Mar 06 2010

2010 Sandhopper Nationals

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The 2010 Sandhopper National Championships opened with an unforgiving 25 mph South Westerly but 29 boats signed the declaration sheet and battle commenced. Amongst the contestants were two new craft, “Hairloss” or Aeolus, is this a passing reference to the man at the sharp end & the innovative & controversial Tripod. Race 1 saw previous champion Chris Clarke with Dan Henderson taking the lead with current champions Sand Star & Bluejacket keeping her company, this order prevailed throughout the two rounds giving Chris & Dan a well deserved first. This race went without incident but plenty was to follow in the next.

The wind increased slightly in Race 2 testing the crews and with Race Officer Geoff Appleton achieving a speedy turn-around Race 2 quickly got underway, this time Sand Star took an early lead with Martyn Eyre/Paul Spratt in Aeolus chasing her & Paul Clarke/Toby Speller in third place, yet again, with 2 lap races giving boats little time to impose themselves on the leaders, this turned out to be the finishing order. This race saw the three retirements, one of which was Phil Crawford whose spinnaker disappeared beneath the keel necessitating the cutting of his halyard & an early bath. The rigours of the economic downturn played a part in the following incident; Dave Johnson looking to fill his order book collided with April Fool, a nice touch David, passing your card to Ian Stobart as you parted company!

The third race saw the emergence of a pattern with Sand Star & the two new boats together with Bluejacket, a proven fast boat, establishing a dominating presence at the front of the fleet. Peter Thompson & Steve Hopper (159) led throughout followed by Bluejacket, Tripod & Aeolus with this being the finishing order.

Sunday brought lighter winds & some sun with the newer boats continuing to lead the fleet, which had increased to 32 Sandhoppers, the highest ever turnout for the Championships. Robin Foster-Taylor’s Tripod jumped into an enormous lead which they held to the finishing line. Chris Clarke in Sand Storm threatened to upset the dominance of the newer boats but dropped back to 4th, with Bluejacket 2nd & Sand Star 3rd.

Race 5 started with one eye on the clock as the previous race had endured two general recalls & the schedule had fallen somewhat adrift. Sand Star fought back from 4th at the end of the 1st round to take the gun & the Championship, Aeolus was 2nd & Martyn Binnendijk & Gordon Sanders in Squiffy posted a 3rd their best performance & Chris Clarke another 4th.

The weekend’s sailing was thoroughly enjoyed by all contestants & further enhanced by a well attended dinner on Saturday night with Maylandsea members joining us.

Overall Results:

Pos Boat Name Sail No Helm & Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 Sand Star 159 Peter Thompson & Steve Hopper 2 1 1 3 1 5
2 Bluejacket 154 Mark Dell & Nic Barnes 3 4 2 2 6 11
3 Aeolus 161 Martyn Eyre & Paul Spratt 4 2 4 5 2 12
4 Tripod 162 Robin Foster-Taylor & Charles Devenport 5 5 3 1 33 14
5 12 1 7 5 14 5 18
6 11 8 6 12 4 4 22
7 41 6 8 6 9 3 23
8 17 9 10 8 8 7 32
9 160 12 3 9 11 14 35
10 39 10 14 10 7 15 41
11 46 18 9 7 21 10 44
12 14 13 12 33 6 16 47
13 32 14 13 11 16 11 49
14 151 11 11 17 12 20 51
15 15 16 33 19 10 8 53
16 38 21 20 13 13 9 55
17 43 15 16 14 19 12 57
18 25 20 19 21 20 13 72
19 18 19 17 20 17 33 73
20 10 22 15 15 23 33 75
21 35 17 33 33 15 17 82
22 153 25 18 16 24 33 83
23 21 23 23 25 22 21 89
24 27 24 25 23 26 18 90
25 158 7 33 33 18 33 91
26 150 26 22 18 27 33 93
27 23 27 21 22 28 33 98
28 26 28 24 24 30 33 106
29 24 33 33 33 25 19 110
30 152 29 26 26 32 33 113
31 33 33 33 33 29 33 128
32 19 33 33 33 31 33 130

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