Starcross Dart SW Area Championships
One of the best weekends racing of the year! 15 Dart 18’s racing on the Exe Estuary on 10-20 knots NW breeze – fantastic. 11 Visiting boats from all over the SW as far as Netley came to join the small but enthusiastic local fleet.
Friday morning started with 5 boats joined by Brian Phipps for a morning intensive training. With wind building to 10-15 kn as we hit the water this proved an great session to be recommended to all for future events.
By Friday evening most visitors arrived, and ready for a 2 day party. The bar suffered as expected and the overnight campers struggled out of tents for breakfast.
The racing started with 3 races Saturday morning in NNW 10-15, gusting 20 knots. The Dart fleet were joined by 8 Hurricanes racing in their TT event. The PRO Russ Gibbs did a great job separating the starts with the Darts having a their own windward and wing marks. Brian Phipps lead the day with 3 bullets but chased down by Tori Akhurst and Mike Jones of Netley. The scene was set with Brian out in front but constantly changing and very close racing behind. Race 2 saw Mike Jones in 2nd with Luke Scott single handing to 3rd.
So to the bar, BBQ and live music. Day 2 dawned sunny and with a building wind again 10-15 knots NNW. With Brian on the beach Tori taking a bullet, and Simon Holland in 2nd and Mike Jones in 3rd but taking a penalty. In race 5 John Farr of North Devon YC who had been challenging the front runners all weekend took the 1st place despite a flying port tack start from local Jon Miles of SYC. Mike Jones fought through to 2nd on the final leg with Anthony Rees of Mumbles in 3rd. In the final race Mike Jones finally clinched the event with a bullet, with Luke in second and Anthony in 3rd.
A great weekend was had by all for the inaugural SW Area Championships and we all look forward to the close racing across the whole fleet next year. Finally a big thank you to all thee visitors travelling to SYC for a great event.
|Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Ratings: PY, Entries: 15, Scoring system: Appendix A|
|1st||Dart 18||7959||Netley SC||Mike Jones||Christian Hocking||3||-10||2||6.0 ZFP||2||1||24||14|
|2nd||Dart 18||7963||Netley SC||Simon Holland||Amber Holland||-9||2||6||2||3||4||26||17|
|3rd||Dart 18||6189||Netley SC||Tori Akhurst||Tom Parker||2||6||-8||1||4||5||26||18|
|4th||Dart 18||7583||North Devon YC||Jon Farr||Sean Farr||4||3||5||-6||1||6||25||19|
|5th||Dart 18||2004||Netley SC||Luke Scott||-11||7||3||4||6||2||33||22|
|6th||Dart 18||6885||Mumbles YC||Anthony Rees||Joanne Mullett||7||5||9||-10||7||3||41||31|
|7th||Dart 18||6886||Instow||Brian Phipps||Rudy Lancaster||1||1||1||(16.0 DNC)||16.0 DNC||16.0 DNC||51||35|
|8th||Dart 18||7683||Starcross YC||Jon Miles||Bea Miles||6||9||7||-11||5||9||47||36|
|9th||Dart 18||7523||Netley SC||David Groom||Celina Groom||-12||11||4||5||11||7||50||38|
|10th||Dart 18||6455||Pentewan SC||Chris Pearce||5||4||11||8||10||(16.0 DNF)||54||38|
|11th||Dart 18||88||North Devon YC||Garry Jennings||Karen Raymont||-10||8||10||7||9||10||54||44|
|12th||Dart 18||4202||Netley SC||Ian Akhurst||Nigel Palmer||8||-13||12||9||8||8||58||45|
|13th||Dart 18||5530||Starcross YC||Matthew Holmes||-14||12||13||12||12||12||75||61|
|14th||Dart 18||6544||Starcross YC||Nigel Howe||Paul Marshall||15||(16.0 DNF)||16.0 DNC||16.0 DNF||13||11||87||71|
|15th||Dart 18||6959||Starcross YC||Peter Hartle||Rudy Lancaster||13||(16.0 DNF)||14||16.0 DNC||16.0 DNC||16.0 DNC||91||75|