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The winds for the Nationals at Felpham got up to 25 knots except for the first race on Sunday which was a light wind affair.

Felpham Nationals

The Solutions arrived on Saturday to a sunny and breezy Felpham Sailing Club for the first day of the nationals, held alongside Felpham's annual regatta. With thirteen boats registered and the first gun at 12:00 boats started to congregate on the beach ready for launch. With disputes about how windy it really was in the shifty northerly the boats headed out to a trapezoid course a long way offshore. Some mild chaos followed with a few capsizes and people realising it was in fact windier than expected. The smart boats turned back but for the first race we had 9 brave sailors.

Ready for a breezy start there was a strong port end bias capitalised on my Ian Morgan who nailed a port hand flyer and crossed the entire fleet. It was tight racing with more then a few capsizes on the hairy downwind, overall Ian sailed well and won the race with Mike and Richard in 2nd and 3rd respectfully.

Race 2 was more of the same, with the wind reaching gusts of mid twenties and a few offshore waves developing it was a true show of grit to keep it going upwind. Andy Maskell sailed well in the strong winds bagging a second followed by Mike in third, Ian was once again in the lead, a reoccurring performance throughout the weekend.

Race 3 again more hard work and arguably with even stronger gusts we went from 9 down to 7 with 2 retirees. Three boats pulled away with Ian in front, Tom in second and Mike in third. After a quick 2 laps the race was over and people were very appreciative of that.

Day 1 left Ian in first, Mike in second and Tom in third.

After a great meal and quiz in the evening, Day 2 began. A much lighter day still from the north blowing 9 knots gusting 15. With a full 13 Solutions on the start line the racing began.

A very port end bias saw Ian and Tom fighting for the pin end and in the end everyone started on port. A very shifty first beat saw a lot of changing positions with Ian reaching the top mark first, but everyone was very close together, the downwind was a fight with a lot of covering and tactics resulting in a very tight rounding of the bottom mark. After a tight 2 laps again the recurring theme Ian was first, Andy was second and Mike was third.

Race 5 was postponed for a decent amount of time due to horribly shifty winds before the sea breeze kicked in and set south westerly. Now a strong and consistent 15 knots racing began. A starboard end bias saw a vicious fight for the committee boat end, in which Ian came out on top. It was a close overall race with a lot of position changes. Ian again in first now with 5 bullets, Mike in second and Richard in third.

Race 6, Ian stepped out to let someone else get a bullet and also got some great video footage, after a long weekend of hard work there were some tired legs for the final race again a starboard start Jon Steward got off best but tacked off early and got caught in a header. Tom was first to the windward followed closely by Andy and Jon. After 2 laps Tom just stayed on top with Jon and Andy mere seconds behind. Overall it was a great race and an even better weekend.

As shown by the results it was very close for all positions after Ian. Congratulations to all. Mike Davis won the masters trophy for being over 55. The Ted Funnell Memorial Trophy was awarded to Colin Smedley for finishing mid-fleet and Richard Brown the sheep dog trophy for finishing all the races.

Thanks to all the competitors and Felpham SC for holding the event. It was a great turn out and the facilities were all amazing, locally known as the best little club on the south coast it is a must visit for great wind and big waves.

PositionSail No.HelmClubPoints
1408Ian MorganWarsash4
2417Mike DavisCalshot10
3457Tom TwistFelpham11
4416Andy MaskellCalshot13
5464Richard GibbonLee on the Solent14
6444Jon StewardLee on the Solent18
7407Colin SmedleyCalshot23
8456Martin TubbLeigh & Lowton26
9462Richard BrownGreat Yarmouth & Gorleston34
10453Phil KempPevensey Bay38
11413Jack SimmonsLee on the Solent46
12455Kathryn ClarkLee on the Solent49
13431Tony LordFelpham55

Report: Tom Twist
Photos & video: Ian Morgan

Solutions at Felpham
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