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Enterprise National Championships at Penzance Sailing Club - Day 1

by Steve Sargent 29 May 11:04 BST 27-31 May 2023
Salty reconsiders retirement - Enterprise Nationals at Penzance day 1 © PSC

The fleet launched in a brisk north easterly with a long reach to the race area set well clear of the land. Our race officer Marcus made sure there was no dilly dallying going straight to a U flag for the first start, everyone cooperated, and we were away first time.

Vince, Birdy and Jacko all started pin end and arrived at the windward mark in that order. Vince broke clear with Birdy and Jacko trading places until Jacko swam at the final windward mark. Birdy was able to secure second and a speedy recovery by Jacko and Mark meant they held on to third.

Tim and Salty back together for the first time in seven years showed some good pace on the opening round but marked their reunion with swim and reminder to clip the rudder on.

Pin end once again for Birdy, Vince and Jacko with Martin getting in on the party Birdy led at the first Mark with Martin second and Vince third and Fordy fourth. Birdy dropped the tiller at the Gybe allowing Martin and Vince to go by with Vince and Fresh pushing Martin and Isobel in a now very fresh breeze.

Martin rolled in and lost his rudder leaving Vince in the lead.

Position were unchanged for the next lap with Vince and Fresh building enough of a lead to tack around the final gybe, justice prevailed though when the tack went wrong and they went for a swim allowing Birdy and Andy through to the lead, Vince recovered to second with Jacko and Mark third.

With the racing over we all though we could chill and sail home but we now had a long beat home and whirling winds between the harbour wall and the slipway... don't worry though as the clubhouse was only showing 33 knots and Gwennap head was reading 42 knots.

All landings were eventful, Nick Jackson's crew show nimble reactions to jump aboard the yacht they came close to and fended the Ent off, Nick duly sailed on once clear leaving Becky on the yacht. Martin Honnor and Isobel felt the slipway was optional and any kind of land would suffice.

Thanks to the slipway crew for carrying the boat back to the dinghy park. Sarge and Elmo capsized next to a visiting yacht who didn't speak any English or Janner, but they seemed to be just a bit upset.

Results after day 1:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2Pts
1st22456Nigel BirdAndy BirdR.Y.A.213
2nd23347Vincent HoreyFresh AbendsternKing George Sailing Club123
3rd23421Dae Jakman Looe SC336
4th23275Matt JaycockIvan JaycockLooe SC5712
5th23443Jonathan WoodwardDan SwaffieldSouth Staffs SC10515
6th22762Steve SargentEloise JaycockLooe Sailing Club8816
7th23384Tim SadlerRichard SaultYorkshire Dales Sailing Club16420
8th23170Ann JacksonAlan SkeensBurghfield Sailing Club15621
9th22763Phil SowdenAlex KingHighcliffe Sailing Club12921
10th22619Martin HonnorIsobel Hedley‑FennOgston SC4DNC27
11th23308Colin StephensSimon LeesPenzance6DNC29
12th23089Charles MorrishCharles MorrishSt Mary's Loch SC7DNC30
13th21647Sebi SchmidtLorelei BatesPlymouth University SC211031
14th22901Paul YoungKarin SadlerMidland Sailing Club201131
15th23270Phil FordJane HumpageLooe SC9DNC32
16th22544Jeremy WilliamsSam NewberryPenzance11DNC34
17th23169Brian BowdlerEsther BowdlerLooe SC13DNC36
18th23015Nick JacksonRebecca BradleyBurghfield SC14DNC37
19th22501Alice AllenNick ScuttBCYC/Looe SC17DNC40
20th23159James HoldawayOwen HoldawayScammonden Water Sailing Club18DNC41
21st21528Lloyd WilliamsBecca KneePenzance Sailing Club19DNC42

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