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10th Great North Asymmetric Challenge at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club

by Paul Allen 27 Sep 2021 09:38 BST 25-26 September 2021

Asymmetric dinghies from all five corners of the north (as in north north, proper White Walker territory without the dragons) and visitors from Scotland, & Cambridge littered the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake, with old and new friends catching up over a brew and breakfast before heading onto the water to challenge for the 10th Great North Asymmetric Challenge, sponsored by Lakes Legendry Ales.

The 10th edition of this popular event attracted 51 entries, made up of 22 RS200s, 19 RS400s, a Vision, a Vareo, an RS100, a D-One, a K6, a 29er, a Laser 2000 and a Nacra catamaran! Other than the 2012 winners, all other GNAC champions had entered with much hype as to which class would be dominant thanks to a breezy southerly forecast. The fleet of 51 was split into two starts with combined results for the overall GNAC trophy and fleet results for the RS200s and RS400 who use the popular event as part of their northern tour.

By Friday the forecasted southerly gales had reduced in strength to barely sailable conditions. Day one was much better than forecast, with a west-southwest breeze offering hiking conditions and a plane here and there for those that could master the breeze funnelling off Sale fell. After 4 quick fire back-to-back races the popular Bass team of Phil and Naomi Smith led the fleet overall (and the RS200s) counting just 5 points overnight, no easy task in a fleet of 51. In the RS400s, Chris Pickles and Matthew Sharman also from Bass, topped the fleet counting 10 points. Much Stella Artois and fish and chips were consumed on Saturday evening, with some tactical tequila slammers employed to take out the competition.

Sunday dawned slowly, with an announcement that breakfast was being served also reminding the campers that the race was starting in 1hr. The OD had made it quite clear the race would start at 10:30am, because he had plans get home to watch the Arsenal Tottenham game. Several were late, but the building and shifting breeze made it challenging to set a course, with race 5 abandoned thanks to a massive southerly shift. As the day progressed, the forecasted southerly arrived in anger, with champagne conditions (and the odd Lake District rain shower) offering a hike off upwind and a blast to the gate offwind.

Those watching onshore were guessing the outcome, but with such a varied fleet it was anyone's guess really. One of the benefits of mixed handicap racing? In the end, the breezy conditions suited the RS400s on handicap, which was a shame for overnight leaders Phil and Naomi who sailed consistently on Saturday and needed just one 8th place from the last 3 races to win the overall GNAC. Unfortunately for them, even the mid fleet RS400s were beating the leading RS200s on handicap. RS200 Northern Tour Champions, Ollie Groves and Esther Parkhurst from Beaver had a great Sunday sail and finished first RS200 in the last 3 windy races.

Counting 16 points from 6 races, Chris Pickles and Matthew Sharman from Bass were dominant across the varied wind range, discarding a 6.5 and a 4th to win the 10th Great North Asymmetric Challenge. Hamish Gledhill and Paul Heath (West Riding and LLSC) finished 2nd, sailing their RS400 consistently, discarding two 6th places and finishing on 20 points. Just half a point behind, Dave Exley and Alistair Coates completed the podium in 3rd, counting 20.5 points and winning 3 of the 8 races sailed. First RS200 and 4th overall was Phil and Naomi smith, with Ollie Groves and Esther Parkhurst 5th overall and 2nd RS200.

Many Bass youngsters entered this year's GNAC, with new teams finding the conditions challenging whilst demonstrating lots of perseverance, sometimes helped by lots of singing and some laughter on the race course.

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Overall Results:

1stRS 4001283PixMattBassenthwaite SC9423346.5421316
2ndRS 4001511Hamish GledhillPaul HeathWest Riding Sailing Club / LLSC9426435633220
3rdRS 4001460Dave ExleyAlistair CoatesBass SC942717.53819120.5
4thRS 2001369Phil SmithNaomi SmithBassenthwaite10462221114141722
5thRS 2001700Ollie GrovesEsther ParkhurstBeaver SC1046128.5182114528.5
6thRS 4001484Mark SomervilleJoe RobertsBassenthwaite SC94216.55129DNC135448
7thRS 4001398Phil murrayNeil SchofieldTynemouth94281417OCS1476655
8thRS 4001463Stewart RobertsonSarah RobertsonRoyal Forth YC94215719DNC762DNC56
9thRS 2001606Martin JoesburySian JoesburyBudworth10461110134316OCS1657
10thRS 2001642John WilsonLaura GloverEast Lothian YC104611210121112131958
11thRS 4001275Nathan BatchelorMegan ThornleyTynemouth SC94258.516DNC17DNC7962.5
12thRS 4001508Richard CatchpoleGary CoopLLSC942OCS66255DNFDNC72
13thRS 4001461Caroline ExleyJonathan BullenBass SC94218159112628101073
14thRS 4001410Jacob AinsworthKayleigh RobertsTynemouth SC942301627191698775
15thRS 2001314Jon ChapmanWendy MartinBudworth1046OCS2156.51510251875.5
16thDevoti D‑One76Martin Spencer Leigh&Lowton9484242251010419876
17thRS 2001068Martin SmithBarbara SmithYorkshire Sales sc104613247.513919242283.5
18thRS 4001396Mark DingsdaleNess EvansLeigh and Lowton9421019201513OCS161184
19thRS 4001453Stu HalmanAnna WalshLLSC94219172418DNF151213.594.5
20thRS 4001136Justin SmithSarah KincaidTynemouth94240183116278151296
21stRS 2001560Jon WardHeather WardBudworth1046142611141222272598
22ndRS 2001003Innes ArmstrongJustine DavenportBurwain1046911222719172224100
23rdRS 100 8.4284Ethan DawsonN/ABass SC10042413212021292115111
24th20002272James MacgregorJenny MacgregorBass11144222917243220DNC116
25thRS 400664Phil DavenportIzzy HunterBass SC9424323362123301113.5121.5
26thRS 200728Adam CatlowMartyn CatlowLeigh and Lowton SC10462528142229202320124
27thRS 200939James JohnsonSam EllisRoA Island / Elton104616.5271524222330OCS127.5
28thRS 2001709Ginger PhilKatia SmithBass104622202631382128DNC148
29thRS VAREO103Hugh Godfrey Bassenthwaite1093DNCDNC182320313721150
30thRS 2001181Charlie ExleyLuke DickinsonBass SC10462130332925243227156
32ndRS 200790Tom BatesErin Zoe DawsonRipon / Bassenthwaite10462731232634383523164
31stRS 4001272Andy WilcoxHannah WilcoxCam SC94231293428392517DNC164
33rdRS 400614Anthony WaltonPhilip CowansTynemouth SC94233334230302618DNC170
34thRS 2001256Adam DinAlastair RimmerHLSC/SSC10462325353637333129176
35thRS 200251Mike CowanCameron SomervilleBassenthwaite10462632283333DNFDNC28180
36thRS 2001071Henry BullenStephen KirkpatrickBass SC10463237373228DNF3432195
38thRS 200697Jack KnightCourtney CornwellHunts SC104629363039402736DNC197
37thRS 400543Ian Webber‑RostronLuke HarrisonDelph sailing club9423735403732DNF2630197
40thRS 200698Will RowlandCharlie BallLLSC/Rossendale104639343234OCS363331200
39thK6170Alan BennettBen SandoverCarsington sailing club91920DNFDNCDNC1818DNCDNC200
41stRS 400810Richard FaheyJonny HollidayTynemouth Sailing Club94235384125313438DNF201
42nd29er2340Esme BarracloughTom JohnsonYDSC / WIndermere School9033844444035352926203
43rdRS 200538April BoyesSimon BowerGlossop104641393938DNF373933225
44thRS 200440James GibsonBecks JoyceYDSC104636413835413941DNC230
45thRS 2001037Jack ExleyVictoria ManifoldBass SC1046DNF4345DNF36DNF4034246
46thRS 2001312ant woodyeralan rutherfordbass104634404341DNCDNCDNCDNC254
47thNacra1825Paul AllenJudey PBass67828DNFDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC268

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