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Europe class UK National Championships 2024 at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Day 1

by Lucy Boreham 1 Jun 06:06 BST 31 May - 2 June 2024

48 Europes descended on Hayling Island Sailing Club for the UK National Championships sponsored by Allen & Synergy Marine. A new champion will be crowned and with lots of new sailors in the fleet the anticipation was building, along with the wind.

The fleet launched just after midday for a sleigh ride downwind to the race area, head South then turn right - with a number of sailors deciding to get some capsize practice in on the way out. The promised 16-18 knots, in reality was closer to 20-25 knots on the race course.

The fleet were a little too keen in the first start, but the second attempt under a black flag got away cleanly.

Klaus Ronn Madsen from Denmark, led the way with a tight knit chasing pack of Jason Belben, Vincent Pham (French, but choosing to join the UK class association this weekend), Tom Morris (in the newest two-week-old Europe fresh out of the Synergy factory) and Alex Scholes.

Some sketchy downwind legs, saw a number swimming and a few hairy moments, but the race finished with Klaus taking the win, followed by Jason and Vincent closing out the podium places.

Race 2 was definitely the windiest of all, with a 32 knot gust recorded on Chimet, Alex led comfortably from the start, with Klaus in 2nd and Jason Russell in his recently acquired boat in 3rd.

Race 3 saw a slimmed down fleet, with a few returning to the club early, a number, including class legend Richard Eagleton, Klaus & Vincent were caught out with the U flag. Jason went on to take the win, with Carsten Wernecke from Germany in 2nd and Alex in 3rd.

Just outside the top ten the race for the women's title was very close, reigning champ Sue Ogg leading in race one, Lucy Boreham being top female in races 2&3, very closely followed Mandy Horton. All to play for, for that trophy within the main championships.

For the youths, it's another close battle between James Clements & Thomas Peace (with Thomas also going for the classic rig trophy)

Once ashore the fleet were well entertained by a slide show of epic photos courtesy of Robert Deaves, a drinks reception laid on by the club members and funded by Simon Cox from Synergy.

An early night for the fleet, with slightly less wind forecast for Saturday this is rapidly becoming a championships to remember!

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoHelmClubNatR1R2R3R4R5
1stGBR430Jason BelbenSBSCGBR25188
2ndGBR413Alex ScolesOvery StaitheGBR51399
3rd435Tom MorrisHayling Island Sailing ClubGBR4741515
4th420Ross HarveyHISC/SBSCGBR8662020
5thGER88Carsten WerneckeRSVMGER91022121
6th414Jason RussellHISCGBR10382121
7th431John ReesHISCGBR12852525
8th331Ben HarrisWeston SCGBR61572828
9thDEN15Klaus Rønn MadsenBork BådelaugDEN12UFD3232
10th411Lucy BorehamCYCGBR17993535
11thFRA5718Pham VincentSNDTFRA34UFD3636
12th388Mandy HortonGWSCGBR1412103636
13thGBR 412Jeremy HartleySBSCGBR1611123939
14th381Sue OggNetley Sailing ClubGBR1113164040
15th415Hector CisnerosHISCGBR716184141
16thIRL432John McKelvieHISCIRL2017114848
17th392Adam CatlowLSSCGBR1325135151
18th403Joe Penhaul SmithStaunton Harold Sailing ClubGBR2318155656
19th416Luke LazellSwanage Sailing ClubGBR1520276262
20thGBR419Emma PearsonStokes Bay Sailing ClubGBR2619176262
21st418George CrammondSHSCGBR1823246565
22nd336Mike PartridgeHISCGBR2421216666
23rdGBR424Rob WilderHISCGBRDNC14147575
24thGBR330Peter BellCCSCGBR2528227575
25th252J‑P SnellingHISCGBR3227197878
26th425Richard EagletonBSCGBR2133UFD8383
27th421Mark SwallowTSCGBR2930258484
28th2Robin GaddHISCGBR3134208585
29th387James ClementsPortishead Yacht & Sailing ClubGBR3032238585
30th426Nigel ThomasHHSCGBR2731RET8787
31stGBR151Thomas PeaceWarsash SCGBR3429268989
32nd423Simon Jones GBR1924DNC9090
33rd361Olly HarrisWeston SCGBR2222DNC9191
34th351Richard MajorGWSCGBR2835RET9292
35th389Andre OzanneHISCGBR3526DNC108108
36th95Clare GilesGunfleet sailing clubGBR33RETDNC117117
37th243Timothy SimmonsBSCGBR36RETDNC120120
38th209Martyn CatlowLLSCGBRRETDNSDNC122122
38th248Amy RobinsonGrafham WaterGBRRETDNSDNC122122
40th182George CormackDale YC PembrokeshireGBRDNCDNCDNC141141
40th434Hannah CarruthersFrensham Pond SCGBRDNCDNCDNC141141
40thFRA5630René ChaudoyS.N.HFRADNCDNCDNC141141
40thFRA5702Daniel DevosSNPHavreFRADNCDNCDNC141141
40thGBR30Brian Campbell‑BottomsHISCGBRDNCDNCDNC141141
40thGBR436Nick IrelandStokes Bay Sailing ClubGBRDNCDNCDNC141141
40thGBR 318Guy revillStarcross ycGBRDNCDNCDNC141141

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