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Allspars Final Fling 2023 at the Royal Western Yacht Club

by Sam Hannaford 18 Oct 2023 17:57 BST 14-15 October 2023
Allspars Final Fling © Sam Hannaford

The Allspars Final Fling, now in its sixth year, saw records broken. With 70 entries and 67 boats taking to the water for the two-day event, the Royal Western Yacht Club welcomed over 100 competitors from all over the country.

This year we saw a marked change in the format. With two committee boats the race teams were able to run four fleets over two separate courses spreading across the entire Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. This year also featured two key standalone events within the Allspars Final Fling being the final Southwest Topper traveller's regatta of the year and the Phantoms added the Final Fling as their final traveller's event to finish their season also.

The weekend saw spring tides and a mixture of wind conditions which kept the competitors and Race Committees on their feet throughout.

Saturday saw an out-going tide with a 15 - 20 mph NW wind which shifted right throughout the day, splitting the fleets across the sound. The Fast and Slow Handicap course was positioned South of Drakes Island while the Toppers and Phantoms had the area East of the main shipping channel in Jenny Cliff Bay. All fleets ran three back-to-back races, with small pauses between to allow commercial and naval movements to pass through the Port.

Following their return to MDL's Queen Annes Battery Marina the sailors all enjoyed a gathering at the club for daily prizes, food, and a sponsored Happy Hour from Allspars whilst catching up with the Rugby World Cup semi-finals!

Sunday saw a significant drop in wind and directional change which started in the North, veering to eventually settle in the East. Both fleets ventured further into Plymouth Sound to lessen any land effects. Conditions were tough for crews and race officers alike with 10-15-degree oscillations but patience and local knowledge prevailed, and the top-level racing enjoyed from the previous day continued.

With three more races in the bag the fleet had completed a great weekend racing. Once packed and changed, retreated to the RWYC for food, drink and the overall prize-giving.

Royal Western Yacht Club Commodore, Chris Arscott expressed his thanks to the competitors for travelling from all over the country to support the Allspars Final Fling, which is now seen as a key fixture in so many dinghy sailor's calendar. Allspars Final Fling event director for the second year running, Sam Hannaford, added his thanks to everyone who has continued to sponsor and support the event throughout the years, not least Allspars as title sponsor and the Clubs landlords, MDL for their support in providing the excellent facilities.

Sam closed the event by adding, "The Allspars Final Fling goes from strength to strength and could not be continued without not only the support from the competitors, but its sponsors and volunteer base who all pull together to provide a safe, fun regatta both ashore and afloat. A special thank you to Allspars, Horizons Plymouth, Queen Anne's Battery Marina and Plymouth University Sailing sector for all their efforts and support."

Commodore, Chris Arscott finally commented, "Since the successful completion of the Allspars Final Fling regatta we are very pleased to say that 2 classes have so far expressed an interest in running their National Championships."

With a proven formula, a spectacular setting and great race management, the Allspars Final Fling will feature once again in Plymouth Sound National Marine Park on the 19th and 20th October 2024.

For more details on the Final Fling for 2024, please contact

Fast Handicap Results:

PosSail NoHcapClassHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1797858B14Mark WattsMatt Johnsion1112‑549
2799858B14Mark BarnesKathy Sheratt32‑413RDG11
342819174000Steve TylecoteFiona Tylecote‑86531217
4789858B14Crispin TaylorGI Hamill/ Jack Solly443‑54318
53212903CherubPaul CrooteAndrew Whapphott23286‑1021
6340858International CanoeChris Hampe 71010‑1411139
743439174000Neil HeffernanJo Morrison‑1088910540
83772980Merlin RocketDan HeatonDiego Freitas‑14111248641
9506940RS 400Alex ZamariaRob Staines‑1212969945
1045889174000John ReynoldsFran Howell(DNC)15DNC727.551.5
11756858B 14Paul RobertsGuy Raynes5RET(DNC)11121360
1245229174000Matt ReynoldsOllie Di Bartolo696(DNC)DNCDNC61
1345469174000Tim LittHarry Litt977RET(DNC)DNC61
14253749Nacra 15William BoalchEliza Pritchard11‑161116151265
15766858B14Wayne Hancox ‑15131315131165
16788858B14Tony BlackmoreJamie Dawson135(DNC)12RETDNC67
1745399174000Peter ScottCharlotte Pett1614(DNC)107DNC67
18784858B 14Amy RobertsDavid RobertsRETRET(DNC)13147.572.5
193209903CherubJoseph WhiteJimmy Ruddiman17(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC97

Slow Handicap Results:

PosSail NoHcapClassHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
12265611142000Natalie JohnstoneTom Bernal112‑526
21751070K1Simon Hawkes 2‑33117
32166481150ILCA 6Max Steele ‑72136.512.5
43881184Devon YawlAnthony CollinsConrad Humphreys/ Sam Collins3‑7446.517.5
530131120GraduateBryn AbendsternSam McKay56‑106421
61906151150ILCA 6 (LR)Jonathan Couch 445‑121225
73911184Devon YawlJay WilliamsonGraham Williamson‑1057101032
830201120GraduateFresh AbendsternJorgen Knight1514(DNC)2334
93861184Devon YawlSteve NorthmoreMatt Chubb6‑11981134
102222801150ILCA 6Neil Dunkley ‑12989834
1156491142SoloSpod Olive 1310(DNC)21549
123901184Devon YawlTom Kneen 886(DNC)DNC49
13202151126EnterpriseDan Ford ‑1717167949
14251101ILCA 7Adam James 1112(RET)131753
152102201150ILCA 6Tom Bevan 16‑1814141458
161843261150ILCA 6Paul Rogers ‑181513151659
17136871133GP14Amy SweetPeter Russell‑211312171961
189661020BuzzJulian MilesAlison Miles91611(DNC)DNC63
191628881101ILCA 7Sean Biggs 19RET(DNC)111367
201690521101ILCA 7Darren Wills (OCS)1915161868
212991046RS 200Daniel BoynsThomas Wills20(DNC)DNC181580
22851049FinnGarry Phare 14RET(DNC)DNCDNC92
232301160Lightning 368Edward Horier (RET)DNCDNC192194
24DY3661184Devon YawlRobert FletcherAnnie Haigh(RET)DNCDNC202094
2578111085Laser IIChris EwellJosh Kenall‑Dunn22RET(DNC)DNCDNC100
263761184Devon YawlReece LarsonJohn Trevoil(OCS)RETDNCDNCDNC105

Phantom Class Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
11496Rob Cook1(DNF)11126
21487Nick Orman‑41433112
31472Jon Rickard3228‑10419
41499Martin Watts23378(RET)23
51164Adam Littlejohn558‑145528
61470Matt Blakeston679‑102630
71118Nik Lye8672‑9831
81271Alex Carr‑104567931
91220Chris Pope(DNC)DNC1144338
10149Paul Burbeck98105‑11739
111259Stephen McDonald796‑13121347
121384Neil Boughton11101212‑141055
131342Mark SpruceRET(DNC)DNC961157
141465Gordon Kingston MinnisRETRET(DNC)11131264
151500Richard NurseDNS(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC79

See Topper report and results.

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