18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship day 2 - Stunning conditions

Day 2 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke
18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship, hosted by Watersport Academy, is being held on Poole Harbour from 27th to 29th August 2011.

All eight skiffs were greeted with a stunning morning at Sandbanks. Sunny, moderate conditions, with breeze from the west enabled the Jon Gorringe and his Parkstone Yacht Club race management team to move the course close into the shore to give spectators a better view of the racing. The lighter conditions, resulted in a unanimous decision for big rigs which teams had given a serious shakedown in the heavy weather sailing yesterday.

Day 2 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke

Race one: The start was committee boat biased with Pica winning the start and Investec to leeward. At the top mark it was Pica rounding first, closely followed by Investec, then HPF who were rolled by Hydesails whilst hoisting. Investec worked hard to gain advantage on Pica but although close weren’t able to break through into the lead. Pica were finding their form in the lightening conditions. Positions were unchanged for the remainder of the race. Pica first, Investec second, hydesails third and Carsington fourth.

Day 2 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke

Race two: Pica lead to top mark, ahead of Investec then Hydesails and Carsington. Darkening clouds on the horizon finally brought the squall they threaten, breezing up to top end of the big rig conditions. Downwind Pica and Investec got caught under the gate layline due to the increase in pressure and the change in direction. Both boats two sail reached in to the gate, Investec went for a two sail gybe, but left the helm, Mason Woodworth, behind in the process. The drama continued at the front of the fleet when, at the same time due to the conditions, Pica opted for a round turn and capsized in the process allowing Hyde Sails into the lead. Unbelievably their tackline got jammed out forcing a Hydesails to also capsize, further handing on the lead, but this time to Carsington. Pica recovered quickly and started hauling in Carsington who were, as best they could, making like the proverbial ferret. Positions ending up with Pica first, Carsington second, Investec third and Hydesails fourth.

Day 2 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke

Race three: After the rainsquall and course change the racing got back under way in light conditions. Pica went for the Pin with KKT as a match race start ensued for the favoured end of the line. The left hand side proved the favoured side finding Pica in lead by the windward mark followed by Investec, Carsington and KKT. Due to the shift it became a procession downwind, tight reaching with spinnakers into the gate, KKT capsized allowing HPF and Hydesails into fourth and fifth. By the leeward mark Investec performed a great last minute drop to take the lead up the beat. The leading boats split tacks and as they came together Pica rolled Investec despite Investec’s valiant attempt at a leebow tack. On the second downwind Pica lead Investec, then Carsington, HPF, followed by Hydesails. Hydesails finally pulled through HPF moving into fourth. In a last push Hyde’s caught and overtook Carsington up the final beat, however Carsington dug deep, picking good shifts downwind to retake the third by the finish. Hydesails fourth with HPF fifth.

Day 2 BBQ - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke

After racing the Watersport Academy hosted a fantastic BBQ overlooking the beach with skiff sized sundowners and food. Extended visitors and guests doubled the number of people in the teams and included friends and family as well as some well known personalities on the international circuit, John McKenna and Andy Budgen. A good time was had by all into the small hours.

Results:
RankTallyBoatSail NoClubHelm NameCrew NameR1R2R3R4R5R6TotalNett
1st1Pica92RCYC / Stone SCJamie MearsStewart Mears / Tristan Matt1.02.0(9.0 DNF)1.01.01.015.06.0
2nd2Carsington40Carsington SCRichard AllenRichard Bland / Peter Shaw3.01.0(9.0 DNF)4.02.03.022.013.0
3rd3Investec30Watch Hill YCMason WoodworthSimon Hamilton / Jon Noonan2.0(9.0 DNF)9.0 DNC2.03.02.027.018.0
4th4Hyde Sails53West Mersea YCJack GroganMike Banks / Sam Caslin(9.0 DNF)3.09.0 DNF3.09.0 DNF4.037.028.0
5th7HPF43Hayling Island SCSteve McLeanNick Pratt / Simon Eatwell(9.0 DNS)9.0 DNF9.0 DNC5.04.05.041.032.0
6th5KKT11UKCCOATom KiddleStu Tinner / Matt Kiddle4.0(9.0 DNF)9.0 DNC8.09.0 DNC6.045.036.0
7th6Aftica / Severn Sails16Cardiff Bay Yacht ClubMark WattsDave Freemantak / Marc Humphries5.0(9.0 DNF)9.0 DNC7.09.0 DNF9.0 DNC48.039.0
8th8Rutland Skiff29Rutland SCTom HillMiguel Andrew / Mark Kudlinski(9.0 DNS)9.0 DNF9.0 DNC6.09.0 DNF9.0 DNC51.042.0

The story so far - UK Grand Prix leader board:
TeamSail No.HelmCrewClubRd1Rd2Rd3Rd4PtsPosn
PicaGBR92Jamie MearsStuart / TristanStone SC11--2.01st
InvestecGBR30Mason WoodworthJon / SimonDatchet SC22--4.02nd
Hyde SailsGBR53Jack GroganMike / SamWest Mersea YC34--7.03rd
HPFGBR43Steve McLeanNick / StuHayling Island SC43--7.03rd
AfticaGBR16Mark WattsDave / AlexCardiff Bay YC55--10.05th
Rutland SkiffXTom HillMichael / BenRutland SC65--11.06th

Day 2 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke

Day 2 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke

Day 2 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke

Day 2 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke

Day 2 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke

Day 2 BBQ - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011
Georgie Clarke

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