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GJW Direct 2020

Contender Nationals at Penzance Sailing Club

by Paul Walker 25 Aug 2002 15:00 BST

Once again, the Contenders got into the '50 at the Nationals' club at a superb event held by Penzance Sailing Club.

The first day saw a fairly apprehensive fleet go out in a Force 5-6 with huge gusts and a muddled sea. Most encountered a swim or two but it was Stuart Jones who took the first bullet, from Tim Holden and Andy Potter. Race 2 saw an increase in wind and Simon Mussell led throughout, until a final fluffed tack to the finishing line let a grateful Graham Scott in to take the win from Mussell. Only 18 boats completed both races with some wild reaches and some equally wild capsizes.

The following 4 days were sailed generally in a Force 3, mostly enough to trapeze but without the excitement of day 1. The racing was exceptionally close throughout the fleet, with a variety of race winners, John Browett, Stuart Jones, Graham Scott (twice), Stacey Bray, Bernard Shapley and Richard Gimmler all taking the gun at some point.

With 1 race to go, Scott led Jones by 1 point, Browett was safe in third, with Gimmler and Bray fighting it out for fourth. Scott and Jones kept the fleet entertained through 2 general recalls with some interesting gyrations, but Scott could not prevent Jones from getting a good start on the third attempt with both being in the top 3 at the windward mark. After an extremely close race, Jones eventually took the win from Scott and with it the Nationals crown for the second time by the narrowest of margins - with equal points, wins and second places, Jones had one more third place than Scott.

Overall Results:

Pos Tally Boat Name Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1st 44 Two Little Fluffy Sheep 634 Jones, Stuart Datchet 1 3 3 3 1 6 2 11 8 1 20.0
2nd 21 Wavelength 691 Scott, Graham Porthpean 5 1 4 1 3 9 1 3 7 2 20.0
3rd 23 Shopping Trolley 689 Browett, John Datchet 10 5 1 4 5 16 5 6 5 4 35.0
4th 34   674 Gimmler, Richard Rutland 9 13 11 5 8 5 11 5 1 10 54.0
5th 38   694 Bray, Stacey Porthpean 20 DNF 2 6 16 1 3 10 9 DSQ 67.0
6th 1 Aurora Borealis 679 Holden, Tim Halifax 2 12 9 12 7 12 15 14 19 3 71.0
7th 5   626 Holden, Ben Halifax 6 14 17 8 9 35 9 8 4 DSQ 75.0
8th 25 Dementia 589 Paul, Keith Weston 14 18 14 7 2 8 14 30 27 5 82.0
9th 35 Bill Hooton's a Top Bloke 657 Miles, Cris Dovestones 13 DNF 10 25 10 2 4 21 2 DSQ 87.0
10th 42 Bob the Builder 683 Bettles, Geoff Highcliffe 18 10 5 9 24 14 8 12 29 11 87.0
11th 18 Upstart 660 Dives, Peter E'bourne Sov 12 11 19 23 11 11 10 15 14 7 91.0
12th 29 Painted Warrior 623 Wilson, Neil Holy Loch DNF DNS 12 2 6 3 7 2 24 DSQ 92.0
13th 48 Tschuess 639 Aston, Matt Datchet 11 7 23 16 18 13 20 4 18 9 96.0
14th 39   559 Shapley, Bernard King George DNF DNC 8 10 12 37 12 1 10 8 98.0
15th 24 Skidbladnir 659 Metcalfe, Martin Killington 21 16 13 22 19 27 17 13 3 6 108.0
16th 45 Stormy Monday 613 Burton, Tony King George 15 15 15 11 21 19 6 19 22 13 113.0
17th 26 Ay Caramaba 685 Mitchell, Chris Oxford 16 9 30 21 17 4 16 17 35 DSQ 130.0
18th 9 Northern Echo 684 Clapham, Sandy Grimwith 24 DNC 18 17 26 7 19 9 28 12 132.0
19th 7   665 Mc Gaw, Andrew King George DNC DNC 22 19 15 28 18 7 17 15 141.0
20th 46 Yee Ssebo 661 Potter, Andy Entebee 3 4 6 20 14 10 DNF DNC DNC DNF 151.0
21st 10 Splash and Dash 614 Jones, Martin Wisonian 25 17 28 18 20 36 23 16 15 19 153.0
22nd 15 General Malaise 669 Aston, David Chew Valley 22 DNC 24 DNF 13 18 27 18 16 18 156.0
23rd 37   695 Driscoll, Jerry Felpahn 17 8 25 30 36 34 35 22 13 16 165.0
24th 50   681 Walker, Paul Highcliffe 7 6 26 27 33 24 26 40 DNC 17 166.0
25th 16 Diva 696 White, Tony Lancing 19 19 29 26 32 25 25 23 6 DSQ 172.0
26th 36 Willy Do It 678 Hooton, Bill Burton DNC DNF 7 36 23 15 32 27 11 DSQ 187.0
27th 33 Dinah Moe Hum 646 White, Roger King George DNF DNC 32 15 4 30 13 25 25 DSQ 191.0
28th 49 Brown Nose 686 Mussell, Simon Highcliffe 4 2 33 32 28 DNC 29 36 40 DNC 204.0
29th 31   640 Mollett, Alan Sandwich DNF DNS 46 28 30 39 24 19 21 22 219.0
30th 22   649 Bannister, Chris Brightlingsea 28 DNS 21 31 25 20 30 45 39 29 220.0
31st 11 Fat Chance 693 Davies, David RYA 8 DNF 16 14 DNC DNC DNC 33 23 DSQ 228.0
32nd 6 Summer Lightning 643 Waite, Stephen Highcliffe 26 DNC 34 38 31 21 40 28 31 25 234.0
33rd 47 Stiffy 690 Poyntz, Matt Highcliffe 29 DNF 35 41 27 17 28 43 26 DNF 239.0
34th 2 Gil-Estel 658 Howe, Chris Oxford 23 DNS 27 33 43 26 37 37 37 24 243.0
35th 14   692 Gates, Colin E'bourne Sov 30 DNS 41 35 37 38 21 26 38 21 244.0
36th 17 Next Time 675 Gautier, David Datchet DNF DNS 38 24 41 31 31 32 12 DNF 245.0
37th 12   687 Gibson, Robert Brightlingsea DNF DNC 39 34 45 22 38 34 20 23 255.0
38th 43 Tiger 1 662 Batten, Richard Highcliffe DNF DNS 20 13 22 23 DSQ DNC DNC DNC 260.0
39th 3 Second Wind 548 Cawthorn, Gary Burton DNF DNC 37 43 29 32 DNC 24 34 14 261.0
40th 13 Wind Seeker 620 Horn, Peter Shoreham DNF DNC 36 40 42 29 22 38 32 26 265.0
41st 41   668 Cockwell, Ron Highcliffe DNF DNC 44 44 38 33 33 31 30 20 273.0
42nd 32   385 Seppings, Tom Southwold DNF DNS 31 29 39 DNC DNC 35 41 31 290.0
43rd 19 A'Lar 677 King, Peter Brightlingsea DNF DNC 40 39 40 40 34 42 36 27 298.0
44th 4 Free Spirit 527 Smith, Bill Lymington DNF DNC 43 37 34 42 36 41 33 32 298.0
45th 28 Wet Dream 672 Lloyd, Trevor Brightlingsea 27 DNF 42 42 35 41 DNF DNF DNC DNC 318.0
46th 40   508 Mew, Paul Lee-on-Solent DNF DNC 45 45 47 44 42 29 43 28 323.0
47th 30 Dambuster 617 Cooper, Richard Brightlingsea DNF DNS 47 46 48 43 39 46 42 30 329.0
48th 20 Flippant Too 604 Alison, Philip Gt Yar & Gor DNF DNS 48 47 46 46 43 44 45 34 341.0
49th 8   397 Dickinson, Philip Carsington DNF DNC 49 48 44 45 41 39 44 33 342.0
50th 27 Swan Song 407 Mollett, Ian Sandwich DNC DNC DNC DNC DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 407.0

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