Spirit of Cape Town Win UK Laser SB20 National Championships

Brighton BMW SB20 National Championships 2013 credit Teri Dodds

David Hudson, Roger Hudson, Marlon Jones and Wamdisile Xayimpi win the Neilson Active Holiday UK Laser SB3 National Championships hosted by Brighton Marina Yacht Club.

“This event has been fantastic, we’ve had great sailing, great race management and great hospitality ashore!” enthused David Hudson this afternoon. Elaborating on his week, “We started with a really strong performance but had a bad few races during the middle of the week. Today, we started well and raced Craig [Burlton] hard, but we also needed to say in touch with Geoff [Carveth]. Roger has been great today.” Roger added, “Waddie and Marlon have been very solid at this event, our manoeuvres have been really clean, also, it’s great to see Dad still sailing so fast at 64 2022.

Having lead over night into the final day of racing Andy Oddie finished the event in second place. Having hung on to Craig Burlton during the final race of the Nationals, Oddie ended up towards the rear of the fleet without enough time to get back in touch with the South Africans who subsequently won the event. Oddie added, “It’s been a great event, we’ve had a really good week, this is a really great sailing venue.”

Although he won 4 races, Geoff Carveth, finished in third position overall, just one point behind Andy Oddie. “I thought that with our 2 bullets today and Craig [Burlton] and Andy [Oddie] being down the pack in the final race we might have finished slightly higher, so I’m kicking myself for our black flag result yesterday. Overall we’ve had 4 first places and we didn’t win! But, it’s been great racing and the crew has sailed really well together.”

The final rankings in the Silver Fleet were consistent with yesterday’s results. Richard Catchpole and the crew of Orthteam finished first with 132 points. Mark Stokes finshed second with 162 points and Stewart Reed and his drinking companions on Finitor 7 finished third with 206 points.

All in all, competitors have enjoyed a very competitive event, with good breeze, blue skies and sunshine. Peter Saxton is to be congratulated for running an excellent event on the water. The competitors have praised his excellent start lines, race lengths and ability to turn the racing around in record time.

The UK Laser SB3 National Championships has been extremely generously sponsored and the class associations thanks go to Neilson Active Holidays, Gill (Laser SB3 Official Clothing Supplier), LaserPerformance, Premier Marinas, Sussex Yacht Club, Day 1, Sail 4 Cancer and Sussex Yachts. Brighton Marina Yacht Club have been fantastic hosts providing an excellent base for the event. This evening the Prize Giving and Class Association Grand Prize Draw will be made with prizes from Bolle, Gill, Suunto and LaserPerformance.

Top Ten – Gold Fleet
1. Spirit of Cape Town – David Hudson & Roger Hudson
2. In Your Pocket – Andy Oddie
3. Core Elements – Geoff Carveth
4. Gill Race Team – Craig Burlton
5. 3 Sad Old Blokes – Jerry Hill
6. Rola-Trac – Tim Saxton
7. Sponge Bob – Marshall King
8. Rumbleflurg – David Cummins
9. Zimmer – Mike Budd
10. Marilyn – Dom Form

Top Ten – Silver Fleet
1. Orthteam – Richard Catchpole
2. Eau No! – Mark Stokes
3. Finitor 7 – Stewart Reed
4. Savage Sailing Team – Chris Savage
5. Neilson – Shark Bite – Tim Cork
6. Heart of Gold – Gavin Watson
7. Healthy 1 – Ray Davies
8. Littlejohn Luck – Sam Littlejohn
9. TeamB4Ego – Geoff Gritton
10. Retail Therapy – Charlie Sheppard

Full results can be found at: http://www.bmyc.org.uk/racing/SB3%20Nationals/results.asp

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