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DeWalt Scorpion National Championship at Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club - Day 2

by Amy Clay 8 Aug 2023 06:55 BST 6-11 August 2023

Race three

As the morning sun cast its golden rays upon the waters, sailors gathered, their hearts aflutter with anticipation and excitement, ready to unleash their sailing prowess and vie for glory in Race 3, the first race on Monday. The race's inception was met with a bittersweet twist, for a General Recall was announced due to timing issues. Yet, like star-crossed lovers, the fleet returned to the starting line, determined to seize their chance at victory.

When the fleet finally got away the air was charged with excitement as Martin Pascoe and Tim Hulley on 1980 decided to mount the guard boat. Not the fastest approach to starting! Among the pairings, Tom Lonsdale/Emily Cole-Evans and Shane McCarthy/Shandy proved a captivating duo, their chemistry evident as they embarked on a tantalizingly slow start on the left side of the course. As if enchanted by their beguiling dance with the wind, the rest of the fleet felt an irresistible pull to venture hard right, yearning to explore the scenic delights of the shoreline keeping out of the tide and following the breeze.

Amidst the unfolding spectacle, a daring spectator had a delightful notion to test an inflatable kayak, seeking an up-close view of the riveting racing action. Alas, the whimsical waves conspired with the mischievous winds, leading to a few capsizes and a most entertaining beaching upon the shore. Oh, the joys of maritime exploration!

But the racing heart knows no respite, and as the breeze built, so did the fervour of the competition. Alan Krailing and Simon 'Bear' Forbes, like gods of the sea, charted a course to victory, their mastery of the elements propelling them to claim the coveted race win. Dave Wade and Ben Raynor, a force of nature in their own right, harnessed the winds to secure a dazzling second place. And with unwavering determination, Alex Hayman and Rob Henderson sailed steadfastly to capture a well-earned third position, a testament to their resilience upon the waves.

Race four

The tempestuous waves and capricious winds, fate wove a tale of surprises upon the vast expanse of the sea. As the race commenced, a pleasure cruiser dared to interpose itself between the gate boat, causing the racing gods to decree a General Recall, anointing fairness upon the event.

Some daring sailors were left perplexed amidst the dance of the elements, but Barnaby Croft and Louise Corfield faced the trials of Race 4, a day that tested their mettle and passion. The sea graced them with challenges, leading to not one, not two, but four captivating capsizes. Yet, with each tumble, their spirits soared higher, for every minute spent upon the water was a cherished moment in their hearts, securing their first race finish taking 46th place.

With the winds' crescendo, the fleet found themselves embracing a new aquatic sport - open water swimming! Dave and Ben, Sam Pascoe and Sam Barker (aka Sam Squared), Hayman/Henderson, and Kevin 'Gonzo' Gosling and Andy Service, all declaring themselves as captains of splash, taking a dip into the playful waves, their spirits undeterred by the unexpected twist of events.

Alas, fortune frowned upon some sailors, as breakages wreaked havoc amidst the racing fray. Sammy Mason and Richard 'Boggy' Mason's main sheet block, weary of the tumultuous seas, bid farewell, leaving them to navigate the waters with hands and wits alone. And behold, Barry Wolfenden and Matt Rayner, with audacious flair, eschewed the conventional ways, abandoning his boom, and venturing into the wild unknown, a true sailor's adventure!

Triumph awaited those who dared to sail the course with vigour and mastery. Alan and Simon, tamed the unruly tides to claim the coveted race win. Tom Gillard and Rachael Gray, a force to be reckoned with, raced through with unwavering spirit to seize the second position, their sails billowing with triumph. And in the embrace of the waves, Hayman and Henderson secured a well-earned third place, their hearts aflame with the passion of the sea.

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st2051Mrs Bears BoatAlan KrailingSimon ForbesSHSC / Waldringfield24118
2nd2057The Essence of WetnessThomas GillardRachael GrayStaunton Harold SC116210
3rd2062Sam squaredSam PascoeSam BarkerCastle Cove SC334414
4th2053***MISSING***Matt BurgeRobert GardnerNotts County SC429621
5th2059Wrecking BallAlex HaymanRob HendersonLymington Town SC5103321
6th2058Just the tipPeter GrayRichard PepperdineStaunton Harold SC855725
7th2061Sliver MulletDavid WadeBen RaynerDraycote11621029
8th2030Saline DripOllie MeadowcroftOliver RaynerYorkshire Dales SC71812946
9th2026Sneaky NinjaIan CadwalladerEllie DevereuxChew Valley Lake SC612102048
10th2014 (1969)IntoxicatedAJ EatonChris EatonStarcross Yacht Club91715849
11th1969Water PleaseChris MartinJohn TailbyNotts County/Midland1314131252
12th1995SilverlodePeter RoseJohn RoseTenby SC199141658
13th2044TallulahSteven WalkerJerry HannabussPennine SC27881861
14th2042***MISSING***Angus HemmingsFraser HemmingsIndependent1211231965
15th2037 (2048)Fifty Shades of GrayDan HendersonAmy ClayWarsash1420171465
16th1958Barbarians for breakfastMatt PotterKevin HopeNotts County SC1724161168
17th2040 (1931)AMBUSHKevin GoslingAndy ServiceIndependent2113201771
18th2060A Date With DestinyRussell WheelerLee MarriottIsle of Sheppey Sailing Club2526111577
19th1959 (1966)They think it's all overJack LewisSzymon MatRya107392278
20th2005Drama QueenDave ElstonAlan RitchieSidmouth SC322172686
21st1937The Bee's KneesMyles JacksonBill JacksonLlandegfedd SC2316262186
22nd2031UPYOURS2Peter CrowtherDave ThompsonPennine SC2023292395
23rd2054In a minuteTom LonsdaleEmily Cole‑EvansSouth Cerney SC18DNC275110
24th1943Blue MoonJohn MursellMatthew PalmerCastle Cove SC24253231112
25th1997PeachesSamantha MasonRichard MasonNotts County SC33331928113
26th1970Custard TartEdward ParsonsTony HanlonEmsworth SC39282224113
27th1951SidewinderFiona TaylorGordon TaylorLymington Town SC35341827114
28th2052Heart of GlassRob CageJohn ReayThames SC31193432116
29th2043Egyptian SurpriseBarry WolfendenMatt RaynerBough Beech221521DNF118
30th2017 (2002)Mr Blue SkyJon WillarsNicola WillarsNotts County SC28313129119
31st1986Proper huntShane MacCarhyAndy ThompsonEast Antrim boat club15DNC3313121
32nd2022Quackers!Debi ForbesChar GrahamStaunton Harold SC162225DNF123
33rd1985Another WombatHatty MorsleyRob MorsleyPortdinorwic SC29372833127
34th2001ZephyrMalcolm JamesJosh OatesChew Valley Lake SC26303834128
35th2019Popping PollyAl SimDuncan SimSouth Cerney SC38382430130
36th2050***MISSING***James GardnerAnne GardnerHISC34353038137
37th1052ShandyJake WillarsAlison SheldrickHCYC/NCSC43273636142
38th1980StormTim HulleyMartin PascoeWeir Wood/Castle Cove3629OCS25150
39th2009PerditaNeil PetersJess PlailEssc40364335154
40th2056DelilahCheryl WoodDave BennettPennine SC/Chew Valley44443737162
41st2018Short & Curly'sNigel PotterRyan RIchardsNotts County SC304235DNF167
42nd1940Spitfire SummerNigel DenchfieldChris ClarkeGrafham Water47404142170
43rd1891Fire in the SkyJeremy LovellMonty LovellIndependent45434441173
44th1903The Heart of GoldGeorge BiggsMonty HamptonLlandegfedd SC/ South Cerney SC46474643182
45th1998The Black PearlJoseph WarwickerLynne RadcliffePevensey Bay Shoreham Bough Beech3732DNCDNC189
46th1992Tangled Up In BlueWilliam B PinnockCaroline MonkGlossop Sailing Club414147DNF189
47th1990 (1877)Blue BreezeMark WhitemanDavid WhitemanRye Harbour sailing Club48455344190
48th1912Pigs on the wingWilliam WinterLJ WinterCam SCDNCDNC4239201
49th2048Liquid SpiritChris YatesJodi MartinDraycote4239OCSDNF201
50th2036Head over FeetRobert Campbell‑GrayAngie ValeAlton WaterDNCDNC4940209
51st1919PolycroozRichard GatehouseLauren WillsSidmouth SCDNF4652DGA210.7
52nd2011Must Try HarderJohn CooperAnesta CooperHuntsDNFDNC5145216
53rd1929 (1759)L'Espirit de TurnipNick LightbodyMick GreenlandLaw Society YCDNCDNC40DNF220
54th2055There's no F in bagsPaul McHenryJohn HarlowNotts County SCDNCDNC45DNF225
55th1988FAC 51Barnaby CroftLouise CorfieldSidmouth SCDNCDNCDNC46226
56th1878HighlightJoshua CookAaron AdamsBexhillDNCDNC48DNF228
57th2015 (1931)The BusinessEmily CookDaniel CookClub Nautique de Versoix SwitzerlandRETDNC50DNF230
58th1936Bottyburp the BarbarianSimon Holden***MISSING***King George SCDNCDNCDNCDNC240
58th1921***MISSING***Michael RockDaniel RockScorpion AssociationDNCDNCDNCDNC240

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