The reintroduction of a two day National Event saw 12 skippers from 6 clubs and included three new yachts, together with four entrants very new to the class at the 6M Nationals hosted by Harwich and Dovercourt.
The first day was dominated by Colin Goodman, recently crowned Eastern District 2002T winner, who won all 21 races in the very blustery conditions with some excellent skill.
With the wind gusting in excess of 26mph at times several skippers experienced gear failure and newcomers Peters Jackson and Shepherd were finding teething problems with their excellently presented newly built Romanzas. Host Club’s Geoff Earle also missed early races.
Behind Colin, Jon Alexander was the most consistent of the chasing pack which included Dave Green, Class Capt. Mike Ewart and Terry Burton. With the wind still blowing hard
Alan Bright’s Petrel, designed for lighter conditions, sustained damage which left Alan unable to continue on the calm second day.
The second day was the exact opposite of the first and Course maker Robin Bloyce continued to set very good windward legs and fair start lines under extremely trying conditions.
Four skippers had now retired from sailing but Gary Clover returned to the fleet after repairing damage sustained on the first day. Terry now showed the skill of a former 6m Champion by winning four of the day’s seven races, whilst Geoff Raygada and Vinnie Zammit also had much better performances in the lighter airs. Colin went on to win in a most convincing fashion. Jon finished second for the second time in the last three years with Terry third.
With pouring rain and no wind OOD Mike Collins, after consultation with the fleet and his team, abandoned the day’s sailing.
Colin thanked H&DMBC for staging the event and his fellow skippers for a most pleasing competition.
Mike Ewart at the end of the proceedings mapped out the future plans for 6M class, which were favourably received.
|1||C. Goodman||53||Coalhouse Fort MBC||Renaissance||25.0|
|4||D. Green||0||Two Islands||Ravenna||94.0|
|5||M. Ewart||12||Two Islands||Ravenna||103.0|
|6||V Zammit||17||Tri Services||Ravenna||115.0|
|7||G Raygada||89||Two Islands||Rococo||182.0|
|8||P. Shepherd||65||Abington Park MYC||Romanza||209.0|
|12||P Jackson||30||Abington Park MYC||Romanza||245.0|
Report and Results Courtesy of Mike Collins and photos courtesy of David Fowles