Between the 6th and 9th of July the UK Cherub class travelled to WPNSA for it’s 70th Anniversary Nationals supported by Rooster suppliers of high performance technical clothing for sailing, and Allen suppliers of performance sailing hardware. 12 boats made the trip ready for some close racing and find out which team would be fastest in 2021.

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Blowing Dogs off Chains

The scheduled first day was a bit of a blow out, the forecast was for a lot of wind and the reality was white horses within the marina and gusts of up to 35kts. Not many wanted to go out racing. After checking the boats were properly tied down in the dinghy park the sailors left WPNSA for some sightseeing.

Dogs still on Chains but getting blown about a bit.

There was still plenty of wind left for day 2 and with an extra race scheduled to catchup we all headed out for a long hard day of racing. Race 1 got away cleanly with Paul Croote and Andrew Whapshott in Marmite leading the way around the course, followed by Dean Ralph and Simon Jones in Eleanor. After two windy laps Marmite was well in the lead and went for a third lap, but Eleanor correctly went for the finish giving them the first race win. Special mention to siblings Oliver and Emily Goolden for finishing their first race together in Nautilus Pompilius and Emily’s first race in a Cherub in very challenging conditions.

Race 2 was lead by Marmite followed by Phil and Carol Alderson in Zero Gravitas then Andy and Jill Peters in Usagi Yojimbo. Dave Ching and James Hughes in Anatidaephobia had a good race finishing in 5th just after Eleanor. Dave puts this good result down to his Rooster race bib keeping his wayward buoyancy aid constrained and avoiding tangles and snags in this windy race.

3202  Usagi Yojimbo 3209 Anatidaephobia 3218 Zero Gravitas

The first three places in Race 3 were unchanged with the heavy weather speed of Marmite dominating. James Ruddiman and Chris Haslam in EJ had their best result of the event with a 4th followed by Ade and Sven White in the 97 rules+ Pocket Rocket finishing a good 5th. Race 4 was dominated again by Marmite but this time Usagi Yojimbo got ahead of Zero Gravitas. King Tubby the 97 rules boat of Martyn Denchfield and Ellie Craig showed determination to keep going for a best result of fourth place.

3202 Usagi Yojimbo 3206 EJ 2650 King Tubby

Dogs relaxing in a building breeze

Lighter winds greeted the fully restored fleet for race 5 with most boats only managing to single wire. Usagi Yojimbo was enjoying the conditions and pulled away to get their first race win. Closely followed by Marmite then Zero Gravitas. The wind had built slightly more for Race 6 which was again won by Usagi Yojimbo with Marmite close on their heels. Dan’s Boat was showing good pace in the conditions and were able to get a solid third ahead of Zero Gravitas. The two 97 rules boats King Tubby and Nautilus Pompilius were having a good race at the back with Nautilus Pompilius screaming downwind to edge ahead of King Tubby.

2700 Dan's Boat 3202 Marmite 3218 Zero Gravitas

Jamie Pearson and Digby Still on Poppy stunned the fleet with a perfectly executed port hand flier at the start of race 7 and had clear air out to the right side of the course. Everyone else had decided the left side of the course was the way to go and by the top mark this was also obvious to Poppy. Having had a reasonable first lap in the increasing wind Zero Gravitas capsized when Phil dropped the mainsheet letting Dan’s Boat and Poppy through. Although they were able to reel Poppy in quickly and just managed to sneak past Dan’s boat at the finish for a fourth place. However the race win went to Jonny O’Connor and Alex Harris in A&E who foiled their way to their first win of the series followed by Usagi

3202 Usagi Yojimbo Port hand flier 3215 A&E

The steadily increasing wind suited the foiling A&E giving them a second race win in race 8. followed by Marmite and Zero Gravitas. Usagi had a good first lap but on the second went too far left and lost out finishing in fourth on the last race of the day.

3215 A&E 2683 Pocket Rocket 3212 Marmite

Dogs fast asleep with their fur barely ruffled by the wind

Very light winds for the start of the final days racing, after a short postponement race 9 got going in marginal single wiring conditions. Having broken his previous helm Ade White found a light wind helm in Chris Halsam for Pocket Rocket getting them a good fifth place result. Usagi showed that they are light wind masters with another win. Also going well in the light wind was Dan’s Boat who scored second.

Another light wind race again suited Usagi and Dan’s boat, Marmite held onto third with Eleonor getting fourth place. There was a very tight finish between Poppy, Pocket Rocket and Zero Gravitas all finishing within seconds kites up twin wire reaching to get through the finish line. OK Technically Pocket Rocket were only single wiring but as a 97 Rules+ boat they only had one wire and were using it as much as they could. However, it is hard to write that bit concisely without breaking the flow of the story.

3216 Poppy 2683 Pocket Rocket 3218 Zero Gravitas

The wind was starting to build into twin wiring conditions for the final race where the championship could be decided depending on the order of Usagi and Marmite. In Dan’s Boat Luke Hartley and Oliver Morrell found their best pace to get there first race win. Followed closely by Usagi then Marmite giving Usagi the championship.

2700 Dans Boat 3202 Usagi 3212 Marmite

Many thanks to Rooster and Allen for sponsoring the event and to all at WPNSA for running an efficient and fun event despite the challenges of COVID restrictions. And Congratulations to Andy and Jill for a very closely fought nationals win.

3202 Usagi

The full results including details from each race can be seen on the Sailwave website a summary of the finishing positions is below:

Rank Sail No Boat Name Helm Crew Club Total Nett
1 3202 Usagi Yojimbo Andrew Peters Jill Peters Queen Mary SC 24 17
2 3212 Marmite Paul Croote Andrew Wapshott Hawley Lake SC 30 17
3 3218 Zero Gravitas Phil Alderson Carol Alderson Largs SC 37 26
4 2700 Dan's Boat Luke Hartley Oliver Morrell Stokes Bay SC 60 34
5 3208 Eleanor Dean Ralph Simon Jones Isle of Sheppey SC 75 49
6 2683 Pocket Rocket Ade White & Chris Haslam Sven White Mountbatten 87 64
7 3215 A&E Jonny O'Connor Alex Harris Dee SC 92 66
8 3209 Anatidaephobia Dave Ching James Hughes Poole YC 93 67
9 3216 Poppy Jamie Pearson Digby Still 96 70
10 3206 EJ James Ruddiman Chris Haslam Stokes Bay SC 97 71
11 2650 King Tubby Martyn Denchfield Ellie Craig 113 87
12 2680 Nautilus Pompilius Oliver Goolden Emily Goolden 121 95
  • Simpson Trophy
    • Andy and Jill Peters in Usagi Yojimbo
  • Rosebowl
    • Paul Croote and Andrew Wapshott in Marmite
  • LOSSC Plaque
    • Phil and Carol Alderson in Zero Gravitas
  • Ladies Teapot (First Lady)
    • Jill Peters
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