Whitstable YC GP7 Write up & Results

Dart 18 Results 09 Oct 2016

40 boats entered the sold out Dart 18 GP7 event at Whitstable Yacht Club on 1st and 2nd October, taking part in the last Dart 18 event in the 40th year of Dart 18 sailing. Travelling sailors came to Whitstable from as far as Royal Tay Yacht Club in Dundee! Boats started arriving early on Friday, and in the tradition of the Dart 18 fleet, got the party started early, with a very busy Friday night at the WYC bar!
On Saturday, the forecast of lightning storms caused a delay of over an hour to the start of the event, but in the end failed to fully materialise, and the racing got underway soon after 2pm. Rain and shifty SW winds produced tricky sailing conditions, with a drop and large shift in the wind 90 seconds before the start coupled with a strong tide causing difficulty for many of the boats trying to cross the start line, and turned the Olympic style course into a near reach/reach, favouring the boats who were able to read the tide conditions and make the marks. Rob Garcka and Abbey Jump from Worthing Sailing Club made the best of the conditions to get around in the lead, followed by single hander Paul Chatfield, recording his best result of the weekend in 2nd.
With a move of the marks, the second race ran according to plan, and bringing with it a significant change in the leader board, with Will Thompson and Lucy Mayhew from Dee Sailing Club, and James and Howard Head from Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club recording their best results in 1st and 2nd respectively. The third race started with ominous clouds building to the east, which dropped hail and high winds on the fleet as they made their way to the first mark, taking out a few boats in the fleet with capsizes. The majority of the fleet hung on, and made it round, to finish after 2 laps, with Rob Garcka and Abbey Jupp taking their second 1st place of the event, and Dan Norman and Alysha Monkman from Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club showing their promise of high wind performance with a 2nd place.
After racing, the sailors put on their posh frocks and dinner jackets to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dart 18, and the end of the 2016 event programme, in style. Whitstable Yacht Club put on an end of season party to remember, with fine food, drinks, speeches, prizes and dancing until the early hours! Perhaps not early enough by the look of some of the sailors come Sunday morning, and the early start!
The weather on Sunday did its best to wake the competitors up, with a strong northerly wind and large waves, but the racing started on time and the Dart 18s showed they can cope with the worst of it, providing an exciting ride! Dan Normal and Alysha Monkman again showed their prowess in the strong winds, with consistent 1st places in all three Sunday races. Competition was tight throughout the rest of the fleet, with the big seas, wind and tide creating a tactical challenge. Will Thompson and Lucy Mayhew managed a 2nd in race four, and Rod Winrow and Sarah Gee from Worthing Sailing Club took second in the fifth and sixth races. At one point, just before the 5-minute gun was due to sound for the fifth race, the fleet were nearly joined by a large Thames Barge, who sailed through the course and causing a short postponement!
The full weekend’s results ended up with Dan Norman and Alysha Monkman from Isle Of Sheppey Sailing Club in first place, Rob Garcka and Abbey Jupp from Worthing Sailing Club in second, Will Thompson and Lucy Mayhew from Dee Sailing Club in third, Rob Winrow and Sarah Gee from Worthing Sailing Club in Forth, and David Lloyd and Mel Rogers from Stokes Bay Sailing Club in fifth. The First Whitstable Yacht Club entry was Richard Ledger and Louisa Clifford in a respectable tenth place overall. For the full results, see below or wyc.org.uk/on-the-water/results.
Overall the weekend went very well, both on and off the water and was a fine finish to the 2016 season for the Dart 18 fleet. The Dart 18 class demonstrated why it’s still very strong after 40 years, with a large fleet of sailors of all ages from 12 to 60+, male and female helms, and both double and single handed boats. The sailors and class association also again proved to be one of the friendliest and most welcoming, encouraging youngsters and beginners to take part, whilst providing highly competitive racing at the front, and bringing with them the travelling support of Cookie and Brian Phipps with the Windsport International spares trailer!
Whitstable Yacht Club proved themselves once again as a top sailing venue, with many of the members volunteering to help out with the weekend, in particular the Race Officer Tom Bruton. Thanks to all those who gave up their time to make the weekend what it was!

The Handicap winners were:

1st Luke Swain

2nd Jason Hackett & Bev Goodchild

3rd Jonathan Williams & Livvy Barret

Sarka’s photos for the event can be found on Flikr HERE 

Rank Sail No Flags Name Helm Crew Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Nt Pts
1 7945 Daniel Norman Alysha Monkman IOSSC 11 (17) 2 1 1 1 16
2 1288 Rob Garcka Abbey Jupp Worthing SC 1 4 1 7 5 (40/DNC) 18
3 7707 Will Thompson Lucy Mayhew Dee Sailing Club 8 1 (40/DNC) 2 4 8 23
4 6893 Rod Winrow Sarah Gee Worthing Sailing Club 6 (14) 10 4 2 2 24
5 7711 David Lloyd Melanie Rogers Stokes Bay SC 3 7 (13) 10 3 5 28
6 7990 Mike Gomme Sara Stones Bridlington RYYC (23) 5 5 3 11 9 33
7 7685 Mat Exon Jakob Exon Bridlington RYYC 9 3 6 (17) 13 3 34
8 7973 Simon Moruzzi Hayley Smith Dee Sailing Club 4 8 8 6 8 (40/DNC) 34
9 7311 Dan Teubert Amy Teubert Restronguet SC (14) 13 3 8 10 6 40
10 7429 Richard Ledger Louise Clifford WYC 13 10 15 (18) 7 4 49
11 7984 Mike Jones Wendy Jones UKIDA 16 6 4 (23) 18 7 51
12 7248 Andrew McQueen Chloe Stuart Stokes Bay SC 7 11 (22) 9 15 11 53
13 7644 Tom Parker Will Netley SC 15 (32) 24 5 6 10 60
14 6464 James Head Howard Head Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club 19 2 14 14 (21) 13 62
15 7978 Paul Chatfield n/a Stokes Bay SC 2 9 9 24 22 (40/DNC) 66
16 7940 Kenny Watson Drewr Youngt Royal Tay Yacht Club (31) 15 7 13 19 14 68
17 7962 Mark Robson Kerra Pearce IOSSC 20 (30) 18 16 14 12 80
18 7347 Barry Peters Debbie Waters Datchet Water SC (24) 16 11 12 24 19 82
19 8 Jon Garcka George Lean Worthing Sailing Club 12 19 16 19 (23) 16 82
20 7119 Boat name Jonathan Williams Livvy Barret Runswick Bay SC (37) 20 12 20 16 15 83
21 675 Alicia Clifford Luke Graham WYC (28) 18 19 21 17 17 92
22 1576 Mark Gower Blake Rutter IYC 30 22 (40/DNC) 22 20 18 112
23 7969 Adrian Parsons Mark Stones Datchet Water SC (33) 12 30 25 26 20 113
24 7894 Boat name Joe Franks Harriet Franks RYYC 21 23 26 (40/DNC) 9 40/DNC 119
25 7700 Boat name Mark Holweger Max Sellar WYC 26 28 23 30 12 (40/DNC) 119
26 7324 Luke Swain WYC 18 25 (40/DNC) 29 28 21 121
27 7923 Des Barnes Fionnuala Barnes Bridlington RYYC 5 21 17 (40/DNC) 40/DNC 40/DNC 123
28 5063 Robert Govier Tom Oliver WYC 34 (37) 21 27 25 23 130
29 7714 Sean O’Connor Helen O’Connor Weston SC 29 36 25 11 31 (40/DNC) 132
30 7735 Boat name Tony Dod WYC 27 26 28 (32) 29 22 132
31 7968 Boat name Charles Hillier P Housden/AN Other Parkstone 25 33 20 15 (40/DNC) 40/DNC 133
32 7663 Boat name Jason Hackett Bev Goodchild Royal Tay Yacht Club (42/RET) 24 33 31 30 24 142
33 7513 Nigel Jupp Holly Winrow Worthing SC 36 (38) 31 26 27 25 145
34 4293 Darren Wood Tracey-Ann Wood Island Yacht Club 17 31 (40/DNC) 28 40/DNC 40/DNC 156
35 3466 Boat name Matt Kingsland Tilly Chester Weston SC 22 29 29 (40/DNC) 40/DNC 40/DNC 160
36 7523 David Groom Celina Groom Netley SC 10 34 (40/DNC) 40/DNC 40/DNC 40/DNC 164
37 7165 Paul Soderberg Pamela Soderberg Island Yacht Club 38 27 32 (40/DNC) 40/DNC 40/DNC 177
38 5500 Patrick Palmer Racheal Kirwan Worthing SC 32 39 27 (40/DNC) 40/DNC 40/DNC 178
39 6120 Boat name Richard Jones Patty Baker WYC 35 35 (40/DNC) 40/DNC 40/DNC 40/DNC 190
Races in brackets () are discards.
There are 6 races scheduled in this series.
6 races have been sailed.
5 races have been counted.
8 in Race_1 – 7429
8 in Race_6 – 675
Results last updated on 10/2/2016 at 4:35 PM
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