Verisona was very pleased to co-sponsor, with McAfee, the National 18 Class Championships which were held at Hayling Island Sailing Club over the week from the 24th to the 28th July. A total of 22 National 18 boats took part, the number of entries coming from the long established fleets in Cork in Ireland, Findhorn in Scotland and Tamesis and Bosham Sailing Clubs in England. 14 of the new Morrison designed Ultra 18s attended, representing a remarkable turnout for this latest version of the National 18 design which has only been in production for some two years.
With a race committee headed by the very experienced Mike Dawes as race Officer, the team at Hayling Island Sailing Club managed to organise 8 races during a week which saw winds frequently gusting in excess of 35 knots. Racing both in Hayling Bay and in the more sheltered waters of Chichester Harbour, conditions were perfect for the Ultra fleet, with close racing and downwind speeds in excess of 20 knots being attained, yet the boats retained their controllability even in challenging conditions on Chichester Bar.
The ultra division was won by Nick walsh’s “Fifty Shades” sailing with Ed Rice and Rob Brownlow from the Royal Cork Yacht Club with 19 points. Ewan Barry on “Fomo”, sailing with Stan Brown and Dion Barrett came second with 28 points, with Tommy Dwyers “Puss in Boots” sailed with Pete O’Donovan and Charles Maloney coming third on 32points, despite Tom suffering from a pulled back. The smaller Classic division of 8 boats hailed primarily from Bosham SC was dominated by Tom Reids on “Theorette” sailing with Nick Phillips and Richard Stirrup which had six firsts to finish with 8 points, with “Toucou” co-owned by Brian Hoolahan and Tim Reynolds sailing with Andrew Young coming second with 14 points.
There were plenty of capsizes but breakages were minimal and primarily confined to the classic division.
A ever with the National 18 Fleet, a full programme of evening social events at both Hayling Island and Bosham Sailing Clubs was enjoyed by all, particularly memorable being Tom Dwyers ever-popular and animated rendition of Paddy McGintys Goat, performed with his customary spirit, albeit on this occasion from a seated position in a chair precariously balanced upon a table held high above participants heads in the bar. Once seen and heard, never forgotten!
Verisona is pleased to have once again been able to provide sponsorship support for this event, repeating the success that the Class enjoyed at the Championships held at Hayling Island in 2013.
Tim Reynolds is a Vice president of the Class association and has been pleased to have been able to assist the Class both as chairman of the event organisation committees but also with regard to the contractual arrangements for the construction of the new ultra design by White Formula, recognised by the pundits as setting the standard for performance dinghy design and construction.
The enduring success of the National 18 Class, founded in 1938 with the original Uffa Ace design, as evolving subsequently through re-designs by Ian Proctor and most recently Phil Morrison, is a tribute to the simple truth that when you get something right first time, you do not needlessly change it simply to follow fashion. That is a sentiment we also share.
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Image: National 18 Championship at Hayling Island - photo © Angus Peel / www.proaction.co