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Allen National 12 Burton Week 2023 at Brixham Yacht Club - Day 3

by George Finch 28 Aug 2023 21:02 BST 26-29 August 2023
Allen N12 Burton Week 2023 Day 3 © George Finch

The penultimate day of Allen Sailing Burton Week for 2023 saw the fleet launch into lighter airs than yesterday and wall to wall sunshine. It was Bank Holiday Brixham at its best!

Race 1 - Course C (Trapezoid) Wind 10-15 kts

The first start saw a general recall as the fleet were very eager. Better behaviour on the second start saw a clean getaway for the whole fleet. Left had generally paid over the last few days, would this be the case today?

In the lighter air and short chop the right tended to pay and first to the windward mark was Steve & Jo Sallis (N3531), followed by Tom & Isobel Stewart (N3544) and the rest of the family followed with Robbie & Char Stewart (N3501) rounding 3rd.

The real place changes happened on the 2nd beat where if you went right, it was quick and if you didn't it was slow.

On the penultimate reach John Meadowcroft & Lyla Jacobs (N3473) had a dramatic wobble, which they saved, only for their rudder to then snap and then inevitably capsize and unfortunately that ended their fun for the day.

Ollie Meadowcroft & Cally Terkelsen (N3543) enjoyed a brief moment in the lead during this race but were overhauled upwind by Tom & Isobel Stewart (N3544) who dominated the majority of the race to win. Steve & Jo Sallis (N3531) took the 3rd position on the podium. Ian & Alex Gore (N3513) finished a very credible 8th in their borrowed Feeling Foolish without a T-Foil rudder.

Race 2 - Course D (Sausage/Triangle) Wind 12-20 kts

The breeze was up at the start of today's 2nd race and getting clean air in the chop was important. The middle tended to pay off, with Tom & Isobel Stewart (N3544) rounding first, followed closely by Ollie Meadowcroft & Cally Terkelsen (N3543). Behind, the next 10 boats were incredibly close and George Finch & Toby Hunt (N3551) enjoyed their moment at the front, rounding in 5th.

With the first downwind leg keeping the fleet together, choosing when to gybe became very important, as did having mark room. For the 2nd beat, the 'main pack' of 12s went right, which paid off and the top 9 boats separated from the remainder of the fleet, although the top two were very much ahead of the rest.

Steve & Jo Sallis (N3531) started their campaign to sail back to the front of the fleet, firstly overhauling Jeremy & Luke Hartley (N3537) on the 1st reach and then gybing inside George Finch & Toby Hunt (N3551) at that mark. They took no prisoners during the rest of the race, sailing into 3rd place by the end of the 4th lap.

The wind began to drop for the 2nd half of the race. This kept the fleet together and places were constantly changing (as long as you weren't 1st or 2nd, that is). Mark & Jonathan Addison (N3449) decided during the 2nd reach to provide some entertainment with a spectacular capsize.

As the race began to conclude during the 4th lap, James & Rory Gifford (N3484) were going right and playing shifts well to sneak into 9th, only to be overhauled by Graham & Anya Camm (N3530) on the final leg. The excitement didn't stop there, as the Brixham to Torquay Tourist Rib then shot across Graham & Anya's bow just before the finish!

It really was competitive to the very end with places 3rd to 16th ultimately decided on the final lap on the race and Everyone came ashore smiling and commenting how enjoyable and competitive the racing was!

In a league of their own, Tom & Isobel Stewart took their 2nd race win of the day, with Ollie Meadowcroft & Cally Terkelsen (N3543) taking their 2nd second place, and the evergreen Steve & Jo Sallis taking their 2nd third place of the day!

The younger side of the fleet then headed off to play adventure golf, whilst the National Twelve Owners' Association AGM started at 17.30.

Results after Day 3:

PosBoatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stWhitebait3544Tom StewartIsobel StewartRoyal Harwich YC‑311114
2ndD.B. Cooper3543Ollie MeadowcroftCally TerkelsenUpper Thames / Essex Uni1‑22227
3rdCatbert3531Steve SallisJo SallisHykeham SC4‑633313
4thTonto3483Jon BrownSam BrownBurghfield SC246‑9517
5thVery Hungry Catepillar3530Graham CammAnya CammBurghfield SC5554‑919
6thCat In The Hat3529Antony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Tay YC6‑745621
7thDream Not Found3484James GiffordRory GiffordRoyal Tay YC7386‑1024
8thAtomic Kitten3540Jon IbbotsonTre JacobsBurghfield SC10‑18711432
9thLola3537Jeremy HartleyLuke HartleyStokes Bay SC889‑12732
10thGlass and a Half Full3538Matt CurrellAndrew CurrellParkstone YC99(DNF)10836
11thSilver Lining3513Ian GoreAlex GoreUp River YC1110128‑1441
12thZippy3431Rupert Henderson ‑ WhiteMary Henderson ‑ WhiteBrightlingsea SC121314‑191251
13thSnagglepuss3527Kevin IlesKaty MeadowcroftWest Oxfordshire SC1414177‑1952
14thHappy Hour3515Geoff CammHenry CammWarsash SC17(OCS)13131558
15thLars Porsena Of C....3471Zoe MeadowcroftZoe BallantyneUpper Thames SC1612‑18151659
16thOver The Rainbow3551George FinchToby HuntRoyal Harwich YC20(OCS)11181160
17thSilverfin3501Robbie StewartCharlotte StewartRoyal Harwich YC‑181516161360
18thFatal Abstraction3449Mark AddisonJonathan AddisonUpper Thames SC15171517‑1864
19thMax Factor3473John MeadowcroftLyla JacobsUpper Thames SC191110(DNF)DNC65
20thA Wood and a Sheep3545Tom LeeJen BuggeBurghfield SC‑211619141766
21stFenchurch3546Roland WhiteheadKatie WhiteheadShoreham SC‑231920222081
22ndAll Tied Uo3548Nick CopseySteve CarverEly SC13(DNC)DNCDNCDNC88
23rdBlue Kangaroo3528Pete MiattVictoria HurstCarsington SC22(DNF)DNS212189
24thAnnie Apple3461Paul WatsonCaroline WatsonHykeham SC(DNF)DNCDNC202292

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