Thorpe Bay Yacht Club: Nationals
Saturday 16th - Monday 18th August 2008

Report by: Howard Hawkes, Pictures by: Nick Champion and Charles Watson

61 Sprint 15s contested their Nationals from August 16th to 18th with entries from Canada, Hong Kong and South Africa as well as the UK, of which nineteen were from the home fleet. The format was seven races with two discards and a square course was used throughout. As usual George Carter Ė late of Grafham, now a resident of Canada Ė dominated, crossing the line first in every race.

Saturday 16th August.

Race 1 started in a Force 3/4 southerly with a flooding tide and a lumpy chop. The pin end was favoured and by the end of the three rounds the breeze had dropped to a Force 2/3. George Carter won, Kyle Stoneham from the home club was second and Richard Philpott of Grafham was third.

Race 2 started in a Force 2 southerly. Again the pin end paid, provided you didnít allow yourself to be pushed on to the pin by the ebbing tide. Kyle Stoneham arrived at the pin too early, but gybed and passed behind the rest of the fleet on port tack and after three rounds in an increasing breeze he finished 6th. George Carter won, Peter Richardson from Marconi was second and Nick Miller (also from Marconi) was third.

Sunday 17th August.

Race 3 was held in a south-westerly Force 3 dropping to Force 2. The first two boats of George Carter and Nick Miller were deemed over the line at the start and so the winnerís mantle was taken by Brian Phipps, owner of the event sponsor Windsport. Keith Ball and Richard Phillpott (both from Grafham) were second and third respectively. The entry list had been extended by the late arrival of David Ball from Marconi, whose Nationals started well with a 6th.

In race 4 the wind started to build, to Force 3 by the end. George Carter won as usual, but this time there was a change in the supporting cast with Kevin Dutch from Seasalter finishing second and Robin Boardman of Halifax third.

The tide had started to ebb by the time race 5 got under way, such that at the pin it was not possible to cross the line on starboard. One boat (your reporter) crossed the fleet on port, but failed to consolidate his position and tack to cover the fleet, while those who went left benefited from a lift approaching the windward mark on port. Good night Vienna! The first three places were as in race 4.

Before the Annual Dinner that evening Brian Phipps of Windsport held a thought-provoking post-race debrief and Q&A session.

Monday 18th August.

Race 6 started in a stiff 20 mph south-westerly kicking up a steep chop; about half of the fleet stayed ashore. The winner once more was George Carter, Kevin Dutch posted his third successive second place and Brian Phipps was third.

Race 7 was a Thorpe Bay Buster - the breeze was now approaching 30 mph and the sea was rough. George Carter and Kyle Stoneham opted for port tack starts, ducking a few transoms on the way. Kevin Dutch revealed hitherto unknown artistry, pitchpoling on the first reach with balletic grace worthy of the Bolshoi Theatre. The race officer wisely shortened the race and as usual George Carter won with Brian Phipps second with Nick Miller of Marconi third.

The return to the beach was spectacular. Some chose the discrete approach under bare poles, others sailed full tilt up the beach coming to rest a whole boatís length out of the water, while a third faction rounded up to wind and reversed in. Fortunately there was no shortage of help from other competitors and the shore party. Brian Phipps showed his mastery of cats by recovering a capsize within a few feet of the beach huts.

The champion Ė for the eleventh consecutive time Ė is George Carter. Sadly he has decided it is no longer practical to compete in the Sprint fleet as he is now living in Canada. His boat has been snapped up by Andrew Hannah, who has done more than anyone to build the Thorpe Bay fleet to twenty odd boats.

Second was Brian Phipps from Restronguet, whose company Windsport kindly sponsored the event and donated prizes. Third was Kevin Dutch from Seasalter, retaining the position he achieved in last yearís event. Fourth was local rising star Kyle Stoneham, sailing his first Sprint Nationals. Fifth was Nick Miller of Marconi and sixth was Robin Boardman of Halifax.

Grafham retained won the team title, but this time they were pushed hard by Thorpe Bay, who were last in 2007. Charles and Elenya Watson won the two-up championship and finished 23rd overall. On more than one occasion I saw young Elenya happily chatting away as if on the beach while her Dad supervised a wild reach!

Charlie Pierce of Shanklin is the new Junior Champion, Brian Phipps is the over 50ís Champion and Peter Richardson has donned the over 60ís crown. Marconiís Fenella Miller is the Ladiesí Champion and local lifeboatman Martyn Ellis won the Most Improved Award in 12th place, up from 30th last year. The Pro-Am Championship was won by Brian Phipps and Roger Pimm, who borrowed a boat for the event.

Simon Rowell was the deserving winner of the new trophy for persistence, kindly donated by Carol Smith in memory of Paul Smith.

At the prizegiving various mishaps and exploits were recognised, including Kyle Stonehamís avoidance on port tack of Kevin Dutch on starboard by flying a hull over Kevinís transoms in Mondayís Force 6.

We would like to thank our sponsors: Windsport Catparts, W.H. Insurance Consultants, The Wetsuit Outlet and Bartlett Craft Jewellery.

The unanimous view was a successful event supervised by an excellent race team led by Race Officer Phil Crawford of the home club.

Race 6 Start by Nick Champion
Race 6 Start by Nick Champion
Kevin Dutch Wipes Out by Nick Champion
Kevin Dutch Wipes Out by Nick Champion
National Champ. George Carter with Two Up National Champ. Crew Elenya Watson
National Champ. George Carter with Two Up National Champ. Crew Elenya Watson

Results:

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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 62 1 1 1 1 51
Brian Phipps20Restronguet Sailing Club4 5 1 5 10 3 2 152
Kevin Dutch1938Seasalter Sailing Club10 62 5 2 2 2 62 213
Kyle Stoneham1148Thorpe Bay Yacht Club2 6 13 9 7 6 6 274
Nick Miller1917Marconi Sailing Club28 3 62 8 8 7 3 295
Robin Boardman1758Halifax Sailing Club8 10 11 3 3 62 62 356
Kevin Morris1560Grafham Water Sailing Club7 8 7 10 5 14 10 377
Steve Sawford1733Rutland Water Sailing Club13 9 4 6 12 9 18 408
Paul Tanner1991Shanklin Sailing Club12 23 24 16 4 4 7 439
Peter Richardson1983Marconi Sailing Club6 2 8 12 17 62 62 4510
Richard Philpott1988Grafham Water Sailing Club3 13 3 62 62 12 19 5011
Martyn Ellis1981Thorpe Bay Yacht Club5 14 42 11 18 15 9 5412
Robin Newbold991Carsington Sailing Club14 62 14 14 6 8 13 5513
Mark Aldridge1522Grafham Water Sailing Club22 16 18 24 11 10 4 5914 ¹
Chris Black2005Grafham Water Sailing Club16 25 15 4 22 13 11 5915 ¹
Keith Ball1937Grafham Water Sailing Club11 21 2 7 23 62 62 6416
Frank Sandells1986Grafham Water Sailing Club23 17 9 18 62 11 12 6717
Gordon Goldstone2004Queen Mary Sailing Club25 32 10 17 13 17 14 7118
Howard Hawkes1643Thorpe Bay Yacht Club15 7 22 20 16 16 62 7419 ¹
Richard Whitelock1705Grafham Water Sailing Club24 12 29 13 9 19 21 7420 ¹
Nick Dewhirst2006Whitstable Yacht Club27 27 25 33 20 5 5 8221 ¹
David Ball1488Marconi Sailing Club62 62 6 26 24 18 8 8222 ¹
Charles Watson & Elenya Watson1237Halifax Sailing Club26 18 12 19 14 62 62 8923
Andy Phillips602Filey Sailing Club21 11 21 29 62 23 20 9624
Eamonn Browne1861Marconi Sailing Club18 22 16 15 33 62 62 10425
John Shenton1956Shanklin Sailing Club20 15 27 27 21 62 62 11026
Bob Rowntree1958Grafham Water Sailing Club29 26 20 21 29 62 15 11127
Erling Holmberg2007Shanklin Sailing Club9 33 19 23 28 62 62 11228
Stuart Pierce1813Shanklin Sailing Club39 29 23 30 25 21 16 11429
Roger Pimm791Thorpe Bay Yacht Club48 40 28 32 19 20 17 11630
George Stephen1594Queen Mary Sailing Club34 19 17 22 26 62 62 11831
Gabriel Kicks1995Lantau Boat Club17 4 26 62 15 62 62 12432
Richard Harrison2001Netley Sailing Club62 24 37 25 62 24 23 13333
Stewart Pegum1918Queen Mary Sailing Club31 62 31 62 38 25 25 15034
Keith Bartlett1962Open Dinghy Club19 36 30 39 35 62 62 15935 ¹
Steve Petts1934Grafham Water Sailing Club35 28 33 31 32 62 62 15936 ¹
Gerald Sverdloff1933Thorpe Bay Yacht Club30 20 41 40 30 62 62 16137 ¹
Gary Marshall1876Island Yacht Club43 31 32 28 27 62 62 16138 ¹
Simon Rowell1843Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club52 39 44 41 36 26 22 16439
Andrew Hannah1520Thorpe Bay Yacht Club33 30 38 36 39 62 62 17640
Duncan Ford1973Thorpe Bay Yacht Club32 34 48 34 31 62 62 17941
Gary Sverdloff1231Thorpe Bay Yacht Club40 46 35 42 34 62 62 19742
Charlie Pierce834Shanklin Sailing Club62 62 34 43 40 62 24 20343
James Hurst565Grafham Water Sailing Club53 35 36 44 41 62 62 20944
Chris Pimm469Thorpe Bay Yacht Club45 37 45 62 62 22 62 21145
Chris Hull1740Thorpe Bay Yacht Club51 44 53 48 44 27 62 21446
Chris Maloney1585Thorpe Bay Yacht Club41 62 39 35 47 62 62 22447 ¹
Ray Gall1914Carsington Sailing Club36 62 46 38 42 62 62 22448 ¹
John Long1133Grafham Water Sailing Club37 38 40 47 62 62 62 22449 ¹
Martin Searle1331Seasalter Sailing Club47 43 50 51 37 62 62 22850
Eric Sales & Alex Grindley1868Seasalter Sailing Club44 42 62 45 43 62 62 23651
Ian Hadley1857Thorpe Bay Yacht Club46 41 49 46 62 62 62 24452
Fenella Miller1579Marconi Sailing Club42 62 43 52 46 62 62 24553
Elliott Fougman127Thorpe Bay Yacht Club38 45 51 50 62 62 62 24654
Keith Persin1551Thorpe Bay Yacht Club49 62 47 49 45 62 62 25255
Theresa Ryall1333Thorpe Bay Yacht Club62 62 52 37 48 62 62 26156
Declan Fitchew & Daren Fitchew1642Thorpe Bay Yacht Club62 47 62 62 62 62 62 29557
Terry Pearce668Thorpe Bay Yacht Club50 62 62 62 62 62 62 29858
Paul Fowler1759Marconi Sailing Club54 62 62 62 62 62 62 30259
Stefan Smith1525Thorpe Bay Yacht Club55 62 62 62 62 62 62 30360
Brian Mills694Thorpe Bay Yacht Club62 62 62 62 62 62 62 31061