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20th Hurricane SX National Championships at Harwich Town Sailing Club

by Ben Cutler-Sharp 23 Aug 2023 09:59 BST 18-20 August 2023

Harwich Town Sailing Club hosted the 20th Hurricane SX nationals on the 18-20th of August. 28 boats descended on Essex from as far afield as Devon, Scotland and Yorkshire.

The first race got under way with local boat and class legend Andy Webb sailing with son Fin leading to the first mark. Class newcomer Ben Harris sailing with long time Hurricane crew Izzy Smith showed some superb speed downwind and managed to overhaul Andy & Fin. Ben & Kez Cutler-Sharp recovered from a poor start to sneak through the top of the fleet to second but couldn't get by Ben & Izzy who took the first win making it a Starcross Yacht Club 1, 2.

In the second race Thorpe Bay YC's Alex Farrell and Alex Warrington pulled ahead off the line with Ben & Kez hot on their heels trying to nudge them into a mistake but it was not to be with Alex & Alex pulling away up the favoured left and side of the beat. Stone SCs Trevor Bawden and Tom Wass tracked the two lead boats closing in but in the end it finished in that order.

The third race saw Ben & Kez starting fast at the pin end and building a gap on the fleet up the first beat which was enough for them to pull away. Behind it was Alex and Alex who narrowly held off Ben & Izzy.

A breezy second day greeted the fleet heading out for three races. The first race saw reigning champions Jack Tindale and Hugo Bull from Stone SC gap the fleet up the first beat and then managed to hold on with Richie Hanmore and Matt Kimber chasing them down with Ben & Izzy showing some amazing speed twin wiring downwind!

The second race got under way with a few knots more breeze and a turning tide into a survival challenge. All was on track until a big breeze flattened leaders Jack & Hugo along with four others in the top ten on the second downwind. Julian Reichert & Jeremy Sandford made their way to the front through the wreckage and took the race win from Stones Trevor Bawden and Tom Wass and Grafhams Will Smith and Max McCarroll. With the breeze holding and the chop building as the tide pushed further the third race was abandoned.

Sunday brought some calmer conditions albeit still enough to twin wire. The first race eventually got under way after a very enthusiastic fleet brought several recalls. A slightly offshore breeze favouring the left handside of the course had Richie & Matt enjoying the front. It was a close battle in the top three with Dan Tindale & Lee Saunders along with Andy & Finn battling it out upwind through the gusty top end of the course and finished in that order.

The second race of the day saw a delay as the wind swung to a cross onshore position. This time it was Andy & Fin who spotted the shift with a few minutes to go and pulled a port flyer crossing the fleet. With the sea breeze trying to work and some interesting shifts it was tight amongst those who followed to the right. Dan & Lee managed to sneak by to take the lead on the second lap and held on from Andy & Fin, followed by Geoff Tindale and Hebe Hemming.

Once again the Hurricane fleet provided tight close racing and enjoyed three days of very good sailing and a great opportunity to catch up with friends off the water. There was a different winner for each of the seven races, 5 points splitting the top six, 2 points separating the top three and once again the top two were separated on countback.

It was however Ben Harris & Izzy Smith who took the trophy from Andy & Finn in second and Ben & Kez in third.

First under 18 Helm went to Eloise Smith and first Veteran went to Geoff Tindale. Stone SC once again won the team prize.

On behalf of the committee and sailors a big thank you to the volunteers at Harwich Town Sailing Club who couldn't have been more welcoming.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st173/346Ben HarrisIzzy SmithStarcross Yacht Club14337‑9‑1118
2nd409Andy WebbFinley WebbHarwich Town Sailing Club3(DNF)5‑1253218
3rd429Ben Cutler‑SharpKez Cutler‑SharpStarcross Yacht Club22111(DNC)‑12420
4th481Trevor BawdenTom WassStone Sailing Club/RCYC‑937624‑1022
5th370Richie HanmoreMatt KimberStone Sailing Club‑10562‑101923
6th420Alex FarrallAlex WarringtonThorpe Bay Yacht Club712(DNC)(DNC)8523
7th229Jack TindaleHugo BullStone Sailing Club4(DNF)41(DNC)51428
8th316Dan TindaleLee SaundersStone Sailing Club1668(DNC)(DNC)2133
9th455Julian ReichertJeremy SandfordThorpe Bay Yacht Club1471051‑17‑1737
10th437William SmithMax McCarrollGrafham Water Sailing Club8129‑13310‑1342
11th487George WarringtonHoward WarringtonThorpe Bay Yacht Club‑18141444‑23642
12th456Geoff TindaleHebe HemmingStone Sailing Club5817(DNC)(DNF)13346
13th335Paul PalmerJenny EppsThorpe Bay Yacht Club6912715‑18‑2349
14th372Harry BoygleSophie BoygleThorpe Bay Yacht Club13(OCS)159611‑2654
15th428Adam CharlesworthRichard RobinsonStokes Bay Sailing Club‑221019108(BFD)754
16th333Greg ReedLucy LoughtonStarcross Yacht Club‑151113‑15914855
17th169Dave ReasonJoshua ReasonHarwich Town Sailing Club1216‑1816126‑2262
18th102Adrian BuntingStephanie BuntingTorpe Bay Yacht Club‑171316‑1813151269
19th486Mike AbbeyHarry PickeringRoyal Yorkshire Yacht Club1918‑24811‑221874
20th416Eloise SmithDoug SmithStarcross Yacht Club201711‑21(DNC)161579
21st315Tesni KingBill KingStarcross Yacht Club111520(DNC)(DNC)201682
22nd500John TuckwellMike CleaverBala Sailing Club‑21192117(DNC)192197
23rd419Angus WinchesterMark SimmondsLargs Sailing Club24(DNF)‑2519142525107
24th411Peter HolbrookJoe LauranceHarwich Town Sailing Club23212220(DNC)‑2424110
25th375Nick ElmoreJess BuntingThorpe Bay Yacht Club(DNF)2023(DNC)DNC2119112
26th390James FellowsOliver FellowsStarcross Yacht Club(DNS)(DNC)DNC14DNC2620118
27th340Kev PorterEllis StonehouseRoyal Yorkshire Yacht Club(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC7DNC123
28th265Larry FoxonMike RolfeClacton Sailing Club252226(DNC)(DNC)2727127

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