K6 National Championship 2018 

2018 K6 National Championship, Royal Torbay YC 
13th – 16th September 2018 
The Royal Torbay Yacht club were hosts to the K6s over four days in September. The fleet enjoy the waters of Torbay and were joined by a number of new faces and returning teams plus a couple of guest appearances of known pedigree. The race team did a great job getting all ten races in over the four days with only one black flag. 
 
Probably the most difficult day was the very first, the wind direction battling between the sea breeze and the gradient. The first race got away in the light sea breeze. Peter Kirkby & Richard Barker got the first shift and took an early lead that they held on to the finish just as the wind threatened to switch. And Switch it did just before and abandoned second start. The fresh gradient wind kicked in and the fleet were treated to a good breeze and a very different race. Last years champion Dave Hall sailing with Alice Masterman & Bella Fellows took the win only after a good tussle with the boats that as it turned out were going to be the front runners. 
 
Day 2 dawned with a fresh Westerly breeze over the cliffs making for the traditional snakes and ladders windward legs. It did not seem to bother Neil Fulcher & Jim Hunt who won all three races of the day. The minor places being filled by the local team of Steve & Ros Birbeck and Dave, Alice & Bella. 
 
After racing the fleet were invited to the Church House Inn by local sailors Julian Cook and Caroline Aisher – a good night was had by all – many thanks Julian and Caroline! 
 
For day 3 it was an early start for most after the night before! The wind in much the same direction albeit a bit lighter but still as shifty. These conditions mixed it up somewhat with Steve & Ross winning a race and another local team of Julian Cook, Caroline Aisher & Herbie Harford also taking a win. 
The day was finished off with drinks before the class dinner on board Neil Fulcher's boat and once again a good night was had by all. 
 
An even earlier start for the final day and with a strong wind forecast it was still all to play for. However, the wind had not read the forecast and as the fleet drifted out to the start line the Race Officer put up the postponement to wait for the wind. Finally, it came through – but in patches. 
 
The first race of the day was close – all the top teams changing places and taking turns at the lead. In the end it was Neil & Jim who just took the gun ahead of Steve & Ross and thus giving them the championship. The last race was about the rest of the places, Steve & Ross after a close battle with Dave, Alice & Bella won the final race and convincingly kept second place overall. 
A great four days sailing with thanks to the Race team and all the club members that made it happen. 
 
 
Final Results are at - http://results.rtyc.org/hosted2018/k6/k6ncos.html 
 
Photos, with thanks to Jean Border are at https://www.borderphotos2010.com/k6-nationals.html 
 
More photos, by Tania Hutchings, for those of you who are on facebook, are at https://www.facebook.com/tania.hutchings?hc_ref=ARRtvLcTolPyj29b-zgGRQpTAWg-MqkMd50bWI1CfCT4Cx0zZTEnuiiIt7JRC9pI8XM&fref=nf 
 
Report: Dave Hall 
Photos: Jean Border 
 
Series Place 
Sail No 
Helm 
Crew 
Crew2 
Club 
Series Points 
Race1 
Race2 
Race3 
Race4 
Race5 
Race6 
Race7 
Race8 
Race9 
Race10 
222 
Neil Fulcher 
Jim hunt 
 
Stone SC 
14 
14 
165 
Steve Birbeck 
Ross Birbeck 
 
Royal Torbay Yacht Club 
16 
142 
David Hall 
Alice Masterman 
Bella Fellows 
Blackwater SC 
22 
164 
Julian Cook 
Caroline Aisher 
Herbie Harford 
Royal Torbay Yacht Club 
29 
216 
Peter Kirkby 
Richard Barker 
 
QMSC 
35 
10 
208 
Martin Wedge 
Scott Allen 
Debbie Jarvis 
Royal Torbay Yacht Club 
45.5 
12 
8.5 
10 
172 
Michael Trueman 
Martin Gibson 
Stewart Pegum 
Oxford SC 
47 
8.5 
166 
Fraser Elms 
Georgie Smith 
 
HISC 
55.6 
8.3 
8.3 
10 
162 
Ian Robson 
Robert Mulcahy 
 
Aldeburgh Yacht Club 
58 
12 
10 
10 
189 
Tim Williams 
Bob Clements 
Ross Lonsdale 
Oxford Sailing Club 
61 
10 
10 
10 
11 
124 
Paul Owen 
Amy Owen 
Oliver Owen 
Oxford Sailing Club 
78 
10 
11 
11 
12 
10 
11 
12 
12 
161 
Jeff Vander Borght 
Dave Guthrie 
 
Lyme Regis 
85 
14 
12 
11 
11 
11 
12 
11 
11 
13 
104 
Richard Addison 
Ricki Buro 
 
Aldeburgh YC / QMSC 
99 
10 
11 
12 
13 
14 
13 
13 
13 
14 
14 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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