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Magic Marine National Solo Championship

The fleet awoke to more burning sunshine and with the wind tracking towards 180 degrees and the downs resembling the Sahara, a thermal breeze was guaranteed.

Sadly, we learned that Vice President Doug Latta had lost his father and would be unable to continue with the regatta. The members, H.I.S.C. and the NSCA Committee send there sincere condolences to him and his family.

If there was a ray of sunshine, and to be fair we are already inundated with those, then it would mean that I would have to continue to entertain the troops at the nightly prize draw. I could hear the mutter of discontent even as I motored out to race area Bravo, so concentrated on capturing the action as it unfolded.

Race 3

With the wind stable in direction at 195 degrees and 7-10mph there was some optimism from the lighter helms but with general recalls and BFDs out of the way, racing finally started in a building 10-12mph and a chop which would examine every sailors slow twitch fibres. There were a number of notable BFDs, Vince Horey, Tim Dickenson, Matin Honnor and Plate leader Graham Cranford Smith among them.

Cumbley, sporting the Magic Marine event leader yellow vest, got the shifts and tide just right to round first from Law, clearly identifiable by his Magic Marine red vest and looking to upgrade to blue for tomorrow. Stuart Godwin, who had fixed his outhaul overnight was in third and thankful that he could now add some belly to his sail and some grunt to his downwind sailing. Guy Mayger was next with Lovering and Geoff Henstridge sixth. The breeze held at 12-14mph and the top three places remained the same, squirting out a comfortable gap to the chasing group. Pete Mitchell, second overall got back up to fourth with James Boyce a very respectable fifth and no doubt making his dad Andrew, very proud.

Race 4

Three more BFDs after more recalls than I can recollect and my mind is still as nimble as a 29er crew during a three sail gybe. Ellie Cumpsty, Steve Ede and Finn sailor Ivan Burden were found guilty of pulling the trigger just a little too early and had the pleasure of the sail of shame back to the club.

At the top, and enjoying the increased pressure was Henstridge who judged the port laymen to perfection, a nice feeling must have filled his senses as he looked back at the100 Solos that got it wrong. Second round was Robert Gullan, the 69kg sailor hiking out by his toenails but local knowledge was his weapon. Outside him was Lovering and they set off down the sausage with Hans Duetz, our dutch competitor and Tim Dickenson, looking for retribution after his BFD close behind. Cumbley clawed his way into the top ten at the top mark and after going high down the run, came in hot and second at the leeward gate. Gullan and Lovering rounded together, Lovering electing for the left gate and looking for a left shift.

Event leader Charlie Cumbley on day 2 at the Magic Marine National Solo Championship at Hayling Island © Will Loy

Event leader Charlie Cumbley on day 2 at the Magic Marine National Solo Championship at Hayling Island © Will Loy

Cumbley inevitably took the lead by the top mark but only just crossed Henstridge who was making him work hard for a fourth bullet. Lovering’s tactic got him up to third with Godwin and Law completing the top five.

So, with the fleet returned to the port the competitors could look forward to the Annual General Meeting, always an absolute must at a Championship… well, I will be there.

Today we will also be giving away some awesome Hyde kitbags and a discount voucher for a new mainsail. It is also the first day of the Allen ‘Improver of the Day Award’, the most improved sailor who has completed all four races.

Tomorrow promises sun and sea breezes so it will be a challenge to get some photos that can top the ones I have taken. Please let it be cloudy and atmospheric.

Results after Day 2:

Pos Sail No Nat Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1st 5705 GBR Charlie Cumbley Warsash SC ‑1 1 1 1 3
2nd 5719 GBR Richard Lovering HISC & WYC 2 ‑28 6 3 11
3rd 5743 GBR Tim Law Salcombe yacht club 3 ‑6 2 6 11
4th 5790 GBR Peter Mitchell Warsash SC ‑5 2 4 5 11
5th 5793 GBR Ellie Cumpsty Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club 4 7 12 (BFD) 23
6th 5221 GBR Geoff Henstridge RYA ‑33 11 13 2 26
7th 5764 GBR Oliver Davenport Northampton (BFD) 3 14 9 26
8th 5583 GBR Nick Bonner HISC 10 9 ‑18 7 26
9th 5749 GBR Michael Hicks Salcombe YC 14 4 9 ‑22 27
10th 4869 GBR Stuart Godwin HISC (DNC) 21 3 4 28
11th 5691 GBR Guy Mayger Felpham Sailing Club 13 10 7 ‑15 30
12th 5730 GBR Vince Horey King George Sailing Club 7 8 (BFD) 18 33
13th 5493 GBR Nick Peters Hayling Island Sailing Club 11 12 11 ‑13 34
14th 5211 GBR Gareth Henshall Shotwick Lake SC 8 5 ‑26 24 37
15th 5777 GBR Chris Brown draycote 12 ‑22 15 17 44
16th 5781 GBR Alexander Butler HISC ‑27 19 22 10 51
17th 5553 GBR Alec Powell Hayling Island 17 27 8 ‑39 52
18th 5130 GBR Mark Lee Weymouth SC 26 15 ‑27 12 53
19th 5629 GBR Timothy Dickinson Hisc 9 38 (BFD) 8 55
20th 5314 GBR Leo Dixon HISC & West Kirby SC (DNC) 18 17 21 56
21st 5670 GBR Nigel Thomas Hill Head SC 18 ‑45 19 20 57
22nd 5115 GBR James Boyce Papercourt Sailing Club 24 29 5 ‑35 58
23rd 5750 GBR David Mitchell Warsash 34 14 ‑51 16 64
24th 5784 GBR Lawrence Creaser Hayling Island SC 25 23 20 ‑62 68
25th 5804 GBR Steve Ede Ardleigh 35 25 10 (BFD) 70
26th 5803 GBR Kevan Gibb Largo Bay Sailing Club 20 34 16 ‑45 70
27th 5658 GBR Martin Honnor OGSTON SC 19 32 (BFD) 19 70
28th 5744 GBR Iain McGregor Salcombe Yacht Club 21 26 ‑47 23 70
29th 5755 GBR Graham Cranford Smith Salcombe Yacht Club 16 16 (BFD) 40 72
30th 5290 GBR Cliff Crawshaw Tata Steel Sailing Club 15 17 ‑60 43 75
31st 5816 GBR Richie Bailey HISC ‑39 24 24 28 76
32nd 4581 GBR Robert Gullan HISC 37 ‑52 33 11 81
33rd 5070 GBR Graham Hughes Hayling Island 30 30 23 ‑48 83
34th 5406 GBR Jarvis Simpson Brightlingsea Sailing Club 32 ‑46 44 25 101
35th 5745 GBR Andrew Fox Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club 41 35 ‑52 26 102
36th 598 NED Hans Duetz WSV Giesbeek 31 (BFD) 42 29 102
37th 5655 GBR John Webster Carsington ‑52 50 21 33 104
38th 5381 GBR Fraser Hayden Papercourt SC 28 39 37 ‑44 104
39th 5796 GBR Andy Hyland Lymington Town/Spinnaker SC 40 ‑77 28 38 106
40th 5248 GBR Nicholas Fuller Hayling Island SC 47 31 30 ‑51 108
41st 5569 GBR Nick Rawlings Hayling Island Saining Club ‑43 43 34 32 109
42nd 5393 GBR Simon Derham Littleton SC 46 (DNF) 41 27 114
43rd 5763 GBR Stephen Denison RYA 42 44 (BFD) 30 116
44th 5507 GBR Andrew Jameson HISC 29 ‑74 48 42 119
45th 5421 GBR Andy Bayliss Hykeham Sailing Club 45 40 (BFD) 34 119
46th 5786 GBR John Steels Starcross YC 48 48 25 ‑74 121
47th 5782 GBR Nigel Davies Draycote Water sc 6 13 DNE ‑31 124
48th 5026 GBR David Acres Emsworth & Thorney 54 ‑59 29 41 124
49th 5779 GBR Mark Maskell Blackwater SC 44 ‑73 31 49 124
50th 5383 GBR Patrick Hamilton Burwain ‑58 33 38 56 127
51st 5801 GBR Willie Todd Largs Sailing Club 49 41 43 ‑64 133
52nd 5683 GBR Jamie Holmes Spinnaker Sailing Club ‑62 55 35 54 144
53rd 5735 GBR Andrew Voysey HISC 67 65 (BFD) 14 146
54th 5134 GBR Robert Laurie Harlow Blackwater SC 23 63 (BFD) 60 146
55th 5059 GBR Mark Harper Dell Quay Sailing Club ‑64 42 54 50 146
56th 5596 GBR Ray Collins Locks S C 51 ‑53 53 47 151
57th 5747 GBR Roger Lumby Salcombe Yacht 53 51 ‑69 53 157
58th 5634 GBR Howard Edwards Papercourt SC 59 36 (BFD) 63 158
59th 5514 GBR John Dixon West Kirby Sailing Club (DNC) 47 45 67 159
60th 5380 GBR Stephen Chiverton HISC 56 ‑76 46 57 159
61st 5412 GBR chris Powles HISC ‑86 60 67 36 163
62nd 5748 GBR Neil Davison HISC ‑83 69 39 55 163
63rd 5282 GBR Robert Bellfield Itchenor SC / RNSA 22 66 (BFD) 80 168
64th 4656 GBR Mark Flew Portchester ‑68 49 55 65 169
65th 5530 GBR Paul Noble HISC ‑61 61 49 59 169
66th 5334 GBR David Steel Hayling Island Sailing Club (DNC) 58 36 76 170
67th 5778 GBR Shaun Welsh Lymington Town SC 57 54 59 ‑77 170
68th 5308 GBR Ivan Burden Portchester SC 36 56 81 (BFD) 173
69th 5657 GBR Timothy Polglase Hayling’s Island SC (DNC) DNC 32 37 174
70th 5644 GBR Geoff Holden Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club 50 68 58 ‑72 176
71st 5630 GBR Greg Swift HISC 55 20 (DNC) DNC 180
72nd 5495 GBR Robin Gadd HISC 65 ‑78 63 52 180
73rd 5520 GBR Simon Childs HISC (DNC) DNC 40 46 191
74th 5666 GBR Andrew Boyce Papercourt S C 63 64 64 ‑83 191
75th 5819 GBR Phil Sturmer Royal Burnham Yacht Club ‑84 79 61 61 201
76th 6000 GBR Doug Latta HISC / Portchester SC 60 37 (DNC) DNC 202
77th 5382 GBR Nev Watson Hailing Island SC ‑80 72 65 66 203
78th 4679 GBR Mark Fuller Papercourt ‑77 62 75 68 205
79th 4454 GBR Stas Lawicki Papercourt 66 ‑86 83 58 207
80th 5492 GBR Tom Hartridge locks sailing club ‑76 70 66 71 207
81st 4942 GBR Roger Millett Chichester Yacht Club ‑79 57 78 78 213
82nd 5024 GBR Rob Mitchell Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club 69 ‑87 74 70 213
83rd 5627 GBR David Parkin Aberdeen & Stonehaven Yacht Club ‑73 71 71 73 215
84th 5718 GBR Craig Clarke Papercourt SC 72 ‑75 70 75 217
85th 5608 GBR Simon Verrall Dell Quay SC 78 ‑88 57 84 219
86th 5436 GBR Dave Moody HISC 82 67 72 ‑86 221
87th 5802 GBR Patrick Burns RYA 85 (DNC) 56 82 223
88th 5780 GBR Brenda Hoult Hayling Island SC (DNC) DNC 50 69 224
89th 4927 GBR Tony Thresher West Oxfordshire S.C. 38 83 (DNC) DNC 226
90th 5731 GBR Vernon Perkins South Cerney Sailng Club 81 82 68 ‑87 231
91st 5560 GBR Charles Stimpson Spinnaker Sailing Club 75 ‑80 79 79 233
92nd 5776 GBR Tim Wade Spinnaker Club ‑89 89 62 85 236
93rd 4491 GBR Grayson Eacott Stewartby Water Sports Club 70 81 85 ‑92 236
94th 5352 GBR Mike Wilkie Desborough Sailing Club 71 84 (BFD) 81 236
95th 5237 GBR Derek Jackman Chichester Yacht Club 74 (DNF) 82 88 244
96th 4918 GBR Richard Goss Burghfield 87 85 73 ‑89 245
97th 4820 GBR Paul Bristow Burghfield SC 88 ‑92 77 90 255
98th 4412 GBR Alastair Hunter Frampton On Severn Sailing Club ‑91 90 76 91 257
99th 4551 GBR Bill Hutchings Tonbridge 92 93 80 ‑96 265
100th 4168 GBR Joe Rycroft Frampton upon severn 90 91 86 ‑93 267
101st 5091 GBR Nicholas Davison Hayling Island 93 ‑94 84 94 271
102nd 5620 GBR Anthony Sanders HISC (DNC) DNC 87 95 287
103rd 5576 GBR David Moseley HISC (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 315
103rd 4214 GBR Simon Hoult Hayling Island SC (DNC) DNC DNC DNC 315

by Will Loy, President NSCA

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