Major events

Prince of Wales Cup

Weymouth,

1st GBR 1537 Alistair Richardson & Dan Johnson
2nd GBR 1504 WSI Andy & Tom Partington
3rd GBR 1527 Hyde Sails MIke Lennon & Andy Rice
4th GBR 1517 Ian Pinnell & Ian Mitchell
5th GBR 1520 Roborowski Katie Nurton & Nigel Ash
6th James Fawcett & George Nurton

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Alister Richardson and Dan Johnson won the International 14 Prince of Wales Cup on Weymouth Bay after launching their brand new boat barely an hour before the start in Weymouth Bay. The yellow paint had scarcely dried before the boat got wet for the first time.

Having worked day and night with boatbuilder Richard Woof to get the new yellow RMW Marine boat ready for battle, Alister and Dan took a narrow lead around the first windward mark of the six-lap marathon course. Alister and Dan led a pack of boats in from the left side of the course while Andy and Tom Partington charged in from the far right, the WSI Internet father/son team taking up second place two boatlengths behind the leaders.

With such a close pack the first few leeward marks gave good spectating with some boats paying a high price for some punchy calls in small gaps. Through the early laps, the lead remained with Alister and Dan, looking spectacular in the new yellow Richard Woof boat. Andy/Tom Partington sailing WSI Internet, Mike Lennon/Andy Rice in Hyde Sails and Ian Pinnell/Ian Mitchell in Pinnell & Bax were pushing hard, occasionally reeling Alister/Dan in to challenge for the lead. Also chasing and breaking into the top 3 was Katie Nurton/Nigel Ash before they were rolled into 4th, then 5th position overall. Holding onto 6th position to the end were James Fawcett/George Nurton.

Making up the top 10 were the “youth loan” sailors, finishing 7th, 8th and 10th in their first National Championships. These boats were won at a selection event held in April, giving the sailors a season of competitive 14 sailing in boats, typically available for ~£6k. The sailors were Ian Martin/Ian Sharps in 7th, Tristan Jacques/Tom Dawson in 8th and Tom Heywood/Ed Clay in 10th.

The Classic fleet enjoyed a 3 lap course with 4 boats competing. The on-form team of James/Helen Middleton Stewart taking the POW Classic title in their 1978 Ray Rouse design. This has been restored to a single trapeze, symmetric spinnaker boat after it was instrumental in trialling twin trapezes and mast head kites as the class prepared its bid for more power in 1982. The boat remains a “gadget boat” with adjustable everything, including spinnaker sock outhaul!

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