UK-Cherub Class

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UK Cherub Nationals 2012 (21 – 24 August 2012) - Overall report

  • 23 boats
  • 5 father-son teams
  • 8 husband-wife teams
  • 1 pair of brothers
  • 1 pair of brothers-in-law
  • Lots of good friends

Whilst big breeze might have been on most of the Cherub fleet’s wish list for the Nationals, big waves were probably not - but that’s what they got for the first two days. The race officer managed to get 5 races in, but for many it was survival sailing and it was the ’97 rules boats with slightly smaller sails which were really enjoying themselves. After day 1, Phil and Carol Alderson (AKA Team Scotland) were lying in first place, Clive Everest and son Alex in second and Graham and Eddie Bridle, last year’s father –son winning team in third. With further success on day two, Clive and 11 year old Alex were leading, the form book had apparently gone out of the window and the challenge was laid. However conditions on days 3 and 4 were much more benign and it turned out that Graham and Eddie had just been teasing everyone after all - they found their groove and won the last 6 races to take the championship in style and retain the Simpson Cup.

There was intense racing between the ’97 rules fleet (smaller sails, generally speaking single wire and no t-foil) all week. Born Slippy reveled in the windy conditions under the experienced hands of Stu Hopson and Ben Howett. Comfortably Numb and Madge both crewed by husband-wife teams were in the mix, Madge sporting more than just a smart new paint job – she had fittings and a mast for the first time in years. Ade and Joe White, yet another father-son team, enjoyed their first nationals and showed some good speed in the beautifully refurbed Sweet Dreamz . The gentler conditions of days 3 and 4 allowed the speed of Pasta Frenzy to shine through, but despite their late surge, Stu Tinner and guest crew Becky Goodwin couldn’t overhaul Born Slippy in the final results.

It was a tough week of conditions for crews and boats. The boats stood up well, and the crews did their best, but unfortunately some extreme Welly Wanging during Pwllheli Beach Olympics resulted in a badly dislocated shoulder for Paul Clements.

Pwllheli Sailing Club provided excellent hospitality all week and the fleet particularly enjoyed the prize giving dinner. The Welsh weather had still not finished with us and made its presence felt with a thunder storm that almost drowned out the cheering, and rain that threatened the integrity of the marquee. The traditional Cherub prizes were awarded alongside the standard glassware. The Davey for the most spectacular capsize of the week was hotly contested given the sea state, but was ultimately awarded to Tim and Kate Noyce in Comfortably Numb for the reaction elicited from the nearby rib driver “I thought you were going to land in my boat”. The prize for the most beautiful boat went to Marmite, built by Aardvark and owner Paul Croote, and the Phoenix for the best restoration to Ade and Joe White for their superb job on Sweet Dreamz. The spanking paddle was returned to its rightful home with Stu Tinner, administered by Matt Kiddle gallantly stepping in for his absent brother.

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Rank Boat SailNo HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 Total Nett
1st RIOT VAN 3204 Bridle Bridle Brightlingsea (3.0) (3.0) 3.0 2.0 (5.0) 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 24.0 13.0
2nd The Subtle Knife 2693 Everest Everest Hayling Island 1.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 (5.0) (4.0) (5.0) 4.0 4.0 2.0 3.0 34.0 20.0
3rd Eleanor 3208 Ralph Jones Isle of Sheppey SC (24.0 DNF) (24.0 DNF) 4.0 3.0 1.0 3.0 2.0 4.0 (5.0) 2.0 3.0 4.0 79.0 26.0
4th Pocket Rocket 2683 Alderson Alderson Largs Sailing Club 2.0 1.0 2.0 (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 4.0 (8.0) 8.0 6.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 94.0 38.0
5th Atum Bom 2688 Rushton Rushton Hayling Island SC 4.0 (24.0 DNC) 6.0 RDG 6.0 3.0 6.0 6.0 (7.0) (8.0) 6.0 6.0 6.0 88.0 49.0
6th Marmite 3212 Croote Hole Chew Valley SC 5.0 (24.0 DNF) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 1.0 7.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 2.0 123.0 51.0
7th Born Slippy 2674 Hopson Howett 7.0 (24.0 DNF) 5.0 4.0 4.0 (14.0) 12.0 (15.0) 13.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 123.0 70.0
8th Comfortably Numb 2648 Noyce Noyce Netley SC 6.0 (24.0 DNF) (24.0 DNC) 7.0 6.0 10.0 11.0 12.0 15.0 10.0 11.0 (24.0 DNC) 160.0 88.0
9th Pasta Frenzy 2660 Tinner Goodwin UKCCOA (24.0 DNF) (24.0 DNC) 10.0 (24.0 DNF) 24.0 DNC 9.0 10.0 9.0 9.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 164.0 92.0
10th Madge 2646 Pratt Pratt RCYC 8.0 (24.0 DNC) 8.0 (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 13.0 13.0 13.0 14.0 11.0 9.0 9.0 170.0 98.0
11th Flat Stanley 2705 Coomber Barnes Weir Quay Sailing Club (24.0 DNS) (24.0 DNC) 6.0 5.0 (24.0 DNC) 12.0 14.0 11.0 12.0 8.0 10.0 24.0 DNC 174.0 102.0
12th Ronin 2698 Jenkins Jenkins Weir Wood SC (24.0 DNF) (24.0 DNC) 11.0 (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 OCS 3.0 3.0 2.0 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 211.0 139.0
13th Usagi Yojimbo 3202 Peters Peters Queen Mary Sailing Club (24.0 DNF) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 7.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 217.0 145.0
14th sweet dreamzzz 2663 White White Notts County (24.0 DNF) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 16.0 15.0 10.0 11.0 12.0 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 232.0 160.0
15th This Way Up 2661 Whapshott Hole Hawley Lake Sail Training Centre (24.0 DNS) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 15.0 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 13.0 12.0 10.0 242.0 170.0
16th E-Numbers 3203 Kirk Kirk Thornbury SC (24.0 DNS) (24.0 DNC) 9.0 (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 8.0 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 257.0 185.0
17th Evo 3213 Trim Trim Thornbury on Chew (24.0 DNS) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 17.0 24.0 DNC 14.0 10.0 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 257.0 185.0
18th Anataephobia 3209 Lee Still Whitstable YC (24.0 DNS) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 9.0 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 273.0 201.0
19th Loco Perro 2685 Modern Modern Bartley SC (24.0 DNS) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 11.0 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 275.0 203.0
20th E J 3206 Ching Gonzalez-Ruiz Poole Yacht Club (24.0 DNF) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 288.0 216.0
20th Slippery When Wet 2657 Butler   (24.0 DNF) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 288.0 216.0
20th Shiny Beast 2676 Clements Clements Chew Valley SC (24.0 DNS) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 288.0 216.0
20th Banshee Ambulance 3201 Nock Streeter UKCCA (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) (24.0 DNC) 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNS 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 24.0 DNC 288.0 216.0


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