North Devon Yacht Club: Sport Nationals
30th May - Monday 1st June 2009

Blasting from the river mouth to take the open sea by storm was hardly the format for this Championship, blistering sunshine, light winds and strong tides was the reality for the 41 protagonists for this event.

The weather forecast promising lots of wind seemed accurate enough at the start of the first race on Saturday Morning, strong gusts from the east in perfect sunshine set in picturesque surroundings this must be sailing utopia.

The fleet got away cleanly, blasting up the Tor estuary to the first mark, each crew straining on the wire, eager to be in a good position at the windward mark, first round was Kyle Stoneham from Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, 2nd was Peter Ewing form NDYC and 3rd Brian Phipps from Restronguet Sailing Club, quickly the front runners pulled away from the rest of the fleet and at the wing mark had pulled out a not insignificant lead.

Disaster struck a few moments later, the wind decided as the weather was so good it would go away for the weekend, not sure where it went but we all hoped that it had a good time. Back in Instow fortunes were turned upside down, some massive losses and gains were made. The race was eventually won by Phipps with Charles Watson from Halifax SC second and Erling Holmberg third.

The second race sailed back to back with the first got under way this time in very light conditions, the tide playing an important part of the competitors tactical decision making, these decisions were crucial for a good result in these conditions, Phipps again got it right with another first closely followed by Kyle Stoneham and third from the home club Annette Madison.

Racing over, it was then back to the Yacht Club, the cup final was on the big screen, but most people wanted to be outside enjoying the weather. That evening the Nationals social programme got underway, the Après Sail programme always an essential and exciting part of the Sprint 15 events, and this one was no exception. Sailors and their families enjoyed Italian food and Live Folk Music.

Sunday Morning, no wind, at the top of the course the little breeze was from the west, at the bottom of the course it was coming from the east, “a race officers nightmare” when at last whatever breeze stayed, it came from the west. At the start the locals, who have inherited their local knowledge from generations of fisherman and yachtsman opted for the Appledore side of the estuary, whilst all the visitors opted for the North shore, how the locals laughed right up until, the leading visitor Martin Scott fresh from the North Shore drifted past the windward mark.

Only eight boats finished, the rest ran out of time. 1st was Martin Scott from Gurnard 2nd Mark Aldridge from Grafham 3rd David Casale from Queen Mary and making his Nationals Debut was Barry Vincent from NDYC was 4th.

For the fourth race the wind had filled in a little, but was still incredibly light, it was a race to get the race started before the water ran out. A smaller course was used first again was Martin Scott 2nd Charles Watson and 3rd Brian Phipps.

Getting back ashore was not an insignificant achievement in these conditions, to find that many had decided not race and enjoy the sunshine instead, I am not sure who had the better time, and I would not like to hazard a guess either.

Après Sail programme on Sunday evening, traditionally a sit down dinner with some after dinner speeches, and this one was no exception, “Stalwart and Chairman” on the Sprint 15 class Nick Dewhirst regaled his captive audience with stories and encouraged others to participate. “An enjoyable evening.”

Mondays racing, the last day and last opportunity to improve positions, whilst others hoping to defend theirs. In the light conditions it seemed a daunting task. Both races were won by Brian Phipps, 2nd in race 6 was Annette Maddison and 3rd Martin Scott. The final race as I say was won by Phipps 2nd Erling Holmberg 3rd Charles Watson 4th Steve Sawford from Rutland and making his results debut Kieth Heason from NDYC.

Despite the testing conditions everybody had a fantastic weekend in Devon the Sun was hot the Beer was cold and ambiance spectacular. But without the hospitality of the home club it would not have been so good, so thanks must go to Keith Heason, his wife Bernie and their team of willing helpers that insured we were all fed, the Bar Staff who kept us hydrated, Richard Stone and his race team who got all five races in.


Overall Results, 1st Brian Phipps RSC, 2nd Martin Scott Gurnard, 3rd Kyle Stoneham TBYC , 4th Erling Holmberg and 5th Robert England from Carsington.

Brian Phipps Sport National Champion 2009
Brian Phipps Sport National Champion 2009


Results:

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OVERALL RESULTS
Competitors Races - 6 of 6 Sailed (No. of Discards: 2) Event Placings
Name Sail ClubRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Points Place
Brian Phipps6Restronguet Sailing Club1 1 43 3 1 1 41
Martin Scott1220Gurnard Sailing Club9 5 1 1 3 11 102
Kyle Stoneham1148Thorpe Bay Yacht Club4 2 7 4 9 6 163
Erling Holmberg2007Shanklin Sailing Club3 20 8 8 5 2 184
Robert England1351Carsington Sailing Club10 4 5 19 7 7 235
Robin Newbold991Carsington Sailing Club7 8 6 9 14 3 246
Charles Watson1237Halifax Sailing Club2 12 43 2 16 12 287
Annette Maddison1638North Devon Yacht Club13 3 43 12 2 13 308 ¹
Steve Sawford1733Rutland Water Sailing Club5 19 43 17 4 4 309 ¹
Mark Aldridge1522Grafham Water Sailing Club8 18 2 11 17 10 3110
Dave Casale1963Queen Mary Sailing Club14 7 3 14 10 19 3411
John Postlethwaite1405Beaver Sailing Club12 15 43 7 12 9 4012
George Love1825Carsington Sailing Club17 6 43 15 11 18 4913 ¹
Nick Dewhirst2006Whitstable Yacht Club20 17 43 16 8 8 4914 ¹
Micheal Rainer1976North Devon Yacht Club11 9 43 43 13 17 5015
Keith Heason1424North Devon Yacht Club19 16 43 43 15 5 5516
Barry Vincent1256North Devon Yacht Club43 43 4 13 21 20 5817
Robert Way1526North Devon Yacht Club43 13 43 10 28 15 6618
Peter Lytton1221Papercourt Sailing Club18 10 43 21 18 43 6719
Sam Heaton685North Devon Yacht Club24 43 43 23 6 16 6920
Peter Ewing1317North Devon Yacht Club26 23 43 6 29 43 8421
Derek James1744Draycote Water Sailing Club43 28 43 18 26 14 8622
Ray Gall1914Carsington Sailing Club23 43 43 24 23 21 9123
Ed Tuite Dalton1940Draycote Water Sailing Club21 26 43 29 25 24 9624 ¹
Pat Smith1943North Devon Yacht Club22 25 43 22 27 29 9625 ¹
Ian Mounce1951North Devon Yacht Club15 43 43 25 30 31 10126 ¹
Anthony Gray1893North Devon Yacht Club33 43 43 26 19 23 10127 ¹
Kevin Dutch1938Seasalter Sailing Club6 11 43 43 43 43 10328 ¹
David Warren1711North Devon Yacht Club25 43 43 30 22 26 10329 ¹
Stewart Pegum1918Oxford Sailing Club27 27 43 28 34 22 10430
Ian Atkinson1200North Devon Yacht Club43 14 43 43 24 25 10631 ¹
Eric Evans1888North Devon Yacht Club43 24 43 20 32 30 10632 ¹
Penny Slee1278North Devon Yacht Club16 43 43 5 43 43 10733 ¹
Dane Stanley1543North Devon Yacht Club31 21 43 27 31 28 10734 ¹
Alyzon Mayoh1678North Devon Yacht Club29 43 43 43 20 27 11935
Alex Raymont525North Devon Yacht Club28 22 43 43 43 43 13636
Richard Hentall1297North Devon Yacht Club30 43 43 31 33 43 13737
Ellie Price1547North Devon Yacht Club32 43 43 43 35 32 14238
Chris Cawthorne1666North Devon Yacht Club43 43 43 43 43 43 17239
Joe Armstrong1936North Devon Yacht Club43 43 43 43 43 43 17239
Mike Johns1906North Devon Yacht Club43 43 43 43 43 43 17239
Julian Thomas1909North Devon Yacht Club43 43 43 43 43 43 17239