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Enterprise SW Area Championship at Looe Sailing Club

by Steve Sargent 2 Oct 2023 09:32 BST 30 September - 1 October 2023
Start of Race 3 during the Enterprise SW Area Championship at Looe © John Crabb

With the 2024 Enterprise National Championship scheduled for Looe next year, travellers were keen to try out the water in readiness. Phil Sowden and Gordon Jonas along with Wayne Williams and Dean Williams joined the fresh faces at Looe Sailing Club for the 2023 SW Area Championship.

Nigel and Andy Bird showed their competitive intent before racing it even started by winning the Ginga award for bringing an RS200 main sale to an Enterprise championship, sympathy was in short supply. Up stepped our ever sociable Commodore to provide a spare mainsail.

With a freshening force three to four southerly and an outgoing tide, there was quite a swell at the river mouth, with the committee boat getting drenched on the way out and everyone advised to leave via the beach.

Race one started in a force three to four southerly and the fleet got away first time. Callum Dingle and Scarlet Crago showed good pace for the first few rounds, but boat maintenance let them down with their kicker parting on the penultimate beat. Nigel and Andy Bird backed up their win of the Ginga, combining strong pace and excellent sailing to take the first win with Darren Roach and Fresh Abendstern 2nd and local pairing Dave Jackman and Daisy Jaycock 3rd.

The breeze seemed to back off for the start of race 2, but there was enough breeze for some playing on the waves, Nigel and Andy again showed great pace to lead the fleet home with Jeremy and Becca Stevens, of Penzance 2nd and Darren Roach and Fresh Abendstern 3rd.

The breeze returned for the start of race 3, and everyone had to dig deep, having already completed two decent length races, as the Race Officer posted another four laps for race 3. This time the Birds didn't have it their own way and the strength in depth of the fleet started to show, with them only managing 6th in the face of some stiff competition. Jeremy and Becca Stevens looked like they had built an unassailable lead, but they took a hitch left on the third beat and it was enough to let the chasing pack back into the game with Darren and Fresh eventually taking the win and Matt and Ivan Jaycock taking 2nd place. Jeremy and Becca had to settle for 3rd.

There were some pretty tired bodies in the club by the evening, but everyone enjoyed a nice warming Chilli and some still had enough energy for the karaoke.

Sunday started with a six knot south westerly breeze and with everything to play for the fleet were pushing the line, ensuring the first general recall of the weekend. Race 4 eventually got away with only one boat identified on course side. David Jackman and Daisy Jaycock led at the first mark and never looked like they were going to be beaten, taking first place at the finish. Matt and Ivan followed up their second in the previous race with another second and Darren and Fresh kept their chances alive taking 3rd, Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens looked to have taken 4th place, only to be identified as the boat OCS, leaving Nigel and Andy to take 4th and set up a final race showdown with Darren and Fresh.

With it all to play for in race 5 Darren and Birdy started alongside each other, Birdie got the better of the start pulling ahead of Darren and forcing him to tack off in search of clear air. It was all very tight at the first mark with Birdie, Darren and Anne neck and neck. Birdie and Darren, unable to see the next mark, headed low giving Anne and Alan the chance to break away and build a lead they never looked like surrendering. Darren and Fresh pushed Nigel and Andy hard for the next round and when they gybed to the left for the dead run Matt and Ivan pressed through to 2nd with Steve Sargent and Eloise Jaycock taking 3rd. Darren and Fresh secured 4th and, with Dave and Daisy taking fifth the Birds had to settle for 6th, giving the championship to Darren and Fresh.

With four different winners across five races this event was another reminder of what top quality boat on boat racing the Enterprise gives. We look forward to seeing everyone next year for the National Championship starting on the 27th of July.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stBangd Up23307Darren RoachFresh AbendsternLooe SC2313‑49
2ndWimp23275Matt JaycockIvan JaycockLooe SC‑4422210
3rdUnlawfull Entry22456Nigel BirdAndy BirdRYA11‑64612
4thRebel22940David JackmanDaisy JaycockLooe SC3‑541513
5thChurchfield22762Steve SargentEloise JaycockLooe SC5‑855318
6thHarken23170Ann JacksonAlan SkeensBurghfield SC678(OCS)122
7thThats Entertainment22652Jeremy StephensBecca StephensPenzance SC823(DNC)DNC29
8thHeavy Thoughts23169Sebi SchmidtLeila MoorePenzance SC/ Plymouth Uni‑111096833
9thMinion23347Callum DingleScarlett CragoLooe SC156(DNC)7735
10thOut of the blue22901Paul YoungNathan McgoryMidland SC10(DNC)79935
11thBush Conger23136Toby BrayCharlotte HandyLooe SC9‑111181139
12thEnterbubble22763Phil SowdenGordan Jonas 7910(DNC)DNC42
13thFlashback23193Mark PuckeyGoran JonesLooe SC1212(DNC)101044
14thMercury22977Thomas MclarenEmrys FranklinLooe SC‑131312111248
15thWarp Drive22949Wayne WilliamsDean Williams 14(DNC)DNC12RET58

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