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BRITISH FORMULA CHAMPIONSHIPS, HOVE

11:19 3rd June 2005 by
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BRITISH FORMULA CHAMPIONSHIPS, HOVE



The time had come to take to the water and see who would be the British Formula Champion of 2005. Britain boasts a very strong formula fleet which attracted both French and Dutch sailors to the open championships. The timing of the event provided an ideal build up regatta for the Europeans the following week in Rhodes.


Jamie Lever and Aaron Williams


Race 1 on the other hand was not a warm up – the wind built from 15 knots to 22 knots. Competitors struggled to hold down their sails, hindered by a worsening sea state. Jamie barely acknowledged the increase in wind to take a solid finish, with Keith and Nick not far behind. Christine had a bit of a nightmare with two collisions, despite being on starboard both times. She retired from the race, which made her more determined to get two solid finishes in races 2 and 3.


Keith views the launch araa.


Rapid change downs were made, and due to the sea state the feasibility of running more races was questioned. With the tide coming, in making launching more and more risky, only the formula fleet returned to the water. (because our gear costs the least!)


A sailor gets munched in the break.


Two short but very exciting races took place. Keith and Nick changed down to their 9m sails giving them the control that was needed in the v. short steep waves. Xavier, Dennis, Jamie and I relied on fin changes to give us the control, battling on with our trusty 10m’s. There is a point after which weight and height no longer provide such a huge advantage, past this point strength and technique count for much more. Alan Jackson, self acclaimed survival conditions guru, fought to take second in the final race. France’s Lematayer also excelled with a bullet, explaining that the sea-state was very similar to that experienced in St Malo, his local training ground.


Saturday’s racing was all about control, because without great control, huge speed losses were made from spin out or excessive air time. There was little to be gained tactically upwind due to a huge startboard bias on the line. This made holding a clean lane off the start all the more important. However places changed regularly on the downwind legs as judging the layline was made difficult by large waves hiding the buoy.


After a heated dispute between a minority of windsurfer’s and the race committee, regarding the safety of the conditions and dangers of the shore break at high tide, the preparatory flag was replaced with a return to shore postponement. This favoured Jamie and Dennis who had already started heading for the beach. Whether the complaints were based solely on safety or regatta strategy is debatable.


Heading out after the racing


It was agreed that racing would resume at 5pm when the sea had retreated down the shingle back, but with mixed views from the competitors it was eventually called off for the day. Several of the sailors returned to the water this time armed with freewave boards and sails ½ the size of the formula kit lying on the beach. Nick Dempsey pulled off some solid back loops and grubbies proving that racer’s can rip given the right kit.


One formula sailor tries his luck with a new sail


Sunday was uneventful with little wind. Hove lagoon provided great entertainment over the weekend, including wakeboarding displays and dragon boat racing which eased the passing of time. Races 4 and 5 were held in very changeable conditions on Monday. The morning dawned with a gentle south-westerly which was enhanced as the land warmed, providing 10-14 knots. However, as the day unfolded, dark clouds filled the sky and caused some substantial shifts taking away the speed advantage of some sailors. This played into the hands of Nick Dempsey and Keith Atkinson who led the fleet.


In Race 4 Dennis and Jamie failed to notice Xavier, Nick and Keith who were starting at the favoured end of a long start line. Xavier managed to hold on to 3rd place until the final lap when the speed of Dennis and Jamie prevailed. The final race saw Nick take the lead early on by heading inshore towards a group of dark clouds. However Keith and Dennis gybed inside him on the final downwind causing a very tight photo finish to decide whether Nick or Dennis took the title. The only difference being that Nick chose the favoured end of the line, giving him the second place he needed to win the championships.


Hugh Sims Williams


Results


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Sailed:5, Discards:1, To count:4, Entries:47
Rank Boat Name Class Sail No R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 Dempsey, Nick N 21 4.0 3 3 1 2 9
2 Littel, Dennis   NED13 3 1 DNC 3 3 10
3 Atkinson, Keith   56 2 6 DNC 2 1 11
4 Lever, Jamie   GBR5 1 2 4 4 DNC 11
5 Lemetayer, Aurlien   FRA105 5 4 1 6.0 4 14
6 Ferlet, Xavier M 451 7 5 10.0 5 9 26
7 Jackson, Alan   53 10 DNC 2 14 6 32
8 Williams, Aaran   12 9 7 6 12 13.0 34
9 Greenslade, Kevin   82 6 8 DNC 13 11 38
10 Sims Williams, Hugh N 13 11 10 8 9 15.0 38
11 Solven, Harry N 541 15 9 7 RTD 12 43
12 Deverell, Nick   374 14.0 14 12 10 7 43
13 Bromley, Sam   567 13 12 DNC 16 5 46
14 McCallin, Leo N 5 16 11 11 17.0 8 46
15 Leroy, Remy   F151 18.0 15 9 18 18 60
16 Johnston, Christine   93 DNC 13 13 22 16 64
17 Le Guen, Damien   FRA586 8 DNC 5 8 DNC 69
18 Malaper, Johann Y FRA755 DNC 17 DNC 7 10 82
19 Riach, Charles Y 555 24 16 14 33 35.0 87
20 Horwood, Lucy   95 12 DNC DNC 15 19 94
21 Curtis, Aaron Y 9520 DNC 18 15 31 31 95
22 Priest, Richard N 102 20 DNC DNC 19 17 104
23 Russell, Keith N 392 19 DNC DNC 20 22 109
24 Johnston, David N 400 17 DNC DNC 25 21 111
25 Mexome, Andy NM 87 25 DNC DNC 21 23 117
26 Loca.Yang-Ting, Jerome Y FRA70 DNC DNC DNC 11 14 121
27 Collin, Xavier   FRA157 22 DNC DNC 28 26 124
28 Simpson, Dan Y 323 26 DNC DNC 24 27 125
29 Campbell, Alastair   199 27 DNC DNC 30 38 143
30 Ingram, Bob NM 164 31 DNC DNC 27 37 143
31 Carter, Amy   85 28 DNC DNC 34 33 143
32 Etheridge, Doug N 913 29 DNC DNC DNC 20 145
33 Sibley, Paul Y 97 DNC DNC DNC 26 24 146
34 Kerr, Andrew   18 DNC DNC DNC 29 25 150
35 Gibson, Tim   40 33 DNC DNC 39 30 150
36 Manson, Laurent   FRA433 DNC DNC DNC 23 32 151
37 Kent, Simon NM 405 32 DNC DNC 37 36 153
38 Harries, Martin Y 207 DNC DNC DNC 36 29 161
39 Edwards, Gary N 825 DNC DNC DNC 38 28 162
40 Clark, Roger NM 88 21 DNC DNC DNC DNC 165
41 Simpson, James Y 290 DNC DNC DNC 35 34 165
42 Gulland, Tim M 454 23 DNC DNC DNC DNC 167
43 Silman, Greg N 141 30 DNC DNC DNC DNC 174
44 Lewis, Chris N 366 DNC DNC DNC 32 DNC 176
45 Ash, Ben N 977 DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 192
45 Simmons, Paul   131 DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 192
45 Ellison, Neil N 295 DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 192


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Sailed:3, Discards:1, To count:2, Entries:13
Rank Boat Name Class Sail No R1 R2 R3 Pts
1 Leary, Tim   236 1 2.0 RDG(1.5) 2.5
2 Cole, Dave TM 896 3 RTD 1 4
3 Round, Liam J 948 2 3.0 2 4
4 Blackgrove, Mike TV 798 DNC 1 5 6
5 Bass, Mike M 111 DNC 4 4 8
6 Kraft, Ian   154 DNC 7 3 10
7 Baxter, Luke   649 DNC 5 8 13
8 Fountain, Nick M 1881 DNC 8 7 15
9 Duffy, Ben   545 DNC DNC 6 20
10 Gooch, Sam J 945 DNC 6 DNC 20
11 Jones, Ian M 183 DNC 9 DNC 23
12 Bromley, Jilly Y 72 DNC 10 DNC 24
13 Wooding, Ricky M 103 DNC DNC DNC 28


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Sailed:4, Discards:1, To count:3, Entries:22
Rank Boat Name Class Sail No R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 Strange, Ed   983 1 5.0 1 1 3
2 Masters, Ali   916 3 6.0 2 4 9
3 Woods, David   499 5 9.0 4 2 11
4 Forster-Davies, Finlay   596 DNC 1 6 5 12
5 Robinson, Lewis   9535 7.0 4 5 3 12
6 Scales, Redmond   507 DNC 2 3 11 16
7 Mayes, Jordan   9533 2 22.0 8 6 16
8 Smith, Alex   9541 4 10.0 10 8 22
9 O’ Callaghan, Kirsten   58 6 12.0 9 10 25
10 Stewart, Callum   9900 DNC 7 12 12 31
11 Tyson, Steve   866 DNC 13 13 7 33
12 Taylor, Elliott   554 DNC 11 11 14 36
13 Brookes, Daisy   565 DNC 21 7 9 37
14 Simpson, Richard   2901 8 17.0 14 15 37
15 Nickson, Michael   970 10 18.0 15 13 38
16 Ingram, Jamie   1641 11 15 16.0 16 42
17 Gibbons, Avril   362 DNC 8 18 17 43
18 Carney, Claudia   279 9 20.0 20 18 47
19 Sills, Sam   9561 DNC 3 DNC DNC 49
20 Strange, Kate   984 DNC 14 19 19 52
21 Letham, Sam   9621 DNC 16 17 DNC 56
22 Wright, Joanna   9592 DNC 19 21 DNC 63


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Sailed:4, Discards:1, To count:3, Entries:41
Rank Boat Name Class Sail No R1 R2 R3 R4 Nett
1 Pepelasis, Adam I 322 1 2 1 3.0 4
2 Bird, Peter IY 1 3 1 5.0 2 6
3 Plant, Corey IY AUS2 4.0 4 2 1 7
4 Bullied, James IY 428 2 3 8.0 4 9
5 Hamilton, Richard IJ 75 5 13.0 3 7 15
6 Carney, Mark M 275 6 12.0 6 5 17
7 Thompson, Alex IY 98 8 14.0 7 6 21
8 Smith, Gordon IY 171 9 11 4 13.0 24
9 Carney, Elliott IJ 274 13.0 5 10 11 26
10 Griffiths, Alex IY 526 7 20.0 12 9 28
11 Naylor, Tom M 552 12 27.0 9 8 29
12 Farnes, Arran U 101 18.0 9 11 14 34
13 Bray, Laura IY 80 16 6 14 18.0 36
14 Jiskoot, Kim IJ 312 10 19.0 15 12 37
15 Skudder, Daniel IJ 906 11 22.0 22 10 43
16 Cleworth, Richard IJ 958 14 17 21.0 17 48
17 Searle, Mick UV 214 29.0 8 17 28 53
18 Scales, Anthony IJ 506 19.0 18 16 19 53
19 Goodwin, Tony UV 985 26 10 18 29.0 54
20 Fey, Peter IJ 523 17 16 23 24.0 56
21 Gilchrist, Dave V 519 OCS 15 24 22 61
22 Eskdale, Tom IJ 495 21 28.0 20 20 61
23 Jackson, Alan UV 416 DNC 7 30 25 62
24 Higham, Chris   622 OCS 33 13 16 62
25 Gibson, Chris M 0 15 25 26.0 26 66
26 Solven, Jerry UV 341 24 30.0 28 15 67
27 Gibbs, Jonathen IJ 9614 20 29.0 27 21 68
28 Ash, Peter UV 774 23 37.0 19 27 69
29 Davis, Rod V 537 25 26.0 25 23 73
30 Pratt, Dick UV 666 22 32.0 29 30 81
31 Lewis, Gemma IY 525 DNC 21 31 32 84
32 Tilbury, Brian UV 7282 28 24 35.0 35 87
33 Gibbons, Ian IJ 361 DNC 23 34 33 90
34 Robinson, Paul UM 353 27 34.0 32 34 93
35 Martin, Kyle IJ 9880 DNC 31 33 37 101
36 Pearce, Colin V 277 30 DNC 38 39 107
37 Simpson, Chris IJ 9575 DNC 35 37 36 108
38 Cook, Adie IJ 582 DNC 36 36 DNC 114
39 Carr, Nick IJ 181 DNC DNC DNC 31 115
40 Gibbs, Katherine IJ 9615 DNC 38 DNC 38 118
41 Pain, Janet V 538 DNC 39 39 40 118

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