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Noble Marine UK Musto Skiff National Championship 2024 at Filey Sailing Club - Overall

by Bill Maughan and MSCA 17 Jun 17:47 BST 14-16 June 2024
Racing - Noble Marine UK Musto Skiff National Championship 2024 © Tim Olin / www.olinphoto.co.uk

Heading into the last day of the UK National Championship, it was still all to play for. The night before, the sailing club had put on a great BBQ and a good few beers for the fleet, which ran into the early hours for some.

Not everyone was feeling sprightly for the 10.30am scheduled start, but for Sam Barker and Sam Pascoe, there was a battle to be fought, with just one point separating the two. Behind them was a very tight top-10 scoreboard, and an outside chance they could catch them.

There was a fickle south-westerly breeze as the fleet launched into beautiful sunshine on Filey Bay, but the race team was confident the forecast would prevail, and the breeze would increase in time for the 10:30am start. However, with around 6 knots of wind as we headed to the start line, it was set to be another challenging day ahead!

Race 5 of the championship got away clean, but with the Race Officer starting bang on schedule, a few stragglers failed to get to the start line in time and had some catching up to do! The first beat was very challenging for some, with the breeze faltering halfway up and filling back in from the right. Danny Boatman took advantage, leading around the top mark, only to sail into a hole downwind and lose the lead. Mike Matthews and Sam Pascoe capitalised with a gybe set and led around the leeward mark. The second lap was a little more stable, and they ploughed on to the top mark in front but lost out to Euan Hurter steaming through their inside downwind with a good gust to take the win, leaving Pascoe in second and Mike in third.

By race 6, the breeze had increased to 8 knots, but it was still very shifty coming off the land. Some ominous looking clouds had the fleet baffled and split off the start line. The right-hand side paid off by the top. Pascoe took an early lead, with Sam Barker and Bill Maughan not far behind. Downwind was all about trying to stay in the private gusts that seemed to scatter the course, with Pascoe executing it perfectly and leading all the way to the finish. Barker held his position back to the top, but Bill managed to sneak past on the final downwind to take 2nd.

The Race Officer optimistically planned to do 4 races, but race 7 turned out to be the final race of the championship, with a heavy downpour half-way through racing bringing a big increase in pressure for a few minutes before dropping right off and killing the breeze. A big left shift just before the start meant those from the pin end tacking early took a healthy lead, clearing the fleet. Pascoe, again pulling out to lead, with Barker not long behind. By the leeward mark, the ominous clouds had arrived with gusts up to 23 knots, causing carnage at the rounding with plenty of hulls on show. The pressure was short and sweet, almost gone by the top, and made the final downwind a slow-speed drag race. Pascoe taking another bullet, Barker consolidating with second place, and Rob Richardson taking third place.

With the final race done, Sam Pascoe, ever consistent and impressive, took the overall win and the 2024 UK National Champion Title! A huge congratulations to Sam Pascoe, and also to Sam Barker, who finished 2nd overall, and Rob Richardson, who took 3rd overall.

Thanks to Noble Marine for sponsoring this year's UK Nationals, and to Musto and Ovington for providing all the class prizes. These were all very much appreciated during the event for the daily prize-givings, as well as the final prize-giving ceremony.

On behalf of the GBR class, thanks again to the Race Officer and her team and all the amazing onshore volunteers at Filey Sailing Club for a fantastic championship, both on and off the water! It is a super friendly and well-run club, and the fleet looks forward to returning again in the future.

Silver Fleet

1st - Ben Whaley
2nd - Stuart Keegan
3rd - Brennan Robinson

Youth

1st - Rob Richardson
2nd - Ben Whaley
3rd - Tristan Tomlinson

Master

1st - Jamie Hilton
2nd - Dan Vincent
3rd - Richard Smith (WOBYC)

Grand Master

1st - Richard Smith (Medway Yacht Club)
2nd - Brian Greensmith
3rd - Andy Rice

Legend

1st - Ian Escritt
2nd - Ian Trotter
3rd - Serega Samus

Overall Results:

PosDivisionSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stAdult636Sam PascoeCastle Cove SC3‑8112119
2ndAdult6Sam BarkerCastle Cove SC2143‑63215
3rdYouth645Robert RichardsonRWYC / SBSC‑131122410332
4thAdult637Eddie BridleBrightlingsea SC53‑9586532
5thAdult601Mike MatthewsSunderland YC‑25105437938
6thAdult642Euan HurterPoint Yacht Club67361‑202043
7thAdult652Bill MaughanSunderland YC4136‑17122643
8thAdult650Danny BoatmanSunderland YC12‑17101114745
9thMaster618Jamie HiltonDalgety Bay SC11‑141312134457
10thLegend598Ian EscrittYorkshire Dales SC‑2442214581366
11thAdult639Ian TurnbullKillington Lake SC8‑267820171575
12thLegend546Ian TrotterDerwent Reservoir SC7‑2015201451778
13thMaster622Dan VincentStokes Bay SC / RNSA171781910‑27879
14thYouth290Ben WhaleySwanage SC1638107(DNS)121093
15thGrand Master615Richard SmithMedway Yacht Club195‑35153291494
16thAdult619Stuart KeeganTynemouth SC21‑282618211112109
17thAdult561Brennan RobinsonGrafham Water SC202311241718‑33113
18thAdult616Dave PostonBewl SC2612(BFD)23301311115
19thAdult649Dan TrotterDerwent Reservoir SC223418111815(RET)118
20thAdult448John ReekieBassenthwaite SC9916283128(DNC)121
21stMaster414Richard SmithWOBYC‑2816259252521121
22ndAdult535David AnnanGrafham Water SC1521233122‑3318130
23rdYouth385Tristan TomlinsonHYC / SBSC29‑352122151924130
24thGrand Master629Brian GreensmithRWBSWC(RET)27272172923134
25thAdult456Tom ScottBrightlingsea SC‑32152829242227145
26thAdult633Jono ShelleyLSC / UYC12181213(DNC)DNCDNC147
27thAdult608Dylan NobleUllswater YC142529(DNC)DNS1619149
28thAdult602Connor MillerChew Valley SC3531(RET)25232116151
29thMaster620Steve RobsonMYC373330161924(DNC)159
30thMaster593Yaroslav PetrovSevan ASF Sailing Club‑34222427343425166
31stLegend457Serega PhotoskiffBewl SC3130333516‑3622167
32ndAdult226William Tarn‑ChapmanDraycote Water SC3024(DNC)26273230169
33rdAdult624Tom KyneBrightlingsea SC27322032‑333128170
34thAdult588Andrew WhittleBrightlingsea SC23‑363136262336175
35thLegend542Ron BarnesThorpe Bay YC33291933(DNS)3726177
36thLegend394Nigel WalbankLymington Town SC381936(DNC)293029181
37thGrand Master534Andy RiceStokes Bay SC10371430(DNC)DNCDNC183
38thAdult255Andrew ScottDalgety Bay SC36‑403437283831204
39thAdult605George CousinsRestronguet SC186(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC208
40thAdult556Jon WillarsFiley Sailing Club(DNC)DNC3934935RET209
41stYouth147Alicia BiggsLLSC / SBSC3939323836‑4132216
42ndLegend643Jon BaileyChanonry Sailing Club(DNC)DNC37DNCDNS2635236
43rdYouth1Thomas WhiteheadFiley Sailing Club(DNC)DNC40393539RET245
44thLegend543Stephen WrightStokes Bay SC(DNC)DNC38DNCDNS4034250
45thGrand Master68Gordon MockettFiley Sailing Club(DNS)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC276

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