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GJW Direct National Champs - Final Day

Stuart Hydon - 03rd August 2013

The fleet assembled in the race area at eleven o’clock. The start was delayed due to thunderstorms and conditions varying from F1 to F4. After an hour and a half postponement the battle for the nationals title between Hydon/Rhodes, Videlo/Harris and Hall/Wells began with a gate start on an Olympic course. Hall/ Wells broke early from the gate whilst Hydon/Rhodes went for the middle and Videlo/Harris towards the end of the gate. Two thirds up the beat it was apparent that Hall/Wells were finding it difficult to recover as the tide was pushing them down. At the end of the first beat it was the pathfinder Andrew Nun (Sponge)/Clare Gosling who rounded first followed by Hydon/Rhodes and Videlo/Harris. At this point the championship title was now going to be between the two. Hydon/Rhodes needed to stay ahead of Videlo/Harris and stay fourth or better in order to claim the title. At the third leg, Videlo/Harris pushed Hydon/Rhodes high on the reach forcing three boats to pass underneath. Rounding the bottom of the triangle Videlo/Harris managed to overtake Hydon/Rhodes on the beat and establish a position of advantage trying to drive Hydon/Rhodes down the fleet. At the final leg it was Sponge/Gosling who won the race with a substant ial lead followed by Pynn/Videlo and third was Hufton/Kennedy. Videlo/Harris managed 6th and Hydon/Rhodes finished 9th and Hall/Wells finished 15th. In the final results, there was a 0.5 point gap separating first and third.

Videlo/Harris claimed the 2013 title, second were Hydon/Rhodes and third were Hall/wells.

Silver fleet 1st - Sponge/Clare Gosling (in 9th overall position).

Bronze fleet 1st Tom Branton/Faye Gosling (in 20th overall position).


The lark fleet would like to thank Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club for a well-run championship in fantastic conditions and also its sponsors GJW Direct marine insurance.