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M&S Marblehead Interclub and GAMES 2 held at Three Rivers RYC on Sunday 18th February

A mirror calm greeted 11 competitors from five clubs for some frustrating racing when the variable light breeze eventually filled in from the south, blowing diagonally over the trees and the competitors’ left shoulders. The 3 Rivers’ extensive race team did a grand job in running 10 races around a windward leeward course.
In the very first race virtually the whole fleet were approaching the gate together and race officer, John Shepherd mustered all the observers at the potential incident, but as Marbleheads are considered to be sailed by gentlemen, they talked to each other and there were no collisions.
David Adam, sailing a PRIME NUMBER won this race from John Carter, sailing a STARKERS and Martin Crysell also sailing a PRIME NUMBER. The lead changed several times during the race and this was to set the scene for the day’s racing with isolated puffs letting some of the backmarkers get to the front.
The next two races belonged to Roger Stollery and his new UP design followed in Races 3 & 4 by Rob Vice, sailing an UPROAR taking the top podium finish.
After lunch, new recruit to Marblehead racing, Norwegian Odd Nordanger, sailing a STARKERS won Race 6, but then let Roger and David win again in Races 7 & 8. Unlike all the other competitors, Odd travels with his boat by train from the other side of London.
In Race 9 there was a very close finish between Roger and Alf Reynolds, who had been struggling with radio problems at the beginning of the event. He was sailing one of the earliest PARADOXs with a much modified bow and distinctive camouflage paintwork. He was absolutely delighted! It shows that designs from the early 1990s are still competitive against the very latest machines. The final race was won by Rob with Roger second and Peter Popham sailing a CREAM CRACKER in third place.
It was encouraging to see Max Lembke’s new Marblehead, which he designed and made himself from readily available carbon sheet to form a multi-chine hull. There were some teething problems which didn’t allow the MAXLEM design to show its full potential.
The prize winners thanked the 3 Rivers race team for running a good event despite the frustrating conditions. The latest GAMES results can be found on the website, with further information about Marblehead events on
1st Roger Stollery Guildford UP 14
2nd Rob Vice Guildford UPROAR 27
3rd David Adam 3 Rivers PRIME NUMBER 28
4th Martin Crysell Guildford PRIME NUMBER 33
5th John Shorrock Datchet QUARK 35.5
6th John Carter 3 Rivers STARKERS 36
7th Alf Reynolds Chelmsford PARADOX 47
8th Dick Grainge 3 Rivers STARKERS 52
9th Odd Nordanger 3 Rivers STARKERS 57.5
10th Peter Popham 3 Rivers CREAM CRACKER 58
11th Max Lembke 3 Rivers MAXLEM 74

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Gibson Retains 10R Crown @datchet

For those 10R skippers who did not enter this event you missed a master class of sailing by the UK top skippers. 26 races were completed over Saturday (17) and Sunday (9). The wind on Saturday was strong and gusting but top suits were what the majority of skippers used. On Sunday we had to wait for the wind to fill in later in the morning which was shifty at times. On both days a break for lunch minimum 1 hour for rest a relaxation in the club café was enjoyed by all.
Dave Andrews enjoyed the racing and completed all 26 races. The course used was the long club course using the north pontoon, slipway and car park as control area with a windward leeward course the leeward was a gate in front of the beech area and the windward mark and spreader were inline the end of the pontoon.
Cars were parked with at least 3 metres from the handrail and wall to allow unobstructed walk access along the course. The races were organised in blocks of 2 for the first two races then 3 back to back to allow good management of the races.
Brad Gibson show his ability by winning and retaining his 10R national crown with his much modified Trance, Graham Bantock sailing his Diamond was second and Third was Dave Andrews beating Hugh McAdoo by 5 points.
Great weekends racing at a great venue in a friendly competitive spirit
Well Done all for providing excellent demonstration of sportsmanship and competitive racing
full results belowmya-10r-nationals

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Shozza wins M&S Marblehead District Championships at GMYC Abbey Meads Lake

The M&S district Marblehead championship was held today at Guildford Model Yacht Clubs Abbey Meads lake and from preliminary feedback the results were close between the top podium positions.
‘Shozza’ John Shorrock of Datchet Water Radio Sailing Club is this years Marblehead district champion and retains the trophy for a second year.
Well Done John, our thanks go to Guildford Model Yacht Club for hosting and running the event. Full report and photos link here

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'10's Shine at the round pond'

Hyde Parks Round Pond was the venue for this years M&S 10 Rater class championship where a committed group of 13 skippers presented themselves for this years event.
PRO Charles Clark got things underway setting a windward/leeward course over 2 laps and from the outset is was Graham Bantock who meant business with a string of top place finishes. Other skippers to do well throughout the day were Hugh McAdoo, Richard Uttley and Colin Trower. Racing throughout the fleet was tight with wind shifts keeping skippers on their toes over the large course.
After 17 Races with discards, it was Bantock who recorded a solid win, with McAdoo in second with Uttley pipping Trower by a point for third.
All skippers roundly thanked Charles Clark and the MYSA team for a great days racing. Interest will now turn to the upcoming National Championships to be held at the popular Datchet Water Venue with a large entry expected as a final hit out before Octobers World Championship at Limone del Garda.
Link to Nationals Venue
Link to Worlds Venue
Copy of 2016 MS Championship Results

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A Diamond Performance

Graham Bantock easily secures victory at the Met & Southern 10R District Championship with an impressive 16 points from 17 Races and a massive 35 Points from Hugh McAdoo and 3rd was Richard Utterly
A copy of the full results may be forthcoming as well as a race Report.  PRO Charles Clarke set a simple windward leeward course with two laps and a offset Finish between a Buoy and a Pole on the Banks. Many thanks to Charles and his race team, who did a superb days’ work
Hugh McAdoo
10R Class Captain
Copy of 2016 MS Championship Results

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