Saundersfoot Sailing Club: Nationals
Wednesday 15th - Friday 17th August 2007

Local Press Coverage is available: here

The Windsport Catparts Sprint 15 National Championships were held at Saundersfoot Sailing Club on 15 -17 August in good sailing conditions, despite the poor weather forecasts for Wales and over 200 retirements from the Fastnet race. The racing was preceeded by several days of fun sailing by part of the fleet. The highlights were a sail by 18 boats to Tenby and then on to Caldy Island for lunch (courtesy of the Abbott) on Monday 13 August in bright sunshine and gusty F3 - 4 winds and a fiercely fought go-kart grand prix with 23 competitors. The go-karting is getting almost as serious as the sailing.

The racing proper started on Wednesday 15 Aug when after a practice race and a quick pit stop the Race Officer, Rolf John, set a large rectangular course in an off shore Westerly F4-5 breeze for the 54 entrants. In the first race George Carter led from William Tusting from start to finish. Sprint 15 prodigal, Paul Berry, started well and was third at the windward mark but Steve Sawford & Erling Holmberg sailed through the fleet to take third and forth respectively. Chris Black sustained a nasty cut on his hand at the final leeward mark, which was to cause him to retire from the subsequent race but he hung on to finish race 1. The next race was sailed using the same course and became a ding-dong between Carter & Kevin Dutch, who had found his boat speed and led at several points during the race but just missed out at the gun. These two were a huge distance ahead from Sawford, Carl Blenkinsop and Holmberg. After an exhilarating 2 races the fleet retired for a fleet BBQ to unwind and the AGM, which lasted some 6 minutes (not quite but almost a record for brevity). That evening the fleet were provided with the Pro-Am pairings where the experienced sailors are allocated an amateur to help for the rest of the championship this is a regular feature of our championships which proves very popular with the novices.

On Thursday the wind was still from the West at about F3-4 with some tricky shifts plus quite a lot of sunshine and there were 3 races run, again using the rectangular course. In race 3 it made a big difference which side you went up the beat. Carter led the way from Sawford, Holmberg and Blenkinsop. As the race developed those that took the East side of the beat suffered from sailing into a header and lost out. From the leading pack, this included Holmberg, Les Horrell-Smith and Ben Saunders. In the end Carter prevailed from Sawford, Blenkinsop, Tusting and Dutch. Race 4 was sailed after a quick lunch break and class treasurer, Golden Goldstone, made no mistakes at the start after taking a port flyer and led the boats around the first lap. Many times past National Champion, John Postletwaite, sailing a recently acquired (but unsailed by him before the Nationals) boat sailed by on the second beat and led for a lap until Carter put in a spurt and took the lead just in time to take the gun. Postlethwaite took second from Blenkinsop, Dutch, Goldstone and Class Chairman, Nick Dewhirst, who was reveling in the tactical conditions. The fifth race followed immediately and at the windward mark it was Carsington teenager, Robin Newbold, and Geoff Howlett close behind Carter. The conditions were still tricky and the gusts could be quite strong. A big cheer could be heard from the fleet when John Postlethwaite took his first swim of the event a pitchpole on the leeward reach showing that he is human after all. Meanwhile at the front Carter extended his lead to win from Holmberg, Howlett, Newbold and Chris Black. This concluded a very pleasant days sailing leaving the fleet bemused that Paul Berry missed all 3 races as he took the dog for a walk to Tenby! The fleet retired for the evening and 94 punters, family members and members of the organising club attended the fleet dinner at the Coppett Hall Hotel. A good time was had by all.

The last day turned out to be the lightest winds of the championship (about a F2 from the NW) it was a pity that this was the day that our photographer, Nick Champion, attended. He had been at Weymouth getting blown away at the Laser Nationals on Wednesday & Thursday. Rolf John set an inverse P course with a downwind gate to provide some variety. In race 6, Kevin Morris, Nick Dewhirst and Berry followed Carter round the windward mark after the first beat. Kevin Morris had benefited enormously from the hints and tips provided by his Pro (Erling Holmberg) and proved a force to be reckoned with after he had taken these tips onboard. This order prevailed for much of the race and the sequence at the gun was Carter, Morris, Berry, Dewhirst and Dutch. In the final race of the championship, Sawford & Berry crossed the fleet on port tack from the line and led the proceedings until Holmberg took the lead on the downwind leg. Carter and the Queen Mary pair of George Stephen and Pegum worked their way up the fleet on the subsequent beat. By the end of the race the top 2 places had a familiar look (Carter followed by Sawford) but the following places were taken by Stephen, Pegum, Berry and Duncan Macpherson who was over from South Africa to take part in the proceedings.

Thus after the full 7 races had been sailed, George Carter (currently of the Moordale Sailing Club, Toronto) retained his championship crown with seven straight wins justifying his trip, but Steve Sawford and Kevin Dutch scaled new heights and took second and third respectively.
Youngsters, Charlie Pierce & Alex Cavacuiti won the two up competition, Robin Newbold was the first youth with an excellent 10th place and Michele Fisher from Gurnard won the Ladies Cup. Team Grafham won the team trophy and had 8 sailors in the top 20 even though several of their top sailors could not take part this year. There were many other prizes awarded (see below).

The fleet now look forward to next year when it is the 30th anniversary National Championships at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club where we are expecting a record attendance.


Final Standings: 1st G Carter (Moordale) 5pts, 2nd S. Sawford 17pts, 3rd K Dutch (Seasalter) 22 pts, 4th C Blenkinsop (Gurnard) 25pts , 5th E Holmberg (Shanklin) 26pts, 6th W Tusting (Grafham) 31pts, 7th J Postlethwaite (Beaver) 36 pts, 8th G Howlett (Shanklin) 40 pts, 9th K Ball (Grafham) 43pts, 10th R Newbold (Carsington) 47pts.

First Two-up: C Pierce & A Cavatuiti (Shanklin)

First Lady: M Fisher (Gurnard)

Youth Trophy (Under 19): 1st R Newbold (Carsington), 2nd B Saunders (Seasalter), 3rd C Pierce & A Cavatuiti (Shanklin), 4th W Baker (Shanklin)

Over 50s 1st E Holmberg (Shanklin), 2nd G Howlett (Shanklin) 3rd N Dewhirst (Whitstable).

Over 60s 1st E Holmberg (Shanklin), 2nd G Howlett (Shanklin), 3rd C Black (Grafham)

Heavyweights 1st K Ball (Grafham), 2nd R Rowntree (Grafham) , 3rd G Wood (Grafham)

Most Improved 1st K Morris (Grafham), 2nd Steve Sawford, 3rd K Ball (Grafham)

Teams Standings 1st Grafham (129pts), 2nd Shanklin (166pts), 3rd Carsington (243pts), 4th Queen Mary (271pts) 5th Seasalter (361pts), 6th Thorpe Bay (423pts),

Pro-Am Winners: K Morris + E Holmberg

Windsport-Catpart Vouchers: 15 B Saunders; 10 J Long; 5 K Parvin.

Go-Karts 1st K Dutch (Seasalter), 2nd M Smith (Beaver) , 3rd M Ellis (Thorpe Bay), 4th W Baker (Shanklin)

Treasure Hunt: 1st (joint) Isobella & Olivia Sandells 1st (joint) Shanklin Tractor Drivers Inc.

Sub-Competition Full results are available here

Team Grafham: Winners of the Team Trophy
Team Grafham: Winners of the Team Trophy
Start On Friday (Picture by Nick Champion)
Start On Friday (Picture by Nick Champion)
Start On Friday (Picture by Nick Champion)
Start On Friday (Picture by Nick Champion)

Results:

Click for: Full Results with all Sub-Competitions

OVERALL RESULTS
Competitors Races - 7 of 7 Sailed (No. of Discards: 2) Event Placings
Name Sail ClubRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7Points Place
George Carter1818Mooredale Sailing Club1 1 1 1 1 1 1 51
Steve Sawford1733RYA3 3 2 15 7 7 2 172
Kevin Dutch1938Seasalter Sailing Club7 2 5 4 6 5 6 223
Carl Blenkinsop1974Gurnard Sailing Club9 4 3 3 13 6 55 254
Erling Holmberg2007Shanklin Sailing Club4 5 7 8 2 11 55 265
William Tusting1947Grafham Water Sailing Club2 7 4 7 11 30 55 316
John Postlethwaite1405Beaver Sailing Club5 12 6 2 26 16 11 367
Geoff Howlett1953Shanklin Sailing Club16 6 12 10 3 12 9 408
Keith Ball1937Grafham Water Sailing Club6 11 8 20 16 8 10 439
Robin Newbold991Carsington Sailing Club17 8 20 9 4 10 16 4710
Nick Dewhirst2006Whitstable Yacht Club11 13 55 6 20 4 18 5211 ¹
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing Club15 14 13 5 9 13 12 5212 ¹
Chris Black2005Grafham Water Sailing Club10 55 14 12 5 18 14 5513
Frank Sandells1986Grafham Water Sailing Club12 9 25 16 14 25 8 5914
Kevin Morris1560Grafham Water Sailing Club55 40 24 11 10 2 17 6415
Duncan Macpherson1705Grafham Water Sailing Club21 26 11 27 8 20 5 6516
George Stephen1594Queen Mary Sailing Club20 16 23 14 17 17 3 6717
Richard Whitelock1762Grafham Water Sailing Club25 22 15 26 15 9 15 7618
Ed Tuite Dalton1940Draycote Water Sailing Club8 17 22 13 18 24 26 7819
Bob Rowntree1958Grafham Water Sailing Club38 10 9 19 28 26 30 9220
Norman Grum1300Carsington Sailing Club18 21 17 17 25 38 20 9321
Howard Hawkes1643Thorpe Bay Yacht Club55 23 10 22 55 19 23 9722
John Shenton1956Shanklin Sailing Club26 38 19 23 22 23 13 10023
Ray Gall1914Carsington Sailing Club24 25 30 24 12 21 22 10324
George Wood1908Grafham Water Sailing Club22 27 16 30 19 22 28 10625
Robert England1351Carsington Sailing Club19 15 26 39 27 28 25 11226
Kevin Parvin1615Penmaenmawr Sailing Club23 34 18 29 23 27 31 12027
Andy Chidwick1946Marconi Sailing Club13 19 31 18 49 45 40 12128
Steve Petts1934Grafham Water Sailing Club34 18 28 40 30 15 32 12329
Martyn Ellis1981Thorpe Bay Yacht Club39 24 32 32 29 14 34 13130
Stuart Pierce1813Shanklin Sailing Club55 20 41 21 21 29 55 13231
Paul Berry1748Stewartby Water Sports Club14 55 55 55 55 3 7 13432
Michelle Fisher1357Gurnard Sailing Club55 55 43 25 24 32 21 14533
Les Hurrell-Smith1397Marconi Sailing Club31 28 21 55 42 40 29 14934
Idris Dibble469Cardiff Bay Yacht Club29 29 55 33 33 39 27 15135
Stewart Pegum1918Queen Mary Sailing Club27 42 42 44 37 47 4 15236
Ben Saunders252Seasalter Sailing Club55 33 29 31 45 46 19 15737
Keith Bartlett1962Open Dinghy Club28 31 39 41 38 31 33 16138
Steven Tunnacliffe1343Halifax Sailing Club35 41 35 37 40 37 24 16839
Derek James1744Draycote Water Sailing Club33 30 47 36 34 50 37 17040
Richard Harrison2001Netley Sailing Club55 36 36 35 31 34 44 17241
Chris Read642Shanklin Sailing Club36 43 33 38 32 36 36 17342
Andy Phillips602Filey Sailing Club30 32 38 45 44 33 55 17743
Martin Searle1331Seasalter Sailing Club32 37 34 43 43 41 38 18244
Gerald Sverdloff1642Thorpe Bay Yacht Club55 55 37 34 39 42 43 19545
Alex Varnava1800Queen Mary Sailing Club55 55 27 28 36 55 55 20146
Elliott Fougman127Thorpe Bay Yacht Club42 55 46 47 46 35 35 20447
Charlie Pierce & Alex Cavacuti1863Shanklin Sailing Club37 39 49 46 35 55 55 20648
Bob Baker1926Shanklin Sailing Club43 35 44 55 55 49 42 21349
William Baker1704Shanklin Sailing Club41 55 45 55 48 44 41 21950
Keith Chidwick1840Queen Mary Sailing Club55 55 40 42 41 52 47 22251
Cedric Clemerson1201Pevensey Bay Sailing Club40 55 50 48 47 51 46 23152
John Long1133Thorpe Bay Yacht Club55 55 48 55 55 43 39 24053
Ian James378Cardiff Bay Yacht Club55 55 55 55 55 48 45 25854