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Osprey class fly high in 60th year

Osprey Championship winners Andy Barker and Peter Greig took the lead from the first day, but were hard pressed by Martin Cooney and Peter Frith right to the final gun. Third overall were Phil Meakins and Richard Anderton, both sailing in their first Osprey Nationals.

In something of a revival for the iconic class, 40 Ospreys came to Weymouth for four sun soaked days of championship racing. The Osprey class has driven a big jump in its entry this year, up from 29 last year, in this, the 60th year of the class. Boats ranged from brand new FRP examples to wooden boats of up to 50 years vintage, and all enjoyed equal competition at Weymouth Sailing Club. Major sponsor was Palmers, the local brewery, whose provision of daily beer vouchers to all competitors may have helped encourage the high entry!

Entries included both newcomers trying out the class, and many ex Osprey sailors thinking about returning to the class. One of the returnees enjoyed the Championship so much in his borrowed boat that he whipped out his cheque book and bought an Osprey on the spot.

There were many lady helms and crews, and many young sailors trying the class. One such was Radial sailor Emma Stevenson, 16, sailing an Osprey for the first time. But top of the young ladies was another 16 year old, Alexandra Willis, who was helming for her Dad Nick. Alex was the top under 21 helm and the top lady helm.

Osprey - 2013 National Championship, final results
1 319 Andy Barker Peter Grieg 9 pts
2 1290 Martin Cooney Peter Frith 11 pts
3 1347 Phil Meakins Richard Anderton 27 pts
4 1337 Tim Rush Sam Pascoe 33 pts
5 1350 David Wade Bernard Gammon 34 pts
6 1280 Steve George Mike Greig 41 pts
7 1311 Chris Gould Nick Broomhall 47 pts
8 1355 Richard Hartley Mark Hartley 48 pts
9 1272 Phil Angrave Pete Smith 51 pts
10 1348 Mike Pickering Mike Priddle 54 pts
11 1281 Terry Curtis Tim Bowden 57 pts
12 1331 Gareth Caldwell Jon Gibbons 62 pts
13 1298 Michael Atkinson Stuart Maunder 66 pts
14 1341 Russell Wheeler Chris Saunders 73 pts
15 1343 Richard Marshall Piers Strong 75 pts
16 1296 Jock Fellows Phil Male 84 pts
17 1287 Rob Shaw Ian Little 89 pts
18 1322 Mick Greenland Lee Marriott 104 pts
19 1295 Phil Greetham Chris Greetham 121 pts
20 1316 Alan Henderson Alastair Barrie 122 pts
21 1291 Alex Willis Nick Willis 123 pts
22 552 Oscar Chess David Charles 129 pts
23 1353 John Shenton Steve Offer 131 pts
24 1292 Paul Heather Jonathon Osgood 133 pts
25 1314 Viola Scott Francis Scott 135 pts
26 1338 Ken Brown Chris Butters 137 pts
27 1247 Marcus Scrace John Pym 151 pts
28 1175 Emma Stevenson Nick Frampton 160 pts
29 1299 Adam Ellery Joanne Marie Ellery 165 pts
30 1289 Paul Blackburn Phil Burchell 166 pts
31 1267 David Best Tony Pauffley 166 pts
32 1085 George Odling Harry Odling 167 pts
33 1195 Pete Barnstaple Richard Cumberbatch 175 pts
34 1319 Chris Playfair Alistair Watkins 194 pts
35 1250 Richard Hattersley Emma Hattersley 199 pts
36 1114 Ros Downs David Downs 202 pts
37 529 Mark Dowling Andy Stratford 215 pts
38 119 Ian Hart Andrew Edmonds 217 pts
39 1229 Debbie Bowers Richard Bowers 241 pts
40 1352 Nick Jones Keith Dingle 242 pts

Alan Henderson
25 July 2013 0:09 GMT


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