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DeWalt Scorpion National Championship at Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club - Day 4

by Richard 'Boggy' Mason 10 Aug 2023 06:12 BST 6-11 August 2023

A great morning greeted sailors and volunteers at the 2023 DeWalt Scorpion National Championship at Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club.

With well over half the races already having taken place it was with some relief that light wind and sunny blue skies was going to be the order of the day for Wednesday's races.

Race seven

After a short delay for a stable breeze, race 7 got under way in 6-8 breeze. Dan Henderson and Amy Clay in Fifty Shades of Gray heading around the top mark in first position, a slight discussion about sausage or triangle in the boat left them off on a reach only to see the next two boat head down the run. They got back up to second but were unable to catch Alan Krailing and Simon Forbes in Mrs Bears Boat who went on to the winning streak again. Pete Gray and Richard Pepperdine came in a good third.

Race eight

The race team were great and allowed the sailors have a quick break whist they tweaked the course before starting race 8. The race was a big go right day (again) and this time youth managed to get out in front and a new race winner for the week was found. Well done to Ollie Meadowcroft and Oliver Rayner from the lovely sailing club of the Yorkshire Dales who took line honours. Sam Pascoe and Sam Barker came home second in Sam Squared. Matt Burge and Robert Gardner popped in another consistent result, coming in third.

The crews race started shortly after race 8 and a fleet bigger than some classes Championship fleets got under way with a short triangle sausage course. It was a super competitive, fun race, with plenty of noise out on the water. Many crews found getting the right approach for the windward mark a challenge, with Richard Mason and daughter Samantha managing to stay hooked by their rudder on the windward mark for a good 5 or 6 minutes just checking the mark was anchored well. The top three were away and gone and finished in the order Rob Henderson and Alex Hayman in Wrecking Ball first, Sam Baker and Sam Pascoe second with Oliver Rayner and Olllie Meadowcroft third.

With one day to go, and touch and go if the fleet will sail with a very light forecast, Alan and Simon lead with a 3 point advantage over Tom and Rachael with Sam and Sam another 2 points back and the second discard for the week kicking in on race 9. It's all to play for with less tide and even more sunny weather planned.

The fleet enjoyed another meal last night at Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club followed by Human Hungry Hippos! Many thanks again to our sponsors DeWALT and CraftInsure, and a huge shout out to Nigel Potter and Jake Willars from Paintcraft who have been going the absolute extra mile to fix several breakages, getting them ready to be out on the water the next day.

Results after Day 4:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st2051Mrs Bears BoatAlan KrailingSimon ForbesSHSC / Waldringfield2411231‑1014
2nd2057The Essence of WetnessThomas GillardRachael GrayStaunton Harold SC11‑62315417
3rd2062Sam squaredSam PascoeSam BarkerCastle Cove SC334412‑6219
4th2053***MISSING***Matt BurgeRobert GardnerNotts County SC429644‑12332
5th2058Just the tipPeter GrayRichard PepperdineStaunton Harold SC‑8557563637
6th2059Wrecking BallAlex HaymanRob HendersonLymington Town SC51033678(DSQ)42
7th2061Sliver MulletDavid WadeBen RaynerDraycote1162107514‑1555
8th2030Saline DripOllie MeadowcroftOliver RaynerYorkshire Dales SC718129(DNF)810165
9th2037 (2048)Fifty Shades of GrayDan HendersonAmy ClayWarsash14‑20171419122785
10th2042***MISSING***Angus HemmingsFraser HemmingsIndependent1211‑2319131441285
11th2026Sneaky NinjaIan CadwalladerEllie DevereuxChew Valley Lake SC61210‑20811202087
12th1969Water PleaseChris MartinJohn TailbyNotts County/Midland13141312101019‑2391
13th1959 (1966)They think it's all overJack LewisSzymon MatRya107‑39221413161193
14th1958Barbarians for breakfastMatt PotterKevin HopeNotts County SC17‑24161191518995
15th2014 (1969)IntoxicatedAJ EatonChris EatonStarcross Yacht Club917158122313‑2797
16th2044TallulahSteven WalkerJerry HannabussPennine SC‑27881815161126102
17th2043Egyptian SurpriseBarry WolfendenMatt RaynerBough Beech221521(DNF)229238120
18th1995SilverlodePeter RoseJohn RoseTenby SC1991416(DNF)213219130
19th1943Blue MoonJohn MursellMatthew PalmerCastle Cove SC2425‑32311817913137
20th2040 (1931)AMBUSHKevin GoslingAndy ServiceIndependent2113201745(DNF)721144
21st2060A Date With DestinyRussell WheelerLee MarriottIsle of Sheppey Sailing Club252611152319‑2828147
22nd2005Drama QueenDave ElstonAlan RitchieCastle Cove SC/Sidmouth SC‑322172616223130153
23rd2031UPYOURS2Peter CrowtherDave ThompsonPennine SC2023‑292324252524164
24th1937The Bee's KneesMyles JacksonBill JacksonLlandegfedd SC23162621213030‑40167
25th2022Quackers!Debi ForbesChar GrahamStaunton Harold SC162225(DNF)38242622173
26th1986Proper huntShane MacCarhyAndy ThompsonEast Antrim boat club15(DNC)331317DNF2916183
27th1951SidewinderFiona TaylorGordon TaylorLymington Town SC‑3534182729312225186
28th2054In a minuteTom LonsdaleEmily Cole‑EvansSouth Cerney SC18(DNC)27511OCS3432187
29th2001ZephyrMalcolm JamesJosh OatesChew Valley Lake SC2630‑383436183614194
30th2052Heart of GlassRob CageJohn ReayThames SC31193432(DNF)DNC155196
31st1997PeachesSamantha MasonRichard MasonNotts County SC3333192820(DNC)4518196
32nd1970Custard TartEdward ParsonsTony HanlonEmsworth SC392822243028‑4737208
33rd1980StormMartin PascoeTim HulleyWeir Wood/Castle Cove3629(OCS)2528203338209
34th2019Popping PollyAl SimDuncan SimSouth Cerney SC‑3838243026263531210
35th1985Another WombatHatty MorsleyRob MorsleyPortdinorwic SC29‑37283335273733222
36th2017 (2002)Mr Blue SkyJon WillarsNicola WillarsNotts County SC283131293129‑4847226
37th2050***MISSING***James GardnerAnne GardnerHISC3435303825(DNF)4242246
38th2018Short & Curly'sNigel PotterRyan RIchardsNotts County SC304235(DNF)27DNF2429247
39th1052ShandyJake WillarsAlison SheldrickHCYC/NCSC4427363633(DNC)4335254
40th2009PerditaNeil PetersJess PlailEssc4036433534(DNF)3849275
41st1998 (1921)The Black PearlJoseph WarwickerNick LightbodyPevensey Bay Shoreham Bough Beech3732(DNC)DNCDNFDNC1717283
42nd2056DelilahCheryl WoodDave BennettPennine SC/Chew Valley454437374037‑4646286
43rd2048Liquid SpiritChris YatesJodi MartinDraycote4339(OCS)DNF32324148295
44th2036Head over FeetRobert Campbell‑GrayAngie ValeAlton Water(DNC)DNC494039333939299
45th1903The Heart of GoldMonty HamptonGeorge BiggsLlandegfedd SC/ South Cerney SC‑4747464342344443299
46th1912Pigs on the wingWilliam WinterLJ WinterCam SC(DNC)DNC423941DNF2734303
47th1891Fire in the SkyJeremy LovellMonty LovellIndependent464344414636‑5553309
48th2015 (1931)The BusinessEmily CookDaniel CookClub Nautique de Versoix Switzerland42(DNC)50DNF37DNC2141311
49th1990 (1877)Blue BreezeMark WhitemanDavid WhitemanRye Harbour sailing Club4945‑534444355051318
50th1992Tangled Up In BlueWilliam B PinnockCaroline MonkGlossop Sailing Club414147(DNF)DNCDNF4036325
51st1940Spitfire SummerNigel DenchfieldChris ClarkeGrafham Water48404142(DNF)DNC5250333
52nd1919PolycroozRichard GatehouseLauren WillsSidmouth SC(DNF)4652DGA43DNF5445351.4
53rd2055There's no F in bagsPaul McHenryJohn HarlowNotts County SC(DNC)DNC45DNFDNFDNC4944378
54th1988FAC 51Barnaby CroftLouise CorfieldSidmouth SC(DNF)DNCDNC4647DNF5352378
55th2011Must Try HarderJohn CooperAnesta CooperHunts(DNF)DNC5145DNFDNC5154381
56th1929 (1759)L'Espirit de TurnipNick LightbodyMick GreenlandLaw Society YC(DNC)DNC40DNFDNFDNCDNCDNC400
57th1878HighlightJoshua CookAaron AdamsBexhill(DNC)DNC48DNFDNFDNCDNCDNC408
58th1921***MISSING***Michael RockDaniel RockScorpion Association(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC420
58th1936Bottyburp the BarbarianSimon Holden***MISSING***King George SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC420

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