Oceanair International 14 Prince of Wales Cup Week at Hayling – Overall

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

After the drama of the Prince of Wales Cup on Saturday, and the first ever female helm winning the famous trophy, the conclusion of International 14 Prince of Wales Cup Week could have been a bit of a damp squib, but in the end it was anything but, with the breeze finally arriving and the top three ending up separated by a single point in the overall standings.

Stu Bithell & Sam Pascoe started the day clear at the top after a blistering performance in the Weymouth Town Trophy on Friday, but the strong winds were to bite 2012 Olympic Silver medallist Stu with his lack of time in the class, “It was interesting! We had good speed in the breeze but with the limited time I’ve had in the boat I was a little bit rusty on the handling, so going round the corners proved to be a bit tricky in Hayling Bay! We had a little swim at the bottom of the run in the first race while we were in the lead and we had another swim in the second race at the top of the second beat where we were either 1st or 2nd. A few mistakes really which in this fleet is quite costly.”

In the end Stu and Sam just stayed ahead of the charging Roger Gilbert & Ben McGrane who had two bullets on Sunday. We spoke to Ben after the racing, “There was a bit more breeze today and it was quite bumpy out there which made the boat handling harder. It’s always been the conditions that we’ve gone better in – the boat’s a bit more suited to it and we just had a good day really. Stu & Sam were still looking pretty quick if they could have kept it upright! It’s a big part of 14 sailing and nice to see that Stu can’t just jump in every boat and sail it perfectly at first attempt!”

Third overall went to Archie Massey & Harvey Hillary who finished on equal points with Roger & Ben. Archie was philosophical after a jib sheet snapped in the penultimate race when they were leading by 100 yards and took the wrong course in the final race, “We dropped a place because of that and then lashed it between races two inches from the track and that was our setting for the final race which is not really ideal. Then, because we were playing on the foredeck between races, we didn’t see the course change. It’s still been an awesome week and it was great to be back on the pace – particularly in chop.”

Archie & Harvey are sailing a decade old 14 and have a new hull in build which has some radical features, “We’re using our old ship for the Worlds as it’s a safe bet, but the most radical thing on our new Cuckoo’s Nest design is that our gantry can slide fore and aft on a track – in light winds or windy weather we can bring the rudder right under the hull and in windy conditions we can put it way back so we don’t sink the transom so much when we put it in negative mode. Otherwise it’s really, really low volume and that’s a huge risk to be perfectly honest – it’s an untried hull design.”

We asked Stu about the feeling of winning Prince of Wales Cup Week but not the one-race National Championship, “It’s quite odd really – I came here knowing that the main event is one race. It’s a little bit disappointing having not won that. We know we’ve not won the week even though we have won the week if that makes any sense!”

Harken UK’s Ben McGrane is in favour of the one-race concept saying, “I think it’s all quite good really. I think it opens it up a bit to more people potentially winning it. I think it carries a lot of prestige, it’s held in high regard and I don’t think there’s any will to do things any differently. I’ve won the week and also won the PoW Cup before and it’s nice to win both of them. I’ve had some proper battles in the PoW race and I think that makes it quite special. It’s a different way of doing it but it’s not necessarily a bad way of doing it – it’s fun.”

Archie Massey agreed, “It’s always a very exciting race. I don’t want to change it!”

Stu Bithell was hugely enthusiastic about the 14s, “They’re brilliant boats, brilliant people, they really are at the top end of development and technology. It’s a good fleet and very exciting. I hope I’ll be back for more. Obviously when Glen gets fit he’ll be back in his boat (Glen Truswell broke his foot before the championship and Stu stepped in to helm his boat) but I’d love to come back and have another stab at it.”

The 2016 International 14 World Championship will be held at the Yacht Club de Carnac in France from 25th August to 2nd September.

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1st 155 Stuart Bithell Sam Pascoe Castle Cove SC 1 2 1 ?4 3 7
2nd 1541 Roger Gilbert Ben McGrane Hayling Island SC ?5 4 2 1 1 8
3rd 1519 Archie Massey Harvey Hillary Itchenor SC 2 1 3 2 ?4 8
4th 1555 Neale Jones Ed FitzGerald Itchenor SC 3 6 ?9 3 2 14
5th 1560 Dave Dobrijevic Chris Thomas HISC 6 9 ?10 5 5 25
6th 1543 Andrew Peake Graeme Oliver Wilsonian SC 8 7 4 11 (DNF) 30
7th 1548 Julian Pearson Matt Reid Orford SC 7 8 7 ?13 11 33
8th 1544 Ed Browne Mark Tait Hayling Island SC ?12 10 12 6 7 35
9th 1559 Andrew Partington Tom Partington Hayling Island SC 4 3 5 (DNF) DNC 42
10th 1546 Charles Duchesne Tom Bracewell Itchenor SC (DNC) 12 17 7 6 42
11th 1523 Kimball Morrison Jeremy Fowke Itchenor SC 14 11 ?16 9 9 43
12th 1527 Philip McDanell Luke Boughton Itchenor SC 11 ?16 15 8 12 46
13th 1557 Katie Nurton Nigel Ash RYS 9 5 6 (DNF) DNC 50
14th 1512 Steve Fisher Andy Ramus Hayling Island SC 21 (DNF) 14 17 8 60
15th 1530 Andy FitzGerald Richard Dobson Itchenor SC (DNC) DNC 8 16 10 64
16th 1531 Andrew Penman Chris Watson Itchenor SC 19 14 19 12 (DNC) 64
17th 1529 Robin Pascal Martin Pascal Itchenor SC 17 15 18 19 (DNC) 69
18th 1532 Adrian Williams Andy Brown Hayling Island SC 15 13 22 20 (DNC) 70
19th 1520 Paul Jenkins Peter Jenkins Eastbourne Sovereign SC 18 17 21 14 (DNC) 70
20th 1499 Christina Bassadone Damian Ash Itchenor SC 16 (DNF) 11 15 DNF 72
21st 1552 Andy Shaw Adam Lees Itchenor SC 10 (DNC) 13 DNC DNC 83
22nd 1517 George Yeoman Jack Yeoman Itchenor SC 13 (DNC) 20 DNF DNC 93
23rd 1488 Dominic van Essen Simona Saccani Itchenor SC 22 19 23 (DNC) DNC 94
24th 1549 Martin Jones Ian Swann HISC (DNC) DNC 27 10 DNF 97
25th 1550 Tom Watkins Isabella Watkins Itchenor SC (DNC) 18 24 DNF DNC 102
26th 1554 Peter Crockford Jack Elsby?Hartman Restronguet SC 20 (DNC) 25 DNF DNC 105
27th 150 M Thomson Hugh Mclean Itchenor SC (DNC) DNC DNC 18 DNF 108
28th 1524 Conway Parke Robert Masterman HISC (DNC) DNC DNC 21 DNF 111
29th 1489 Alasdair Cattanach Paul Anderson Prestwick SC (DNC) DNC 26 DNC DNC 116
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