoned due to the wind shutting off during racing to the frustration to many; that's dinghy racing!

Praise has to be made to the Race Officer Bob Penfold and his team who delivered excellent racecourses throughout the week.

After five days of very challenging conditions and highly competitive racing throughout the fleet, Rob and Sarah Burridge secured the crown as successive National Champions for 2021. Paul Cullen and Fresh Abendstern secured second place for the successive time also. A huge congratulations to brother and sister team Darren and Natalie who were in third place - Natalie was returning to national championship sailing after taking time out from competitive racing after having a child.

In all, the event was fantastic and everybody had a great time. The 2000 class would like to thank the Royal Torbay Yacht Club for their hospitality and excellent event management. A special thanks to Tania of 50 North Photography for the high-quality pictures capturing the event. If you would like a print then head over to the website and place your order

I think that the quote of the week was from a member of the shore team who supported the sailors in launching and recovery. During the prize-giving whilst receiving the gift as appreciation for their work, he said, "You guys [2000 Class Association] have a very special atmosphere," and "Great ambassadors for the sport." His words are appreciated and reinforce that the class association is a great family class that provides quality support to all the members whether you're a seasoned sailor or new to the sport.

Next year's UK Nationals are already planned, taking place at Castle Cove Sailing Club, Weymouth on the 13-19 August 2022. The event is attracting a lot of attention with people already booking their accommodation.

There are still lots of quality events taking place in 2021. The highlight being the National Inland and Welsh Championships which are taking place on the 16-17 October at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club. Book now to avoid disappointment.

If you want more information about the 2000 Class Association then head over to or

Thank you and hope to see you on the water soon.

Overall Results:
See also - Family, Newcomer and Youth fleet results

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1st2458Wet n WickedRob BurridgeSarah BurridgeWeirwood SC‑441‑631211316
2nd22607Just one morePaul CullenFresh AbendsternWeir wood12‑522‑4323217
3rd22656 Darren RoachNatalie JohnstonRoyal Navy SA / Looe23611‑8132‑1119
4th22658 Simon HorsfieldKatie BurridgeASA TISC31456‑7‑957132
5th22700 Johnny SargentMatt SargentASA TISC8774467‑175‑1348
6th22675 Stu WilliamsMatt HartleyASA TISC5109310‑13444‑1249
7th22673NaEdward DodwellRuben DodwellRAFSA‑1763147‑1681010563
8th2204Dr LavenderIain YardleySarah YardleyRYA788‑13‑1395812966
9th22674ResilienceKev O'BrienGemma BurridgeRAFSA / Weir Wood SC6527‑2614611‑171667
10th2355ZoomyGwen SargentClare SargentASA TISC‑19‑1710158216761478
11th22631 Simon Greenhalgh GreenhalghBonny GreenhalghRAFSA/PDSC101112911‑1512149‑1988
12th22696Just PotteringChristopher JordanGillian JordanWaveney & Oulton Broad1812‑21(DNF)53112014891
13th21005'Domestic Bliss'Richard ParrPaula MaasStone Sailing Club13‑211310910131615‑2399
14th22340IMPMatthew WrightAlexandra PepperKeyhaven1191122‑23111815(UFD)10107
15th22612Peachy cheeksJonathan ChingLouisa ChingWeirwood SC‑2716191916519‑21114109
16th22693 Alex MckayDarren KirkhamASA TISC121517817‑181513‑2417114
17th22547SurpriseMark FoleyLaura Holmes‑ShortSnettisham Beach SC14‑2214201512‑2491322119
18th22619TBAJoe GallivanMike McEwingLymington Town SC9191611‑2421171218‑24123
19th22564SwordfishHelen PhillipsAndrew PhillipsCardiff Bay Yacht Club1520‑2317‑25221062115126
20th22692 Hugo BlanshardSophie Leigh‑PersonASA TISC2114201621‑25‑2718226138
21st2057 Martin RootsEmily RootsCardiff Bay Yacht Club‑29.52822‑3314191425818148
22nd21863OmniversegallaxyAndrew SmithIsaac SmithStokesbay SC‑281815181820‑23192020148
23rd22641 Wayne ShirleyAlice MooreRNSA2023‑262412232122‑267152
24th22677 Ritchie CurranRoss SouthwellASA TISC(UFD)241812‑282628232327181
25th2615Recycled HarpEmily ElmsMartin ElmsThornbury SC / CVLSC1625322319‑352027‑3825187
26th22694BunwooAlistair RoseNicola Wyer‑HollandUllswater Yacht Club(DNS)13282729‑3231241926197
27th21428Foye BelleMat RecordHarriet RecordWeir Wood Sailing Club24‑37242527272229‑3130208
28th2063Purple HazeRobin CourtenayRachael CourtenayWeir Wood22(DNC)‑3631202833282828218
29th2374BuffaloJonny HepworthLouise DuffyEmsworth SC262625(DNF)3024323332‑39228
30th22642 Jake BeckettMatt BallASA TISC3327‑4129‑383125262931231
31st2587DragonFlyGuy BoswellJulie BoswellLlandegfedd Sailing Club23313426‑35293030‑3532235
32nd2741RhapsodyErnie HattonColin HattonWeir Wood Sailing Club(DNS)(DNC)29DNF3417DNF361621242
33rd21285Wave Hopper/Shifty LiftyMatthew BottenRichard BottonWeir Wood Sailing Club‑363435‑37223629313329249
34th21072 Trevor BradleyRachel GuestThornton Steward SC29.5(DNF)37(DNF)313026342736250.5
35th248JaffaCharles FelgateCarmel RoystonCardiff Bay Yacht Club2533‑382832‑3736373037258
36th21914 Andy HockeyFelix HockeyWilsonian sc‑343233323333‑34323433262
37th21405EquinoxNina WallisChris WallisWilsonian SC3835‑3934‑393435352534270
38th22558 William BeattieJonny Mc VeyRAFSA/Thornley Island3736‑4030‑423837383635287
39th21746MrOwlNigel HarleyTom HarleyASA TISC35383035‑4039383939‑40293
40th22630 Conor FisherLily EdwardsASA TISC3229312141(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC298
41st22653 Adie ParryLish JacksonASA TISC313027DNF36(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC312
42nd22321Lazy GreyRachel SheridanIsabelle HillWilsonian SC(DNF)(DNC)DNFDNF374140413738323
43rd2762 Paul SmithCharlotte SmithSutton Sailing Club(DNS)(DNC)4336444342434241334
44th22645 Izzie HodgensWill StubbsASA TISC39DNS42(DNC)43404140(DNC)DNC336
45th21874 Mike CoadySam CoadyWorthing Sailing Club(NSC)NSC(DNC)DNCDNF42DNS4241DNF351
46th2523 Zoe RalphPeter ColemanWilsonian Sailing Club(DNS)(DNC)DNCDNCDNF4439DNC40DNC362
47th2397Pretty in PinkCy GrisleyLisa GrisleyKeyhaven Yacht Club(DNF)DNS(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC379

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