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Comet National Championship 2023 at Ogston Sailing Club

by Pete Coop 6 Oct 2023 13:54 BST 26-28 August 2023
Comet Nationals 2023 at Ogston © OgSC

Ogston provided the perfect venue for the 2023 Nationals. Set in the beautiful Amber Valley in Derbyshire. 35 boats entered with a strong competitive fleet featuring 5 previous National Champion winners!

Day 1 started with sunshine and light variable winds making it very challenging for the race officer to get the regatta under way. With a South Westerly wind direction, the racetrack was moved to the South part of the reservoir.

Race 1

Ogston is blessed with a dog leg shape sailing area which enables a favourable sailing area to be found for most wind directions. In shifty and variable light winds Pete Coop (Winsford Flash) came out on top followed by Eddie Pope (Ogston) and Guy Wilkins (Chipstead) All 3 are ex - National Champions.

Race 2

Following lunch Race 2 got under way, again light, variable and challenging conditions for both the race team and the competitors. Eddie came out on top with Pete second and Alan Bennett 3rd (Staunton Harold).

Approx 10 boats (mid fleet) sailed the wrong course, missing a small leg out. By the time they had corrected their error, many on the edge of the top 10 places found themselves at the back! John Coppenhall took the credit for the scenic route!

No more races were possible so day 2 was all to play for with 4 races scheduled and a lot more breeze in the forecast.

Race 3

Race 3 produced a different winner with Guy followed by Eddie and Pete.

Race 4

The wind built to 15 knots (occasional 20 knot) gusts making for fast off wind legs and tough beats. Pete secured another win, Chris Robinson 2nd (Burghfield) and Guy was 3rd.

Following lunch conditions ramped up again - big breeze and plenty of very strong gusts. Many people described being in 'survival mode' with multiple capsizes, especially at the gybe marks. Avoiding upturned boats became the new skill!

Race 5

The start and first beat dominated by Toby Hancox, led the first full lap before an unfortunate capsize on a gybe - huge gust. Pete won again closely followed by George Coop (Pete's Son) in second with Guy third.

Race 6

This was raced in very challenging conditions. Pete got out in front and built up a substantial lead to win the race. Ben Palmer (Baltic Wharf) moving up the field took 2nd with Alan getting another podium in 3rd. The strong winds took their toll as the day progressed with only 25 boats finishing.

With 4 firsts, a 2nd and a 3rd, Pete Coop had secured the championship with a day to spare.

The Race Officer did a great job in getting 4 races on Sunday which meant just 2 scheduled for the final morning.

Race 7

Despite a lighter wind forecast the conditions were still a lively 15knots with 20 knot gusts. By the finish 3 boats crossed the line within 30 seconds of each other. Ben came in first (clearer enjoying the stronger winds), with George and Pete completing the podium. George's first victory over his Dad!

Race 8

After a battle with Andy Dale (Eyott Sailing Club), Pete got into the lead and extended to take the win. Andy and Eddie had a great fight to the finish with Eddie just taking 2nd and Andy 3rd.

Local sailor Isobel Hedley Fenn finished a very credible 9th overall to take out the Ladies Trophy.

The team Trophy went down to the wire with Winsford Flash coming out on top.

The Comet chair thanked Ogston Sailing Club for their great effort in producing a memorable and exciting championship in particular Andy and his race team, Craig the commodore, all the rescue crews and Andrea's team for keeping everyone well fed throughout the regatta.

Pete Coop also thanked Ogston for putting on a great regatta in challenging conditions and shared some final tips with the fleet before a final whole of regatta photo shoot.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubSail TypeHelmAgeGroupHelmSexR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1stPete Coop610Winsford Flash SCW XtraAncient MarinerM12‑3111‑317
2ndEddie Pope377Ogston SCW XtraAncient MarinerM21244‑9‑7215
3rdGuy Wilkins886Chipstead SCW XtraAncient MarinerM3513‑64‑8420
4thBen Palmer597Baltic Wharf SCStdAdultM565‑14521‑1024
5thGeorge Coop437Winsford Flash SCW XtraAdultM‑16‑28.5752521233
6thAndy Dale788Eyott SCStdVeteranM64‑96‑886333
7thAlan Bennett126Staunton Harold SCW XtraAncient MarinerM‑1038‑121034836
8thChris Robinson867Burghfield SCW XtraVeteranM7‑151323‑1551343
9thIsobel Hedley‑Fenn804Ogston SCStdAdultF13‑144796‑151150
10thStephen Bellamy311Winsford Flash SCW XtraAncient MarinerM9710‑131112‑13958
11thBob Dodds869Crawley Mariners YCW XtraVeteranM18136977(DNC)(DNC)60
12thMike Heap380Ogston SCStdAncient MarinerM‑21‑17118131110760
13thTobias Hancox358Eyott SCStdYouthM‑15(RET)141112109662
14thJacky Stagg894Bowmoor SCW XtraVeteranF118‑18‑21151417570
15thPeter Mountford864Staunton Harold SCW XtraAncient MarinerM1292010‑26(RET)141580
16thSarah‑Jane Critchley221Chipstead SCW XtraVeteranF8‑27‑25151913161485
17thAlun Bevan694Merthyr Tydfil SCW XtraAdultM‑30‑3015171416111790
18thJohn Hancox433Eyott SCStdVeteranM‑2016‑22161717122098
19thHenry Jaggers800Beer SCW XtraAncient MarinerM‑191216191618‑2019100
20thJohn Coppenhall532Hunts SCStdAncient MarinerM4192120‑2520‑2323107
21stNigel Fern845Staunton Harold SCW XtraAncient MarinerM‑2311232320(DNC)1818113
22ndCharlotte Coop877Winsford Flash SCW XtraVeteranF‑25‑26122418212121117
23rdKen McKenzie108Ogston SCStdAncient MarinerM2418‑2722(RET)221916121
24thLouise Curry123Chipstead SCW XtraVeteranF‑2621‑261821192624129
25thTimothy Higgs849Burghfield SCW XtraAncient MarinerM1720242623(DNC)24‑28134
26thMatilda Harrison208Ogston SCStdYouthF‑3222172522(RET)2725138
27thChris Fowler895Ogston SCW XtraAncient MarinerF272319‑2929(DNC)2222142
28thMartin Loud705Winsford Flash SCW XtraAncient MarinerM222528282725‑29‑29155
29thCraig Harrison531Ogston SCStdVeteranM29‑31‑323024232526157
30thLee Purslow190Ogston SCW Xtra M(DNC)3230(RET)28242827169
31stJoanne Hill522Swarkestone SCW XtraVeteranF311029(RET)(RET)DNCRET30172
32ndJanet Gaukroger697Winsford Flash SCW XtraAncient MarinerF2828.5312730(DNC)(DNC)DNC180.5
33rdIzac Dodds701Crawley Mariners YCStdAdultM1424(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC182
34thDavid Peacock902Severn SC  M(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC216
34thNigel Austin875Cransley SC  M(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC216

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