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Great Britain, Inland Championships 2012

Northampton Sailing Club

29/30 September 2012

Report by Lee Child

27 OK’s from the corners of England and one visitor from Ireland descended on Northampton Sailing Club 29/30 September.

The weather gods were looking on favourably as the fleet were greeted with glorious sunshine and 15mph winds on the picturesque Pitsford Reservoir.

In race 1, Ed Bradburn shot away at the start along with Jon Fish and Lee Child but the crafty Jim Hunt worked his way through the field, lap after lap sneaking in from the left at the windward mark and it was ultimately Jim who stole the win from Fish after many downwind luffing battles between the top 4. Andy Turner stayed out of trouble and came home 5th.

Race 2 got underway at the second time of asking after a very clear general recall saw the race officer get the black flag out rather than watch endless recalls. Bradburn again always seemed to be going the right way up the beats but it was Hunt’s ability to avoid the snakes that gave him the second win from 2 races which was a clear signal to the fleet! Curtis came home second.

Race 3 was a bit lighter and saw some different faces out the front. Antony Rich led for much of the race but was overhauled and ended 5th but deserved to have been higher. Adrian Hollier kept it together and ended 3rd but it was Tony Woods who sniffed out the shifts best and impressively picked his way to get line honours.

Turner, Child Curtis Hunt Bradburn  - Photo: Robert Deaves
Prize winners - Photo: Robert Deaves

The highlight of Race 4 was Curtis trawling for weed as he got a bit close to the bank which slipped him back down the pack. He didn’t learn from his mistake on the second lap and after getting so much weed stuck on his centreboard that it wouldn’t come out again, he decided enough was enough and went back to the club for an early cuppa. At the front Hunt and Child had a sizeable lead by the final lap and the result went the way of Hunt after a tacking duel on the final leg. Bradburn again put in a solid performance in third.

Day 2 dawned and people dragged themselves shivering out of tents and cars. Thankfully the full English breakfast and endless cups of tea got the competitors ready for the days racing with a forecast that was set to build all day.

Race 5, Child won the favoured pin end and managed to lead from start to finish whilst the race was much more interesting behind. After numerous place changes behind, ultimately the consistent Curtis snuck into second place by half a boat length from Fish at different ends of the line.

Going into the final race, Jim was leading by one point and with Curtis preferring the fresher conditions it was going to be an interesting finale to the Championship.

Race 6 blew up with 25mph gusts fanning down the lake from over the dam by the end of the race. Anyone who didn’t swim at least once deserved a medal and even Robert Deaves had an unplanned hull inspection on a tight reach which was his first capsize for a couple of years! Ultimately the race win went to Curtis and with Jim in 3rd was enough for Curtis to take the title by one point from Hunt. Child and Fish were tied on points but Child took 3rd on countback and Bradburn was 5th.

Northampton SC should be very proud for putting on a well-run, friendly event both on and off the water!

PosSailno.NameClubR1R2R3 R4 R5 R6TotalNettNotes
12118Terry CurtisWeymouth SC3.02.02.0DNC2.
22150Jim Hunt1.
32152Lee ChildDabchicks / WMYC4.
42151Jon Fish2.
52116Ed BradburnSouth Staffs SC6.
62138Robert DeavesWaldringfield SC9.
72121Anthony Rich8.
82123Andy Turner5.
92145Tony WoodsEtherow CP SCDNF15.
102101Julian BurnhamRYA10.
112084Keith ByersMorecambe & Heysham YC15.
122149M BowerBlithfield SC11.
132141Simon DavisUpper Thames SC14.
142135William BradburnSouth Staffs SC21.
152087Mark BillowesBristol Corinthian YC16.
162130Deryck LovegroveBurghfield SC17.
172080Ben SteelSouth Staff SC12.0DNC19.0BFD11.012.0110.082.0
182015Hugh SheehyRSGYC Dun Laoghaire13.
192132Adrian Hollier20.
202042Richard Burton7.0DNC18.020.014.0DNC115.087.0
212088Roland Gadsby19.
222104Paul PikeCovenham SC23.
232125Sam ThomsonSouth Staffs SC24.
242107Bob BourneUp River YCDNCDNC15.09.0DNCDNC136.0108.0Master
252148Chris Perry18.0DNC20.019.0DNCDNC141.0113.0Veteran
261927Colin PageCalshot SC25.0DNC26.023.0DNFDNC158.0130.0Veteran
272136Simon CoxWaldringfield SC22.0DNFDNCDNCDNCDNC162.0134.0

OCS, DNC, DNF, DSQ etc: 28 Points