K6 National Championship 2019 

Weymouth Sailing Club, 6 - 8 September 2019 
The 2019 K6 championship was held from Weymouth sailing club with courses in the Bay. A blustery day greeted the fleet for the first day. It was touch and go whether or not to go with a forecast of an increasing wind. However, the competitors went for it and had two very lively races before the big breeze really kicked in. There was plenty of action through the fleet as well as some early retirements. 
 
The usual suspects fought it out at the front with a number of new teams all showing their faces until various incidents such as broaches caught them out. Three races were scheduled but after two it was decided that it would be better for the fleet get ashore and save their energy and pride for the following days. The brothers Birbeck won the first race convincingly but were pipped on the line for the second race by Dave Hall, Alice Masterman & Bella Fellows. 
 
A much calmer second day. A light and very shifty North westerly blew across a very flat Weymouth bay. 
 
With the differences in pressure and shifts across the race track it was hard to defend and any lead was easily be lost. Winners for the 3 races were Neil Fulcher & Richard Tucker, Mike Trueman with James Bennett & Richard Payne and the current leaders Steve & Ross Birbeck.  
 
After the 2 days it was tight at the top with the Birbecks and team Hall- was going to be right down to the wire for the last two races on the final day. 
 
The forecast was spot on for the last day. A light Easterly slowly vanished as the fleet sat out in Weymouth Bay. After an hours postponement the race team got a the first race away in a light south westerly. Peter Kirkby & Richard Barker got away with the pack close behind. The wind was increasing and downwind it all got a bit frantic as the boats closed up at the bottom gate. With the wind increase came a shift and the races was shortened at the top mark. Peter & Richard stayed in front to take the win with Dave, Alice & Bella sneaking in at the finish to take second. 
Going in to the last race the championship was going to be decided between the Birbeck Brothers and the team of Dave, Alice & Bella. Both boats got a good start and took out a healthy lead. It was cat and mouse all the way round with Steve & Ross just getting the edge until a fluffed spinnaker drop let Dave and the girls through to win the race and the championship. Mike Truemans team just held onto the third after a late surge from Nick Jones & Steve Dewbury. 
 
A great and very mixed 3 days sailing well run by Weymouth SC alongside their yacht regatta, so a big thanks to the club and the race team. 
 
 
There are photos to be viewed from the event at: 
 
 
 
 
Report: Dave Hall 
Photos: Phil Jackson (www.digitalsailing.co.uk) and WSC 
 
Rank 
Sail No 
Name 
Helm 
Crew 
Club 
Race 
Race 
Race 
Race 
Race 
Race 
Race 
Net Points  
142 
Babooshka 
David Hall 
Alice Masterman, Bella Fellows 
Blackwater SC 
(3) 
11 
165 
Mildly Moist 
Steve Birbeck 
Ross Birbeck 
Royal Torbay YC 
(4) 
15 
142 
Red Shank 
Mike Truman 
James Bennett, Richard Payne 
Royal Torbay YC 
(9) 
29 
213 
Galloper 
Nick Jones 
Steve Dewberry 
Aldeburgh YC 
(7) 
29 
216 
Pippi 
Peter Kirkby 
Richard Barker 
QMSC 
(16/DNC) 
16/DNC 
37 
222 
Blank 
Neil Fulcher 
Richard Tucker 
Stone SC 
(16/DNC) 
16/DNC 
42 
166 
Tonic 
Fraser Elms 
Georgie Smith, 
Tash Styles 
HISC 
(16/DNC) 
11 
43 
159 
Moffat 
John Hall 
Martin Gibson, Daniel Hall 
Oxford SC 
10 
(11) 
11 
48 
122 
Spot the Pest 
John Tabor 
Lesley Hotchin, Dan Robins 
Oxford SC 
(16/DNC) 
11 
48 
10 
143 
David Gorridge 
John Gorridge 
Lymington Town SC 
(16/DNC) 
16/DNC 
16/DSQ 
49 
11 
208 
Eric 
Martin Wedge 
Scott Allen, 
Jonathan Carkeet 
Royal Torbay YC 
12 
12 
(14) 
11 
51 
12 
189 
Cougar 
Timothy Williams 
Robert Clements 
Oxford SC 
11 
(16/DNC) 
12 
10 
12 
59 
13 
114 
Bob 
Tony Harper 
Martin “the pullin’ monkey” Stilgoe 
Back Garden YC  
10 
14 
13 
(16/DNC) 
(16/DNC) 
71 
14 
161 
Dark and Stormy 
Jeff vander Borght 
David Guthrie 
Lyme Regis SC 
(16/DNC) 
16/DNC 
14 
10 
10 
13 
10 
73 
15 
124 
Happy Feet 
Paul Owen 
Amy Owen and Ollie Owen 
Oxford SC 
(16/DNC) 
16/DNC 
13 
13 
15 
12 
13 
82 
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