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Hurricane 5.9 SX National Championship 2021 at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club

by Ben Cutler-Sharp 25 Aug 2021 13:28 BST

Thorpe Bay Yacht Club hosted the Hurricane 5.9 SX National championships for 2021. Despite Covid, 28 boats made the start having travelled from all over the country.

Greeted with light variable winds that were set to build on day one, a slight delay saw the boats itching to get on the water. Race one saw Trevor Bawden and Tom Wass edge away with a tight group trading places behind in the shifty conditions.

Race 2 saw the the move of the regatta with Dan Tindale and Eloise Smith, who had been able enter that morning after being able to charter a local boat, pulling a port flier showing the fleet a clean pair of transoms earning them the Essex Rigging move of the day.

Try as they might, the chasing pack couldn't catch them with Eloise's father Doug and sister Izzy coming in second.

Race 3 saw continued shifty conditions, this time with Geoff Tindale and Lee Saunders picking the shifts and the gusts to perfection leading from start to finish.

The overnight leader board reflected the shifty conditions in the first three races with Doug and Izzy Smith leading the way. The class also brought in the Pro Am event for 2021 with prizes kindly supplied by Sailing Chandlery. With plenty of new faces and experienced 5.9 sailors in the fleet, the opportunity to help the fleet improve and set up their boats couldn't be missed before the party started.

Day 2 brought more wind and the fleet were itching to get on the water to make the most of it! Race 4 saw Trevor and Tom get the jump on the first beat with a tight group behind showing plenty of fast close racing with Ben and Kez Cutler-Sharp eventually getting ahead but were not able to chase down Trevor and Tom who took the bullet.

Race 5 brought a late night for the race committee with the competitive fleet pushing the line hard at the start.

Richie Hanmore and Matt Kimber held on for the win despite gear failure on the last run meaning they had to use the downhaul cleat to hold the kite halyard up!

Race 6 started to see some tired bodies and mistakes creeping in. It was the Stone trio of Trevor & Tom, Richie & Matt and Jack Tindale & Hugo Bull that brought home first, second and third. The overnight leader board showed Trevor and Tom ahead with ever consistent Paul and Robert Palmer not far behind.

Day three brought more gusty and shifty conditions with offshore conditions and light winds bringing snakes and ladders racing. The first race saw Jack and Hugo fending off the local trio of Alex Warrington/Sam Osbourne, George and Ben Warrington and Mark and Myles Mawditt.

The second race saw four boats edge away with Jack & Hugo racing Trevor & Tom down the final run with Dan & Eloise and Ben & Kez right on their tail. Halfway down the run the wind switched off and as it returned the mid fleet who went west found themselves right back in the mix twin wiring downwind towards the leaders. Jack & Hugo just managed to hang on with what proved to be a crucial pass at the line as Geoff & Lee pushed Trevor & Tom into third.

For the final race the wind began to settle with Ben & Kez leading the way only to be becalmed and then suddenly capsize as the wind returned with a bang! Monday's wind clearly suited Jack and Hugo as they made the most of the returning wind to lead Richie & Matt and Trevor & Tom home in second and third.

After nine races with two discards Jack & Hugo and Trevor & Tom both had 16 points each. Both had claimed three firsts, three thirds and one forth as their counting results. There was nothing to separate them other than the final races result (first to Jack & Hugo compared to Trevor & Tom's third) which made Jack & Hugo the 2021 national champions.

With huge support from class sponsors Sailing Chandlery, Forward WIP, Andark, M2 Graphics and AW sailboats and event sponsor Essex Rigging, the prize-giving saw Trevor and Tom taking the travellers trophy for 2021. The Pro Am trophy went to Mark and Myles Mawditt and Simon and Sophie Boygle who had a great end to the regatta. Roll on 2022!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1229Jack TindaleHugo BullStone Sailing Club63344311116
2481Trevor BawdenTom WassStone/RCYC111413153316
3370Richie HanmoreMatt KimberStone Sailing Club982812164227
4335Paul PalmerRobert PalmerThorpe Bay Yacht Club247325751328
5416Doug SmithIzzy SmithStarcross Yacht Club326RTD66613635
6429Ben Cutler‑SharpKez Cutler‑SharpStarcross Yacht Club4652OCS788RTD40
7436Mark MawdittMyles MawdittThorpe Bay Yacht Club710141781749456
8359Alex WarringtonSam OsborneThorpe Bay Yacht Club14995OCS142111161
9456Geoff TindaleLee SaundersStone Sailing Club1651157RTD202RTD66
10316George WarringtonBen WarringtonThorpe Bay Yacht Club211311111116310766
11372Dan TindaleEloise SmithStone / Starcross5110131522916RTD69
12112Simon BoygleSophie BoygleThorpe Bay Yacht Club19231310510247569
13333Greg ReedCharlie DixonStone Sailing Club13168RTD1211126971
14455Julian ReichertJeremy SandfordThorpe Bay Yacht Club1271812OCS410121774
15487Alex FarrallHoward WarringtonThorpe Bay Yacht Club111823913915181287
16450Harry BoygleConrad StevensonThorpe Bay Yacht Club8172014101511231590
17169Dave ReasonJoshua ReasonHarwich Town Sailing Club17191279819192091
18428Adam CharlesworthRichard RobinsonStokes Bay Sailing Club1812166RTD1223141694
19315Tesni KingBill KingStarcross Yacht Club1014151916212215897
20102Adrian BuntingJessica BuntingThorpe Bay Yacht Club151521181819172223123
21483Peter ColeJenny EppsThorpe Bay Yacht Club202026162125142610126
22406Tim RobertsChris SmithRunswick Bay S.C.262519241718132022133
23368Peter BroomfieldTom BroomfieldThorpe Bay Yacht Club23221722RTD24252114143
24101Matt ReevesStephanie BuntingStarcross Yacht Club2421222019DNC212418145
25453Jim BowieDaren FitchewThorpe Bay Yacht Club222624232023182721151
26486Paul RossJeffrey KolishShotley Sailing Club2727252122202617RTD158
27360Kev PorterMark GowerIsland Yacht Club252427RTD1413RTDDNCDNC160
28118Alex WatsonRod WatsonThorpe Bay Yacht ClubRTDDNCDNC2523RTD272519176

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