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Allen Contender Northern Championship at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

by BCA 4 May 2023 17:54 BST 22-23 April 2023

With a flurry of dull as dishwater low speed events so far this year, the Contender fleet pinned great expectation onto Yorkshire Dales to become the saving white knight, it must be windy that high up!

The club is a draw in itself, being very welcoming and with superb facilities for staying onsite, as it turned out the attendees hailed from as far as Scotland and Kent to get 14 boats onto the start line.

After all that build up and hyperbole, the wind was light-ish on the first day and then decent trapeze weather on day two that slowly degraded into barely a zephyr. This compendium of conditions made for some spikey results and some serious lack of consistency.

In the light-ish first day that started off with a first beat of full power, Neil Ferguson got ahead using local knowledge and was never seen again, As things started to soften Mick Pullen and Chris Howe used light weight and guile to take a win each, leaving Mick ahead over night. Racing through out the day was tight with only Neil's bullet not suffering from the curse of haemorrhaging all gains without notice.

Surprisingly to everyone, Sunday had more breeze than expected and suddenly Tom Hooton appeared and won after a day one shocker. Once again the breeze departed and left us with regret, this suited mega pointer James Daniel who stitched together enough breeze patches upwind to take a first Contender open win, with his customary beaming smile, only slight tainted by a neon yellow hat. As the wind now left completely Mick Pullin re-appeared to take a win, apparently enjoying flat wiring in conditions suitable for ballooning.

And so it was that at the end, 5 different race winners across the 6 races and none of them took the event. It was serial lurker Ed Presley who managed to avoid posting a bad score and "Jones'd" his way to the overall title of Northern champ.

We will return to Yorkshire dale due to the outstanding hospitality shown by the club and slick race management.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st2708Ed Presley 22‑423312
2nd2602Michael Pullin 412‑85113
3rdGBR2729Chris HoweOxford Sailing Club33172(DNF)16
4th678Thomas HootonBurton SC64‑814217
5th2710James DanielsNetley5‑8561421
6thGbr2733Neil FergusonYorkshire dales sc19‑1037626
7th2725Peter SnowdonScaling Dam SC7635‑9526
8th2423Simon DoddsHythe & Saltwood Sailing Club95‑1246731
9th666Bill HootonBurton1011698(DNC)44
10thk504joseph spencerYorkshire Dales Sailing Club‑1313131010854
11th712Rodger WhiteKing George8107(DNC)DNCDNC55
12th2572Paul RossShotley Sailing Club11711(DNC)DNCDNC59
13th2422Richard ButtnerRNSA / RYA12129(DNF)DNCDNC63
14thGBR 634Dave BurrellCovenham Sailing Club(DNF)1414DNCDNCDNC73

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