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Robline Craftinsure GP14 Northern Area Championship at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club

by Vanessa Devereux 13 May 16:29 BST 7-8 May 2022

A fleet of twelve boats consisting of two Scottish and three home boats were at Derwent Reservoir SC for the Northern Areas. Furthest travelled was Nick Craig and Tobytastic from Burghfield SC. The reception at DRSC was as warm as usual with free food for those dropping their boats off on Friday evening.

Saturday bought four challenging back-to-back races, bringing forwards one from Sunday due to the light winds forecast. There were a couple of capsizes including gold fleet sailors John and Jack Telford. In the heavier conditions Nick pulled away showing the class of sailor he is; however, he didn't go unchallenged as Adam and John were battling and ahead even in one race.

At the end of the first day Nick Craig was leading with 4 bullets followed by Adam and Tim McGovern with John and Jack Telford in third.

In Silver fleet Graham and Julie Courtney were leading Alan Jones and Sue Watson on count back with Arthur Logan and Iain Hardy in third silver having missed the first race due to technical issues, which were sorted out on shore.

The Bronze fleet was closer, but with Paul ONeil suffering from bad food the night before at a local hotel and the local boat of Hender Blewett and Cat Gingles not completing all the races, it was left to the oldest boat in the fleet - 4615 sailed by Steve Parry and Oliver Gabbitas - to be leading overnight.

DRSC hosted an evening meal and social which was a great chance to catch up with each other and for one sailor to play bingo for the first time. Nick continued his winning streak by being the first to have a line but was beaten to a full house by Graham Courtney.

Sunday started with the lighter winds which had been forecast, this led to very close rounding of the windward mark for the top six boats from all the fleets. Nick couldn't be caught on the second day so Adam and John fought for second place which led to some tactical sailing. The fickle winds made it a difficult job for RO to set a course.

Nick Craig and Tobytastic won the event with six bullets and all the trophies bar the runners-up. However, Nick could not fit all of these in his car so left one to be collected from the Inlands at Bala.

The Courtney's from Bolton held onto first Silver place with Alan Jones and Sue Watson from Bass in second. Steve Parry and Oliver from York sailing a Series 1 (and oldest boat on the water) took first Bronze fleet. The first seven boats were all wood.

Thanks of course to Robline and Craftinsure our series sponsors for the prizes. This event was part of the Scottish series too.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGold14185Nick CraigToby LewisFrensham‑1111115
2ndgold14145Adam McGovernTimothy McGovernHollingworth Lake‑32222210
3rdGold14261John TELFORDJack TelfordBassenthwaite23‑433314
4thSilver14258Graham CourtneyJulie CourtneyBolton Sailing Club‑54544421
5thSilver14206Alan JonesSue WatsonBassenthwaite4‑6355623
6thSilver14056Arthur LoganIain HardyCastle Semple SC(DNS)5667731
7thBronze4615Stephen ParryOliver GabbitasYork SC7787‑9534
8thBronze14057Ann PennyRoger TyrellDerwent Reservoir88‑996839
9thbronxe14230Adam ChaplinChristopher LambBlackpool and Fleetwood69‑108101043
10thBronze13804Bob SkellyChris MayDerwent Reservoir10(DNS)7DNS8948
11thSilver10644Hender BlewettCat GinglesDerwent Reservoir9(OCS)11DNSDNSDNS62
12thsilver13872Paul O'NeillHassalCastle Semple SC(DNF)RETDNSDNS111164

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