2001 National Championships, 26-28 May at Weston SC

Photos by Jan Grieg-Gran?

The Nationals of 2001 will be remembered as a fantastic event run extremely well by Weston SC. The weather was good and it was one of the first nationals where sailing was possible on all three days, even though it took a while arriving on Saturday. It soon became clear, that numbers for the event were up, partly due to the RYA Youth Squads (National and Regional) which brought many new sailors to the championship.

Jan Grieg-Gran


Saturday was very hot and sunny. The gradient wind died at about 11am as the sea breeze started to make its presence known. This appeared largely to have settled to a southerly force one by the time of the start of the first race at 1pm. The fleet got away to a clean start despite crowding at the pin end, and those who went to the left-hand side of the course seemed to be in a good position. They were looking even better as the wind started to back to the left and spinnakers started appearing. Then no sooner had the spinnakers started filling the wind veered to the right. Alex Kaiser and Jack Vaughan from Royal Cork YC arrived at the windward mark first with Dave and Jake Gebhard from Derwent Reservoir close behind. This set the pattern for the weekend as these two were to be engaged in constant battle at the front of the fleet.

On the second leg to the wing mark, the wind continued to track to a more westerly direction, turning the second leg into a run, and the third leg into a very close reach. Kaiser dropped his spinnaker to head high after the gybe mark, but Gebhard held his to come out from underneath Kaiser into the lead. With there now being no sensible windward leg and no chance of relaying the course, the race was shortened to a single lap with Gebhard and Kaiser maintaining their positions ahead of Tom Cload and Danielle Hollett of Plym YC who finished third.

The wind then settled to an on-shore southwesterly force 3. After a short break ashore, race two was held up by two general recalls as the fleet bunched at the pin end. Relaying the line and the introduction of the black flag had the desired effect of producing some restraint in the fleet who got away cleanly at the third attempt. Indeed, the black flag was to remain in effect for the rest of the weekend. This time Gebhard arrived at the windward mark with a clear lead over Kaiser. Kaiser slowly reeled Gebhard in over the course of the 3-lap race, but was unable to break through Gebhard's close cover to the finish and had to settle for second. Robert Grieg-Gran and Jonathan Telford started a good run of form with a third place.

Race three was run back-to-back with the second, with Gebhard and Kaiser again leading the way. Kaiser managed to surf over the top of Gebhard down the second reach to take the lead, but he had relinquished it back to Gebhard by the top mark. Gebhard appeared to be having some trouble hosting his spinnaker at the start of the run. This turned out to be due to his having slipped on the floor of his new boat, which had only been launched that day, and been deposited on his backside. He held on to complete a very successful opening day with Kaiser again second. Matt Burge and Josh Rumbol from Poole YC had a good race to finish third which they celebrated with a capsize on the finish line.

Sunday was overcast and much cooler than Saturday, but the wind remained from the southwest force 2-3. At the start of race four, Fireball supremo Vince Horey, crewed by son Thomas, got away at the pin end and lead for two laps, pursued by Gebhard and Kaiser. Both of these got through Horey on the third windward leg in a light patch and they finished in that order.

The wind increased to force 4 for race five, and some boats were caught out still launching from the beach as the starting sequence began. This included Gebhard, who could only make it to the committee boat-end of the line, and was constrained to going right up the first windward leg. Most of the leaders came from the left hand side of the course, with Grieg-Gran leading from start to finish despite the close attentions of Kaiser. Tim Gray and Simon Foskett from Staunton Harold finished third, while Gebhard could only recover to seventh.

Race six was run immediately after race five, and unfortunately saw two boats fall foul of the black flag. These were Cload, and Stuart Bithell crewed by John Toogood, both of whom up-to-then were enjoying a good run of results. It especially was expensive for Bithell, as he would now have to count a poor result from the first race. Horey again got away at the pin end, and this time held his lead to the finish. Grieg-Gran was second to complete a very successful day, with Burge again third. Gebhard finished fourth, but seemed more concerned about staying on front of Kaiser, who could manage only eighth place. The star turn in this race was Carly Burge and Tom Edge who did a rather over-zealous roll tack not twenty yards from the finish and capsized, but managed to right the boat in a matter of seconds and just make it to the finish line without losing a place.

On Sunday evening the competitors were given a very entertaining presentation by Ian Walker, an ex-Mirror national champion, Olympic silver medallist and sailing manager for Britain's America's Cup campaign.

Monday started overcast with the threat of a low pressure bringing blustery winds. However, the high pressure over the south coast continued to hold on, and the day brightened in the middle of the afternoon with the regatta ending in glorious sunshine. The wind remained from the southwest force 2-3.

In race seven, Horey made it a hat trick of pin-end starts, and again lead from start to finish. Gebhard picked up several places to finish second ahead of Cload, with Kaiser also picking up places to finish fourth.

Race eight was run back-to-back with race seven, and Horey again went for the pin end, but was one of three boats to fall foul of the black flag and be sent home to pack up early. This was to prove very expensive for him, as he now had to count a retirement from race three due to gear failure. Gebhard put in a virtuoso performance, arriving at the windward mark with a healthy lead and pulling away to finish nearly a whole leg ahead of the second boat and take the Mirror National championships in style. After a mediocre first leg, Kaiser pulled through to finish second and second overall, and also first youth boat. Craig and Mitchell Bond of Brightlingsea finished the race third.

Matt McCarthy - Sailing Secretary of Weston SC


Congratulations to Dave and Jake Gedhard, but Alex Kaiser and Jack Vaughan should receive a special mention. They were the only Irish boat in the fleet, and to finish second overall saw some huge improvement to their 27th place at the Europeans in Brightlingsea. Rob Grieg-Gran and Jonny Telford finished third followed by Tom Cload and Danielle Hollett. Niki and Christian Birrell from Winsford Flash completed a successful weekend to take the junior prize, with Rachel Wigmore and Selena Knight from Itchenor taking the ladies prize with a very creditable top-ten finish.

It was also nice to see 'old boy' Max Capener sailing with Joshua Tear, in Hakuna Matata, as Howard was not sailing having just undergone an operation on his hip. Max finished fifth with his results improving throughout the weekend.

Stuart Bithell and John Toogood in boat 70000, also surprised a few people with a fantastic 13th place, the 5th Youth Squad boat home.

Off the water activities, included a bouncy castle, which was very popular. Cricket, football and rounders were also possible in the large field that visitors camped in. Every day before the sailing, Peter Aitken - the National Coach - would give a competitors briefing commenting on what he had seen the day before and how sailors could improve their results. An oceanographer also shared his local knowledge of the tides with the sailors.

Another highlight of the weekend was a talk by Olympic Silver medalist, and ex-mirror sailor, Ian Walker.

Results

 RRS 2001 - 2004 Appendix A, low point system, 8 races sailed, 1 discard.

  UnderRaces UK 
  Sail No.HelmCrewClub1612345678TotalRanking
1 70090 David Gebhard Jake Gebhard Derwent Res SC   1 1 1 1 7 4 2 1 11
40
2 69888 - Scratchy Alex Kaiser Jack Vaughan RCYC   2 2 2 2 2 8 4 2 16
.
3 70009 - Nik Nak Robert Grieg-Gran Jonathan Telford Lympstone SC   23 3 5 7 1 2 9 5 32
39
4 70008 - Jus' Like That Tom Cload Danielle Hollett Plym YC   3 5 6 10 4 60 3 14 45
38
5 69670 - Hakuna Matata Max Capener Joshua Tear Weston   13 31 14 8 5 11 5 6 62
37
6 69164 - Be Realistic Niki Birrell Christian Birrel Winsford Flash Y 5 13 4 4 25 10 17 15 68
36
7 39508 - Norbert Guy Wilkins Ben Wilkins Chipstead   6 9 8 5 9 20 13 27 70
35
8 70002 - Black Magic Craig Bond Mitchell Bond Brightlingsea   9 25 20 13 6 5 18 3 74
34
9 67300 - Crazy Cow Matt Burge Josh Rumbol Poole YC   10 12 3 11 12 3 28 37 79
33
10 69648 - Wild Rachel Wigmore Selena Knight Itchenor SC Y 21 8 7 9 10 24 6 23 84
32
11 70100 - The Golden Snitch Tim Gray Simon Foskett Staunton Harold   30 7 19 26 3 14 14 10 93
31
12 66780 Vincent Horey Thomas Horey King George SC   8 14 59 3 13 1 1 60 99
30
13 70000 Stuart Bithell John Toogood Hollingworth Lake SC Y 25 6 9 6 8 60 30 17 101
29
14 70024 - As Good As It Gets Will Glanville Ed Grieg-Gran Starcross YC   18 19 22 12 21 13 15 4 102
28
15 9648 (?) Mike Wigmore Jessica Wigmore Itchenor SC   34 27 15 19 11 9 10 11 102
27
16 70003 - Encore Une Fois Steve Long Juliet Long Plym YC   11 23 21 17 17 12 22 16 116
26
17 69747 Jackie Gebhard Joric Gebhard Derwent Res SC   24 10 16 32 34 7 20 8 117
25
18 69907 - Crianza Adam McGovern Jon McGovern Hollingworth Lake SC   19 17 17 14 22 23 19 12 120
24
19 69912 - Gandalf the Grey Michael Eustace Alex Joss Lympstone SC   26 4 12 29 18 38 11 34 134
23
20 70091 Josh Gebhard Judi Gebhard Derwent Res SC Y 4 20 13 21 28 34 27 29 142
22
21 23997 - Jessamine Ryan Crawford Lewis Crawford Penzance SC   28 24 10 16 23 25 23 22 143
21
22 44814 Andy Macgregor Alison Macgregor Poole YC   12 21 24 23 32 16 16 60 144
20
23 70055 - Female of the Species Lucy Macgregor Nerissa Booth Poole YC Y 31 16 25 38 15 27 12 21 147
19
24 69971 - Who’s Blue Ben Houghton Natalie Roach RPCYC Y 33 30 18 15 26 18 24 19 150
18
25 69972 - Plastic Poo Number 2 Jaemi Gebhard Ben Morris Derwent Res SC   14 35 28 27 14 22 38 24 164
17
26 69756 - Last Chance Richard Cornes Alan Mill Winsford Flash SC Y 29 28 26 24 19 48 37 9 172
16
27 69891 Andrew Blundell Katrina Evans Warsash SC Y 46 11 11 40 24 30 21 35 172
15
28 70045 - Peanuts 4 Paul Williamson Craig Williamson Staunton Harold SC   7 34 36 18 35 6 41 59 177
14
29 70037 - Sorcerer's Apprentice Tom Wallis Michelle Ledger Castle Cove SC   37 40 23 20 31 37 26 7 181
13
30 69674 - Falcon Jennifer Saker Abigail Stodel Brightlingsea SC   15 32 31 41 20 21 34 28 181
12
31 69910 - Screamer Gemma Glanville Nick Tippett Starcross YC   42 33 27 31 29 15 31 20 186
11
32 69339 - Shufti Shufti Elliot Jago Ben Arscott RPCYC   39 36 38 22 27 35 8 30 196
10
33 70010 - Woody Gerry McGill Luke McGill Sunderland   51 22 30 28 61 17 33 18 199
9
34 70103 - Running Bear Anna Perkins Jane Turner Bosham SC Y 50 38 29 39 33 19 25 26 209
8
35 65656 - Born Again Ian Dobson Andrew Hall Burwain SC Y 40 39 32 42 16 41 7 60 217
7
36 69675 - Amphetabean Peter Gray Helen Williamson Staunton Harold SC Y 17 15 41 43 43 51 32 40 231
6
37 69960 - Eclipse Nick Hollett Rob Tippett Plym YC Y 16 46 40 30 39 32 47 33 236
5
38 69424 - Zen Master Paul Wallis Clare Wallis Castle Cove SC   47 61 34 36 40 33 35 13 238
4
39 70007 - The Unit Henry Arnold Katie Arnold Deben Yacht Club   43 44 33 34 36 39 29 25 239
3
40 69922 - Harper’s Ferry Dale Winter Tym Forder Cam SC   20 45 35 37 38 36 40 38 244
2
41 46388 - La Jamais Contente Ned McNulty Gareth Evans Hillhead/Warsash SC Y 27 41 59 25 30 42 45 41 251
1
42 68999 Darren Roach Steph Newcomb RPCYC Y 35 37 37 45 45 28 39 31 252
0
43 69673 Hanna Stodel Josh Glanvill Brightlingsea SC Y 36 26 43 46 44 26 44 45 264
0
44 65576 Daniel Ellis James Ellis Plym YC / RPCYC Y 57 29 42 50 37 31 42 36 267
0
45 28603 - Jet Black Carly Burge Tom Edge Poole YC Y 41 47 39 48 42 40 36 32 277
0
46 64791 Katie MacKenzie Anna MacKenzie R Windermere YC Y 54 18 44 35 46 45 48 47 283
0
47 69417 - Sharp Practice Gareth Hughes Chris Robinson Hollingworth Lake SC Y 48 42 60 33 52 29 43 42 289
0
48 66075 - Master Samwise A Parker-Mowbray C Parker-Mowbray Frampton-on-Severn   38 43 45 47 41 49 46 39 299
0
49 53311 - Inertia Oliver Taylor Ben Fricker Starcross YC Y 32 49 46 44 51 43 50 59 315
0
50 1016 Andrew Shaw Alistair Shaw Itchenor SC Y 44 50 47 49 49 44 49 43 325
0
51 70033 - Peggy Ed Lachlan-Cope Simon Martin Cam SC Y 22 58 50 54 55 47 53 48 329
0
52 63007 Mark Stockbridge Sam Thompson Winsford Flash SC Y 58 51 51 52 48 46 51 46 345
0
53 69439 - B-Czar Megan Baker Nic Jones Starcross YC Y 52 48 49 51 50 52 55 50 352
0
54 61912 Oliver Turner Charlotte Jones Starcross YC Y 49 58 48 59 54 50 54 44 357
0
55 56565 Tom Robinson Chris Rees Warsash SC Y 45 52 52 55 47 54 52 59 357
0
= 56 38208 Camilla Brann Lucy Thompson Poole YC Y 55 53 53 56 56 56 56 52 381
0
= 56 63491 Nicholas Watson Jonathan Rickard Plym YC Y 53 54 59 53 57 55 58 51 381
0
58 56887 Pete Halswell Nick Gibbs Bosham   56 58 59 60 53 53 57 49 385
0

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Class Association Prizes

Photos by Jan Grieg-Gran?

Trophy: For: Presented? Presented To: Should have been presented to: Held now by / In the care of:
Daily Mirror Trophy 1st Overall Helm YES Dave Gebhard   Dave Gebhard
Crew's Trophy 1st Overall Crew NO . Jake Gebhard MISSING
Pioneer Cup 2nd Overall Helm YES Alex Kaiser, IRL   Alex Kaiser, IRL
America Cup 3rd Overall Helm NO . Robert Grieg-Gran Chris Forristal
International Paints Trophy Practice Race Winner NO NOT AWARDED   Andrew Woodward, IRL
Marlow Plate Trophy 1st Day One YES Dave & Jake Gebhard   Dave Gebhard
Cassandra's Cauldron 2nd Day One YES Alex Kaiser & Jack Vaughan, IRL   Alex Kaiser, IRL
Jeckell's Mirror Trophy 1st Day Two YES Rob Grieg-Gran & Jonny Telford   Rob Grieg-Gran
Peter Wilson Trophy 2nd Day Two NO . Dave  & Jake Gebhard William Winter
City of Plymouth 1st Day Three NO . Dave & Jake Gebhard Howard Tear
National Westminster 2nd Day Three YES Alex Kaiser & Jack Vaughan, IRL   Alex Kaiser, IRL
Western Trust and Savings Trophy Crew's Race NO NOT AWARDED   ??? Possibly Tim Gray
Arthur Birt Trophy  1st Local Cadet Helm NO NOT AWARDED   Toby Heppell
Proops Pot 1st Lady Helm NO . Rachel Wigmore Melissa Heppell
Arthur Vine Trophy 1st U19 YES Alex Kaiser & Jack Vaughan, IRL   Alex Kaiser, IRL
Harry Yule-Smith Plate 1st U15 YES Niki & Christian Birrell   Niki Birrell
Fleet Shield Best club (from results of 3 boats) NO NOT AWARDED   Brightlingsea
Aberdeen Trophy 
1st Scottish Boat NO NOT AWARDED   ???
Gulf Oil Cup 1st Welsh Boat NO NOT AWARDED   ???
Lucas Trophy 1st Over 39 YES Dave Gebhard   Dave Gebhard
1963 Trophy 1st Over 50 NO NOT AWARDED   Class Secretary JGG
Shavian Mug Last on points having completed all races NO   Camilla Brann & Lucy Thompson Class Secretary JGG
Topaz Trophy 1st Parent and Offspring YES Dave & Jake Gebhard   Dave Gebhard
Bass Charrington Trophy 1st Single Handed Race NO NOT AWARDED   Alan Coleman
Silver Jubilee Trophy 25th Overall NO . Jaemi-Ann Gebhard & Ben Morris Nicholas Malone, Ireland
Super Crew Cup Youngest Crew to complete all races YES Mitchell Bond   Mitchell Bond
Dyno-Rod Cup 1st Devon and Cornwall Boat U18 YES Rob Grieg-Gran & Jonny Telford   Rob Grieg-Gran

 

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