British National Championships Results 2003

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The competitors with the winning soling

 

On 22nd June 03 at 12:20 hours the echo of a signal across the Glen of Loch Linnhe saw Mike Preston, Bryan Bottomley and Ron Preston in GBR 143 crowned the 2003 Harken UK Soling National Champions. The raising of the N flag for the abandonment of the final days racing due to lack of wind, left the 15 strong fleet to count their overnight results as the overall standings.

With close racing throughout, it was the tidal line spotters and the shore huggers that challenged for the pole positions. In winds ranging from 5 to 17 knots of breeze from the Southwest, Mike Preston in GBR 143 and Gary Richardson with former champions Stuart Lee and Roger Winward in GBR 155 scored the early victories. As the challenge was laid down between GBR 143 and GBR 155, the fourth race saw local hero Hamish Loudon capitalise with a win in race 4 to be one of the three with an overnight optimism for the top prize.

With the final days racing abandoned, the overnight results from the previous four races provided the overall standings. The event was notable for the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship in which it was sailed, with key sponsors Ben Nevis Whisky Distillery and Houston Brewery providing all competitors with a we something to take home for their efforts. The main prizes were awarded as follows:

Results British National Championships - Fort William 2003 Sat Sun Points Final
Boat Sail No. Competitors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 Discard Position
Cockatoo 2 GBR 143 Brian Bottomley, Michael Preston, Ronnie Preston 1 3 1 4       5 1st
Buzz GBR 155 Gary Richardson, Roger Winward, Stuart Lee 2 1 2 5       5 2nd
Solaris GBR 161 Hamish Loudon, Baz Fountain, Mark Brammer 3 5 3 1       7 3rd
Goldie GBR 157 Chris Dodgshon, Liz Loudon, Malcolm Garrington 5 2 6 3       10 4th
Lord of the Isles GBR 112 Keith Hull, Dawn Craig, Ken Hathway 8 4 5 2       11 5th
Maverick GBR 162 Peter Mountain, Dave Fish, Simon Barnes 4 7 9 6       17 6th
Sceptre 2 GBR 165 John Roberts, Martin Dickins, Robert Mountain 7 8 4 7       18 7th
Mr Crusty GBR 164 Derick Priestly, Mike Parkinson, Paul Allen 6 6 7 8       19 8th
Tokio Girl JPN 37 Dave Wilde, Peter Jackson, Jon Wilde 9 9 11 13       29 9th
Lounge Lizard GBR 160 Peter Hewetson, Chris Duffy, Peter Dilkes 12 10 8

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Solong GBR 156 Ken Bailey, Craig Abson, Derek Beddows 14 13 10 9       32 11th
Rascal GBR 163 Robbie Robertson, Stuart Robinson, Alison Heger 10 11 13 11       32 12th
Dirty Harry GBR 129 Harry Jeffrey, Matt Jerram, Andy MacKenna 11 15 12 10       33 13th
Hussoling GBR 51 Keith Falconer, David Haines, Ian Flemming 13 12 16 12       37 14th
Trilleachan GBR 59 Simon MacDonald, Sandy Lorimer, Hannah Barnes 15 14 14

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