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ENTERPRISE UK NATIONALS
Nine of top ten boats powered by North Sails
The 2018 Enterprise National Championships took place at Exe Sailing Club with the thirty-seven entries being treated to a wide range of conditions. Sunday was cancelled, with 35 knots of breeze and the last race day cancelled due to no wind! The three racing days in between, however, we were treated to eight fantastic races ranging from 15-20 knots of breeze on Monday and Tuesday and 8-12 knots on Thursday.
The event started strongly for Dave and Chris Jackman from Looe, with a stellar 1st day of 3 race wins. Clearly revelling in the strong winds, they continued this into the 2nd day with another bullet, followed by a 2nd in race 5. Phil Ford and Jane Humpage were putting a good series also, with a string of 2nd places to sit within striking distance of the lead. A well earned lay day on Wednesday gave the fleet’s legs time to recover from all the hiking out on the first 2 days.
Thursday was much lighter and we saw a different group of boats at the from of the fleet. Defending champions, Jeremy and Becca Stephens from Penzance had a great day with 1,3,5 to move up to 3rd overall. Phil and Jane had a solid day to move up to 2nd overall with a 3,5,4 and Dave a Chris managed to hold onto 1st place overall with a 15,7,9.
As it happened this is how the event finished with no racing on Friday due to a diminishing Northerly breeze, which finally dropped away to nothing, giving the race committee no choice but to abandon racing for the day early. So Dave and Chris were crowned 2018 National Champions; very deserved and popular winners it has to be said with Phil and Jane finishing as runners up for the 3rd year in a row!
Exe Sailing Club did a fantastic job running and hosting the event and thanks must go to all the club officials and members who volunteered their own time to help make it the success it was.
It was a great event for North Sails too, with 9 of the top 10 boats overall using the blue badge including the winners. As co-sponsors of the event, there were lots of happy recipients of North Sails caps and other North Sails merchandise throughout the fleet.