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Solo Nationals - Cumbley successful defence of Solo title

Solo Nationals – Cumbley successful defence of Solo title

Charlie Cumbley finished 5th in the final race and this was enough to take the title of Selden Solo National and Nation’s Cup Champion 2015.

With only 1 race remaining and 29 minutes until the time limit would be met to halt any further racing for the day, the tension was at DEFCON 3. The fleet were too keen and with three OCS including Nick Bonner the start sequence was re-booted.

The cheerful demeanor was replaced with sobriety as the seconds ticked down. Cumbley sat to leeward of Alan Davis and with a raft of starboard tackers engulfing them was able to tack clear of Davis’s shadow.

The scores on the doors meant that if Davis could restrict Cumbley to 14th or worse he would win the Championship. At the gun both sailors were in clear air and tracked up the beat in close company. From my lofty position on board the committee boat it looked like Cumbley had been able to force Davis to tack off onto the unfavoured left of the course.

But, I was 300 yrds downwind with dodgy vision and an over enthusiastic imagination. The breeze was holding at a fickle 9.4 knots and it was Andy Tunnicliffe, Craig Williamson, Robbie Wilson and Mike Sims around first. Cumbley was 5th and although not home dry, had made the title his to lose.

The reaches were long drawn out affairs, yesterday’s awesome downwinds just a warm and distant memory. The second beat was processional, the penny had dropped and the sailors went hard right. The unremarkable run towards the leeward mark is hard to put into words, it was dull, but for the sailors with much to lose or gain it must have felt like the longest run they have ever done.

Ted and the team, spotting the elongated faces upped anchor and headed to the top mark for a shortened course finish. Tunnicliffe secured his first win of the week and fourth overall. Chris Brown was 2nd to finish with Andrew Wilde 3rd, Sims 4th and third overall.

Charlie Cumbley finished 5th and this was enough to take the title of Selden Solo National and Nation’s Cup Champion 2015. Andy Davis was second overall and had come incredibly close and the championship could have gone either way.

Mike Sims goes into the RS400 Nationals next week with the confidence that he is up with the best. Pete Mitchell completed the top five and is sure to feature at the top of this and other classes very soon.

Dave Mitchell in 9th was first Veteran, Nick Rawlings (26th), first Grand Master and Alex Corby (18th) the Junior Champion.

Selden Spars Solo National Championship and Nations Cup – Final
1st 5387 Charlie Cumbley Teigh Corinthian 1 -21 1 5 2 2 1 1 1 -14 49 14 pts
2nd 5597 Andy Davis Blithfield SC 5 6 2 -8 1 1 2 2 2 -20 49 21 pts
3rd 5491 Michael Sims Carsington SC 3 -25 3 4 3 4 5 4 -8 1 60 27 pts
4th 5340 Andy Tunnicliff RYA 4 -9 4 1 5 6 6 (68.0 BFD) 4 3 110 33 pts
5th 5509 Peter Mitchell Hayling Island SC 2 -32 8 12 4 -18 7 5 3 5 96 46 pts
6th 5492 Andrew Wilde Carsington SC 9 4 -14 3 8 5 14 6 11 -23 97 60 pts
7th 5603 Robbie Wilson Wormat Boating Club 18 3 11 6 (69.0 DNS) 3 4 3 13 -35 165 61 pts
8th 5585 Oliver Wells Northampton 10 1 -36 16 -35 8 15 18 6 4 149 78 pts
9th 5363 David Mitchell Warsash SC -17 -17 10 10 6 9 9 10 16 16 120 86 pts
10th 4982 Nick Bonner Netley 7 5 6 (64.0 BFD) 19 15 21 7 9 -37 190 89 pts
11th 5486 David Sword CCC -34 8 18 14 10 20 -53 8 5 12 182 95 pts
12th 5564 Chris Brown Draycote Water SC -21 16 9 2 13 14 -19 17 10 15 136 96 pts
13th 5198 Craig Williamson SHSC and HISC 11 13 16 9 -37 -40 8 21 15 6 176 99 pts
14th 5616 Kevan Gibb Largo Bay SC 6 -34 12 15 14 -34 3 11 20 24 173 105 pts
15th 5130 Mark Lee Weymouth 14 15 13 27 9 -28 -30 12 19 13 180 122 pts
16th 5628 Chris Turner Royal Lymington YC 26 10 19 20 12 11 26 (68.0 BFD) -47 2 241 126 pts
17th 5421 Anthony Osman Chichester YC 12 7 40 7 24 10 25 -41 23 -47 236 148 pts
18th 5234 Alex Corby Chew Valley 23 28 -45 13 16 19 20 15 14 -36 229 148 pts
19th 5383 Patrick Hamilton Burwain -36 -44 21 29 11 17 10 16 17 32 233 153 pts
20th 5478 Nigel Davies Draycote Water SC 25 -42 29 11 7 21 17 13 -35 31 231 154 pts
21st 5545 Ewan Birkin-Walls Hunts SC 29 2 22 34 17 -38 23 22 -49 8 244 157 pts
22nd 5362 Chris Goldhawk Chew Valley SC 13 27 7 (71.0 DNC) 15 37 13 19 36 (67.0 DNF) 305 167 pts
23rd 5480 Ian Hopwood Leigh & Lowton SC 32 -39 20 17 21 12 16 23 32 -42 254 173 pts
24th 5608 Steve Ede West Mersea YC 16 30 17 23 -34 31 11 (68.0 BFD) 21 27 278 176 pts
25th 5610 Jim Turner Wakatere Boating Club NZ 38 36 5 -49 36 30 18 9 12 (67.0 DNF) 300 184 pts
26th 5569 Nick Rawlings Hayling Island SC 20 -40 32 25 18 24 -44 26 30 11 270 186 pts
27th 5023 Brian Holland SCYC -40 14 26 26 26 -53 22 25 26 25 283 190 pts
28th 5473 Steve Denison Hollingsworth Lake SC 15 43 -44 (64.0 BFD) 30 13 28 28 24 22 311 203 pts
29th 5449 Chris Robinson Hollingsworth Lake SC 19 35 27 32 28 36 12 20 (71.0 DNC) -39 319 209 pts
30th 5488 John Webster Carsington SC 39 29 24 -40 23 25 38 30 -45 7 300 215 pts
31st 5507 Nigel Pybus Draycote Water SC 8 23 (62.0 DNF) 28 -44 44 24 42 39 10 324 218 pts
32nd 5578 William Rainey Burghfield SC 24 -57 (71.0 DNC) 19 32 22 32 39 18 38 352 224 pts
33rd 4625 Richard Bolton Dalgetty Bay SC 30 18 34 21 31 27 31 -35 33 -46 306 225 pts
34th 4876 Oliver Whitehead Hollingsworth Lake SC -43 20 37 18 -46 33 43 36 25 17 318 229 pts
35th 5625 Paul Davis Lymington Town 35 -55 15 (64.0 BFD) 39 35 33 31 27 21 355 236 pts
36th 5563 David Griffiths Boughbeech SC -52 19 38 35 27 23 34 34 29 -40 331 239 pts
37th 5518 Innes Armstrong Burwain SC 47 24 33 31 -49 (68.0 DNF) 39 29 7 30 357 240 pts
38th 5462 Simon Jones Teigh Corinthian -44 26 23 44 40 -47 40 24 28 18 334 243 pts
39th 5595 Andrew Fox Leigh & Lowton SC -61 -51 41 22 33 16 36 37 31 41 369 257 pts
40th 5602 Keith Milroy St Mary’s Loch SC -48 -62 28 24 20 32 37 43 43 33 370 260 pts
41st 5596 Ray Collins Locks SC 41 41 25 33 22 26 41 33 -48 -52 362 262 pts
42nd 5613 Stuart Gibson Clyde Cruising Club 28 12 62.0 DNF (71.0 DNC) 50 43 27 14 (71.0 DNC) 71.0 DNC 449 307 pts
43rd 4572 Gerry Goodfellow St Mary’s Loch SC (71.0 DNC) 33 30 (64.0 DNF) 45 41 45 27 59 44 459 324 pts
44th 5377 Stephen Waite HighCliffe SC 37 47 42 50 -53 48 52 40 -55 9 433 325 pts
45th 5183 Malcolm Mackley Salcombe -65 -54 43 38 29 29 51 47 41 49 446 327 pts
46th 5450 Andy Osman Parkstone 31 48 (71.0 DNC) 64.0 BFD 41 39 42 (68.0 DNF) 22 48 474 335 pts
47th 5037 Alastair Reynard Carsington SC 27 -58 (62.0 DNF) 36 58 49 48 38 34 50 460 340 pts
48th 5623 Mike Thomas RYA 49 11 48 37 51 50 -54 52 -54 43 449 341 pts
49th 5203 Michael Cowan Bassenthwaite SC 46.6 RDGa -61 31 51 47 -55 47 32 40 55 465.6 349.6 pts
50th 5290 Cliff Crawshaw TATA 22 49 (71.0 DNC) (71.0 DNC) 38 7 29 68.0 DNF 71.0 DNC 71.0 DNC 497 355 pts
51st 5501 Gavin Vaughan Carsington SC (70.0 DNF) 45 47 45 52 46 46 53 -57 28 489 362 pts
52nd 5209 David Parkin Aberdeen And Stonehaven Club 46 52 46 53 -54 52 -58 49 42 26 478 366 pts
53rd 5618 Derek Gibb Largo Bay -62 -63 35 39 43 51 49 44 51 57 494 369 pts
54th 5237 Derek Jackman Chichester YC -56 50 (62.0 DNF) 43 48 56 56 45 46 29 491 373 pts
55th 5604 John Colegrave Aberdeen & Stonehaven SC 42 37 39 (71.0 DNC) 25 (68.0 DNF) 35 68.0 BFD 64 67.0 DNF 516 377 pts
56th 4672 Katie Masterson St Mary’s Loch SC 45 -65 51 30 -63 61 61 50 52 34 512 384 pts
57th 5109 Alan Catto Leigh & Lowton SC 59 (71.0 DNC) (71.0 DNC) 42 60 68.0 DNF 60 51 37 19 538 396 pts
58th 5373 Phil Sturmer Royal Burnmam YC 58 22 (62.0 DNF) 52 56 58 55 (68.0 BFD) 44 51 526 396 pts
59th 5489 Tim Morgan Chew Valley 57 -60 49 55 55 42 50 46 50 -60 524 404 pts
60th 5561 Patrick Burns RYA 51 38 (62.0 DNF) 41 61 59 57 54 -62 45 530 406 pts
61st 5447 Nigel Ford St Andrews SC 55 -59 54 46 59 54 -62 48 56 59 552 431 pts
62nd 5067 Bernard Clark Ripon SC 33 31 (71.0 DNC) (71.0 DNC) 42 45 71.0 DNC 71.0 DNC 71.0 DNC 71.0 DNC 577 435 pts
63rd 5484 Ian Wilson Prestwick SC 54 56 (62.0 DNF) 48 57 57 59 55 -60 56 564 442 pts
64th 5289 Simon Richards Newburgh 53 (71.0 DNC) 53 64.0 BFD (71.0 DNC) 71.0 DNC 64 56 38 54 595 453 pts
65th 4297 David McClay Prestwick SC 50 46 (71.0 DNC) 47 (69.0 DNF) 68.0 DNF 63 68.0 BFD 58 53 593 453 pts
66th 4993 Ian Hall Bassenthwaite SC 60 53 (71.0 DNC) 54 62 62 (71.0 DNC) 71.0 DNC 53 58 615 473 pts
67th 3163 Steve Fraser East Lothian YC 63 64 50 56 (69.0 DNF) 60 66 (68.0 BFD) 63 62 621 484 pts
68th 3939 Peter Middlemiss Tynemouth (70.0 DNF) -66 52 57 64 63 65 57 65 61 620 484 pts
69th 1494 Lorry Young St Mary’s Loch SC 64 (71.0 DNC) (71.0 DNC) 71.0 DNC 69.0 DNF 71.0 DNC 67 68.0 DNF 61 63 676 534 pts
70th 4110 Keith Young Rutland Water SC 70.0 DNF (71.0 DNC) (71.0 DNC) 71.0 DNC 71.0 DNC 71.0 DNC 69.0 DNF 71.0 DNC 71.0 DNC 71.0 DNC 707 565 pts

by Will Loy

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