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Yeadon open meeting

Light winds for the Yeadon National Twelve Open Meeting                                                                          Yeadon

8th October 2017             

Following on from the open meeting the previous day at Ripon Sailing Club where wild gusts and much swimming were the order of the day the fleet of nine boats gathered at Yeadon the following day in warm sunshine and very little breeze.

The race team set a rather complex course to try and make the maximum use of the breeze and the small water and as the fleet sailed out the fickle breeze was changing direction and strength turning the first beat into a run at one point but finally settling to make the start a close fetch into mark number 1. 

Tim and Christopher Hampshire made a great start in their Crusader to pop out in the lead closely followed by Brian Herring and Ros Stephenson in Brian’s vintage StYeadonarfish and the remainder of the fleet close behind.  After the first full lap David Peacock and Tina Beresford had joined the leading pack in David’s immaculately prepared China Doll, Philip David and Emma Hampshire also took up the challenge in a Feeling Foolish.  With much place changing throughout the race it Was David Peacock who took line honours and led the fleet in for an excellent Yeadon lunch.
The wind became ever shiftier with flat patches around the course the older boats continued to dominate with David leading from the start and staying clear, it was home sailors John and Alison Cheetham who fought through to second place and Philip David taking third place from Howard Chadwick and Helen Nicholson on the last lap leaving David the clear winner of the event but the rest of the positions still to fight for.
In an attempt to make the most of the remaining breeze the race officer changed the course to try and miss out the wind shadowed areas although this meant only using half the water it proved to be a good decision.  David and Tina decided they had had enough excitement and stayed ashore and the remaining fleet headed out for the start although some barely made it in time.  The course change worked and places were changing frequently except for Philip David who managed to maintain his early lead to take the win from Tim Hampshire and then John Cheetham.



Overall results




David Peacock

Tina Beresford

China Doll design         

Arden Sailing Club



Philip David

Emma Hampshire

Feeling Foolish design

Ripon/Yorkshire Ouse



Tim Hampshire

Christopher Hampshire

Crusader Design          

Ripon Sailing Club



John Cheetham

Alison Cheetham

Crusader design          

Yeadon Sailing Club



Howard Chadwick

Helen Nicholson

Design 8

Yeadon Sailing Club



Brian Herring

Ros Stevenson


Redesmere S. C



Neil McInnes

Paul Metcalfe


Yeadon Sailing Club



Chris Wright

Gavin Gulliver-Goodall

Cheshire Cat

Ripon Sailing Club



Andrew Cowling

Catherine Ward

Design 8

Yeadon Sailing Club


David Peacock and Tina Beresford winners sailing David’s immaculately restored China Doll


Race report: Howard Chadwick 10/10/2017

Photo credit Clare Mortimer and Rachel McInnes