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Osprey National Championship 2023 at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Overall

by Osprey Class Association 8 Sep 13:47 BST 2-5 September2023
2023 Osprey Class Nationals: 2023 National Champions Matt Rainback & Phill Angrave sailing Osprey 1353 `String driven Thing`, © Peter Hickson

The 2023 Osprey Class National Championship finished in glorious sunshine and good breeze. Thank you Hayling Island Sailing Club for arranging the weather for the 4 day Championship, at which 49 boats celebrated the 70th year of Osprey sailing.

We asked the Top Lady crew, Nicola George to sum up:

"Osprey Nationals in 3 words; fun, insane and exciting."

"Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. There's always someone to give a helping hand and provide advice when asked. It's a class where all competitors love the boat and what it can do."

"So much so they will go out in no wind against a tide that means you go back to the same buoy 7 times and have to wait 2 hours for a tow to get to the start! But then the next day you have wind and some amazing 3 sail reaches down the waves barrelling into the reach mark. These are the reasons why we always return to the Osprey Nationals."

Nicola has sailed several Osprey Nationals, so is not lacking in enthusiasm for the class herself! But this year for the first time she teamed up with her brother Simon, one of a number of young teams entering the class this year.

There were many family connections in the entries; father/son, brother/sister, husband/wife teams and other family bragging rights with members in different boats. Additionally the class welcomed those who have been sailing other classes; including 505s, Mirrors, Javelins, Merlin Rockets, Kestrels, and coming in from the RYA junior and youth classes too.

The oldest boat, Osprey 757 'More Panic', sailed 3 up, was helmed by 15-year old ex-Optimist & Topper sailor Chris Hampshire who now sails a 420. His dad's comment:

"Newbie to Osprey but not to racing, as anyone who tried to roll us found out! Definitely in charge of the boat!"

The full program of 8 races was completed over the four days, even though on Sunday the wind did not appear and many found it a challenge getting out to the race area against the strong flood tide!

The new Champions, Matt Rainback & Phil Angrave, set out their stall on the first day with two 1st's and continued for the rest of the races discarding a 3rd & 4th place.

In second place were Ben McGrane & James Ross, who got to grips with boat very quickly after buying the boat. Ben & James are newcomers to the class, although Ben excels in many classes from Int14s to Mirrors.

Third place went to Chris Gould & Dan Martin who did just enough in the final race with a 3rd. The Champions of the previous two years, Matt Burge & Vyv Townend, could not quite make the podium this year even though they posted three 2nd places on the final day, finishing 4th overall.

Rounding out the Top 5 was the first Lady helm, Caroline Croft with Mike Greig on the wire.

The class boat, Osprey 1360 was sailed by Adam Southern & Esme Greatorex, who had a try of the boat when it was at Emsworth. Esme (15) has come through the Emsworth Junior & Youth program and has sailed Optimist / Feva / Laser 2000/ RS200. The class boat is available to borrow under a loan agreement, more information on the class website.

The Osprey Class say a BIG THANK YOU to Hayling Island SC and the companies that provided sponsorship - Hartley Boats, Craftinsure, Allen Brothers, ClamCleat, Fernhurst Books, Rain&Sun, Robline and SeaSure.

The next event in the Osprey Class sailing calendar is the Round the Island Race being held, subject to weather conditions, on either Saturday 23rd or Sunday 24th September 2023. This event is for Osprey Class members only and the entry limit has already been reached. Lymington Town SC is the base for the event. Not only do the Osprey class provide fantastic Nationals every year, but just occasionally, you get the chance to go round the Isle of Wight! Now what other class can offer that?

The Osprey Class Committee are already preparing for the 2024 National Championships to be hosted by Poole Yacht Club, Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th September 2024. Thirteen 'Expressions of Interest' have already been submitted. If you know of an Osprey that is not being used, please get in touch with the class and let the owner know there are people wanting to buy one.

More info about the class at

Overall Results:
If you finished in the top ten at the Osprey nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubNatR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st1352String Driven ThingMatt RainbackPhil AngravePoole YCENG1121‑4‑3117
2nd1340Beastly WhizzerBen McGraneJames RossNetley SCENG‑104321‑93417
3rd1311Oh Spray!Chris GouldDan MartinLymington Town SCENG4313‑55‑6319
4th1353CallistoMatt BurgeVyv TownendPoole YCENG2‑84‑9822220
5th1339Thomas TooCaroline Croft FMike GreigLymington Town SCENG310542‑17‑12832
6th1234Plan BTerry CurtisPeter GreigWeymouth SCENG‑12511571‑131039
7th1347Pipe n SlippersPhil MeakinsRichard AndertonBlithfield SCGBR‑1826116109(DNC)44
8th1290SwiftwunMartin CooneyPeter FrithPoole YCENG791073‑18‑181450
9th1206IndecisionPeter GrayGeoff EdwardsStaunton Harold SCENG6‑20121212145‑1861
10th1365Carpe DiemDave GriffithsMaurice ClarkeTenby SCWAL11‑19‑1381013111164
11th1349Bird of Prey IVRobert ShawIan LittleKielder Water SCENG5‑21817‑1912101668
12th1298Barking MadAndy BarkerMichael AtkinsonPoole YCENG96‑241911158‑2468
13th1295Big Girls BlouseMark ReynellChris GreethamPoole YCENG1516(DNC)613815‑2173
14th1085InfidelHarry OdlingGeorge OdlingOxford SCENG14157139‑26‑381977
15th1331OdelineGareth CaldwellJon GibbonsShorehamSCENG‑27717‑20171671781
16th1116Lethal WeaponDavid CarrollSteven CarrollNaivasha YCKEN812(BFD)1518(BFD)21983
17th1291WaimanuAlex Willis FNick WillisHayling Island SCENG16149232211‑31‑2895
18th1382Ghost ShipRoger BlakeJames BlakeGreat Moor SCENG‑3422(BFD)10202116796
19th1195Striking 13Nigel SkudderNick Daily‑HuntStarcross SCENG2126.5‑271426‑274697.5
20th1367Silver MachineAlan HendersonAlistair BarriePrestwick SCSCO171320‑42‑316192398
21st1348Jammy DodgerOscar ChessDavid CharlesTata Steel SCWAL1918‑38(DNC)2325245114
22nd1207SchiaffinoAndrew HattersleyRichard HattersleyPoole YCENG2411222725‑3214‑29123
23rd1175Able ToJohn BowdenTim BowdenWeymouth SCENG‑39‑3432283042012126
24th1366BurachStewart MurdochSandy BremnerRoyal Tay YCSCO‑2926.51426291917‑32131.5
25th1314Think AgainViola Scott FMichael ScottLochaber YCSCO20172316‑38(BFD)2333132
26th1363Robbers AlleyRob BurdekinAlistair RaynardBlithfield SCENG22‑38162124(BFD)2227132
27th1373Great WhiteRichard MarshallColin ParkePoole YCENG‑48‑37151814302634137
28th1317The DukeSimon TownsendJackTownsendEmsworth SCENG‑41‑33282221202522138
29th1383 Russell WheelerMark MawhinneyIsle of Sheppey SCENG2531‑332516(BFD)2920146
30th1350WARNING...Contains NutsAlec MamwellArthur ButlerConiston SCENG‑32‑30182428243025149
31st1322Peek a BooEd RichardsonBen TownsendEmsworth SCENG263219311529‑35‑36152
32nd1178PsychoKevin FrancisStuart MaunderCastle Cove SCENG‑3723292932‑332713153
33rd1292Light & BitterPaul HeatherJonathan OsgoodTeignmouth Corinthian SCENG132525‑41‑34313231157
34th1338Curved AirKen BrownChris ButtersIsle of Sheppey SCENG‑46‑36213027282830164
35th1341YlostWilly CrichtonJon BattRibble Cruising ClubENG28‑443033‑43224215170
36th1325Seeing RedSimon GeorgeNicola George FGreat Moor SCENG332934‑4036734‑41173
37th1007Bird of Prey IIIGraham HeadAntony ShawMargate YCENG‑42282632‑41233638183
38th1114Just PogoRos Downs FDavid DownsTata Steel SCWAL303535‑38‑44353726198
39th1345NamelessThomas ChadfieldPeter SlaterBlithfield SCENG314331353536(DNF)(DNC)211
40th1316JaneKeith McDonaldAndy BrittainSmall Heath YCENG35‑463636373433‑39211
41st1225Pink PantherPaul BambridgeCarwyn OwenTata Steel SCWAL‑433937393338‑4035221
42nd1360Class BoatPatrick BonnerAdam SouthernEmsworth SCGBR362441‑444241‑4440224
43rd1250Living DaylightsSteve WatsonTony HarperNottingham SCENG40‑423937403741(DNC)234
44th1268Boat O'spreyCliff SagarPaul SennettBlithfield SCENG47‑48403445(BFD)3937242
45th757More PanicChris HampshireTim Hampshire / Richard OliverRipon SCENG‑454144433940(WHI)42249
46th1369Dark MatterRob SouthernTristan SouthernEmsworth SCENG2347434546(DNC)(DNC)DNC254
47th1158DriftyTom KiftDaniel DrummondNetley SCENG38‑49424647(BFD)WHI44262
48th1372Mellow YellowMichael RichardsonLLloyd RobsonPoole YCENG4945(DNC)(DNC)DNC394343269
49th1198Blue Moon IIVan PageVanny PageHayling Island SCENG4440(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC284

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