Nationals 2015 – Fantastic sailing!

The British 5o5 National Championship took place at WNPSA between the 23rd & 27th of July.

The conditions were variable to say the least; the sailing was outstanding and the competition was some of the toughest in the UK this year. With competitors coming from the USA, Germany, Canada and Australia the fleet was truly international. In attendance were several top ten finishers at the worlds earlier in the year including the current world champion Mike Holt who was sailing with his 2014 worlds winning crew Rob Wolfel.

 Day 1

IMGP0693Competitors enjoyed a leisurely sail out to the starting area in roughly 10 knts of breeze. Racing got under way promptly and saw Mike & Rob open their account with a bullet but only after having to overhaul Class newcomers Tom Gillard and Richard Anderton. In third place were Ian Pinnell and Alex Davis.

Race 2 and it was business as usual for Holt and Wolfel who are currently the world’s most dominant force in 5o5 sailing. In second place were Andy Smith and Tim Needham, third place was Howie Hamlin and Jeff Nelson from the USA.

In the evening there were welcome drinks and a large buffet for competitors.

Day 2

The day started and continued quite differently from the previous day, Driving rain, big seas and sustained gusts of 27knts made for some epic sailing and a number of breakages that were only outnumbered by the smiles on the faces of those who enjoyed the racing.

Race 1 had to be abandoned at the leeward mark due to a large wind shift. A brave call by PRO Mark Darling and team, and clearly the correct call: one that speaks volumes of the quality of race management at WNPSA and the Worlds next year.

When the race was restarted it saw Andy smith & Tim Needham race into a commanding lead showing the boat speed that had brought them close to a world’s victory in 2014.  2nd were Holt & Wolfel, 3rd Gillard and Anderton. This pattern was repeated in the next race with the same order and boats in the top three.

Race 5, the third and last of the day saw Holt and Wolfel back on top with Hamlin and Nelson in 2nd. 3rd place went to Ian Pinnell & Alex Davis. Smith and Needham suffered with spinnaker issues and more seriously Tim injured himself, which in turn ruled him out of the rest of the competition.

 Day 3

Champagne Sailing at the 2015 Nationals

Champagne Sailing at the 2015 Nationals

A new day and it had stop raining and started shining, the wind was still blowing and the stage was set for some champagne sailing of the first order.

Races 6 & 7 saw Holt and Wolfel stamp their mark on the championship and secure victory in an impressive manner. Even more impressive when considering that the lowest placed Olympian finished the regatta in 8th.

Hamlin & Nelson finished 2nd in both races to Holt & Wolfel, securing 2nd overall and demonstrating the consistency that has seen them at the top of international dinghy racing for so long.

Andy smith pulled in Neil Hunter to crew for him and finished the day with a 9th & and 3rd, a more than respectable score for a scratch crew.

Paul Brotherton and Mark Andrews finished the day with a 3rd & 4th and started to demonstrate good speed in their new boat.

The competitors enjoyed and great BBQ put on by the staff and WPNSA and a few light refreshments.

 Day 4

IMGP0717And the rain was back with a vengeance, this time with more wind. The fleet launched in 20-25knts only to turn back in gusts of 42knts and so ended the championships. A number of boats are off to Sweden for the Europeans starting on 4-8 August: well worth checking out the website for that event as there will be GPS tracking.

Final places where as follows

1st Mike Holt & Rob Wolfel USA

2nd Howie Hamlin & Jeff Nelson USA

3rd Andy Smith & Tim Needham/Neil Hunter GBR

4th Tom Gillard & Richard Anderton GBR

5th Ian Pinnell & Alex Davis GBR

6th Paul Brotherton & Mark Andrews GBR

7th Terry Scutcher & Christian Diebitch GBR

8th Charlie Walters & Dougal Cram GBR

9th Bob Tennant & Steve Bourdow CAN

10th Thure Gnadeberg & Aron Tellen GER

Winner of the Classic Fleet and endeavour trophy were Gary Fowler and Mark Fowler in 8055

First woman Helm Bobbie Johnson

First Youth James King.

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Full results here.

Worlds Website

Rank Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Nett Country SailNo. Total
1 Mike Holt Rob Woelfel Santa Cruz YC 1.0 1.0 (2.0) 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 7.0 USA 9072 9.0
2 Howie Hamlin Jeff Nelson Newport Harbor YC (4.0) 3.0 4.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 17.0 USA 9153 21.0
3 Andy Smith Tim Needham/Neil Hunter Notts. County SC 5.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 (34.0 DNF) 9.0 3.0 21.0 GBR 9088 55.0
4 Tom Gillard Richard Anderton Hayling Island SC 2.0 6.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 (8.0) 23.0 GBR 9117 31.0
5 Ian Pinnell Alex Davies Northampton SC 3.0 4.0 5.0 (12.0) 3.0 6.0 7.0 28.0 GBR 9136 40.0
6 Paul Brotherton Mark Andrews Glossop SC 6.0 (34.0 DNF) 8.0 6.0 7.0 3.0 4.0 34.0 GBR 9155 68.0
7 Terry Scutcher Christian Diebitsch Shotley SC (13.0) 8.0 7.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 6.0 35.0 GBR 9124 48.0
8 Charlie Walters Dougal Cram Datchet Water SC 8.0 10.0 6.0 7.0 6.0 11.0 (12.0) 48.0 GBR 9085 60.0
9 Bob Tennant Steve Bourdow Royal Victoria YC (14.0) 7.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 13.0 10.0 55.0 CAN 8970 69.0
10 Thure Gnadeberg Aron Tellen Baltische Segler 10.0 (16.0) 10.0 9.0 10.0 14.0 15.0 68.0 GER X 84.0
11 Ben Illiffe Richard Nurse King George SC 12.0 14.0 11.0 10.0 11.0 17.0 (34.0 DNS) 75.0 GBR 8514 109.0
12 Stuart Turnbull Andrew George Burton SC 18.0 12.0 (34.0 RET) 11.0 9.0 15.0 16.0 81.0 GBR 8905 115.0
13 Jim McGillivray Ian McGillivray Prestwick SC 21.0 19.0 15.0 14.0 13.0 (22.0) 17.0 99.0 GBR 9145 121.0
14 Michael Quirk Nathan Quirk Royal Prince Edward YC 7.0 5.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 8.0 13.0 101.0 AUS 9134 135.0
15 Roger Deane Tim Williams Rock SC 25.0 18.0 13.0 13.0 12.0 20.0 (34.0 DNF) 101.0 GBR 9125 135.0
16 Doug Hagan Paul von Grey 11.0 17.0 EXN (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 7.0 5.0 108.0 USA 8680 142.0
17 Peter Bennett Andy Phillips Shoreham SC 15.0 15.0 12.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 18.0 18.0 112.0 GBR 9002 146.0
18 Earl Alexander Rob Burdekin Darwin Point SC 9.0 11.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 16.0 14.0 118.0 AUS 9028 152.0
19 Harry Briddon Adam Kenney Ogston SC/Burton SC 20.0 13.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 12.0 11.0 124.0 GBR 9104 158.0
20 Bobbie Johnson James King Chase SC 16.0 20.0 16.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 21.0 20.0 127.0 GBR 8860 161.0
21 Martin Hodgson Neil Fulcher Stone SC 19.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 RET 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 10.0 9.0 140.0 GBR 9142 174.0
22 Martin Coult Tim Octon Frensham Pond SC 31.0 27.0 14.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 24.0 21.0 151.0 GBR 8340 185.0
23 Martin Wedge Scott Allen RTYC 23.0 25.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 19.0 23.0 158.0 GBR 9036 192.0
24 Terry Selfe Alan Montague Stone SC 17.0 17.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 23.0 34.0 DNS 159.0 GBR 8650 193.0
25 Neil Rabbitts Richard LeMare Burton SC 26.0 22.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 26.0 19.0 161.0 GBR 8881 195.0
26 Alex Shaw Neil Smith Manor Park SC 24.0 23.0 (34.0 DNS) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 27.0 24.0 166.0 GBR 8511 200.0
27 Martin Wright Arthur George Northampton SC 30.0 21.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 28.0 34.0 DNF 181.0 GBR 8780 215.0
28 Olav Schluter Matthew Amiss Weston SC 22.0 24.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNF 34.0 DNC 182.0 USA 8441 216.0
29 Ian O’Leary Christopher Balboa YC (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 RET 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 25.0 22.0 183.0 USA 7069 217.0
30 Dave Bell Ian Merryfield Burton SC 29.0 26.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNS 34.0 DNC 191.0 GBR 8 225.0
31 Gary Fowler Mark Fowler Hunt SC 32.0 28.0 (34.0 RET) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 196.0 GBR 8055 230.0
32 Mike Pickering Mike Priddle 27.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNF 34.0 DNC 197.0 GBR 9156 231.0
33 Mike Male Nick Frampton Castle Cove SC 28.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNS 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNF 34.0 DNC 198.0 GBR 8793 232.0
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