K6 2013 Nationals, Parkstone YC, Poole Harbour

Day one of the 2013 K6 Nationals hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole saw bright sunshine, a light northwesterly breeze and crews refreshing their navigation skills as they threaded their way out through the narrow channels into the bay. Several discovered that the sand is as hard as Race Officer Chris Bower had promised!

Race one saw team Kirkby/Gifford/Barker first round the windward mark and lead down the run, but then blow it by choosing the wrong leeward gate buoy. Current National Champions Hitchcock/Nicholson capitalised on the mistake and took the first race with dad and son team Crispin right on their heels. Were Hitchcock/Nicholson going to have it all their own way? Current European Champions Smithwhite/Wedge/Aydeniz provided the answer by winning the second race by a couple of boat lengths from Kirkby/Gifford/Barker who again had lead to the windward mark managing to hold the lead until the final run, with Hitchcock/Nicholson just behind.

Entertainment on the first night was care of the RNLI training centre who put on a tour and dinner for the fleet - good to make a few friends here if so many boats were going to continue to try and find the sand banks! The highlight was having a go on the driving simulator rescuing casualties from a tanker fire in a force 9 off Dover...it felt unbelievably real, with your eyes telling the brain that everything was moving and forcing you to hold on ... despite the simulator itself being totally static. Try it to believe it!

Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Entries: 17, Scoring system: K6 National Championship

 
Rank Tally Sail No Helm Crew Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Total Nett
1st 3 208 Dave Smithwhite Martin Wedge/Riki Aydeniz Hayling Island SC 3.0 1.0                 4.0 4.0
2nd 6 155 David Hitchcock Ian Nicholson Hayling Island SC 1.0 3.0                 4.0 4.0
3rd 11 159 Lawrence Crispin Luka Crispin Stone SC 2.0 4.0                 6.0 6.0
4th 2 216 Peter Kirby Richard Barker/Fran Gifford Queen Mary SC 7.0 2.0                 9.0 9.0
5th 13 166 Fraser Elms Georgina Smith Hayling Island SC 4.0 7.0                 11.0 11.0
6th 10 222 Neil Fulcher James Polston/Michaela Crisp Stone SC 6.0 5.0                 11.0 11.0
7th 12 200 Gary Phare Neil Harris Royal Torbay SC 5.0 8.0                 13.0 13.0
8th 5 214 Neil Davison Andrew Yonge/James Wood Davison Itchenor SC 9.0 6.0                 15.0 15.0
9th 15 162 Ian Robson Sandy Johnson/John Burton Aldeburgh YC 8.0 9.0                 17.0 17.0
10th 8 209 Chris Hyde Martin Fidgeon Carsington SC 10.0 10.0                 20.0 20.0
11th 14 115 Michael Stone Daniel Stone Stone SC 11.0 13.0                 24.0 24.0
12th 1 213 Nick Jones Mike Butler/Dave Peel Aldeburgh YC 15.0 12.0                 27.0 27.0
13th 4 156 Jonathan Calascione Pyers Tucker/David Mossman tchenor SC 12.0 15.0                 27.0 27.0
14th 17 174 Paul Young James Nicholson   17.0 11.0                 28.0 28.0
15th 9 137 David Wood Fran Wood/Debs Wolton Stone SC 13.0 16.0                 29.0 29.0
16th 7 122 John Tabor Chris Burrows Oxford SC 16.0 14.0                 30.0 30.0
17th 16 119 Terry Wilkinson Ron Elliot Queen Mary SC 14.0 17.0                 31.0 31.0


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