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The traditional big course was set in a moderate to light SEly breeze in Weymouth Bay, giving 6 laps of shifty conditions.  Alister Richardson and Dan Johnson snuck onto the POW course by the skin of their teeth, with a 45min postponement giving them just enough time to do the finishing touches to their new boat.  After a clean start, most of the fleet headed left, with Partington team hitting hard right, looking very rosy before, to his horror, the wind shifted left bringing Mike Lennon/Andy Rice and Alister/Dan into the lead, with the pack close on their heels.

With such a close pack the first few leeward marks gave good spectating with some boats paying a high price for some punchy calls in small gaps.  Through the early laps, the lead remained with Alister and Dan, looking spectacular in the new yellow Richard Woof boat.  Andy/Tom Partington,  Mike Lennon/Andy Rice and Ian Pinnell/ Ian Mitchell were pushing hard, occasionally reeling Alister/Dan in to challenge for the lead.  Also chasing and breaking into the top 3 was Katie Nurton/Nigel Ash before they were rolled into 4th, then 5th position overall.  Holding onto 6th position to the end were James Fawcett/George Nurton.

Making up the top 10 were the “youth loan” sailors, finishing 7th, 8th and 10th in their first National Championships.  These boats were won at a selection event held in April, giving the sailors a season of competitive 14 sailing in boats, typically available for ~£6k.  The sailors were Ian Martin/ Ian Sharps in 7th, Tristan Jacques/Tom Dawson in 8th and Tom Heywood/Ed Clay in 10th.

The Classic fleet enjoyed a 3 lap course with 4 boats competing.  The on-form team of James/Helen Middleton Stewart taking the POW Classic title in their 1978 Ray Rouse design.  This has been restored to a single trapeze, symmetric spinnaker boat after it was instrumental in trialling twin trapezes and mast head kites as the class prepared its bid for more power in 1982.  The boat remains a “gadget boat” with adjustable everything, including spinnaker sock outhaul!!

Full results are on the Championship Page.  Many thanks to Oceanair for sponsoring tonights Beer.

Top 6:
1.  Alister Richardson and Dan Johnson – New Richard Woof Design
2.  Andy Partington and Tom Partington – RMW 12 / P&B
3.  Mike Lennon and Andy Rice – Composite Craft Bieker 5 / Hyde
4.  Ian Pinnell and Ian Mitchell – Jason King Bieker 5 / P&B
5.  Katie Nurton and Nigel Ash – Bieker 5 (home build) / Batt
6.  James Fawcett and George Nurton – Composite Craft Bieker 5 / Hyde

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