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Europe class UK National Championships 2024 at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Day 2

by Ben Harris 2 Jun 06:32 BST 31 May - 2 June 2024

After a breezy first day, the fleet was greeted by wall-to-wall sunshine with a 15 - 20 knot northerly breeze still blowing ahead of the second day of racing for the 2024 UK Europe National Championships!

As the fleet reached the race course, it became apparent that the wind was only marginally less than the previous day, with gusts still reaching 25 knots. A 20 degree shift right compared to Day 1 added an extra challenge for the sailors, with a super shifty top third of the course under Eastoke Beach. The fleet got away promptly for Race 4, with Klaus of Denmark taking the win, closely followed by the Synergy pair of Tom 'Mozzy' Morris and Ross Harvey.

Klaus pulled his way back through the fleet in Race 5, just passing Alex Scoles to take a second bullet. In Race 6, Mozzy took an early lead, mastering the shifty conditions, closely followed by Klaus and Ross. The race came down to a near-photo finish, with Mozzy just taking the win - his first in the class and the first for a British-built Synergy Marine boat.

Standout performers of the day were Klaus and Mozzy, who scored only Top 3 results, although points remain tight at the top with Alex Scoles just behind. Special mention goes to young British sailor, Adam Catlow, whose inland sailing experience proved invaluable to see him rounding several windward marks at the front of the fleet and putting together a string of Top 10 results. Huge work by all sailors, who battled a second day of big breeze and short chop, with a few capsizes interspersed by great sailing for everyone.

In the Female category, Lucy Boreham leads after a consistent day, with Mandy Horton and Sue Ogg both looking to climb the results with a lighter forecast for Day 3. The sailors are expecting 8 - 12kts Northerly breeze for the final 3 races, with hope of some respite for their tired legs, although plenty more shifty racing is anticipated.

After another great day on the water, the sailors enjoyed an evening meal at Hayling Island SC, accompanied by French wine courtesy of our cross-channel visitors, and an informative talk with Tom Morris - exploring his new-found enjoyment of the Europe class as well as his journey to sailing fame through his YouTube channel.

It's great to see a wide range of equipment manufacturers performing well, with the current Top 3 split between Winner, Synergy Marine and Idol Composite hulls. There is also a huge variety in sail manufacturers, all performing well throughout the fleet, including UK, HD, Green, North, Sailtech, and P&B to name a few. The past two day's racing have highlighted everything that's so great about this class - with a sailor age range of 65+ years and 40 year old boats competing with boats straight out of the mould!

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoHelmClubNatR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stDEN15Klaus Rønn MadsenBork BådelaugDEN12(UFD)1127
2nd435Tom MorrisHayling Island Sailing ClubGBR4‑7423114
3rdGBR413Alex ScolesOvery StaitheGBR‑51342515
4thGBR430Jason BelbenSBSCGBR25158‑921
5th420Ross HarveyHISC/SBSCGBR‑86635323
6thGER88Carsten WerneckeRSVMGER910277‑1935
7thFRA5718Pham VincentSNDTFRA34(UFD)623440
8th414Jason RussellHISCGBR10388‑191342
9th411Lucy BorehamCYCGBR‑1799116843
10th392Adam CatlowLSSCGBR13‑251394645
11thGBR 412Jeremy HartleySBSCGBR‑16111210121257
12th431John ReesHISCGBR12851617‑3158
13th415Hector CisnerosHISCGBR71618‑2011759
14th388Mandy HortonGWSCGBR141210‑1591560
15th331Ben HarrisWeston SCGBR615714‑242062
16th403Joe Penhaul SmithStaunton Harold Sailing ClubGBR‑23181512101065
17th381Sue OggNetley Sailing ClubGBR1113‑1613141465
18thGBR424Rob WilderHISCGBR(DNC)141419151880
19thIRL432John McKelvieHISCIRL20171125‑281184
20th416Luke LazellSwanage Sailing ClubGBR1520‑2721132392
21stGBR419Emma PearsonStokes Bay Sailing ClubGBR‑261917262216100
22nd423Simon Jones GBR1924(DNC)182021102
23rd336Mike PartridgeHISCGBR242121‑302517108
24th418George CrammondSHSCGBR1823242221‑30108
25th361Olly HarrisWeston SCGBR2222(DNC)241625109
26th252J‑P SnellingHISCGBR32271931‑3422131
27th425Richard EagletonBSCGBR2133(UFD)361826134
28thGBR330Peter BellCCSCGBR252822‑343128134
29th387James ClementsPortishead Yacht & Sailing ClubGBR30‑3223272727134
30th421Mark SwallowTSCGBR29‑3025232929135
31st2Robin GaddHISCGBR313420‑393233150
32nd426Nigel ThomasHHSCGBR2731(RET)323532157
33rdGBR151Thomas PeaceWarsash SCGBR3429263538(DNS)162
34thFRA5702Daniel DevosSNPHavreFRA(DNC)DNCDNC173324166
35th95Clare GilesGunfleet sailing clubGBR33(RET)DNC282634167
36th351Richard MajorGWSCGBR2835(RET)2936DNS174
37th243Timothy SimmonsBSCGBR36(RET)DNC383735192
38th389Andre OzanneHISCGBR3526(DNC)40DNCDNC193
39th248Amy RobinsonGrafham WaterGBR(RET)DNSDNC3330RET201
40thFRA5630René ChaudoyS.N.HFRA(DNC)DNCDNC3739DNS214
41stGBR30Brian Campbell‑BottomsHISCGBR(DNC)DNCDNC41DNCDNC225
42ndGBR436Nick IrelandStokes Bay Sailing ClubGBR(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC230
42nd182George CormackDale YC PembrokeshireGBR(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC230
42nd434Hannah CarruthersFrensham Pond SCGBR(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC230

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