UK-Cherub Class

Get Your Heart Racing


U.K. Cherub Nationals 1991

Lee on Solent

The Cherub fleet went to Lee-On-Solent, which has a long association with the class for its National Championship from August 1st to 4th. The weather was kind throughout the four days, though the general feeling was that more wind would have been welcome for these asymmetric powered machines. The Race Officer, Chris Watts, however , remained patient, and each day postponed until the sea breeze filled in, and thus ensured an absorbing and successful series.

Thursday

The first race started, after a two hour delay, in about 10 knots which tended to increase slightly. First to show were the Cruickshank Brothers, but they were to find that their conventional spinnakers were no match more the bowsprit brigade and they finished in 10th place. In fact the light winds actually allowed those with conventional spinnakers some hope as the deeper runs and reaches could be negotiated in a straight line, but as soon as there was a gust the newer rigs were long gone. Bob Clements and Alan Attlebury won this race with Will Perret and Martyn Clark second, and Graham and Owen Dickenson 3rd, all three in asymmetric equipped Bistros.

Friday

Similar conditions prevailed on Friday, when a long postponement was thoroughly justified as two races sailed back-to back were managed in a respectable breeze that peaked at around 18 knots. Race two was again won by Bob and Alan, as the leaders, Dave Roe and Wendy Barclay, knotted their kite on the last hoist but survived in second place, with Will third. In Race three Dave & Wendy started to show some form with a win, while Will & Martyn remained consistent with a second, their rather smaller asymmetric proving fast in the tight reaches in particular.

Saturday

On Saturday the Solent suddenly came alive with the first day of Cowes week. However the wind failed to reach even the modest proportins of the previous days, which certainly did not disappoint Mike and Kay Brown in their new Bistro, or Claire Butler and Simon Roberts in Simon's new design, the Dog. Bob and Will, the later suffering from the small kite, faded from the picture. The order in Race 4 was Dave, Claire, Mike Brown, and in Race 5 Dave, Mike, and then Guy Lewington in Flat Stanley.

Sunday

The Cowes fleets - especially the Sigmas - were in very close attendance for the sixth race on Sunday, but everyone behaved themselves and there were no incidents. There were some close encounters as the Cherubs converged on the gate set across the beats and runs, weaving with 3 sails through the massed ranks of Sigmas. The Browns won the morning race from Dave, with Claire third. For the final race in a building and backing breeze, Dave and Wendy sewed up the title with a 4th win while Claire and mike swapped places behind. Will took 4th, enabling him to pip the early leader, Bob, for third overall with newcomers Mike & Kay Brown taking an impressive second overall on results that improved throughout the series.

Will Perret (first printed Yachts and Yachting)

Results

1 Dave Roe Wendy Barclay 2637 Italian Bistro Lee on Solent S.C. 23 2 0.75 0.75 0.75 2 0.75 5
2 Mike Brown Kay Brown 2643 Italian Bistro 5 6 9 3 2 0.75 3 13.75
3 Will Perret Martin Clark 2646 Italian Bistro Lee on Solent S.C. 2 3 2 15 10 5 4 16
4 Bob Clements Alan Webster 2642 Italian Bistro Queen Mary S.C. 0.75 0.75 3 7 9 12 7 18.5
5 Graham Owen Dickenson 2647 Italian Bistro Llangorse S.C. 3 4 4 14 7 4 5 20
6 Clare Butler Simon Roberts 2645 Dog Lee on Solent S.C. 6 21 23 2 8 3 2 21
7 Guy Lewington Alex Windsor 2705 Mod. Murray Frensham Pond S.C. 4 5 5 11 3 6 6 23
8 Steve Fisher Darren Fisher 2628 Robinson 4 8 7 7 4 6 8 8 32
9 David Babcock Ben Babcock 2550 DBS 7 9 6 8 4 13 10 34
10 Brian Cruickshank Peter Cruickshank 2634 Fartpants 9 11 12 5 5 11 13 41
11 Danny Johnson Jim Champ 2641 Italian Bistro Datchet S.C. 12 8 8 13 11 16 12 51
12 Richard Butler Joe Barker 2601 Paterson 2 10 12 13 9 13 10 11 52
13 John Lobb Martin Harrison 2639 Deeley 6 Royal Victoria Y.C. 14 13 21 10 14 7 9 53
14 Andrew Horton Kate Horton 2644 Bistro 11 10 11 12 12 9 23 53
15 Nick Spens Claire Spens 2547 Forman 8 14 23 14 6 15 17 14 63
16 Adrian Scott Sandy Colclough 722 15 15 15 18 17 19 21 80
17 Tom Low Chris Tolstrom 2522 Easter Beagle Tamesis S.C. 23 21 23 21 16 14 15 87
18 Alex Corey Robin Russell 25xx 21 21 23 16 21 15 16 89
19 Nick Mason Simon Baker 2567 Murray Emsworth Slipper SC 21 14 10 23 23 23 23 91
20 Keith Lewry Graeme Lowe 2415 21 21 21 17 23 18 17 94


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