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DeWalt Scorpion National Championship at Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club - Day 3

by Fiona Taylor 9 Aug 2023 07:13 BST 6-11 August 2023

Race five

Tuesday started with what looked like a calm appeal but rain came in so there "aint no sunshine". It was however to be a "lovely day" with many claiming that they "can't get enough" of the screaming reaches and they just want to "do it again".

The first race of the day started in moderate winds with minimal tide and a beat where one way or another would get you to the top mark without too much drama. Once again "all the young dudes" showed the way with their demonstrations of "life in the fast lane". Further down the fleet and life was a little "rock and roll" with courageous sailing by all where "I will survive" was most definitely the motivating sentiment.

After the full 3 laps were sailed the usual suspects came out in the chocolates with Sam squared (Sam Pascoe & Sam Barker) taking care of the business followed by Alan Krailing & Simon Forbes and Tom Gillard & Rachael Gray). The remaining top places were taken by our established professional teams who make this fleet such a phenomenal experience for everyone.

Race six

The second race of the day saw more wind and more tide. The start felt more crowded, making the first beat for many a challenge to create the necessary "bridge over troubled water" that enabled the fleet to hug the shore and make the long starboard tack to the windward mark. Once again there was no need to "imagine" who the leading boats were. "Rocket man" Tom & Rachel showed everyone that they had "moved on up" into the winning position. Working down the fleet there were times when some of the downwind legs were a "walk on the wild side", with reassurance within the teams to "baby hold on".

The wind continued to build throughout the race and for many it was a question of "staying alive" and for other there was certainly evidence that they were indeed "low riders" having become "tangled up in the blue".

Whilst the battle I'm sure was fierce to stay "one step beyond" the next boat, the final beat felt like the highway to hell with bodies aching, brain power fading as the "carwash "experience of big waves and strong gusts continued relentlessly.

"Rocket Man" held his lead to the end with Sam Squared and Mrs Bear making the top 3.

After the very testing conditions of the day key lessons learnt in our boat were "love the one you're with" even if they mess the beat up! And on the "long and winding road home" to arriving at the beach, greeted by a fabulous shore crew, "It's all right now"!

For those reading the write ups and thinking "wish you were here" don't hesitate "Sail Scorpion". Possibly the best boat in the world.

The fleets aching bodies were succoured by an evening of Fish and Chips and sponsored pro/am drinks, with many thanks to our sponsors DeWALT and Craftinsure.

Results after Day 3:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st2057The Essence of WetnessThomas GillardRachael GrayStaunton Harold SC11‑62318
2nd2051Mrs Bears BoatAlan KrailingSimon ForbesSHSC / Waldringfield2‑411239
3rd2062Sam squaredSam PascoeSam BarkerCastle Cove SC33‑441213
4th2053***MISSING***Matt BurgeRobert GardnerNotts County SC42‑964420
5th2059Wrecking BallAlex HaymanRob HendersonLymington Town SC5‑10336724
6th2058Just the tipPeter GrayRichard PepperdineStaunton Harold SC‑85575628
7th2061Sliver MulletDavid WadeBen RaynerDraycote‑1162107530
8th2026Sneaky NinjaIan CadwalladerEllie DevereuxChew Valley Lake SC61210‑2081147
9th2030Saline DripOllie MeadowcroftOliver RaynerYorkshire Dales SC718129(DNF)854
10th1969Water PleaseChris MartinJohn TailbyNotts County/Midland13‑141312101058
11th2014 (1969)IntoxicatedAJ EatonChris EatonStarcross Yacht Club91715812‑2361
12th2044TallulahSteven WalkerJerry HannabussPennine SC‑278818151665
13th1959 (1966)They think it's all overJack LewisSzymon MatRya107‑3922141366
14th1958Barbarians for breakfastMatt PotterKevin HopeNotts County SC17‑24161191568
15th2042***MISSING***Angus HemmingsFraser HemmingsIndependent1211‑2319131469
16th2037 (2048)Fifty Shades of GrayDan HendersonAmy ClayWarsash14‑201714191276
17th1995SilverlodePeter RoseJohn RoseTenby SC1991416(DNF)2179
18th2043Egyptian SurpriseBarry WolfendenMatt RaynerBough Beech221521(DNF)22989
19th2005Drama QueenDave ElstonAlan RitchieSidmouth SC‑3221726162292
20th2060A Date With DestinyRussell WheelerLee MarriottIsle of Sheppey Sailing Club25‑261115231993
21st1937The Bee's KneesMyles JacksonBill JacksonLlandegfedd SC2316262121‑30107
22nd1943Blue MoonJohn MursellMatthew PalmerCastle Cove SC2425‑32311817115
23rd2031UPYOURS2Peter CrowtherDave ThompsonPennine SC2023‑29232425115
24th2040 (1931)AMBUSHKevin GoslingAndy ServiceIndependent2113201745(DNF)116
25th2054In a minuteTom LonsdaleEmily Cole‑EvansSouth Cerney SC18(DNC)27511OCS121
26th2022Quackers!Debi ForbesChar GrahamStaunton Harold SC162225(DNF)3824125
27th1970Custard TartEdward ParsonsTony HanlonEmsworth SC‑392822243028132
28th1997PeachesSamantha MasonRichard MasonNotts County SC3333192820(DNC)133
29th1986Proper huntShane MacCarhyAndy ThompsonEast Antrim boat club15(DNC)331317DNF138
30th1980StormTim HulleyMartin PascoeWeir Wood/Castle Cove3629(OCS)252820138
31st1951SidewinderFiona TaylorGordon TaylorLymington Town SC‑353418272931139
32nd2001ZephyrMalcolm JamesJosh OatesChew Valley Lake SC2630‑38343618144
33rd2019Popping PollyAl SimDuncan SimSouth Cerney SC‑383824302626144
34th2017 (2002)Mr Blue SkyJon WillarsNicola WillarsNotts County SC28‑3131293129148
35th1985Another WombatHatty MorsleyRob MorsleyPortdinorwic SC29‑3728333527152
36th2050***MISSING***James GardnerAnne GardnerHISC3435303825(DNF)162
37th1052ShandyJake WillarsAlison SheldrickHCYC/NCSC4327363633(DNC)175
38th2052Heart of GlassRob CageJohn ReayThames SC31193432(DNF)DNC176
39th2009PerditaNeil PetersJess PlailEssc4036433534(DNF)188
40th2018Short & Curly'sNigel PotterRyan RIchardsNotts County SC304235(DNF)27DNF194
41st2056DelilahCheryl WoodDave BennettPennine SC/Chew Valley‑444437374037195
42nd2048Liquid SpiritChris YatesJodi MartinDraycote4239(OCS)DNF3232205
43rd1891Fire in the SkyJeremy LovellMonty LovellIndependent45434441‑4636209
44th1903The Heart of GoldMonty HamptonGeorge BiggsLlandegfedd SC/ South Cerney SC46‑4746434234211
45th1990 (1877)Blue BreezeMark WhitemanDavid WhitemanRye Harbour sailing Club4845‑53444435216
46th2036Head over FeetRobert Campbell‑GrayAngie ValeAlton Water(DNC)DNC49403933221
47th1940Spitfire SummerNigel DenchfieldChris ClarkeGrafham Water47404142(DNF)DNC230
48th1912Pigs on the wingWilliam WinterLJ WinterCam SC(DNC)DNC423941DNF242
49th1998The Black PearlJoseph WarwickerLynne RadcliffePevensey Bay Shoreham Bough Beech3732(DNC)DNCDNFDNC249
50th1992Tangled Up In BlueWilliam B PinnockCaroline MonkGlossop Sailing Club414147(DNF)DNCDNF249
51st1919PolycroozRichard GatehouseLauren WillsSidmouth SC(DNF)4652DGA43DNF253.2
52nd2015 (1931)The BusinessEmily CookDaniel CookClub Nautique de Versoix Switzerland(DNF)DNC50DNF37DNC267
53rd1988FAC 51Barnaby CroftLouise CorfieldSidmouth SC(DNF)DNCDNC4647DNF273
54th2011Must Try HarderJohn CooperAnesta CooperHunts(DNF)DNC5145DNFDNC276
55th1929 (1759)L'Espirit de TurnipNick LightbodyMick GreenlandLaw Society YC(DNC)DNC40DNFDNFDNC280
56th2055There's no F in bagsPaul McHenryJohn HarlowNotts County SC(DNC)DNC45DNFDNFDNC285
57th1878HighlightJoshua CookAaron AdamsBexhill(DNC)DNC48DNFDNFDNC288
58th1921***MISSING***Michael RockDaniel RockScorpion Association(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC300
58th1936Bottyburp the BarbarianSimon Holden***MISSING***King George SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC300

Find out more at sailscorpion.co.uk/scorpion-national-championships-2023.html

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