K6 National Championship 2010

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club hosted the 2010 K6 National Championship from the 9th to the 12th September. 20 boats arrived to be greeted by September sunshine and breeze. With a number of new faces in the fleet the championship was wide open since no one quite knew who was who.

The first day gave the fleet a classic Riviera experience, sun and a shifty westerly breeze. Two races were held in the Bay to kick the championship off to a great start. In race one the local team of Julian  Cook, Caroline Aisher & Richie Leonard led the fleet  round the first mark only to be overtaken by Dave Hall & Paul Young down the run. However local knowledge obviously helped as team Cook pulled back the lead upwind and then held it to the finish. In race 2 Dave Hitchcock & Ian Nicholson led out of the start right to the finish, they were pushed hard in the shifty winds and had to work to keep Neil Fulcher & Nick Radley in their brand new boat behind them in second place.

Day 2 brought more breeze but a dull day to give the fleet some lively sailing and exiting downwind legs. Dave Hitchcock & Ian Nicholson stamped their authority on the fleet with 2 firsts and a second in the 3 races. Last years champions Ian Robson & Simon Tonks put in a solid performance to pull them up to second overall at this point in the championship.

The weekend came and with it a new format that the class wanted to try – 6 short races in one day. The race team from Torbay pulled it off and achieved all 6 in just over 4 hours with the minimum of delay between starts. With the length of the races being so short a good start and first beat became paramount. Dave & Ian did not get it all their own way but by the end of the day and with only 2 races left on the last day they had wrapped up the championship to win overall.

Going into the last day places 2 to 4 were still wide open and it was down to the last run of the last race to decide those final positions. With the wind coming over the town from the North the shifty winds gave some heart stopping moments. In the very last race Neil Fulcher & Lawrence Crispin opened up a huge lead only to see it vanish the same way the wind did leaving them parked just 100 meters from the windward mark. This allowed Peter Kirby & Richard Barker pull through with a number of other boats and go on to win the race but it was not enough for Ian Robson & Simon Tonks to capitalise on. In the end 2nd and 3rd were decided on count back with Neil & Lawrence just getting the edge. The local team of Julian Cook, Caroline Aisher & Richie Leonard bring up the rear of the group in 4th.

A tremendous event both on and off the water. A big thanks to the Royal Torbay YC, its race team and all the members that made the fleet feel very welcome, putting themselves out to help both on shore and in the Bay.

Series Place

Sail No

Helm

Crew

Club

Series Points

Race Number
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13

1

155

David HITCHCOCK

Ian NICHOLSON

Hayling Island SC

18

4

1

1

1

2

5

1

3

1

3

1

2

2

2

208

Neil FULLHER

Nick RADLEY
/Laurence CRISPIN

Stone

40

7

2

6

7

3

7

3

10

3

1

4

1

3

3

162

Ian ROBSON

Simon TONKS

Aldeburgh YC

40

6

3

2

3

5

1

2

8

4

4

6

6

4

4

206

Julian COOK

Caroline AISHER
/Richie LEONARD

Royal Torbay YC

54

1

5

21

4

7

6

4

5

2

8

7

5

10

5

112

Stephen BLAKE

David LUCAS
/Nadia BARKE

Carsington

70

5

8

8

6

10

4

5

1

7

10

12

16

6

6

156

Jonathan CALASCIONE

Myles MENCE

Itchenor

71

13

11

3

5

1

14

10

6

10

5

2

9

9

7

126

Peter KIRKBY

Richard BARKER

Hayling Island SC

75

3

10

5

10

14

11

6

7

9

12

9

4

1

8

174

David HALL

Paul YOUNG

Thorpe Bay YC

86

2

4

21

21

21

3

7

4

5

7

5

21

7

9

124

Fraser ELMS

Heather CHIPPERFIELD
/Tash STYLES

Hayling Island SC

86

10

7

9

8

4

12

11

12

13

2

3

8

13

10

200

Chris HYDE

Martin FIDGEON

Carsington

104

12

6

4

2

12

9

12

14

14

11

10

12

15

11

166

Garry PHARE

Daryl GEARY

Royal Torbay YC

108

16

21

21

14

8

2

8

2

11

6

16

13

12

12

157

Roger EWART SMITH

Andy CARROLL

 

119

21

21

11

11

13

8

9

11

12

15

14

7

8

13

159

Neil DAVISON

Andrew YONGE

Itchenor

123

17

13

15

12

15

15

13

9

8

9

13

11

5

14

127

Nick JONES

Mike BUTLER

Aldeburgh YC

130

15

14

7

21

6

17

16

17

6

14

8

10

17

15

204

Martyn HARE

Vince BRONN
/Jamie HARE

Stone

137

14

9

12

9

11

16

15

15

15

13

11

14

14

16

154

Peter DANN

Dominick STANISLUS

Itchenor

151

9

15

10

21

9

10

21

21

21

21

21

3

11

17

135

Phil WATERFALL

Helen WATERFALL

Carsington

164

8

16

14

21

17

13

14

13

17

16

15

21

21

18

115

Phil LONGLEY

Matt SMITH
/Phil BENNETT

Stone

188

18

17

21

21

21

18

17

16

16

17

17

15

16

19

207

Simon FINCH

Ian GLYN

Royal Corinthian YC

191

11

12

13

13

16

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

20

113

Henry WRIGHT

Paul GOSTELLOW

Carsington

231

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

21

21