Netley Sailing Club: Nationals
Tuesday 15th - Sunday 20th August 2006

The Windsport Catparts Sprint 15 National Championships were held at Netley Sailing Club on 19 -21 Aug. The entry was 64 boats (but 63 attended). After a practice lap on the Saturday two races were sailed back-to-back after lunch. The wind was a brisk force 3-4 South Westerly straight across Southampton Water and race officer, David Henshall, set a large trapezoidal course with a beat across to the shipping channel and long reaches. First to the windward mark was George Carter followed by Stuart Snell, William Tusting, Richard Whitelock & (insurance man) David Lloyd. Lloyd hit the windward mark and had to do a 360. The reaches were long and exciting and with the second one skimming along the shoreline a large audience gathered in the Victoria Country Park. Big lifts were to be had on the beat and as the race progressed Charles Watson, Bob Carter and Erling Holmberg worked their way up the fleet. G Carter hung on the win from Snell, Watson, R Carter & Holmberg. The second race followed and this time Snell was first away and held the lead throughout to win from G Carter, Watson and R Carter. "Tippy" Tom Gall won the scrap for fifth place with Lloyd along the last reach of the race.

On Sunday the wind had swung towards the WNW and this enabled an inverted P course to be set with a long beat towards Southampton and the first reach along the edge of the shipping channel. The wind was a steady force 3 for the third race but the strong tide and heavy port biased line caught out many of the top boats who failed to cross the line on starboard at the pin end and had to tack/gybe back and weave their way through the fleet on port. No such problems for Lloyd and Steve Sawford who made dream starts and were first to the windward mark followed by Richard Philpott, Holmberg and Kevin Dutch. The rest were in catch-up mode. Fortunately, the wind out towards the channel was fresh and big gains were to be made by beating up the middle away from the shore. G Carter & Snell worked their way through the fleet and by the end had got back to first and third, but Lloyd hung on to take second. Holmberg snatched forth from R Carter with an early tack on the last leeward mark. Race 4 followed lunch and after being caught out by the tide and the heavy port biased line a big group tried port fliers mostly successfully but for one unfortunate who was pushed over early and had the return to re-round the end. The wind had dropped a little for this race and as the fleet approached the windward mark on each lap the port tack boats got headed in some tricky disturbed air which made the last part of the beat very tactical. The race developed into the usual ding-dong between Snell & G Carter. The final order was G Carter, Snell, Lloyd, R Carter and Dutch. The 5th race followed and G Carter had to take a 360 after an infringement with T Gall when attempting a port flyer. So Snell & Gall were first to the windward mark & Snell subsequently opened out a huge (2 leg) lead from the chasing pack. Competition was hot behind Snell with Gall, Sawford, Dutch, Holmberg and the Carters playing catch-up. By the end G Carter and Gall had closed up to a few feet of Snell but Snell hung on to take his second gun and keep his title challenge alive.

Thus with all to play for on the Monday morning race 6 was set with a fresher breeze (F3-4) in the same direction (WNW) with a inverse P course again. Lloyd showed how line shy the fleet can be by reaching along the length of the line across the bows on the fleet in the 20 second before the start. First to the windward mark was Sawford followed by Snell & Lloyd. After a while the leading four boats were sailing around in pairs a long way ahead of the fleet. Snell was leading being chased by G Carter and the some way back Sawford was being hounded by Lloyd. This order and formation prevailed to the last leeward mark before the finish. Then Snell got an unexpected gybe when sailing by the lee which gave G Carter room to round inside to take the gun (and the title) & then Lloyd took third place from Sawford with a starboard advantage on the finish line. Race 7 took place in even more wind and once again the start line was heavily port biased. Fatigue and some boat damage had set in with a number of the competitors not starting. With the championship sewn up G Carter made no errors and led throughout. At the gun Lloyd was second from Snell, Sawford and Chris Black, who was by now revelling in his favoured strong winds.

Thus after an excellent 7 race championship, George Carter (1,2,1,1,2,1,1) was the winner from Stuart Snell (2,1,3,2,1,2,3) and David Lloyd (7,6,2,3,8,3,2). Jeremy and Rebecca White won the two up competition and Robin Newbold was the first youth with an excellent 24th place. Team UKIDA won the team trophy with 3 places of the top 7.

After the championship racing the fleet moved on to a 2 day fun programme which included a cruise to Hill Head for lunch at the Osbourne View pub, a Go-Kart Competition and a cruise to Gurnard Sailing Club for lunch. The class would like to thank the Netley Sailing Club for their hospitality and running an excellent Championship Event.

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 Carter1818Grafham Water Sailing Club1 2 1 1 2 1 1 51
Stuart Snell1982RYA2 1 3 2 1 2 3 82
David Lloyd1905RYA7 6 2 3 8 3 2 163
Bob Carter1945Grafham Water Sailing Club4 4 5 4 5 8 13 224
Tom Gall1226Carsington Sailing Club11 5 15 7 3 5 8 285
Charles Watson1237Halifax Sailing Club3 3 9 9 7 11 7 296
Steve Sawford1733RYA13 15 6 13 6 4 4 337
Kevin Dutch1938Seasalter Sailing Club17 9 7 5 4 16 64 418
Erling Holmberg1959Shanklin Sailing Club5 21 4 6 27 64 6 429
Simon Farthing1898RYA12 10 38 12 9 10 10 5110
Matt Smith1900Beaver Sailing Club15 11 12 17 14 6 11 5411
Chris Black1942Grafham Water Sailing Club64 64 22 8 13 7 5 5512
William Tusting1947Grafham Water Sailing Club6 16 11 16 21 13 12 5813
Nick Dewhirst1821Seasalter Sailing Club18 8 14 18 26 12 9 6114
Paul Smith1961Beaver Sailing Club19 7 10 10 28 19 16 6215
Richard Philpott1988Grafham Water Sailing Club22 18 8 14 16 26 18 7416
Frank Sandells1986Grafham Water Sailing Club8 20 33 22 15 18 14 7517
Paul Roberts1054Dee Sailing Club9 12 41 52 64 9 17 8818
Richard Whitelock1705Grafham Water Sailing Club14 17 13 31 25 21 24 8919
Peter Richardson1983Marconi Sailing Club10 13 23 25 33 25 64 9620 ¹
George Stephen1594Queen Mary Sailing Club24 19 19 15 19 29 25 9621 ¹
Eamonn Browne1861Marconi Sailing Club20 31 20 36 18 20 19 9722
Roger Bone1681Gurnard Sailing Club33 64 18 23 12 14 64 10023
Robin Newbold991Carsington Sailing Club26 22 26 19 24 30 15 10624
Keith Ball1937Grafham Water Sailing Club21 14 32 30 10 64 64 10725
Ray Gall1914Carsington Sailing Club30 26 16 26 29 24 21 11326 ¹
Jeremy White & Rebecca White1548Netley Sailing Club41 64 17 24 22 27 23 11327 ¹
Gordon Goldstone1918Queen Mary Sailing Club25 25 35 28 11 64 27 11628
Phillip Howden1939Grafham Water Sailing Club27 23 36 27 23 22 64 12229
Kevin Parvin1615Penmaenmawr Sailing Club50 38 25 11 20 31 64 12530
Trevor Bulmer-Jones1575Netley Sailing Club23 24 27 20 35 34 64 12831
John Shenton1956Shanklin Sailing Club32 30 21 43 17 39 35 13532
Andy Chidwick1946Marconi Sailing Club38 36 46 34 45 17 20 14533
Bob Rowntree1958Grafham Water Sailing Club34 28 28 35 32 46 26 14834
Chris Maloney1585Thorpe Bay Yacht Club44 29 24 33 46 23 64 15335
Steve Petts1934Grafham Water Sailing Club35 46 30 21 34 37 37 15736
Stuart Pierce1813Shanklin Sailing Club37 34 64 45 39 28 22 16037
Chris Read642Shanklin Sailing Club49 27 29 29 31 64 64 16538 ¹
Norman Grum1300Carsington Sailing Club28 47 48 32 43 33 29 16539 ¹
Idris Dibble469Cardiff Bay Yacht Club29 32 37 39 36 38 33 16740
Keith Bartlett1962Open Dinghy Club31 33 34 50 41 32 64 17141
Barrie Hoggard1815Beaver Sailing Club36 42 43 49 50 15 64 18542
Darren Kiggins1985Thorpe Bay Yacht Club46 64 31 37 42 40 38 18843 ¹
Andy Phillips602Filey Sailing Club45 64 39 40 37 41 31 18844 ¹
Martin Searle1331Seasalter Sailing Club39 35 42 44 40 35 64 19145
Steve Roberts1910Dee Sailing Club43 39 47 47 38 44 28 19246
Richard Harrison2001RYA42 37 51 38 44 43 39 19947
Andrew Hannah1520Thorpe Bay Yacht Club40 48 44 41 47 42 36 20348
Paul Bailey1522Grafham Water Sailing Club51 64 45 48 48 36 30 20749
Robert England1351Carsington Sailing Club55 43 54 42 30 64 64 22450
Keith Chidwick1840Queen Mary Sailing Club48 49 50 54 51 47 32 22651
Gerald Sverdloff1642Thorpe Bay Yacht Club54 52 52 55 49 50 34 23752
John Long1133Thorpe Bay Yacht Club47 40 49 53 53 52 64 24153
Trevor Arnold404Grafham Water Sailing Club52 44 53 46 52 49 64 24354
Kevin Morris1560Grafham Water Sailing Club16 41 64 64 64 64 64 24955
Jim Bryce1811Filey Sailing Club64 45 64 51 64 51 40 25156
Richard Jones1665Marconi Sailing Club64 54 56 57 54 48 41 25357
Bob Baker & William Baker1926Shanklin Sailing Club56 51 55 56 64 45 64 26358
Alan Welman1922Open Dinghy Club53 50 40 64 64 64 64 27159
Charlie Pierce & Alex Cavacuti1863Shanklin Sailing Club64 53 57 64 64 53 64 29160
Keith Newnham1150Shanklin Sailing Club64 64 64 64 64 64 64 32061
Chris Jesse & Rina Savolainen1932Lee on the Solent Sailing Club64 64 64 64 64 64 64 32061
David Robinson899RYA64 64 64 64 64 64 64 32061