Oceanair International 14 Prince of Wales Cup Week at Hayling – Day 2

29 Jun Oceanair International 14 Prince of Wales Cup Week at Hayling – Day 2

Bithell & Pascoe smash Weymouth Town Trophy

A three race mini-series was sailed on Friday at Oceanair International 14 Prince of Wales Cup Week with the combined result counting as race 3 in the overall standings. Stuart Bithell & Sam Pascoe dominated the day with straight firsts to emphatically win the Weymouth Town Trophy.

We spoke to Sam Pascoe after the racing, “It doesn’t get much better does it? It was a changeable day – we started off with a Westerly of around 10-12 knots, having floated out there in nothing. The wind came in with one rain cloud and the race officer did a spectacular job to get one quick race in that breeze and it dropped off right towards the end. The wind then swung round 90 degrees to the south and we started the second race in 8 knots and it picked up to 12 knots again in the last race.”

On the differences that contributed towards their flawless day Sam said, “Flat water always helps our boat, we do struggle a bit more in the chop and that can neutralise the speed difference that we’ve got – our boat definitely likes the flat water. We also had three cracking starts – Stu got us off the start line first pretty much every time.”

Ladies of the International 14 fleet

We talked to Christina Bassadone, who sails with crew Damian Ash about the challenges of sailing an International 14, “I absolutely love it, it’s such an awesome boat to sail. I think I’m quite lucky being at the back of the boat as it’s not as physically demanding and I don’t have to bust it in the gym quite as much as Damian! I love the boat, I love the speed – it makes sailing enjoyable again after flogging it in the back of a 470 for a number of years. It’s a fun boat and there are lots of great people in the class.”

On whether other ladies should come into the International 14 fleet Christina said, “That’s a difficult question to answer. I’m reasonably tall and reasonably strong so I don’t find it perhaps as physically demanding as maybe someone who might be 5’2″ for example. It suits my style of sailing as I like more physical boats and I like the challenge. You need to have strength to do it, without a doubt, but not nearly as much as you need in the front of the boat.”

Katie Nurton, who sails with Damian’s brother Nigel, said, “It’s more about being a bit lighter than being a girl in the fleet – in some conditions we feel a little bit underweight and we’re not as competitive. It took me a very long time to get good in windy weather – I was very cautious and took it step-by-step. We didn’t go out when it was out of our comfort zone very much, I think some of the men are a bit more gung-ho.”

“I don’t know why there aren’t more girls, I think it could be because the boat is a bit intimidating, but I think that’s more of a mental thing than a physical thing – you don’t need to be very strong to helm a 14. At the last Worlds in the top ten the range of helm weights was from 60 to 115 kilos so that just shows you the range of sailors who can be competitive in a 14 if you find the right person to sail with.”

On how she got into the International 14 fleet in the first place Katie said, “15 years ago I was living in a house share in Lymington with two 14 sailors who basically said I had to get a 14, so I did. I’d never trapezed before and they kept setting me up with these massive 100kg blokes who were not very co-ordinated and just too big and not very agile, so I was really wondering if I’d made a terrible mistake. Then Damian, who I knew, said I’ve got this brother who’s done a lot of windsurfing but has never really sailed, but he’s very athletic. So I said we’d give it a try and that was that really!”

Sam Pascoe mentioned that Katie is known as the ‘Queen of Bimble’, to which Katie replied, “I’m not actually a natural person for that, I’ve just kind of grown into it I suppose, and learnt to enjoy it! Nigel is the one who makes sure we’re super-focused on the water while I do the off-the-water details.”

We asked Sam about Katie’s day on the water, “Katie had a glamorous second race today – it was good to see her back to her best. Her new boat looks beautiful and when I joined the class she came third in the worlds in conditions quite like we had today. She’s now got the same hull shape as us and sailed around Archie (Massey) and Ben (McGrane) to take second in that race which was brilliant to watch.”

Weymouth Town Trophy Results:

Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 Pts
1st 155 Stuart Bithell Sam Pascoe Castle Cove SC 1 1 1 3
2nd 1541 Roger Gilbert Ben McGrane Hayling Island SC 2 4 3 9
3rd 1519 Archie Massey Harvey Hillary Itchenor SC 4 3 6 13
4th 1543 Andrew Peake Graeme Oliver Wilsonian SC 3 9 4 16
5th 1559 Andrew Partington Tom Partington Hayling Island SC 5 11 2 18
6th 1557 Katie Nurton Nigel Ash RYS 9 2 7 18
7th 1548 Julian Pearson Matt Reid Orford SC 11 5 5 21
8th 1530 Andy FitzGerald Richard Dobson Itchenor SC 8 6 10 24
9th 1555 Neale Jones Ed FitzGerald Itchenor SC 7 10 8 25
10th 1560 Dave Dobrijevic Chris Thomas HISC 6 12 9 27
11th 1499 Christina Bassadone Damian Ash Itchenor SC 10 8 15 33
12th 1544 Ed Browne Mark Tait Hayling Island SC 15 7 14 36
13th 1552 Andy Shaw Adam Lees Itchenor SC 14 13 12 39
14th 1512 Steve Fisher Andy Ramus Hayling Island SC 12 14 17 43
15th 1527 Philip McDanell Luke Boughton Itchenor SC 23 15 11 49
16th 1523 Kimball Morrison Jeremy Fowke Itchenor SC 13 20 16 49
17th 1546 Charles Duchesne Tom Bracewell Itchenor SC 19 23 13 55
18th 1529 Robin Pascal Martin Pascal Itchenor SC 16 18 21 55
19th 1531 Andrew Penman Chris Watson Itchenor SC 18 17 20 55
20th 1517 George Yeoman Jack Yoeman Itchenor SC 22 16 18 56
21st 1520 Paul Jenkins Peter Jenkins Eastbourne Sovereign SC 17 21 19 57
22nd 1532 Adrian Williams Andy Brown Hayling Island SC 20 19 23 62
23rd 1488 Dominic van Essen Simona Saccani Itchenor SC 21 25 24 70
24th 1550 Tom Watkins Isabella Watkins Itchenor SC 25 24 22 71
25th 1554 Peter Crockford Jack Elsby?Hartman Restronguet SC 26 22 DNC 76
26th 1489 Alasdair Cattanach Paul Anderson Prestwick SC 24 DNF DNF 80
27th 1549 Martin Jones Ian Swann HISC DNF DNC DNC 84

Prince of Wales Cup Week Results after Day 2: (race 3 is the overall result for the Weymouth Town Trophy)

Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 Pts
1st 155 Stuart Bithell Sam Pascoe Castle Cove SC 1 2 1 4
2nd 1519 Archie Massey Harvey Hillary Itchenor SC 2 1 3 6
3rd 1541 Roger Gilbert Ben McGrane Hayling Island SC 5 4 2 11
4th 1559 Andrew Partington Tom Partington Hayling Island SC 4 3 5 12
5th 1555 Neale Jones Ed FitzGerald Itchenor SC 3 6 9 18
6th 1543 Andrew Peake Graeme Oliver Wilsonian SC 8 7 4 19
7th 1557 Katie Nurton Nigel Ash RYS 9 5 6 20
8th 1548 Julian Pearson Matt Reid Orford SC 7 8 7 22
9th 1560 Dave Dobrijevic Chris Thomas HISC 6 9 10 25
10th 1544 Ed Browne Mark Tait Hayling Island SC 12 10 12 34
11th 1523 Kimball Morrison Jeremy Fowke Itchenor SC 14 11 16 41
12th 1527 Philip McDanell Luke Boughton Itchenor SC 11 16 15 42
13th 1532 Adrian Williams Andy Brown Hayling Island SC 15 13 22 50
14th 1529 Robin Pascal Martin Pascal Itchenor SC 17 15 18 50
15th 1552 Andy Shaw Adam Lees Itchenor SC 10 DNC 13 51
16th 1531 Andrew Penman Chris Watson Itchenor SC 19 14 19 52
17th 1499 Christina Bassadone Damian Ash Itchenor SC 16 DNF 11 55
18th 1520 Paul Jenkins Peter Jenkins Eastbourne Sovereign SC 18 17 21 56
19th 1546 Charles Duchesne Tom Bracewell Itchenor SC DNC 12 17 57
20th 1517 George Yeoman Jack Yoeman Itchenor SC 13 DNC 20 61
21st 1512 Steve Fisher Andy Ramus Hayling Island SC 21 DNF 14 63
22nd 1530 Andy FitzGerald Richard Dobson Itchenor SC DNC DNC 8 64
23rd 1488 Dominic van Essen Simona Saccani Itchenor SC 22 19 23 64
24th 1550 Tom Watkins Isabella Watkins Itchenor SC DNC 18 24 70
25th 1554 Peter Crockford Jack Elsby?Hartman Restronguet SC 20 DNC 25 73
26th 1489 Alasdair Cattanach Paul Anderson Prestwick SC DNC DNC 26 82
27th 1549 Martin Jones Ian Swann HISC DNC DNC 27 83
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