VANE M MYA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 – Results and Video’s

Report:

Competitors from Gosport, Hampton Court, Leeds & Bradford, Llandudno and the the host club, Fleetwood Model Yacht & Power Boat Club took part in the Model Yachting Association’s National Championships for vane-steered “Marblehead” Class yachts, over the weekend 28th & 29th October, at Fleetwood Model Yacht Lake on Laidleys Walk.
There was lots of silverware up for grabs. Highest placed competitors on the Saturday were Robert and Alan Bell sailing for Fleetwood, and received the Northern District Championship Trophy. The following day Edward Greenwood and Bob Jolly from Fleetwood Club were top scorers and received the Clapham Cup. They also received the Model Maker Trophy for the highest placed competitors who were not previous National Championship winners.  The National Championship winners were decided by totalling the scores for the two days of racing. This gave a tie between Robert and Alan Bell on equal points with Peter Whiteside and Tony Wilson, also of the Fleetwood Club. After a sail-off, Alan and Robert were the winners and received the National Championship Trophy plus the Commodore’s Cup. Highest placed Vintage yacht was sailed by Alan Oxlade of Gosport Club.

Results:

Media:

Tony’s report on Yachts & Yachting

 Article on the Blackpool Gazette

Vane results

Bit of vane classes housekeeping, here are some Vane Racing Results…

Saturday 3rd June Leech Cup 36R Class (Club Race)

1st     Robert Wheeler & Derek Priestley        18 points

2nd=  John Plant                                               14
2nd=  Tony Wilson                                            14

4th    Peter Jackson                                           6

Race Officer    Eric Watkinson

Saturday 15th July Jack Roberts Trophy “A” Class (Open Event)

1st    “Blue Note”        Peter Whiteside & Peter Jackson        Fleetwood        18 points

2nd    “Pegasus”        David Bell                                              Llandudno        8

3rd    “Dark Horse”    Eddie Greenwood & John Plant            Fleetwood        4

Race Officer    Eric Watkinson

Sunday 16th July  Northern District Championship “A” Class (Open Event)

1st    “Pegasus”        David Bell                                                Llandudno        18 points

2nd    “Blue Note”    Peter Whiteside & Damian Ackroyd        Fleetwood        7

3rd    “Dark Horse”    Eddie Greenwood & John Plant            Fleetwood          5

Race Officer        Eric Watkinson

Day 4 Vane A-Class Championships

The weather conditions were a big test today as the wind gusted up to 35mph at times. All skippers selected there smaller sails because of the wind conditions. Only 4 heats were completed but to the skippers credit, only minor damage was done during todays racing. Its left some skippers having to complete some re-sails tomorrow. Overall there is no change at the top with David / Robert Bell, Martin Roberts / Bernie McNulty, Peter Whiteside and the Wyeth family all taking most of the points on offer.

Tomorrow is the final day with it all to play for.

Reportage & Photography: John Taylor

Day 3 Vane A-Class Championships

Yachting Monthly Cup

A variable medium strength southerly breeze were the conditions for the A-Class fleet today. Between the showers the skippers sailed in this knockout competition which is separate to the main event of the week. In the first round all skippers found themselves in groups of 3. Therefore, after sailing against each other twice the top 2 skippers with the most points, from their group carried on to the next round. The bottom boats would then finish for the day, which was me included. The following rounds would be purely a knockout competition. Drawn out of a hat each skipper would be paired off, sailing the best from 3 races. If after two beats the scores were tied, then the decider would be resolved from the running leg up the lake.

Knockout phase highlights

Most notable performance of the day came from Eddie Greenwood (Sail no 01). Perhaps the most senior skipper competing this week, who reached the semi-finals of this competition. Eddie started sailing in this regatta in the 1950’s and his experience of the lake, was too much for some skippers. Additionally, Amber Geldard one of the youngest competitors sailing this week, was faced with a difficult scenario when her skipper / father David Geldard, (Sail no 94) managed to mistakenly send his yacht to the top bank. Amber managed to re-trim her fathers boat, under pressure from her close competitor and win the points and send them both into the next round.

The Final

David / Robert Bell (Sail no 26) and Shawn / Lewis Wyeth (Sail no 99) competed in the final. After one win each the race was decided on the run. After a close race Shawn / Lewis Wyeth came out winners and have claimed the Yachting Monthly Cup 2017.

Reportage & Photography: John Taylor

Day 2 Vane A-Class Championships

Top coverage from the Vane boys, firstly, this in from Rob Walsh, no explanation other than.. Bullseye!

On to more savory matters a report in from John Taylor:

Again a strong south westerly breeze gusting to 28 mph at times provided the challenging conditions for the A-Class fleet today. The ‘Birkenhead’ team of Martin Roberts / Bernie McNulty (Sail no 49), produced the performance of the day by achieving most of the points that were on offer. Therefore, they are now in a strong position to make a title challenge during the second half of the regatta. Throughout the fleet points were being thrown away because of mistakes made or just pure bad luck. In Anthony Warrens case (Sail No 10), he managed to get himself disqualified in 2 consecutive races by not polling his boat off correctly. In the end the OOD (Derek Priestley) called time on the race early, because boats were starting to break and overall 6 heats had been achieved.

Today (Tuesday) is a day of rest, no sailing will take place. This gives the skippers a chance to rest or make the necessary repairs before Wednesdays knock out competition.

And lastly, an epic slideshow of pictures from Mike Parkington, here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5uPEiL  fill your boots! here’s some highlights:

Day 1 Vane A-Class Championships

This just in from John Taylor… Today saw a strong south westerly breeze, approximately 14 mph gusting to 22 mph on occasion. 12 skippers and their mates started competing with their yachts. In the morning session David / Robert Bell (Sail no 26) started strongly and prior to lunch the team hadn’t dropped a point. Fleetwood skipper Peter Whiteside (Sail no 97) sailing one of the heavier boats in the fleet, took advantage of the conditions and also made a very positive start. Some of the lighter displacement yachts found some of the conditions hard going, as well as some of the more mature skippers. I include myself because once i had completed my race, I would then go back to give my sailing colleagues a hand. However, after a couple of times running the full length of the lake, my true lack of fitness would shine through. So what do I do about it??? Retire and cook for everyone on the BBQ later that evening…lol.