MYA R6M National Championships

clip_image002Coalhouse Fort hosted the MYA R6M National Championships on a warm, sunny Sunday 7th July 2013.

On arrival at the lake there was virtually no wind which did not look good for the day, but by the time the first race was due to start ripples started to appear and the wind was primarily from the North East. With this situation, Graham Bantock, the Officer of the Day, set a windward – leeward course initially with a gate at the leeward end. However, as the morning went on the wind moved round to a more easterly direction and increased in strength which allowed Graham to change the course to a ‘Saw-tooth’ as per the attached diagram, with the first rounding in yellow; second in orange; and final in blue.

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With only nine skippers, all from the Eastern District, the event was run as one fleet, with Graham being assisted by Graham Bartholomew (Start and finish judge), Alf Reynolds (Boatman) and John Newton (Time keeper/Scorer) who also all acted as observers for the event. Because only one fleet was being run, Graham initiated a strict timing procedure for the event, which stipulated that the preparatory signal for the next race would be five minutes after the time out for odd races and two minutes after the time out for even races. Whilst this appeared to work, a few competitors found themselves late at the start on a few occasions, which obviously did not go down to well!! In addition there was a ten minute break during the morning session and another during the afternoon session with a thirty minute break for lunch.

 

clip_image006All the skippers behaved themselves with most issues being settled on the water, and those that were not accepted retirement at the end of the race without question. One or two skippers experienced equipment issues primarily, Victoria Mills who had problems maintaining the jib in position, although she did win the first race of the day which looked promising.

 

With six skippers out of the nine taking wins there was no run away winner and at the end of the day there was only six points between first and third and at times there were only 2 points separating first and third. However, with four wins, Vernon Appleton from Coalhouse Fort, using his local knowledge, managed to pull out a three point lead over Jon Alexander of Swale Pit, with Terry Burton from Broads RYC third.

 

Results:

 

Pos.

Skipper

Sail #

Club/City

Hull

Score

1

Vernon Appleton

19

Coalhouse Fort MBC

Roccoco

30.0

2

Jon Alexander

69

Swale Pit

Rococo

33.0

3

Terry Burton

76

Broads RYC

Ravenna

36.0

4

Henry Farley

96

Lee Valley

Rococo

40.0

5

Geoff Earle

176

Harwich & Dovercourt

Rococo

46.0

6

Bernie Guest

73

Broads RYC

Ravenna

56.0

7

Victoria Mills

16

Harwich & Dovercourt

Ravenna

85.0

8

Geoff Appleton

116

Coalhouse Fort MBC

Octavia

93.0

9

Malcolm Button

86

Harwich & Dovercourt

Rococo

102.0

 

clip_image008In addition to winning the MYA R6M National Championship, Vernon Appleton also won the Eastern District Championship and the Hope Reach Trophy and a Round of the Eastern District 2002 Trophy Series, making it an extremely successful day for the Coalhouse Fort member at his home venue.

 

Our thanks to all the competitors for being well behaved; the Race team who were kept busy all day and Coalhouse Fort for making the event possible.

 

Report and photos courtesy of John Newton.

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