Please select your home edition
Ovington 2021 - ILCA 2 - LEADERBOARD

Hornet National Championship 2023 at Mumbles Yacht Club - Day 2

by Hornet class 11 Aug 2023 22:38 BST 10-13 August 2023
Day 2 of the Hornet National Championship at Mumbles © Sam Woolner

The sunshine dwindling and the breeze building, the fleet assembled in the dinghy park. A 2 mile run to the start line in a 20 knot south westerly gave Skudder & Hills the best opportunity, having seen the forecast, to demonstrate capsize drills to the fleet, something that a lot of the class found most useful later in the day.

With no messing around, our honourable and most efficient race officer Richard set a generous beat (later to be shortened) and again "All Clear" were off.

A split off the start saw boats go left and right. On this occasion (and indeed for the rest of the day) right was right, a port lift turned into a starboard lift and McNamara & Chatterton capitalised on this to take a commanding lead around the first mark. The Flying Scotsmen Storky & Mark Taylor followed a little later, chased by Garry & Woolner then Curtis & Poulloin trying to continue their streak of bullets.

Fortunately for the multiple class champions, they had practised their gybing skills well and (by gybing more times than in the average Oppy downwind training day) mastered the reaches and runs to beat the competition to the line taking the win. McNamara & Chatterton followed closely and Garry & Woolner took third place from Skudder & Hills rounding out the same top 4 as the day before.

Race 2

A little keen after 3 clear starts, approximately 95% of the fleet were over the line caused by Floozie hammering down the start line at a rate of knots to match the wind speed and a strict black flag followed. This forced the fleet into limp mode and the second start was all clear by a line sag comparable to an equilateral triangle. Curtis & Poulloin with 3 bullets under their belt knew best, but they weren't right as they pushed out to the left hand side of the course.

McNamara again rounded the mark comfortably in the lead, followed again by the Scotsmen, the youngsters in the borrowed 2190 to the frustration of its owners behind them. Skudder & Hills followed on their way to the magic roundabout after a minor Port/Starboard issue and Curtis & Poulloin followed in a humble sixth.

Sadly their generosity didn't last and they punched their way through the lead boats over the next 3 laps into the lead.

A close run on the final lap saw them take the lead by the leeward mark and a battle was on behind. Coombe & Beer had niggled through with McNamara & Garry chasing them down. By the rounding, McNamara pushed in front and Garry caught a lucky wave and gained mark room over Coombe taking his second third of the day.

Race 3

A clear black flag start and McNamara gave his usual masterclass in Hornet sailing (or indeed sailing full stop!); this was maintained for 3 laps until the final tight (tight tight) reach to the leeward mark caused spinnaker related complications and Coombe & Beer crept though to take the lead, sadly fishing wasn't on the schedule for the day and Curtis & Poulloin popped into second, with McNamara giving chase once the catch was hauled in.

A tussle between Dave Edge and Garry, the former giving his best performance so far in the borrowed battleship and it looked like a clear win for Coombe. Sadly it wasn't to be and the afterburner had been lit. Curtis showing nobody else deserves to be the bride, took the line from Coombe with a photo finish. The rest followed in suit with a short but incredibly fickle beat to the slipway.

The racing was overshadowed by the fantastic talent show demonstrated throughout the day and special mentions are as follows:

  • Jo Powell gave a masterclass in bikini removal while in full control of a reaching Hornet in 20+knots of steady breeze.
  • Trapeze swimming (a up and coming sport) was expertly demonstrated by Alex Rogers after a minor helm malfunction.
  • Hornet Stalwart Dave Wood showed off his amateur magician skills by turning a Hornet into a Turtle.

On the return to the shore, the Kestrels gave the Hornets a lesson on how landing on a lee shore should be done and how closely boats can work together when sharing a championship.

Sadly the forecast tomorrow looks a little grim, but the fleet are most excited about the upcoming AGM and watching England play Wales in the rugby. The class dinner will follow and the usual antics will surely come out of the hat!

Results after day 2:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stThat Wasp Thing2093Terry CurtisGavin PoulionWeymouth‑111114
2ndRhythm Stick2109Michael McnamaraHarry ChattertonGCYC‑3322310
3rdExeter Solar2160Nigel SkudderKeith HillsStarcross2245‑613
4thMr Wiggly2154Richard GarrySam WoolnerStarcross4433‑514
5thSomething Else2077Tim CoombeJames BeerStarcross‑6564217
6thMockit Dug2157Alistair MclaughlinMark TaylorPort Dinorwic7657‑925
7thBattleship2150David EdgeDavid DownsWeston‑12976426
8thFloosie2115Jo PowellRichard RobertsPDSC578‑9828
9thHornet's Punk2190Thomas BroatchAncel DavisonQMSC8‑11108733
10thDances with Wolves2178Kath BroatchAlex RogersPDSC‑11109101039
11th 2163Tom GuyBenj GuyNetley SC10811‑131140
12thOink Flirt2080Dave WoodSteve CookeMinnis Bay9121312(DNC)46
13thTadpole2142Eric StylesCatherine WestbrookDowns SC‑131312111248
14thAssociation boat2168John JonesTomos JonesPDSC141414(RET)DNC60
15thIf2192Eric MarchbanksKate JonesPDSC(RET)DNCDNCDNCDNC72
15thSwiss Cttage Manoeuvres2058Roger KellewayJamie KellewayHayling Island(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC72
15thVirginia Planes2147Emma StevensonTim BowdenWeymouth(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC72

Related Articles

Exe Sails Hornet Nationals at Dabchicks overall
The results always paint a picture, but this year's racing was tight As the final day dawned, the packing began and the fleet were met with a much more promising breeze in the dinghy park. PJ, our RO, was enthused and we were all expecting 15 knots + out on the racecourse. Posted on 18 Jul
Hornet Nationals at Dabchicks day 3
Extra breakfasts for everyone during a one hour postponement This morning's excitement in the dinghy park was AP over 1 and with sunshine and no breeze, chat erupted and extra breakfasts were squeezed in. Boat bimbling on the overnight leaders was an activity for everyone! Posted on 15 Jul
Hornet Nationals at Dabchicks day 2
Snakes and Ladders Expecting lighter winds on Sunday, small Full English breakfasts were enjoyed in the local cafe, the lightweights were smiling and the rarely seen lesser spotted exercising crew even made an appearance! Posted on 15 Jul
Hornet Nationals at Dabchicks day 1
Sailors were wearing clothing more suited to the SailJuice Winter Series The first day dawned and the fleet were greeted by a grey and mildly moist morning, wearing clothing more suited to the SailJuice Winter Series. We mustered for the briefing and under our honourable RO's guidance, studied the charts. Posted on 14 Jul
Hornet Nationals runners and riders
Dabchicks SC to host, and there's still the class boat available for loan. In true Hornet Class Style, half the fleet have been sailing all through the autumn, winter and spring, however a few unnamed participants are dragging the boats out of the garage as we write this. Posted on 10 Jul
Oldest videos of sailing in Hornet dinghies
A look back into our video archive We delve into the past, and round-up all videos which show sailing in the Hornet class of dinghy. Posted on 1 Dec 2023
Hornet Nationals at Mumbles overall
Terry Curtis and Gavin Poulion wear the crown The third day of the Hornet Nationals was never looking promising and 30 plus Knots on the racecourse left the committee no options but to abandon racing for the day, this gave the fleet the opportunity to explore the beautiful Mumbles coastline. Posted on 18 Aug 2023
Hornet Nationals 2023 at Mumbles Day 1
A warm welcome at Mumbles with sunshine, beer and breeze The fleet were greeted with a warm welcome at Mumbles with sunshine, beer and the wind following the forecast (combined with drills and an angle grinder in the dinghy park)... at least until it came to launching when all hell broke loose. Posted on 10 Aug 2023
Hornet Nationals 2023 - Runners & Riders
The fleet is set Mumbles on the Gower Peninsula this week Only two sleeps to go before the start of the National championships of the RYA National Hornet class hosted by Mumbles Yacht Club on the eastern edge of the Gower Peninsula's coastline (10-13th August). Posted on 8 Aug 2023
Hornet class at the Rutland Final Fling
Blue skies, warmer than average temperatures and solid 20 knot winds Rutland played host in style to the final open event in the Hornet calendar for 2022 with clear blue skies and warmer than average temperatures helping to maximise the fun and fear that can only come from a solid high 20 knot first day. Posted on 20 Oct 2022