Squib East Coast Champs

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

With the nationals on the horizon, the Squib East Coast Championship was hotly contested… and Hyde’s sails finished the event strongly with a first and third

The Squib East Coast Championships was fiercely contested over the weekend at the ever-friendly Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club, Lowestoft. Entries from as far as Bridlington and the Isle of Wight made the trip to be met with a strong North Easterly breeze and rough seas.

Race one saw local expert and former national champion, Jim Tubby off to a good start, but he was reeled in by the Grogans, fresh from winning the Gold Cup, who won by a good distance. Gerard Dyson and Tony Saltonstall came second and Malcolm Hutchings and Andy Ramsey pulled through to third, with Jim Tubby hanging on for fourth.

 Race two saw the ebb tide kick in, making the beats short and with little tactical scope and also raising a nasty chop. Gerard and Tony in Alchemy won with Sam Cole and Chris Schonhut in Sophie making the early running and holding on to a brilliant second place. The Grogans were third and another local team, former national champions and current Inland champions, Brian and Jenny Riley in Brimstone, finished fourth, despite being one of the lightest teams.

Race three saw the Grogans in Helmut Shoing II lead from start to finish but behind them Gerard and Tony in Alchemy got another second leaving them joint overnight leaders. The Rileys again punched above their weight in the conditions to come third

Despite the day’s physical efforts, a riotous Saturday night meant that plenty of teams were pleased that Sunday’s conditions had moderated slightly. Probably worst affected by a 0400hrs finish to Saturday’s socialising was Micky Wright, who with Chris Dunn in Spoof nearly won race four, but was beaten by Malcolm and Andy in Lady Penelope, who had gone to bed early and looked very sharp all day. Alchemy was third with the Grogans in fourth meaning that the championship hung on the last race, with Alchemy having a one point lead.

After a general recall the last race saw Duncan Grindley in Surprise, whose crew, Mel Titmus had not survived a bout of seasickness, lead at the first mark with a borrowed crew. The Grogans were hard on their heels down two very tight reaches with Malcolm and Andy in third. Gerard and Tony looked distinctly mid fleet and could only manage a seventh which relegated them to second overall. The Grogans overtook Surprise at the end of the first lap and went on to win the race from Malcolm and Andy. Ian Grey and Ian Simons in Chequemate got it together in the steadily moderating conditions and came third.

That meant that with a 1,3,1,1 scoreline the Grogans won overall from Gerard and Tony by two points. Third were Malcolm and Andy and fourth the Rileys.

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