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Firefly National Championship 2023 at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club - Overall

by Fi Edwards 29 Aug 15:35 BST 12-18 August 2023

2023 is sure to go down as one of THE classic Ferry Firefly Nationals... Big winds, huge waves, great racing throughout the fleet, massive fun for all involved both on and off the water!

A much depleted fleet took to the water after the drama of racing on Thursday and a big night in the bar for the massive Firefly Fancy Dress Party - That's saying something when we average £2k a night!

The winds were still on the spicier side but easing off throughout the day with some challenging shifts. This played into the hands of Steve Greaves and Amy Morris (the only Morris *not* to make the Runners and Riders showed her boys how it's done!) in F1867 'Cumulus', being pathfinder they knew they were lifted at the end of the gate so opted to carry on out right looking for a shift back.

When the shift did come it was a positive one, and with the tide effect Steve and Amy were able to retain a reasonable lead at the windward mark. They were followed around by their former team racing teammates from Rickmansworth "back in the day", Will Mason (sailing with daughter Zoe in F0000 'Atalanta') and Alex Davey (Sailing with Cam Bowden in F2649 'Mustard') - excited shouts of "Ricky B 1,2,3!" were exchanged between the three.

Steve and Amy dug deep and made use of their experience in the shifty to sail an absolute blinder and cross the line first. They were followed by their Royal Lymington clubmates Jamie and Ben McEwen in F3615 'Skirmish', confirming a second overall. Alex and Dom held on to third. Having already done enough to comfortably sew up the Championship, the boys from UEA nursed venerable old lady 'Alarm' home in fourth.

In the spirit of the class everyone worked together to get camps packed up, boats on trailers and the boat park neat and tidy while we waited for the final results to be toted up by Jim and his brain's trust.

After pushing for an early prize-giving Will and Steve still managed to be late due to having to help pack up the massive Pank family tent - which isn't a euphemism, Jono and Will actually brought a small canvas bungalow!

All tents finally in bags prize-giving could begin.

Outgoing Chairman Ben Green opened the prize-giving with thanks to everyone who'd made the Championship happen, in particular the wonderfully welcoming team from our hosts Felixstowe Ferry and Nationals organisers Jim and Callum. The Mayor of Felixstowe returned to present the trophies and a huge stack of prizes thanks to our generous sponsors Billie Box, Craftinsure, Dartmouth English Gin, Hyde Sails and Kingfisher Yacht Ropes.

Overall Results:

1st Will Pank and Steve Carver Norfolk Broads YC / UEA F999 'Alarm'
2nd Jamie and Ben McEwen Royal Lymington YC F3615 'Skirmish'
3rd Jono Pank and Emily Batterton Imperial Poona F1954 'Pogie'
4th Nigel Wakefield and Emily Saunderson F3007 'TipTopToo'
5th Steve Tylecoate and Alice Lucy Rutland SC F564 'Ebay Flyer'
6th Angus Cook and Lucie Hopkins F3695 'Officer Dibble'

Top Student - Will Pank and Steve Carver UEA F999 'Alarm'
Top institution Boat - Roscoe Martin and Simon Buckley Lancaster University
Deben Ladies Plate (Top Women helm) - Izzy Johnson and Jenny Johnson, Chipstead SC F4234 'Vader'
Hyde Best Improver / Coupe Fairey - Jamie and Ben McEwen (14 places)
Restronguet Ovaloid (Top Youth)- Robbie Hudson and Finian Morris
The Ultimate - Alex Davey and Cam Bowden Royal Harwich YC F2649 'Mustard'
The Youth Ultimate - Jamie Tylecoate and Harry Burge Rutland SC F3764 '8'
Tollycobbold Cup (top club) - Royal Lymington YC
Best University (winner of the socials) - Plymouth University

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1999Will PankSteve CarverNorfolk Broads YC1111(5)11410
23615Jamie McEwenBen McEwenRoyal Lymington YC13(22)210222233
31954Jono PankEmily BattertonImperial Poona33451479(19)45
43007Nigel WakefieldEmily SaundersonLymington Town SC/Netley SC(19)113111103746
5564Steve TylecoteAllce LucyRutland SC22107(16)561648
63695Angus CookLucie HopkinsCastaways657688(15)848
73119Finian MorrisRobble HudsonRoyal Lymington YC4664(20)1481052
82018Paul KameenLudo KameenBosham SC107133(15)1141462
94400Stuart HudsonAmy BowdenRoyal Lymington YC9(23)8197314666
102803Ed SmithIzzy BrethertonRoyal Lymington YC141417(20)13135985
113764Jamie TylecoteHarry BurgeRutland SC79(18)18121771585
123154Dom JohnsonSophia JohnsonChipstead SC114(24)15186181789
132649Alex DaveyDominic BowdenRoyal Harwich Yacht Club18151521623(RET)3101
143133Roger MorrisAnna MorrisRoyal Lymington YC17181612(31)18205106
152937Chris KameenMark HintonWest Kirby SC(31)2512164162113107
163023Barney SmithKatherine Wolfe‑BarryHamble River/Netley SC2516191799(RET)12107
174125Ben NicollCharlie CooperWest Oxfordshire SC1212(29)825151224108
181867Steven GreavesAmy MorrisLymington Town SC24212324(BFD)19101122
192246Alex BaxterAlice ParkerOxford & Cambridge SS5192213232222(27)126
203681Ben GreenChloe HardingLymington Town SC1513(37)222942336142
213414Ollie MeadowcroftOllie FellowsUniversity of Exeter SC810523RET(DNS)DNS145
223037Ben TylecoteTom OnionsRutland SC278219RET(RET)1631161
232065Jason AldhousJo MasonPapercourt SC21(47)311419263320164
2412560Roscoe MartinSimon BuckleyLancaster University SC20203330(44)211922165
254234Izzy JohnsonJenny JohnsonChipstead SC22172023352725(39)169
26USA1Ewan McLellanLara McLellanImperial Poona23(DNS)14292812RET29176
27792Hugo BurrowsBeatrix BurrowsWest Oxfordshire SC3024(41)3430201328177
283690Thomas DaveyCam BowdenRoyal Harwich Yacht Club2827253117(33)2425177
291979Dylan BeatyOliver McKeeRutland SC16(RET)302834471718190
303318Guy DavisonSally WakefieldLlangorse/Netley SC26RET9261029(DNS)DNS210
313797Ethan DaveyAlex EnkelPlymouth University SC38383625382411(46)210
323625Jenny SmallwoodPhilip AldhousWest Oxfordshire SC35RET11272725RET(DNS)213
331Peter OwenHannah BaberDerwent Reservoir SC32262838(41)282635213
342900Andrew McKeeDan CowleyRutland SC36(DNS)27332136RET21215
353550Joanna McEwen Jonquil HackenbergJonquil HackenbergRoyal Lymington YC393032(43)36342928228
362587Rich WhitefootElizabeth WhitefootNorfolk Broads YC3429(DNS)32223531DNS246
373850Ben RussellOliver MaddiganUniversity of Nottingham SC37324036(BFD)32RET33251
384000Will MasonZoe MasonBurghfield SC50(DNS)26441149DNS11254
393915Harris GoodmanHuw HopkinsUniversity of Warwick SC(46)34384139393540266
403288Joey ScarboroughLucie NunnUniversity of Nottingham SC42314947324032(DNS)273
413554James BallFreya HalsallWest Oxfordshire SC433339(50)4331RET44274
4220181Maggie RickmanEmma JamesUniversity of Nottingham SC3340453933RET(DNS)32276
433874Angus McEwenEriskay McLellanRoyal Lymington YC(DNS)423535BFD463923283
442294Callum FarndenLuke BlighOxford & Cambridge SS4136(DNS)49373027DNS283
452560Alex OgiliveGeorgia EvansHayling Island SC452844(51)45383747284
463795Sebi SchmidtBronwen VaughanPlymouth University SC44414345(RET)422842285
4713154Emma RobertsonHarry BaileyLancaster University SC4037(RET)5242453634286
48867Arthur GreavesMatthew MasonRoyal Lymington YC47434846(BFD)433037294
493630Simon ScammellHenry ScammellFelixstowe Ferry SC5135424824RET(DNS)41295
503800Lorelei BatesHayley OldenPlymouth University SC534451(56)RET443443318
510Polly MasonMaddie GreavesBurghfield SC(55)RET5242RET52RET38321
523330David EvansLuke EvansFelixstowe Ferry SCRET(DNS)3440RETDNSDNS30335
53FF2Andrew RobsonEve WhittakerWest Oxfordshire SC(54)465054RET51RET45336
54224Hugh TomkinsRosie JonesOxford & Cambridge SSRET(DNF)47554041RETDNS343
553184Paddy WhelanConor WhelanRoyal London YC(DNS)DNS46RET4737RETDNS356
563966Chris BellewEthan AdamsWest Oxfordshire SC52455457DNS5038DNS359
573120Kieran BowsherJasmine SpellerWest Oxfordshire SC4839RET(DNS)DNS53RETDNS362
583556Ted AshworthElla AshworthNetley SC49(DNS)DNS3726DNSDNSDNS364
593916Luke StanislausJacob StanislausUniversity of Warwick SC(DNS)DNS5353484840DNS366
601522James NicollFi EdwardsLymington Town SC29RET(DNS)RETDNSDNSDNSDNS387
613009Mark JenningsHannah JenningsWest Oxfordshire SC(DNS)DNSDNS5848DNSDNSDNS421
623958Samuel CannellJude LinceWest Oxfordshire SC(DNS)DNSDNSDNSDNSDNSDNSDNS441

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