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Osprey Scottish & Northern Championship 2022 at Blithfield Sailing Club

by Richard Marshall 28 Oct 2022 11:33 BST 22-23 October 2022
2022 Osprey Scottish & Northern Championship winners © Richard Marshall

On October 22nd & 23rd, 17 Ospreys competed for the Scottish & Northern Championship at Blithfield SC having moved South from originally scheduled to be hosts Carsington SC. It was also the 'End of Season Final Fling'.

Unfortunately, Carsington SC had to notify the class they would be unable to host due to lack of water in their reservoir. Notification was early so the class were able to seek an alternative venue and are grateful to Blithfield SC for stepping in. Since Carsington notified the class, the water level has fallen even further.

There were three season in one weekend; sunshine, blue sky, light wind, Force 5+, South Westerly and Easterly. Close racing with 20 degree shifts that did not guarantee good starts making it early to round the first mark. Lots of place changing. Alex & Nick Willis (1291 'Waimanu') lead 2nd race at halfway, only to end up 7th after one such shift.

Sunday morning was briefly epic; first reach a monsoon white out, lake was absolutely boiling and wind Force 5+; 'wow' that was wet and fast.

Rock stars, Peter Grey & Jeff Edwards, in the borrowed class Hartley boat 1360 were clean away with two 'bullets' after Saturday's two races, however they then went to sleep on Sunday but still recorded 10 points overall. They were followed by the consistent Terry Curtis & Peter Greig in 1234 'Plan B' also on 10 points overall. Surprise scratch team of Richard Marshall crewed by legendary helm Caroline Croft in 1373 'Great White' finished 3rd overall on 12 points. Unluckily, 50yards from last finish Caroline went for a swim and two points were gone.

The latest version of the Osprey, the beautiful new Hartley MkVI, sailed by Roger Blake & Jamie Blake finished 5th overall.

A few less than expected with 17 boats; too many other holiday, work and concert commitment excuse!

Blithfield SC hospitality and race management were exemplary, thank you from the Osprey Class.

The Osprey Class are looking forward to the 70th Anniversary year in 2023, with the National Championship to be hosted by Hayling Island SC in early September. The class have already received expressions of interest in the event from 45 boats.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1Blood and Thunder1360Peter GrayJeff EdwardsStaunton Harold SC1144‑810
2Plan B1234Terry CurtisPete GreigWeymouth SC223‑6310
3Great White1373Richard MarshallCaroline CroftPoole YC4‑612512
4LOL1368Steve LeneyPaul KeelingBlithfield SC55‑61213
5Ghost Ship1382Roger BlakeJames BlakeGreat Moore SC342‑8716
6Odeline1331Jon BattJo nGibbonsBlithfield SC63‑99422
7Bird of PreyIV1349Robert ShawIan LittleKeilder Water SC8‑1173624
8Oh Spray!1311Chris GouldNick BroomhallBlithfield SC(DNF)OCS55129
9Waimanu1291Alex WillisNick WillisHayling Island SC778‑111133
10Light N Bitter1292Kev FrancisJonathan OsgoodStewartby Water SC9‑13107935
11 1363Ian McDonaldAlistarRaynardBlithfield SC‑131012101042
12Nameless1345Tom ChadfieldPeter SlaterBlithfield SC128‑13131346
13Just Pogo1114Ros DownsDavid DownsTata Steel SC1012‑14121246
14Jane1316Keith McDonaldAndy BrittainSmall Heath SC11911(DNS)DNS49
15YLost1341Will CrichtonArthur ButlerRibble Cruising1414‑16141456
16Living Daylights1250Tony HarperSteve WatsonNotts County SC‑151515151560
17 1268Cliff SagarPaul SennettBlithfield SC16(DNF)17DNSDNS69

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