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15 Snipes competed at the 2012 National Championships hosted by Dale Y C, on the East side of the most western peninsula in South Wales the water was free from severe tides whilst delivering clean winds. The race area was laid outside Dale Bay & well clear of the shipping channel up to Milford Haven.

Day one was met with a sociable South Westerly wind blowing a steady 8 - 9 knots. After his prior performances it was not a great surprise to see Andy Davies of “HD sails” with crew Chris Gould take an early lead that they held all the way to the finish, followed by Alan Williams & Liz Pike. Races 2 & 3 were as all races won by Davies & Gould, 2nd place William in race 2, Ian Gregory & Jenna Gibson in race 3.

The greatest challenge of day two as the lighter promised breeze eventually materialised, was that of the floating seaweed. A last second wind change made the port end start of race 4 extremely bias, Mark Antonelli & Anita McSorley hit the pin end on Port and took full advantage fetching mark 1. Rounding 1st against the tide with the wind dropping meant that they we speeding their way down the triangle leg as the rest of the fleet struggles to beat the tide. Half way down the third leg the Race Officer abandoned the race do to a consistently less than 5 knot breeze.

Conditions improved for a re-started of race four and Davies & Gould continued to show the way once they overtook Antonelli & McSorley, picking the correct way up the beats against the tide in shifty conditions was key. Antonelli & McSorley held second place, Andy & Carol Gibson posting their second third position. Race 5 was again a battle in light breeze and slowing weed, Antonelli again come in second with Richard Marshall & Lloyd Roberts third.

Snipers enjoyed more breeze on day 3 with the first hiking conditions. Davies won race six from the start with Williams keeping a good advantage over the rest of the fleet. Davies took an early return to land with his 6 race wins, leaving Williams to take 1st place in the final race 7, this was enough to ensure a Williams 2nd place overall ahead of Antonelli.

Helm Crew Club Sail No R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Points Position
Andy Davis Chris Gould Blithfield 29794 4 1 1 1 1 1 DNS 5 1
Alan Williams Liz Pike Bewel Valley 30316 2 2 4 9 4 2 1 11 2
Mark Antonelli Anita McSorley Budworth 30226 4 3 3 2 2 6 8 14 3
Andy Gibson Carol Gibson HSSC 29374 3 5 4 3 5 3 3 16 4
Ian Gregory Jenna Gibson   28451 13 4 2 10 7 5 6 24 5
Maxim Romain Jacques Romain Blue Circle 29367 5 13 9 5 12 4 2 25 6
Richard Marshall Lloyd Roberts Blackwater 29970 6 7 5 8 3 9 4 25 7
Ian Knight Caroline Williams Shoreham 29164 8 9 7 7 6 8 7 35 8
Steve Roberts Luis Martin Blue Circle 19611 7 6 10 6 8 10 9 36 9
Ian Marshall Ewan Harris Blackwater 29501 9 8 11 11 11 7 5 40 10
James Prestwich Chris Newson Budworth 30227 10 11 14 4 14 12 10 47 11
Will Williams Stephen Williams Budworth 28276 11 10 8 13 9 11 11 49 12
Roger Barnes Ed Wilson Budworth 29538 15 12 12 15 10 DSQ 12 61 13
Roger Gardner Paul Gilmour Budworth 29408 14 15 15 12 13 13 13 65 14
Pauline Penny Michelle Ditchburn Budworth 29163 12 14 13 14 15 14 14 67 15

Lead weight price went to Ian Gregory for capsizing on the finish line

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