|The UKWA camp at Abererch Sands Holiday Park|
As usual, Mark Kay and Tom Naylor were flying upwind in the Raceboard fleet, but my upwind speed seemed to have improved since Weymouth, so I managed to hold them off most of the time. One person that nobody stood a chance of holding off upwind was Tom Dryden whose devastating speed, combined with solid tactics and good starts made him the one to beat upwind. However, we also have to race back downwind, and it was myself and Mark Kay who had the best overall speed around the course, taking 1st and 2nd in each race respecively, except for the first race, where Tom Naylor took 2nd (+ a 2 point penalty for forgetting his tally). Rob Kent was fast and consistent as always, but not quite fast enough to finish higher than 3rd in these planing conditions. Every time I saw Lewis Barnes on the first beat, he was flying, and his downwind sailing is improving all of the time, all he needs to do now is string some solid races together. It was difficult to get tactics right, sometimes a nice gust would come the course by the beach accompanied with wind shift that could be advantageous both upwind and downwind. I pulled tonnes of distance off Mark on one downwind by going there, yet on another upwind, Lewis almost overtook me with a broken harness line because I went that way! The shifts also made laylines difficult, in one race, me and Tom had to get the daggerboard up and reach to the windward mark!
|Mark Kay, by Andy Watkinson|
|Pic by John Liddy|
It was a close battle at the front of the Techno Fleet, and in the end, it was Andrew Brown who edged ahead of Josh Carey, who was racing on 7.8 for the first time. James and Ben Barnwell were racing in the new "Techno+" 8.5 open class, and took 3rd and 4th, whilst 5th placed Adam Phipps was 3rd 7.8. Isaac Lines was 1st 6.8. It was impressive to see such consistent results from the top techno sailors: not easy in such gusty shifty conditions.
Jason Clarke sailed an impressive series of races to win the formula fleet ahead of Jamie Ingram (former RSX and Raceboard star), who was impressively fast despite rarely racing at all these days. It looked like a fantastic weekend for formula racing, and Gustavo Takiguchi was 1st youth in this his second formula event.
This event also saw a masterblaster fleet enjoying 11 races off the beach, with Mike Blackgrove taking the win by just 1 point from Ted Kay.
UKWA National Championships, ranking so far...
1 Louis Morris (1st lightweight) Tushingham/Starboard
2 Mark Kay (1st heavyweight and 1st master) Demon/Starboard
3 Tom Naylor (1st veteran) Tushingham/Starboard
7 Harriet Ellis (1st lady) Demon/Starboard
8 John Pete (1st super veteran) Demon/Starboard
1 Jason Clarke Patrik/Severne
2 Jamie Ingram (1st National 11m) Gaastra/Starboard
3 Dave Coles (1st veteran) Starboard/Severne
4 Chris Bond (1st master) Point-7 sails/Gaastra board
7 Gustavo Takiguchi (1st Youth) North/Starboard
1 Andrew Brown (1st 7.8)
2 Josh Carey (2nd 7.8)
3 James Barnwell (1st 8.5)
8 Erin Watson (1st 7.8 girl)
16 Isaac Lines (1st 6.8)
18 Mollie Densley-Robins (1st 6.8 girl, 3rd 6.8 overall)
1 Matthew Barton
2 Lewis May (1st youth 8.5)
3 James Hatcher
8 Natalie McWilliams (1st lady)
1 Mike Blackgrove
2 Ted Kay
3 Marcus Round