Hansa National UK Championship - 9th to11th September 2016.

Competitors arrived at Carsington from 8.30am, eager to unload their boats ready for the start of the three day Championship event. Tea coffee and breakfast snacks were available from the Club galley and were enjoyed by many of the competitors, support helpers and visitors.
The morning was spent preparing for the planned event schedule of eight races over the three days.

After registration and boat preparation, competitors enjoyed a lunch menu provided by the Galley including a choice of club sandwich or savoury snacks. The usual irresistible selection of cakes was available also.

The event commenced after lunch with Carsington Sailability’s Secretary Mike Stoker extending a warm welcome to everyone, thanking them for attending and supporting the National Championship Event.

With freshening winds, after a briefing from the Race Team, the event got underway with two back to back races to complete the afternoon’s program.
Competitors had three fleet starts, Liberty class, 303 and 2.3 competing around two courses incorporating  trapezoidal and sausage shapes. Competition proved very close with a number of closely fought battles in both races particularly within the Liberty fleet.
Racing completed for the day competitors enjoyed tea and cakes from the Galley and a chat about the day’s events before retiring to their hotels for a welcome rest.

Saturday brought cloudy conditions, heavy rain showers and light winds, but this did not deter  anyone from getting boats prepared for the day’s battles. Four races were on the schedule two in the morning and two in the afternoon raced back to back. After a short brief from the RO, boats were launched and made off for the start. During the morning session the rain cleared but the wind grew lighter; so much so that the afternoon races had to be cancelled after abandoning the first start and searching for favourable conditions before heading back to shore.

The Championship Dinner that evening was well attended giving everyone a chance to relax and catch up. The Galley provided an excellent menu with a choice of two mains and a selection of deserts with chocolates, tea or coffee to finish.

The final day began with misty conditions after the wet weather the day before, but this was soon dispersed well before the race schedule was to start.
Sailing Instructions amended to incorporate three back to back races and briefing completed, competitors headed for the jetties and the start line. The morning races were completed in fair winds and dry conditions providing ample chance to improve overall results.
After a good lunch, the afternoon was spent packing boats away ready for the Prize Giving and the journey home.

Championship cups were awarded for first place in each fleet with glass trophies for second and third places. Prizes were presented by Malcolm Torry BEM a founder member of Carsington Sailability.

A vote of thanks was given to Carsington Sailing Club for hosting the event.

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Mike Stoker

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