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Herne Bay Sailing Club: 15th and 17th August

16 boats entered the 54th UK Snipe National Championships and European Cup at Herne Bay SC from 15-17th August. Winds were from the north-east for all three days and averaged force 4-5 throughout, making for ideal sailing conditions with Olympic 'O' courses set.

In the first race, Giovanni and Dina Galeotti from Belgium posted their intent with a win in front of Richard and Iain Marshall. Richard normally crews for his older brother Iain so it was an excellent performance. Peter Wolstenholme and Tony Hunt were third. The Galeotti team were clearly in a hurry to get back to their two-month old daughter as they took the second race ahead of Alan Williams and Liz Crouch, who eventually overhauled early leaders Brian and Ian Gregory who at one stage had forged a sizeable lead, eventually dropping to third.

On Saturday the multiple former champion Wolstenholme kick started his campaign with a bullet in the third race in front of Richard Lambert whose ex-pat crew Patrick Biddulph - now residing in Gran Canaria - was racing in his first UK Nationals for four years. Lambert and Biddulph just edged out the Galeotti team in a near dead heat finish.

The Belgian couple resumed normal service in the fourth race with a third victory in front of Wolstenholme, and Ian Knight and David Bennet's storming final beat promoted them to third.

In mid fleet there were some excellent tussles between the crews helmed by Jon Simpson, Christopher Surridge, Alan Hoy, Mark Antonelli and Roger Barnes, each swapping places in some tight racing.

On Sunday, another victory for the Galeotti team secured overall victory and enabled them to sit out the final race. Wolstenholme and Hunt's second ensured overall runner-up spot, but Lambert and Biddulph's third place did not secure overall third. They had to make sure the fourth placed Williams and Crouch did not beat them by more than one boat in the final race.

The sixth race proved something of an epic for the teams vying for third overall. At the windward mark, Wolstenholme led in front of Williams, with Lambert third. On the second reach, Williams powered past Wolstenholme and courageously held on with Wolstenholme and Lambert in pursuit, for three more gruelling legs to take the gun for the race and overall third by 0.25 of a point.

The Snipe fleet thoroughly enjoyed its first visit to Herne Bay and was very grateful for the excellent race management, rescue and beach crew, canteen and back up teams who made the event so memorable for all.

PositionSail No.HelmCrewClubR 1R 2R 3R 4R 5R 6Total
1 BEL29794 G Galeotti D Galeotti RYCB 0.75 0.75 3 0.75 0.75 DNS 6
2 GBR29611 P Wolstenholme A Hunt Wilsonian SC 3 5 0.75 2 2 2 9.75
3 GBR29834 A Williams L Crouch Budworth SC 5 2 4 6 4 0.75 15.75
4 GBR28276 R Lambert P Biddulph Blue Circle SC 4 8 2 4 3 3 16
5 GBR29501 R Marshall I Marshall Maldon YC 2 6 5 8 5 4 22
6 GBR29164 I Knight D Bennet Maldon YC OCS 4 7 3 6 5 25
7 GBR28451 B Gregory I Gregory Blue Circle SC OCS 3 6 5 7 6 27
8 GBR29303 N McGonigle G Welch RCYC 6 7 10 7 9 7 36
9 GBR29408 A Hoy G Boisaubert Maldon YC 8 11 8 9 8 9 42
10 GBR29677 M Antonelli D Alexander Budworth SC 7 9 9 13 11 8 44
11 GBR20558 J Simpson G Hoy Maldon YC 9 10 DNF 12 12 10 53
12 GBR20557 C Surridge S Roberts None 12 14 12 11 10 11 56
13 GBR29411 R Barnes K Halnshaw Budworth SC 11 13 11 10 14 DNS 59
14 GBR28385 R Taylor J Williams Maldon YC 10 12 13 14 13 12 60
15 GBR20023 M Andrews P Andrews Budworth SC 13 15 DNS DNS 15 13 72
16 GBR25225 D Alexander F Alexander Budworth SC 14 DNS DNS DNS DNF DNS 78

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