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Yorkshire Ouse team race and Naburn Paddle open meeting
Team Racing returns to Yorkshire Ouse SC
Despite dreadful weather for most of the day and a
postponed start, Saturday 6th June 2014 saw the first YOSC
Team Race this century get underway, albeit with a near
windless, drifting start. Taking over 20 minutes to complete
lap 1 the entire Gold Team of N2545 Philip David and
Alexander Phillips, N2531 Vince and Dan Phillips and N3331
Simon and Tom Moss were all caught by the lack of wind at
the Club mark with the river current drifting them
downstream away from the course. Their predicament allowed
the leading Streaker of Neil Botham (Red team) to round the
mark, just as the wind filled in, grabbing the overall lead.
It wasn’t long before Simon and Tom, first of the Gold Team
to recover, gave chase and by lap 2 had taken the lead. They
extended this but with the forecast wind and weather
improvement, the rest of the Gold Team gradually hauled them
in. Further down the fleet Larry Gray and Keith Cooper in
the leading Enterprise for the Red Team had a tangle at the
Club Mark with Neil McInnes and Beatrice Overend sailing
N1483 for the Blue Team, resulting in Larry making several
attempts, (following local sailing instructions), to
re-round the mark and do his penalty turns. This proved to
be the “Champagne moment” of the race with the assembled
spectators bursting into popular, if not-so-rapturous,
Bright sunshine and gusty winds for 2014 “Naburn Paddle” at
Yorkshire Ouse SC
After the fun of Team Racing the previous evening, barbecue and live music, the N12 fleet gathered for the serious business of the Naburn Paddle 2014.
Race 1 and it was Bernard and Eli Clark in N2149 Xanthus who set the pace following an early, albeit very brief, lead by Ian Purkis & Beatrice Overend in N1483 My Little Margie. Once clear, Bernard and Ellie stretched their lead to what looked like an easy win. Philip David and Alexander Phillips in N2545 Little Meg followed them home with Ed and Tom Storey in their wing-ruddered, double bottomed N 3514 Elise in third.
Race 2 and now, with the wind strengthening, it was Philip David’s turn to lead the fleet but following several spectacular capsizes, pitching first Brian Herring and Ros Stevenson into the Ouse and then Will Mitchell and Lois Spender in, the latter getting N3479 Not Another Aardvark ‘s mast caught fast under a moored cruiser, the safety boat crews had their work cut out. Ed Storey was now going better too, coming home second.
In the final race, a now depleted fleet saw Philip David lose control and be forced into retirement allowing Vince and Dan Phillips to come home winners, followed again by Ed and Tom.
However, with one discard allowed, Philip David, with his second and first places, won overall. Bernard Clark from Ripon Sailing Club was second overall with Ed Storey third. With Vintage boats taking the top two places, a proposal was made at the prize-giving for a future special category award for the highest place double bottomed boat! Such is sailing on the Ouse at Naburn!
1st N2545 Little Meg Philip David and Alexander Phillips
2nd N2149 Xanthus Bernard and Ellie Clark
3rd N3514 Elise Ed and Tom Storey
4th N2531 Invasion Vince and Dan Phillips
5th N3216 Twice Shy Neil McInnes and Matt Foster
6th N3331 Gollum Simon and Tom Moss
7th N1483 My Little Margie Ian Purkis and Beatrice Overend
8th N1673 Lets Go Brian Herring and Ros Stevenson
9th N3479 Not Another Aardvark Will Mitchell and Lois Spender
10th N2589 Mary Deare Brian Miatt and Margaret Purkis