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Hartley Boats Contender British Nationals at Paignton Sailing Club - Overall

by Simon Mussell 19 Jun 09:42 BST 13-16 June 2024

After a rather epic day on the water, the final day of the nationals arrived. Overnight the results showed it was really a two horse race going in to the last day with both Graeme and Ed having a chance to win the event. Simon was sitting in 3rd followed 2 points behind in 4th.

At this point also worth mentioning Stuart Jones had pretty much secured the overall Grand Master Champ (barring disaster), Rob Smith and Duncan Ward were battling for the Master prize and Nathan McGory and James Daniels were fighting it out for the Youth championship.

The final day brought blue skies and less wind. Race 6 saw the left of the beat pay with Gary Langdown and Tommy Hooton taking full advantage. Graeme however having not had the best start played the shifty conditions beautifully to make his way to the front once again. Also, Ed recovered very well from the back of the pack and made it all the way to 3rd behind Gary with Tom 4th.

Race 6 once again saw the left hand side of the course pay with the wind on the right more affected by the land. This time however it was Rob Smith and Stuart Jones showing age was no barrier to success!! They picked every shift and were fast on the downwind legs too. After a battle Stuart finished 1st with Rob in 2nd. It wasn’t all new news at the front though with Graeme recovering to 3rd after a few uncharacteristic tactical errors. Ben Holden also sailed well to secure 4th.

Race 7 and the last race of the championships began under a black flag following a recall. The breeze had once again freshened to 18+knots and this time Simon won the start and headed to the left. As the fleet arrived at the windward mark Graeme rounded 1st fractionally ahead of Simon who was followed by Ed. After two full on reaches the second beat did some funny things! Having predominantly favoured the left side, a righty helped a few boats (including Ben Holden) in the chasing pack pass Simon and Ed who thought they were safe on the other side of the beat… It was all very close (except for Graeme who was in the distance once again). By the end and following a bit of snakes and ladders it was Graeme 1st, Ben 2nd, Ed 3rd and Simon was 4th…

Trophy Winners:

  • Graeme Wilcox, 1st overall and 2024 British Contender National Champion
  • Stuart Jones, Grand Master
  • Duncan Ward, Master
  • Chris Boshier, Winner of the Silver fleet
  • Martin Jones, Winner of the Bronze fleet
  • James Daniels, under 25 British Contender Champion 2024

It was a great event and Paignton Sailing Club were awesome. Very friendly, great catering and a knowledgeable race team that didn’t put a foot wrong.

With the early nations now completed, it is back to the travellers trophy schedule with a visit to Hythe & Saltwood Sailing club on the 6th & 7th July followed by a trip to Shoreham Sailing Club two weeks later on the 20th & 21st July.

For those who like to travel we have the European Championships late August- early September at Lake Silvaplana Switzerland. We also need to mention that the preparations are taking place for the Contender Worlds in Florida USA, 14th – 23rd February 2025 with spaces still available.

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st2787Graeme WillcoxNetley SC112‑321‑318
2nd2708Ed PresleyCastle Cove SC2‑441137314
3rd2315Ben HoldenHalifax SC4332‑7‑114218
4th2420Simon MussellHighcliffe SC‑821438‑10422
5th678Tom HootonBurton SC3‑10‑96445527
6th2706Stuart JonesDatchet SC65‑85571‑1229
7th2711Duncan WardLymington Town SC586‑13‑996640
8th2449Robert SmithCastle Cove SC97‑159‑151021047
9th2484Gary LangdownHighcliffe SC‑13‑121081029847
10th2263Richard BattenHighcliffe SC‑2711576‑22111656
11th705James SpikesleyNetley SC10‑13‑141013681158
12th2730Adrian SmithHythe & Saltwood SC12‑17(DNC)1112514761
13th2714Martin JonesWilsonian SC11‑1412128‑2013965
14th2383David DaviesLoch Ryan & prestwick SC14911(DNC)(DNC)13181782
15th2702Chris BoshierThorpe Bay YC15‑16131514‑18151587
16th2733Neil FergusonYorkshire Dales SC‑191916161112‑211488
17th2713Tyler HamsworthShoreham SC1622(DNC)14(DNC)17121899
18th2710James DanielsNetley SC‑18181717171416‑1999
19th2661Nick CurryWeston SC‑21‑20181916152020108
20th1652Nick NobleRYA767(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC113
21st2589Nathan McGroryPoole YC17‑2320201821‑2322118
22nd2725Peter SnowdonScaling Dam SC22(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC161913132
23rd2423Simon DoddsHythe & Saltwood SC23151918(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC137
24th2574Nick ArranCarsington SC‑21212121(DNC)242526138
25th2747Tony BrooksOxford SC21(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC191721139
26th666Bill HootonBurton SC24(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC252223156
27th712Rodger WhiteKing George SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC262424167
28th2490Paul GreenPDSC/CHYF28(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC272625168
29th2729Chris HoweOxford SC25(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC23DNCDNC172
30th2404John GreenhalghTBA29(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC184

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