GBR - National Championship 2006
Report by Alex Scoles
OK Sailors arrived from all over the country for the 3 day Nationals held at Sunderland YC. Racing started on Friday with light conditions and a choppy sea: after a wind shift up the first beat Tim O'Leary rounded in first place followed by Keith Byers and Andy Turner. Tim went on to win from Mike Edwards with Keith third.
Race two started in similar conditions. Alex Scoles started with a port end flyer, cleared the fleet and lead from start to finish. Second place saw a battle between Terry Curtis and Robert Deaves, Robert finishing second with Terry third.
Day Two started in better conditions with more wind and sun. In Race three, Terry was first round the top mark closely followed by Alex and Robert. Terry got away and held a clear lead to win, with Robert second and Neil Goodhead third. Race four started with a pair of general recalls, but a flourish of the black flag from Race Officer Dave Wheldon brought the fleet to their senses. Terry took race four and went on to win five as well, with Robert second in both.
Going into the last day Terry was leading with 6 points, Robert on 10 and Alex 11, so with a possible three races still to sail the title was still open!
The conditions were not good: the light wind was unstable in direction and a huge shift caused race 6 to be abandoned on the third leg with Neil Goodhead in the lead. Race 6 was restarted when the wind settled: Terry lead round the first mark, closely followed by Alex, Mike, Neil and Robert. Alex overtook Terry up the second beat and held the lead almost to the finish, where, with a foul tide and very little wind, Robert sailed in from the other side to take first. Alex was second and Terry third.
It was all down to the last race: both Terry and Robert started with potentially championship winning scores. In the event it was Robert who led round the top mark followed by Alex. Robert won with Chris second and Terry third.
Robert Deaves is the 2006 OK national champion, with Terry who came so close in second. Alex Scoles took third. Sunderland Yacht Club hosted a very friendly event with the racing expertly run by Dave Wheldon in difficult conditions, and the venue was excellent: easy launching, a short sail to the race area, weak tides (by East Coast standards!) and a warm welcome and plenty of good food and beer back at the very impressive clubhouse.
|1||Robert Deaves||Waldringfield SC||Long Shot||2110||4||2||2||2||5||1||1||8|
|2||Terry Curtis||Upper Thames SC||Contraband||2118||5||3||1||1||1||3||3||9|
|3||Alex Scoles||Overy Staithe SC||2117||7||1||4||3||3||2||6||13|
|4||Neil Goodhead||South Staffs SC||Ok Gorgeous||6||4||3||6||2||4||5||18|
|5||Mike Edwards||South Staffs SC||Les Tosser||2107||2||5||5||4||7||5||4||20|
|6||Chris Arnell||Christchurch SC||The Return of the||2015||12||6||7||5||4||6||2||23|
|7||Tim O'Leary||Felixstowe Ferry SC||Windbreaker||1966||1||10||9||10||6||12||14||36|
|8||Keith Byers||Morecombe & Heysham SC||The Old Git||1985||3||12||11||8||11||11||8||41|
|9||Gavin Waldron||South Staffs SC||Elk||2085||10||11||6||7||9||17||15||43|
|10||Andy Turner||Overy Staithe SC||2045||8||9||13||9||12||7||10||43|
|11||Bill Bradburn||South Staffs SC||Ramble On||2092||9||8||10||13||14||8||9||44|
|12||Deryck Lovegrove||Kingsmead SC||2104||18||7||12||14||10||10||7||46|
|13||Anthony Rich||Oxford SC||Casual Affair||2007||14||14||8||11||8||23||23||55|
|14||Simon Shaw||Deben YC||Soks||2065||15||15||16||12||13||9||11||60|
|15||Dave Cooper||Ouse Amateur SC||Tumbleweed||2031||17||13||15||15||16||13||13||69|
|16||Paul Pike||Covenham SC||Back Breaker||2060||13||16||20||18||17||14||12||72|
|17||Daren Prior||South Windermere SC||B-Bop-A-Lula||2055||16||17||19||19||21||15||16||83|
|18||Ed Bradburn||South Staffs SC||Spur Lash||2067||11||21||14||16||23||23||23||85|
|19||Edward Dolton||South Staffs SC||Yellow Peril||2098||19||19||17||17||15||23||20||87|
|20||Bob Eastwood||South Windermere SC||Okedoke||2001||20||18||18||23||20||19||18||93|
|21||Rodney Thorne||Upper Thames SC||2048||23||23||23||20||18||16||17||94|
|22||Andy Holmes||South Staffs SC||2056||23||23||21||21||19||18||19||98|