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Results / Yorkshire Dales SC - 11/05/2024

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RS400 TridentUK Northern Tour at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club, 11/12 May

There is a chance, albeit very very slim, that some people decided to stay at home and watch Eurovision rather than come to Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club for the third leg of the TridentUK Northern Tour.

If this applies to anyone, you missed a treat.  The forecast was for sunshine, which in itself is a bit of a novelty, but the light winds that were forecast developed into something far more interesting.

The fleet were briefed on Saturday morning in a gentle east/south easterly breeze and after smearing faces in anything that resembled sun screen, the fleet set out for the 11:00 start.  After getting away cleanly, crews exercised their legs in the toe straps in what was feeling like a great day.  However, there were shifts, big wind shifts and no one was safe, and gains and losses could be big.  Nevertheless, Ollie Groves and Esther Parkhurst (Beaver SC) were unfazed and led from start to finish.  Behind, positions changed before Dave Exley and Nigel Hall (Leigh and Lowton SC) took control of second place, with fellow Leigh and Lowton SC sailors Louise McKeand and Sean Ratcliffe finishing third.

The fleet were quickly away for the second race, with pre-conceptions of favoured ways up the beat right out of people’s minds. Ollie and Esther took the lead again which they maintained until the finish with Hamish Gledhill and Ross Southwell (West Riding SC) and Keith and Hannah Escritt (Yorkshire Dales SC) joining the battle with Dave and Nige for the placings.  Dave and Nige secured second place ahead of Hamish and Ross.

After a trip ashore for lunch, the fleet were back on the water for races 4 and 5.  Whilst it appeared the wind had picked up a notch or two, the shifty conditions were now complimented by holes that increased the blood pressure for all involved.  It’s believed that perspiration was seen on Ollie and Esther’s foreheads as they coped with the stress of the shift and holes, though that may just be a rumour as they were masters of the conditions, wining both races comfortably.  Behind them Dave/Nige and Hamish/Ross exchanged blows with a second and third each, but that was after battling it out with Louise/Sean, Keith/Hannah and Ben and Zac Williamson (Ripon SC).

Ashore the competitors soon forgot the shifts and holes and recalled some of the best sailing this season in terms of sun and breeze.  After a few beers and a great takeaway from Rozis Curry House in Grassington, bed was calling.  Unfortunately, there wasn’t a repeat of the Northern Lights, which those that were there on Friday evening recalled as being spectacular.  There was not one mention of Eurovision!

Sunday morning was a bit cooler with a fresher breeze blowing straight down the lake from the east.  After a general recall the fleet got away at the second attempt and Ollie and Esther resumed their position at the front of the fleet.  After hopes that the wind would continue to build, at the end of the first lap the wind fans turned off with the fleet closing up.  For a short moment the anemometer showed ‘nil point’ (last attempt to show homage to Eurovision– promise).  After a shuffle of positions Ollie and Esther, managed to hold on to their customary position at the front of the fleet ahead of Hamish/Ross and Dave/Nige.  The wind built again but shifted resulting in a one side course reducing overtaking opportunities.  The Principal Race Officer made the call to finish that race rather than letting the procession continue with no changes to the first three places.

After moving the racecourse to the middle of the lake, the wind was building nicely with the most consistent winds of the weekend, leaving the last two races to be sailed in sunshine and a decent F3/F4, possibly more.

After the fleet got away cleanly it was Dave and Nige at the front of the fleet, pursued by Keith/Hannah, Hamish/Ross and Louise/Sean.  Where were Ollie and Esther?  They were doing turns after a start line infringement, but after a few laps they were through the fleet and snapping on the heels of Dave and Nigel, who held on to take the lead.  Keith and Hannah took third place. 

The final race saw Ollie and Esther back at the front, being pursued by Hamish/Ross and Dave/Nige.  The steady winds made for a great sail, but passing opportunities were reduced with the first three finishing in that order.

Ollie and Esther were convincing overall winners, ahead of Dave and Nige, with Hamish and Ross in third.  A special mention must go to Junior Sailors Spirit Alderson and Finlay Cochrane from Yorkshire Dales SC who competed all 7 races in their first sail in an RS400.

At the prize giving, there was a draw for Trident UK Vouchers after which Ollie Groves thanked Yorkshire Dales SC for a great event.

TridentUK Vouchers were presented to:

£20 John Simms and Matt Butler (YDSC)

£15 Erica and Ian Caswell (YDSC)

£10 Spirit Alderson and Finlay Cochrane (YDS)

Photos from Saturday Courtesy of Paul Hargreaves:


Hamish Gledhill



YDSC RS400 Open


Rank Fleet Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Total Nett
1st     RS 400 1526 Beaver SC Ollie Groves Esther Parkhurst 942 (1.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 8.0 5.0
2nd     RS 400 1430 Leigh & Lowton SC Dave Exley Nige Hall 942 2.0 2.0 (3.0) 2.0 (3.0) 1.0 3.0 16.0 10.0
3rd     RS 400 1511 West Riding SC Hamish Gledhill Ross Southwell 942 (5.0) 3.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 (4.0) 2.0 21.0 12.0
4th     RS 400 8 Yorkshire Dales SC Keith Escritt Hannah / Alice 942 (4.0) 4.0 (9.0) 4.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 32.0 19.0
5th     RS 400 1191 Leigh & Lowton SC Louise McKeand Sean Ratcliffe 942 3.0 (5.0) 4.0 (5.0) 5.0 5.0 5.0 32.0 22.0
6th     RS 400 1427 Yorkshire Dales SC Carl Whitehead Ben Whitehead 942 6.0 (9.0) 5.0 7.0 7.0 (9.0) 6.0 49.0 31.0
7th     RS 400 1518 Ripon SC Ben Williamson Zach Williamson 942 7.0 (8.0) 6.0 (8.0) 6.0 6.0 7.0 48.0 32.0
8th     RS 400 1131 Yorkshire Dales SC Erica Caswell Ian Caswell 942 (8.0) 7.0 8.0 (9.0) 8.0 7.0 8.0 55.0 38.0
9th     RS 400 1345 Yorkshire Dales SC & Derwent Res Spirit Alderson Finlay Cochrane 942 9.0 6.0 (10.0) 6.0 9.0 (11.0) 9.0 60.0 39.0
10th     RS 400 1133 Yorkshire Dales SC Lester Mulligan Michael Hargraves 942 (10.0) (10.0) 7.0 10.0 10.0 8.0 10.0 65.0 45.0
11th     RS 400 532 Yorkshire Dales SC John Simms Matt Butler 942 (11.0) (11.0) 11.0 11.0 11.0 10.0 11.0 76.0 54.0
12th     RS 400 868 Yorkshire Dales SC Steve Rickwood David Crabbe 942 (15.0 DNC) (15.0 DNC) 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 15.0 DNC 12.0 12.0 99.0 69.0
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