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Allen National 12 Burton Week 2023 at Brixham Yacht Club - Day 1

by George Finch 26 Aug 2023 21:19 BST 26-29 August 2023
Allen N12 Burton Week 2023 Day 1 © George Finch

The fleet were very keen to get rigged, with most of the N12s ready before 10:00, despite the fact that the briefing was scheduled for 11:30 with the first race not before 14:00.

After an extensive briefing and a few changes to the SIs (noting the boats taking part in the Cowes to Torbay Powerboat Race tomorrow were due to power through the Burton Cup course), sailing kit was adorned and sails were raised.

A ruthlessly efficient launch team ensured the fleet got away from the slipway and into Brixham Harbour rapidly and once past the breakwater the fleet enjoyed a reach out to the committee boat, only to then be welcomed by a downpour of rain that certainly felt like hail.

Race 1 - Course C (Trapezoid)

A crowded start line, as is always the case at Burton Week, saw the majority of the fleet head right. Nick Copsey & Steve Carver (N3548) led the charge to the left, but right was certainly the way to go with more breeze on that side of the course.

Jon & Sam Brown (N3483) rounded the windward mark in first, followed by Graham & Anya Camm (N3530), Steve & Jo Sallis (N3531) and Ollie Meadowcroft and Cally Terkelson (N3543). On the first reach it was Ollie & Cally who dominated and overhauled the top 3 boats.

Throughout the rest of the race it was Ollie & Cally and Jon & Sam battling it out for first, Ollie & Cally held it together to win the first race, with Jon & Sam 2nd and Tom & Isobel Stewart (N3544) sailing through the fleet into 3rd.

Race 2 - Course D (Sausage, Triangle)

At the first attempt there was a general recall, and on the second attempt there was an individual re-call, yet no-one went back...Tom & Isobel Stewart (N3544) led from start to finish, although were starting to be challenged by Ollie Meadowcroft & Cally Terkelson (N3543) by the 4th lap. Just behind, James & Rory Gifford (N3484) and Jon & Sam Brown (N3483) were in a battle for 3rd, with James & Rory holding it together to finish 3rd.

If you've read the "Runners & Riders" article published on Thursday, Jeremy & Luke Hartley (N3537) were true to form and "a bit wobbly" today. Expect them to be well practiced after today though!

Further down the fleet the fluctuating breeze (more up than down) led to a few of the fleet cooling off during some of the more exciting reaches. Tom Lee & Jen Bugge (N3545) made it two capsizes in two races, and Jon Ibbotson & Tre Jacobs (N3540) made it two capsizes in one race.

Results after Day 1:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2Pts
1stD.B. Cooper3543Ollie MeadowcroftCally TerkelsenUpper Thames / Essex Uni123
2ndWhitebait3544Tom StewartIsobel StewartRoyal Harwich YC314
3rdTonto3483Jon BrownSam BrownBurghfield SC246
4thDream Not Found3484James GiffordRory GiffordRoyal Tay YC7310
5thCatbert3531Steve SallisJo SallisHykeham SC4610
6thVery Hungry Catepillar3530Graham CammAnya CammBurghfield SC5510
7thCat In The Hat3529Antony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Tay YC6713
8thLola3537Jeremy HartleyLuke HartleyStokes Bay SC8816
9thGlass and a Half Full3538Matt CurrellAndrew CurrellParkstone YC9918
10thSilver Lining3513Ian GoreAlex GoreUp River YC111021
11thZippy3431Rupert Henderson ‑ WhiteMary Henderson ‑ WhiteBrightlingsea SC121325
12thAtomic Kitten3540Jon IbbotsonTre JacobsBurghfield SC101828
13thLars Porsena Of C....3471Zoe MeadowcroftZoe BallantyneUpper Thames SC161228
14thSnagglepuss3527Kevin IlesKaty MeadowcroftWest Oxfordshire SC141428
15thMax Factor3473John MeadowcroftLyla JacobsUpper Thames SC191130
16thFatal Abstraction3449Mark AddisonJonathan AddisonUpper Thames SC151732
17thSilverfin3501Robbie StewartCharlotte StewartRoyal Harwich YC181533
18thA Wood and a Sheep3545Tom LeeJen BuggeBurghfield SC211637
19thAll Tied Uo3548Nick CopseySteve CarverEly SC13DNC38
20thHappy Hour3515Geoff CammHenry CammWarsash SC17OCS42
21stFenchurch3546Roland WhiteheadKatie WhiteheadShoreham SC231942
22ndOver The Rainbow3551George FinchToby HuntRoyal Harwich YC20OCS45
23rdBlue Kangaroo3528Pete MiattVictoria HurstCarsington SC22DNF47
24thAnnie Apple3461Paul WatsonCaroline WatsonHykeham SCDNFDNC50

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