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Exmoor Beastie 2024 at Wimbleball Sailing Club

by Tony Paine 28 Mar 19:10 GMT 24 March 2024
Exmoor Beastie 2024 © John Culshaw

Unusually the weather was perfect, with blue skies and fair wind, except in the notorious dam area of the lake where there was very little and shifty. The wind elsewhere was a bit gusty and variable in direction but that is entirely normal and anything else would not be Wimbleball.

The race: first away and worth a mention, starting even before the race was officially started, Lewis Ryles in his little RS Tera, got a bit lost and ended the first lap firmly in last place, but soldiered on to finish. Well done.

So, to the good and the great, it was not long before the class sailors showed their metal with a battle royal ensuing between the top three who engineered a big lead on the field. Luca Mitchell, Simon Hawkes and Peter Barton. With the clock ticking down a Wimbleball special mini gust surged Luca past Simon to snatch top spot. As well as picking up top spot - Luca also bagged the under 25 award.

Luca was sailing a RS Aero 7 as was Peter Barton in third - part of fleet of 9 Aeros on the start line. K1s, which was Mr Hawkes craft of choice had 6 entrants, the rest of the fleet made up of a wide range of dinghies, the Hornet last away having to wait 37 minutes on the line, whilst the wind eased down, that's the luck of the draw.

The Exmoor Beastie was the last in the South West Series, and whilst being pipped at the post on the day Simon Hawkes was the clear winner of the Series with a fantastic set of results.

The race was generously sponsored by Exmoor Ales who supplied some very welcome Ales for the competitors, including the eponymous Exmoor Beastie.

As ever it is the raft of volunteers who allow these events to happen, thanks to them!

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubStart Time DownLap 1 PosLap 2 PosLap 3 Pos
1Rs Aero 72150Luca Mitchell Paignton Sailing Club21312
2K14Simon Hawkes Wimbleball22531
3RS Aero 74396Peter Barton Lymington Town SC21223
4K184Paul Birbeck Wimbleball221085
5Blaze843chris dyer wimbleball sailing club25954
6Rs aero 71846Zak Mitchell Paignton Sailing Club21866
7K1169Paul Harwood Wimbleball SC221397
8RS Aero 73011Iain Horlock Homeless SC21678
9Challenger312Val Millward Rutland Sailing Club / Sailability6149
10Aero 72545Dave Stockton Wimbleball21121010
11RS Aero 72550Chris Jones Sutton Bingham SC21111111
12K1129Gordon Keyworth Homeless SC22141312
13K1145Mike Green WSC22151213
14Hornet2184Terry CurtisGavin PoulloinCastle Cove SC37241714
15Ilca 6182597Nick Ryles Wimbleball971415
16Ilca 6185306Jemima Ryles Wimbleball941516
17K1142John Clear Wimbleball22161617
18RSAero 93502Mark Lambdin Bradford on Avon SC27221818
19RS200787Nathan MuggeridgePhil MaherWimbleball SC24212020
20Lark2065Martin mooreDarren mooreLyme regis21232121
21RS Aero 71174Andrew Smith Wimbleball SC21172222
22Supernova449Leo Muggeridge Wimbleball SC19181919
23RS Tera2224Lewis Ryles Wimbleball‑5252524
DNFSupernova1191Dave Birt Wimbleball19202323
DNFWayfarer Mk411317Kevin Ogilvie‑WhiteJames RussellWSC151924DNF
DNFRs Aero 74400Jacob Chambers Wimbleball21DNFDNFDNF

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