2019 National Championship Photographs

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  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
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  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
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  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
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  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]
  • All photographs in this slideshow courtsey & copyright (c) Tim Olin
[www.olinphoto.co.uk]

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DEADLY BLOW INFLICTED BY LETHAL WEAPON

Report by Kevin Francis and photographs courtesy & copyright (c) Tim Olin

After 2 years at the top, the reigning Osprey National champions Terry Curtis and Pete Greig were toppled by DJ Edwards and Mikey Greig sailing the aptly named Lethal Weapon [1116]. Between 4th and 7th August, over ten gruelling races, Mounts Bay was a fitting stage for this clash of the titans at this year’s Osprey Nationals. The wind gods were kind in supplying plenty of puff to allow these magnificent boats to spread their wings and fly, and all this in glorious summer sunshine and a backdrop that cannot be matched anywhere else.

Day 1 started off with a wobble for the new champs with a wardrobe malfunction leading to a dash back to shore for a replacement trapeze harness for Mikey, but thereafter things settled down and consistent performances got them right back in the fight. Overnight leaders were Mike Atkinson and Richard Bowers who had mastered the ‘bang hard right’ approach and once up front were super quick using Moatt Sails to keep away from any real danger.

The south westerly wind generally built each day as did the swell, while the need to change gears for the differing conditions became ever more important. This year saw an unprecedented amount of boat breakages mainly to rudder fittings but also spars and sails, fortunately thanks to generous sponsorship from companies such as Allen, Rain and Sun, Marlow Ropes, Gul, Hartley Boats, Moatt Sails, Clamcleat and Seasure no one was sidelined for long. Matt Burge and Vyv Townend [1353] lost the first day to a Jib Sheave failure and thus immediately used up their two discards, so had an uphill but very nearly successful battle eventually gaining runner up spot.

By day 3 the wind was over 20 knots and the larger teams were starting to dominate on the course. The fleet tended to split off with some heading out to sea looking for even more breeze and the chance of a favourable lift whilst more and more teams took the other option of sailing inshore towards Penzance and hooking the big lift to the windward mark some 1.5 miles from the start line. The first turning mark became a scene of controlled desperation for most as the sleigh ride down the reach commenced in gallons of foaming white water.

Capsizes were surprisingly few, with battles going on right down through the fleet of 41 boats consisting of Mark 3, Mk 4, and some new Mk 5 boats, but one thing was common by the end of each day, the tired looks of the competitors. Fatigue on body and boat at Mounts Bay is not to be underestimated and nor are the redeeming qualities of a good Philips pasty.

Several teams are worthy of special note, Caroline Croft and Jon Gorringe sailed superbly in a borrowed boat [1281] making very good starts and very few mistakes to own 6th place whilst father and son duo George and Harry Odling put all the practice to good use to power another legendary boat named Infidel [1085] to 11th overall.

The highlight of the social programme was a private tour of St Michaels Mount and the chance to sample some fine wines and nibbles with fellow competitors hosted by Lord and Lady St Levan who reside in this wonderful iconic building. The Enterprise fleet was exposed to the Crazy Sheppey Raffle with plenty of prizes to go around and money raised in support of the local RNLI.

In summary, the event lived up to expectations and was the hardest Nationals for some years with a stellar list of competitors all keen to take that trophy home but there can only be 1 winner, well done DJ and Mikey. The Ospreys have been coming to Mounts Bay for 60 years, with 10 National Championships over that period, and will return again in the future. The Osprey Class would like to thank Mounts Bay Sailing Club and all of its volunteers who worked so hard to make the event a success, Lord and Lady St Levan for their support, and to the Enterprise fleet for sharing this venue with us.

Next year the Class holds its National Championship at Castle Cove Sailing Club in Dorset from the 25th - 28th July sailing on the waters of the 2012 Olympics. Why don’t you jump on board with us and experience the Osprey difference?

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