Wells hosts national Sharpies event

PUBLISHED: 12:36 30 June 2011

Wells Sailing Club hosted a successful three-day National Sharpie Championships attended by 22 crews.

Chris and Tim Gibbs deservedly extended their winning run to eight consecutive titles.

The choice of a spring tide weekend, to allow for harbour sailing in the event of strong winds, proved to be a shrewd move.

The first beat options were to keep out of the flood tide to the north, or risk more tide but pick up the lifts closer to the beach.

The latter proved the better option, with Case and Goodley rounding first, closely followed by the Gibbs brothers and Dutch father son team Verkaik.

On the second beat, the Gibbs put in a short tack towards the beach. This proved to be astute, as they then powered upwind to take the lead and hold it to the finish.

Hardy and Coe were rewarded with the Chairman’s Trophy for their efforts, for an above par finish, in fourth.

Race two saw Case rounding first, with the Verkaiks second and fellow Dutch team Van Vliet and Van Berkel third. These positions were held to the finish with Gibbs fourth.

Sunday offered no respite from the wind and rain and race three followed a familiar pattern, with the first three boats being Case, Gibbs, and Verkaik.

Case remembered his error from the previous day and covered the Gibbs team hard on the second beat. However they used their weight and skill to power through to leeward before easing away to win.

Race four got under way at the second attempt, with more boats becoming attracted to a crowded pin end.

The Gibbs brothers escaped from a poor start to win from Van Vliet and Case.

The wind finally relented on Monday, allowing a sea course to be set. A light NW breeze barely sufficed to make progress against the strong tide, leading to a painfully slow first beat.

Former champions Spink and Ellison won race five from daughter Kiki Spink and Ed Metcalf and Richard Mulderij and Alastair Ogle.

With no further racing possible, the fleet were towed home, ready for the prize giving.

Some crews will return for the European Sharpie Championships, from July 24-29, hosted by Brancaster Staithe SC

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Fakenham and Wells Times. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad. Coronavirus is one of the greatest challenges our community has ever faced, but if we all play our part we will defeat it. We're here to serve as your advocate and trusted source of local information.

In these testing times, your support is more important than ever. Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Fakenham and Wells Times