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Posted by NickH on the 31 August 2007
Thursday August 16 – Day one of the training – too much wind! Marcus had the difficult job of shore based training 4 new Dragoon teams along with the existing old hands. To liven up proceedings, Ria’s Mum Roe decided to christen the new camper with a daring display using kitchen knives culminating in visit to Eastbourne General Hospital. Two hours later and Roe return with 11 stitches and a sling.

Class room training ended early and many of the sailors went swimming at the “Souvenir Centre”.

Friday August 17 – Day two of the training – a new day with hardly any wind. Simon trained the Dragoons and Marcus the Hobie 16’s. Ria and Jess went for a blast to France and pitched it, whilst one of the new Dragoon teams got blown downwind to Bexhill. With Marcus and the Hobie 16’s west of Sovereign Harbour, Simon was racing from one boat to another in a very widely spread Dragoon fleet. Try to keep together next time kids!

The wind picked up in the afternoon resulting in fewer Dragoons going out. Those that did thoroughly enjoyed it. Adam and Gilly got some useful capsize practice in the strengthening winds!

There were a host of new arrivals and Steve T and Chris R showed us what good fun a Hobie 16 can be. A string of A level results were announced – congratulations on some very impressive results.

Saturday August 18 – a very windy day with no racing, which was a shame as it probably, was the ideal conditions for the newly formed (heavyweight) team of Laming & Henson!!
Another visit to the souvenir centre followed by Garry’s Pig Roast and a master class from the big fella in limbo dancing.

Sunday August 19 – at last some racing. Ad & Gilly win their first race in the Hobie 16 SPI, but Seb & Nikki win the next 2. James & Kelly also get two bullets in the Dragoon and are pipped on the line in race 3 by Sean. Dave and Emma Boniface go one better with 3 straight bullets in the Hobie 16 non-Spi.

Following the BHCCA AGM, there’s am excellent BBQ from PBSC.

Monday August 20 – A race officer’s nightmare with a falling wind predicted to change 180 degrees in direction. Race 4 was dominated by the Rowles’ clan with Hannah ably assisted by Steph Wall winning the Hobie 16 SPI and Nick and Will winning the Dragoon race. Paul James and Anthony Delow won the Hobie 16 non SPI race.

The poor race officer tried in vein to get a further race in, but the wind came in several times with rain then promptly dropped to zero. In the end racing was abandoned for the day and most of us got towed in.

Thanks to all at Pevensey for the great effort needed to run a Nationals, particularly the race officer, rescue crews and catering staff.
Hobie 16 SPI
1. Seb Greber and Nikki Boniface PBSC
2. Rachel Scarfe & Tom Walker WWSC
3. Adam Butler & Gilly Sutcliffe Highcliffe SC

1. James Henson & Kelly Henson Parkstone YC Youth and Open
2. Sean Sutcliffe Highcliffe SC 2nd Open
3. Freya Sanders & Alice Sanders Herne Bay SC 2nd Youth
4. Dominic Davies& Pippa Davies Alton Water SC 3rd Youth

Hobie 16 non SPI
1. Dave & Emma Boniface PBSC
2. Paul James & Anthony Delow PBSC
3. James O’Leary & Tom O’Leary PBSC
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