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10 Rater National Championships at Datchet Water Radio Sailing Club

by Nigel Barrow 17 Jun 17:18 BST 8-9 June 2024
Just after one of the starts - 10 Rater National Championships at Datchet © MYA

Following on from the Marblehead Nationals held the previous weekend, Datchet put on another good display. The competitors arrived to a cool West to North west wind which placed the racing on the North side of the clubhouse. Unlike last weekend, the wind behaved, so we could stay in the same place all weekend with minor tweaks to the course as the wind shifted according to the forecast.

B rigs were mostly used as the wind varied from 5 to 15 with rare gusts of 20 mph from the West to the Northwest.

13 hardy competitors battled the elements over 28 races, but the chase for the podium places was close between Matteo Longhi, with a Trance, Graham Bantock, with a Diamond and Nicolas Willefort, also with a Diamond. Matteo put a marker down winning the first race and then strung a series of 1's and 2's for the next 14 races to lead comfortably from Nicolas and Graham.

An interesting feature of the day was a Southern Schools team racing final with a course located next to ours with the occasional invader into are territory but overall they were very well behaved and looked to be having some great racing.

On Saturday night, Graham and Elaine Hetem put on another magnificent barbeque, held upstairs in the club with glorious views over the reservoir.

Sunday dawned bright but cold with the wind conveniently blowing from the Northwest. Matteo continued his dominance, but Graham fought back strongly with a string of great results and many close battles with Matteo but mostly finishing a close second.

The racing was appreciated by the race team, watching two highly skilled sailors battling for the win. If there was ever an edge, it was on the Trance's downwind performance. Nicolas had started the weekend well but struggled to mix in with the lead protagonists on the second day. So Matteo won, Graham second and Nicolas third.

A special mention must go to Darin Ballington, who sailed an elderly looking Prizm into 4th place and 15 year old Nicholas Fezer Brown who not only finished 7th but executed the only port tack start to perfection, leading at the first mark by 30 yards.

At the prize-giving, Matteo thanked all the volunteers who gave up their weekend and announced that he would be back next year.

Overall Results:

1Trance24Matteo LonghiITA12213111322121322121111111121234
2Diamond95Graham BantockChelmsford RYC730332013136.3111301211113122232931153.3
3Diamond83Nicolas WillefertFRA211211.4232635342334433443324261.4
4Prizm98Darin BallingtonLincoln MYC376742132654443445364761013452012107
5Defector97Rob WilsonLincoln MYC14407145444107576555425943242483109
6P831Phll HollidayDatchet RS1485477755482566.27656.2106856761212141.4
7Diamond183Nicholas Fezer BrownLondon MYC91414106133673781313669131065513751057179
BP870Roger CratesBridlington MYC6946813994966138131381381110107588304179
9Diamond89Barrie MartinLondon MYC56981338891313131313131313835876106765190
10Dladem55Richard UttleyDatchet RS101110111058118899777876989981314141414208
11Venga60Graham HetemDatchet RS8101199135101110101313131313107771113138109906229
12P8118Hugh McAdooDatchet RS4585131313131313131313131314141414141414141414141414291
13MKV11C90John MillwardFrensham Pond MYG1414141414141414141414141414141311131313131199111178296

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