Mar 05 2011

2011 Sandhopper Nationals

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Sandhopper National Champions 2011

The Nationals were a great success 29 boats entered and enjoyed sponsorship from Heineken, the wetsuitoutlet, blue marine and the sandhopper association, with the money we were able to enjoy the champagne reception at our dinner, a new Hyde spinnaker, quality glassware prizes as well as £450 in vouchers for the top 3 boats & prizes of Hyde kit bags and T shirts for those down to tenth place. Our class was very lucky to receive so much sponsorship in such economic conditions, just proves how popular the boats are and that people want to be associated with them and the success we have.

The weather was challenging on all fronts with no wind on the first day to 30mph on the second, the age range of competitors from our boats was a true testament to the class. (14-80) I think, racing was very close across the whole fleet with races within a race. Geoff Appleton and his team very kindly ran the event with excellent support from tony Clarke and the TBYC seasafe team.
We were able to get some great video footage which is on youtube, look up sandhopper39 to see the films.

Chris Clarke and Oliver Herve were worthy winners with a fantastic consistent performance in Sandstorm number 12. Just shows that the old boats can still compete with the new.

Full results can be seen on

Click here for results in PDF format

Click here for previous competitions: 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

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