Mar 06 2002

2002 Sandhopper Nationals

Published by at 15:06 under Sandhopper Nationals

The weekend of May 24th – 26th saw Maylandsea Bay Sailing Club host the 2002 Sandhopper national championships.

With the weather forecast for the weekend looking very bleak, it was with some trepidation that 18 boats with very hardy (may by foolhardy) crews took to the water early on Friday 24th, for the day’s one scheduled race. The conditions were not ideal with fairly choppy seas and gusts up to force 6.

Phil Crawford S17 challenged for the lead very early on in the race which he held on until the finish despite a very good battle with Peter Thompson S41- 3rd, Mick Wright S10 – 4th and a late challenge from Michael Vulliamy S23 – 2nd.

Saturday saw very much the same conditions as Friday. Race two got off to a good start with the exception of Tom Dayes S15, who broke his boom, just prior to the start. All was going well until Frank Levy S40 was involved in an incident, which resulted in his retirement with a hole below the water line. Due to the adverse weather conditions we were lucky that these were the only major damages to occur apart from a few broken hearts. Different problems were in store when some of the competitors sailed an incorrect course and after a lengthy protest were later disqualified. This saw Peter Thompson take 1st place ahead of David Johnson S150, Steve Evans S22, and Mick Wright S10.

The second race on Saturday saw Ken Herve S14 in a close battle with Mick WrightS10, Doug Galpin S29, Pete Thompson S41, Michael Vulliamy S23, Phil Crawford S17 and Len Wright S31 the oldest and longest serving helm in the Sandhopper fleet. The eventual line honours went to Ken Herve followed by Michael Vulliamy, Doug Galpin, Phil Crawford and a very creditable 5th place to Len Wright.

Sunday broke with rain and the windiest conditions of the weekend, later to turn into a storm. The 1st race got off to a good start with many boats jostling for the lead at the 1st mark. A very good race followed with the top positions changing place throughout the race with line honours again going to Phil Crawford S17 followed by Michael Villainy S23, Ken Herve S14, with 4th place (should have been 3rd – bad last beat) to Bill Wright, deputising for the working Mick Wright S10. All rested on the final race with 4 boats still in contention for the championship.

The start was made all the more difficult by the storm that hit just at that very moment, due to a very good start by Mark Dell S153 he was able to clear the fleet and become the leader at the 1st mark where he then went onto increase the lead which he held to the end, the battle was then on for 2nd place which eventually went to Ken Herve S14, followed by Pete Thompson S41, Michael Vulliamy S23, Phil Crawford S17 and Bill Wright S10.

As this was a very competitive event the protest committee chairman Paul Ballard was bombarded with protest forms at the end of the last race, these protests went on well into the evening.

Overall Results:

Pos Helm Sail No Club
1st Michael Vulliamy S23 Warsash SC
2nd Ken Herve/Eyre S14 TBYC
3rd Peter Thompson S41 TBYC
4th Phil Crawford S17 TBYC
5th Mick / Bill Wright S10 MBSC

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