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Day 4 ALLEN ENTERPRISE NATIONALS
The 134 sailors launched in slightly fresher conditions compared to yesterday and all feeling slightly sore in the body aswell as in the head after fancy dress night. Feeling a bit more in touch with his feminine side, Mr.Woodward decided to keep his makeup on for the day, maybe hoping to flutter his eyelashes at Mr. Brown or Mr. Honnor on a cheeky port/starboard.
Race 1 started cleanly, behind the gate boat of Steve Sargent & Kiera Slyvester. Mark & Steve, Tim & Rich, Chimp & Hannah and Steve & Alex were all in the leading pack and started pulling away engaging in a tight battle. Alice Allen & Sharky finally got their act together and managed to avoid hitting the guard boats and started pulling through the top pack, eventually finishing 6th. Mark & Steve took the first win of the day, followed by Paul & Hannah and Tim & Rich.
Phil & Will were the gate boat in race 2 however, after several lifts, that the rest of the fleet missed and low pressure, 2 general recalls the race finally got away in building champagne breeze and sun. Tim & Rich reached the windward mark first, followed closely by Matt & Tim and Steve & Alex. Tim & Rich played the shifts expertly and just kept extending their lead on the rest of the fleet eventually doing a horizon job and sealing the win easily. Steve & Alex took Matt & Tim on the reach and took it home to 2nd, ahead of the boys with John & Chris blundell having a cracking race also finishing a close 4th.
Race 3 began after Neil & Sophie opened the gate, with the Inland Champions just about to round first before Tim & Rich just sneakied in and having a great couple reaches to extend away. The chasing Mark Lunn & Ste Blackburn took advantage of the building wind to go ahead of Neil & Sophie. Upwind is was neck and neck, each boat taking a piece of each other, neither able to show a speed advantage over the other. Saulty claims he saw a shoal of fish feeding indicating a wind shift and managed to take it and just edged Mark & Steve on the line.
Tim & Saulty and Mark & Steve are now showing as the clear favourites for the championships and the battle for the overall win will be hard fought between them over the next two days. The wind is forecast to drop and get shifty so there may also be contenders to showing their face in their preferred conditions.
Crews Union tonight….
ALLEN ENTERPRISE NATIONALS DAY 1
After 2 days of no racing, Tuesday morning begun with a champagne 16 knots and sunny weather. The sailors were keen and boats were being rigged from 7am.
The 67 boats launched and after a quick practice start, Matt Velamail & Tim Brownell started as the gate boat and by the top mark, Mark Lunn & Steve Blackburn had played the shifts and reached the windward mark 1st, closely followed Phil Ford & Will Allen, and Matt and Tim. After many place changes on the reaches, and the wind dropping constantly before coming back stronger, there were gains to be had up the long legs of the course. Mark & Steve didn’t look back and took the bullet, followed closely by Paul Hobson & Hannah Sadler showing blistering pace on the reaches, and Phil & Will closing out the top 3. Further back in the 10-20′s, James Morley & Rachel Burkitt and Akshan Jiransiha & Pete Rowley were having some great fights with the home Looe boats.
Race 2 started in similar conditions to the first, now with Akshan & Pete as the gate boat, starting late paid in this race as the gate boat made the best of the conditions, with the starboard lifts coming off the shore. However, yet again it was Mark & Steve who reached the windward mark first, again followed by Phil & Will, Alan Roberts & Rhea Burton, Steve Graham & Alex Halliwell, on the bottom reach Akshan & Pete unfortunately dipped it in – whose fault it was is still unknown……
The wind dropped for race 3, now with the returning faces of John & Chris Blundell as gate boat. There were various shifts up the beat and it was a lottery all the way. Tim Sadler & Saulty made the best of the shifts and rounded in 1st, leaving the rest of the fleet behind and claiming their first bullet of the championships closely followed by Steve Graham & Alex Halliwell. The wind built throughout to a strong force 4 and now the fitter, younger crews were starting to pull through into the top 10 including the stronger southern teams of Steve Sargent, Jeremy Stephens & Darren Roach and Chris & Ali Fry also making their first appearance at the front. The race finished on the upwind beat and the sailors limped back to the beach to get ready for the Crews Union and Fairytale Fancy Dress this evening.
Stay Tuned for tomorrow, another 3 races in similar conditions awaits…….
- Make sure you get your entries in for the Nationals! Enter online here!!
- Mark Lunn & Steve Blackburn win a hotly contested Masters Championships at Ogston. Read the report here here!!
- Neil Barrett & Sophie Jones win the Inland Championships. Read the report here here!!
- Middle Nene Area Championships, Very windy but all good fun! Read the report here here!!
- Hunts Open 9th May – Download the poster here!!
- Please make sure you renew your membership or join the association for 2015. Thankyou! Join Online here!!
- The PROVISIONAL 2015 fixture list is now online here!!
- A massive thankyou to all our sponsors for 2014! We couldn’t do it without you! We are now inviting any sponsors who would like to be a part of our major championships next year. If your interested or know anybody that could be please get in touch with us via our “Contact” page. Thankyou!Contact
- End of years AGM’s – Make sure you show your support at your local AGM to have your input into how the class is run and moves forwards. See news for all the details-News
- Nationals Reports & Results-News Item
- 54 boats at Paignton! Nationals-News
- Paul Hobson and Libby Allen are crowned Gul Masters Champions 2014-News Item
- Harken UK Inland Champions: Jeremy Stephens & Ryan Crawford – Well done guys! News Item
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- If you have any photos of recent class events that you’d like to share you can now upload them to our Flickr group where you can also access photos from other events – News Item