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Morgan Marine Sonata National Championships at Colne Yacht Club

by Team BD2 13 Aug 13:32 BST
Morgan Marine Sonata Nationals 2022 © Team BD2

This year the fleets came together for their national championships organised and hosted by Colne Yacht Club (newcomers to the national championship scene) and what an event it was with over 120 sailors.

The racing comprised of 11 windward leewards races with a spreader mark and leeward gate and 1 long distance around the cans.

Although the racing was postponed by an hour each day, the fleet were treated to a consistent sea breeze for all races providing true champagne sailing.

The racing was fierce and competitive with positions on the water often being decided by just a poor hoist or bad tack - Even for this years national champions. Results changed frequently each day.

On and off the water there was a true buzz from all the sailors enthusiastic about the racing and also the social events put on for them each evening.

Along with the regular well rooted sailors in the class such as Mark Taylor travelling down from Ullswater with Saraband and Team Watersong from Medway Yacht club. The class also welcomed a young cadet team from Colne Yacht club progressing up from dinghies. And team spellbound helmed by Eddie Birdle who showed his skills from racing moths are transferable to the slightly slower Sonata

The runners and riders of the event were team white noise (Johnny Hewatt and Lucian Stone) who after their 5th year of the nationals and no longer being the children in the fleet secured the place of national champions with three bullets on the final day of racing. Tony woods - Frankie the Rhino who looked to be the most consistent of the week we're just piped on the final day putting them in second place. And BD2 helmed by Alistair Bolton and his team nudged down to third on the final day but also securing the u25 helm trophy with a team all under 25 years of ages.

All competitors would like to thank the host club and sponsor but also the race officers and committee boat drivers for a fantastic week of racing and re-energising the class. The 2023 national championships to be held in Poole can't come soon enough.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Sonata class please check out our class website www.sonata.org.uk

Overall Results:
If you finished in the top ten at the Sonata nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here

PosBoatSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1stWhite Noise8361Lucian Stone41‑1115‑1242511125
2ndFrankie The Rhino.8199Tony Woods222535132‑6(UFD)530
3rdBD 28999Alistair Bolton35722‑924735(DNS)40
4thDoris8366Oliver King‑99468‑1071124244
5thSpellbound3 NEddie Bridle‑861464368‑93344
6thWatersong8420Paul Hopper‑13‑10979195342453
7thEnzo8887Chris Bines‑104381757410‑11857
8thRedBone4 NSimon Farren/ Daniel Willett(OCS)3637361295(UFD)660
9thSaraband4 NMark Taylor178‑15411(OCS)867101274
10thBlackjack8093Richard Herbert58109106(DNF)‑1311129787
11thOld School8011William McMillan‑20‑21201015211101311617115
12thTango8312Nichola Henderson612131414‑2181410‑22816115
13thScrewloose0 NPaul Kirk711516‑18‑19101114181313118
14thExposition7 NAdrian Mathie181614111320(OCS)91887‑23134
15thBluetack8189Paul Sharp17141217171416‑181613‑1910146
16thMusical Express8424Esther Rubboo15151919111713‑2120‑21129150
17thMK41 NMark Wilby/ John Paxman14131618‑28‑23141719141714156
18thObsession8370Stephen Phillips11191813191315‑24DGA‑261819162.7
19thWet Endeavour3 NJessica Gozzett‑221822‑26168201612201618166
20thSkyFish8200Bruce Long1620151212‑2723202317(UFD)11169
21stAubie Too2 NTony Hawkes211721‑24201519‑2221161515180
22ndBrahms8050Robin Page‑2625‑27232122211515191421196
23rdQUIET AIR8125Paul Berry‑27231727‑3116172317152120196
24thKehaar4 NDavid Chadwick122224222325(DSQ)‑2622232022215
25thSchezo8122Ed Taylor2526292022281225(DNS)24(DNS)DNS243
26thParody8161Roger Sydenham1924252129241819(DNS)(DNF)DNSDNS243
27thKooshtie8202Paul Steinke23282329253025(DNC)(DNS)252224254
28thFrank8086Andrew Williamson2427262524182229(DNF)(DNS)DNSDNS259
29thScarlatti8401Teresa Cole28292828262627(DNC)(DNS)272326268
30thSpring Sonata8369MAX HICKMAN30‑31‑313027312427242924 2525 27271 282
31stBagatelle8083Pat Tanner293030‑3130292628(DNF)282527282

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