2008 British Soling Championship

HELM

MIDDLE

BOW

race 1

race 2

race 3

race 4

race 5

race 6

race 7

TOTAL

Net Points

PLACE

GBR157

Just Gonnae No

Chris Dodgshon

Liz Loudon

Stevie Corson

3

2

2

1

2

2

2

14

11

1

GBR161

Solaris

Hamish Loudon

Paul Ventnor

Mark Brammer

7

6

1

3

1

3

1

22

15

2

GBR144

Gerda

Johan Offermans

Dave Fish

Tim Seddon

5

1

4

2

6

8

6

32

24

3

GBR168

Sceptre

Andy McKenna

Phil Taylor

Iain Loudon

4

5

6

4

4

4

4

31

25

4

GBR170

Mr Crusty

Derek Priestley

John Taylor

Gary Adams

2

7

8

11

7

1

3

39

28

5

GBR7

Romance

Hugh Davies

Martin Bowmer

David Brooks

8

4

3

6

5

5

7

38

30

6

GBR163

Rascal

Robbie Robertson

David Robertson

Adrain Hope

6

3

5

8

8

6

5

41

33

7

GBR168

Steven

Mark Fisher

Andrew Fremantle

Josh Brown

1

8

7

5

3

11

11

46

35

8

GBR51

Hussoling

Keith Falconer

David Haines

Ian Fleming

9

9

9

7

11

9

8

62

51

9

GBR59

Trilleachan

Pete Hyde

Rebecca Smith

Alexander Wilkie

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNC

9

7

9

69

58

10

 

 Soling Class Yachts Hold Their British Championships in Fort William

 

            The Soling class of racing yacht raced for the British Soling Class Championships at Fort William on the weekend of July 19th-20th.

            Lochaber Yacht Club has the largest fleet of Soling yachts in the UK. Local sailors were joined by racers from England, Wales and the Netherlands for a series of 7 races.

            Conditions were very testing. The northwesterly wind blew across Loch Linnhe on both days. This meant that the wind direction and wind strength were very, very variable because the hills distorted the wind.  On both days there were periods of calm and gusts of sronger wind.  The yachts were not able to use their offwind spinnaker sails as often as usual and sail trimming was very difficult.

            The Welsh team racing boat number GBR168 Steven won the first race.  The second race was won by GBR1 Gerda, sailed by Johan Offermans from the Netherlands.  Offermans is the International President of the Soling Class and said, “I have no idea how we did it.  I do not understand conditions here at all.”  However, he went on, “What you have here [at Lochaber Yacht club] is very precious.  I had a perfect weekend’s racing.”

            The third race was won by local sailor Hamish Loudon in his boat GBR161 Solaris.  In fact, Solaris went on to win 3 of the 7 races – this was enough for 2nd place in the championships overall.  The championship winner was GBR157 Just Gonnae No, sailed by Chris Dodgshon, Stevie Corson and local sailor Liz Loudon.  This team sailed with great consistency to achive one 1st place, six 2nd places and one 3rd place to give them the title of British Soling Champions 2008.

 

Iain Loudon