It was an amazing day’s sailing on Sunday for the National 18 English National Championships at Bosham Sailing Club.
Twelve 18s took part including 3 ultras: Odyssey (Tamesis), Hurricane (Lymington) and Panther (Blackwater SC).
There was a bit of late start as Jess and Julian Berney (with crew Duncan) were caught on the M25, so the actual start was put back by around 45 minutes. This meant that the 4 races were short and sharp, with 2 laps of the triangle course for each race.
The conditions were perfect really, with bright sun, warm water, and lots of wind. In Odyssey was me on the wire, James Fox on helm, and James’s friend Craig. Craig had hardly sailed before in his life, but thankfully was a quick learner. He’s also around 6’2 and heavy, which we think helped. Indeed a slightly different weight to Hurricane’s middle-man, Jeremy!
The racing was very close, with Odyssey taking the first race, and Hurricane taking the second. The last two races were even closer, with a slightly quicker spinnaker hoist for Odyssey on the last run giving us an overlap for the last mark, and in the last race spinnakers were touching for much of the run before the final beat for the line. If you look at the results the time differences between Odyssey and Hurricane were 40 seconds, 4 seconds, 15 seconds, and 8 seconds. Very close!
So 3 wins to Odyssey, 1 to Hurricane. Odyssey takes it and brings the trophy back to Tamesis… or indeed Kaan’s lounge! But don’t worry, I’ll bring it to the club.
A great day of competitive sailing in the sun and warm water of Chichester Harbour. Thanks to Andrew Young and Bosham SC for putting on such a slick show.
Lastly, a huge thanks to all those who contributed to making Odyssey a Tamesis boat. James, Craig, and I would never have had as much fun as we did if Odyssey wasn’t available for us to use. We hope we’ve done you proud. Looking forward to sailing Odyssey lots more in the coming months and years.