National Twelve Open Meeting – 7th October 2018

National Twelve Open Meeting at Yeadon     7th October 2018
Following on from the successful National 12 Open Meeting at Ripon SC the day before a smaller, but perfectively formed, fleet assembled at Yeadon on the Sunday to resume battle.
Staunch supporter Angus Beyts had camped overnight at Ripon but with crew issues and a fixed rudder decided not to compete and start his long journey back to Scotland a little earlier.
After a briefing by the Race Team for the day Tony Langley, David Statman and Sarah Cooke the fleet took to the water in a freshening south westerly breeze.  Philip David and Emma Hampshire in 3499 were quick off the line leading John and Allison Cheetham in 3209 then Tim and Christopher Hampshire in 3330 up the first beat.   John and Allison fought through into first place only lose it again to Philip.   Further back Brian and Ros in the only vintage contender filled up on one of the gybe marks and decided to retire.  The excitement of being back in the lead must have been too much for Philip as he fell in also after a rocky gybe leaving John to take the win but recovering to finish second.
After a splendid Yeadon Lunch the fleet again took to the water although Brian and Ros decided the wind was a bit frisky for them so headed in to try the ice cream vans offerings.    Tim Hampshire was first off the line although after the first lap Philip had regained the lead and on lap 3 John also sneaked past into 2nd place.   Further back Neil McInnes and Jon Wheble were sailing in a very consistent 4th place in N3216 followed by Patrick Gaunt and Tony Dufton in Tony’s recently acquired Design 8 N3283.   After some hard racing it was Philip and Emma who took the win closely followed by John and Allison.
Race three was set to be the decider between Philip and John but it was Tim and Christopher who pulled into the lead after the second lap, Philip and Tim swapped the lead numerous times with John snapping at their transoms but in the end Philip and Emma prevailed to take the race and the event win.
Big thanks to the Race Team and the Catering Team who looked after everybody throughout the day and to Ginger Threads for the National 12 embroidered prizes !
Philip David/Emma Hampshire
2 points
John and Allison Cheetham
Yeadon SC
3 points
Tim and Christopher Hampshire
Ripon SC
5 points
Neil McInnes/Jon Wheble
Yeadon SC
8 points
Patrick Gaunt/Tony Dufton
Yeadon S C
10 points
Brian Herring/Ros Stevenson
Winsford Flash SC
12 points
Report and photographs by         Howard Chadwick

The fleet in Race 1 going up the first beat
Philip David and Emma Hampshire N3499 – Overall Winners
John and Allison Cheetham N3209 2nd overall
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