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Allen Enterprise National Championship at Tenby Sailing Club - Day 4

by Steve Sargent 26 Aug 2022 12:15 BST 21-26 August 2022

Fernhurst Books sponsored day 4 of the Allen Enterprise Nationals

The D flag was raised early on Thursday allowing the fleet to get launched in good time to complete the long Journey out the start line. Nigel Denchfield and his combined safety team, from Tenby and Looe Sailing Clubs, wanted to get us well clear of the land to provide a clean North Westerly breeze for us to race in.

Today could see Darren and Hayley Roach place both hands on the title if they could continue the vein of form, they had shown on the first three days.

The course was set and Alice Allen with crew James Hobson were near the start mark ready to go, after years of gate starts Alice was looking forward to her first run as pathfinder.

At this point I think it is important to remind you that the socials have been pretty full on all week, and we all know that this can add to the fatigue of racing to bring on premature senior moments. This moment arrived in some form of disorientation. We think that this is the first ever gate start where the Pathfinder was on starboard along with the rest of the fleet. No need to guess who won today's Ging-ger prize.

On to the racing, with an oscillating breeze Darren and Hayley decided to get out of the gate first but the breeze died on the left of the course with some crews sat in while the late starter kept good breeze and could work the shifts and bend to the right. Dedicated late starter Jane and Nick Scutt led at the first mark with pathfinder Alice up in the mix with them. Martin Honnor and Isobel had worked the shift well to round with them along with Jonny Woodward and Matt.

The right continued to pay dividends but there were still shifts to be worked, Martin and Isobel did this well to overcome Jane and Nick on the final beat and take the win, with Jonny and Matt third Jeremy and Becca Stephens fourth, Nick Jackson and Julie Moore fifth. Darren and Hayley worked hard to climb their way up to 9th but this was their worst result yet and left the door open to Jeremy and Becca who could potential snatch the championship from them.

Despite our distance from the land there still seemed to be an uneven breeze so the race officer and safety team moved the course out again and even up the breeze. By now the flood tide was building and the freshening wind over tide brought some new challenges.

All the contenders chose and early run out of the gate for race 8 working the shifts in the hope of being the first to the lay line in clean air. Martin and Isobel spotted the extent to which the tide was sliding the fleet up and undercut many boats who had to free off to the mark.

Darren and Hayley wanted to put race sevens result behind them taking and early lead they would build and build to take a convincing win and with it an unassailable lead that gave them the tittle a day early. Martin and Isobel took second with Nick Jackson and Julie Moore 3rd followed by Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens fourth. Jeremy and Becca Stephens took fifth and they also had and unassailable grip on second place.

Back to the club for the fancy dress party full of movie characters dancing and moshing to local band Elephant Guru followed by the tunes from Steve Blackburn (or as he was known this evening, Richard the Lionheart).

Results after day 4:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st23307Banged UpDarren RoachHayley RoachLooe SC111151‑9111
2nd22652That's EntertainmentJeremy StephensBecca StephensPenzance SC224‑5224521
3rd23270KittyPhil FordJane HumpageBCYC463313‑111131
4th22619RiotvanMartin HonnorIsobel Hedley‑FennOgston SC64104‑1251232
5th23170HarkenAnn JacksonAlan SkeensBurghfield SC7‑1152367434
6th2331050 Shades of BlueSteve BlackburnGabe HillLeigh & Lowton85610910‑15654
7th23275WimpMatt JaycockIvan JaycockLooe SC3(DNS)2981213956
8th23443Wannabe RedJonathan WoodwardMatt SmithSouth Staffs1339‑1410113756
9th22702EspadarteJane ScuttNick ScuttMiddle Nene SC99‑151341421566
10th23421MargretDavid JackmanCraig WheatleyLooe SC10776189‑221269
11th23347MinionCallum DingleScarlett CragoLooe SC51281213812‑1970
12th23015Wedg‑ENick JacksonJulie MooreBurghfield SC1214‑18156185373
13th23089Simply RedCharles MorrishDuncan WilloughbySt Mary's Loch SC14151111‑16416879
14th22501Blue JobAlice AllenJames HobsonBCYC188177‑201361685
15th23169Snow PicnicBrian BowdlerEsther BowdlerLooe SC111612‑17111681387
16th22166Da's BoatSteve SargentEloise JaycockLooe SC171314‑221572014100
17th22911Thunderbird 5Richard PrykeMillie PrykeRipon SC19101387(DNF)DNCDNC111
18th23193FlashbackFrancis MarshallMark Puckey or Enid MarshallLooe SC1519.516‑2314191810111.5
19th22935MalabarChris PalmerBeatrice BotticelliPenarth YC1619.51916171510‑20112.5
20th22901Out of the BluePaul YoungAimee AllsoppMidland SC20172219‑23172117133
21st23140My Aim is TrueRichard LeachAmy Leach‑HaynesPenarth YC2121‑242019201918138
22nd22814Bang OnDaisy JaycockAmber PalfreyLooe SC‑2418211822221722140
23rd22796Wrong Way UpGeorge PanterBoyen ChestnuttUlley SC232223‑2421211424148
24th22977MercuryTom McLarenGeorge McLarenLooe SC22232021‑24232321153
25th23271StarlaBen WilderMatt JonesLondon Corinthian SC‑2524252525242423170
26th22347Waterhog DayWilliam GriffithsAlex RichPenarth YC‑2625262626252525178

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