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Noble Marine Streaker National Championship at Staunton Harold Sailing Club - Day 1

by SCOA 2 Oct 21:22 BST

For the second time of asking Streaker sailors gathered yet again on the 2nd October for the Streaker National Championships sponsored by Noble Marine at Staunton Harold Sailing Club.

This event was the re-run of the postponed event back in early July after 2 days of zero wind left the fleet frustrated. 44 entries for the re-run looked like a good response to turn up once again, but the weather forecast did not look promising, and a rather depleted fleet finally took to the water. As it happened the wind forecast of gale force winds really did not arrive although plenty of rain did.


The first and second races were sailed in a moderate breeze from the SE, not a great direction for Staunton Harold. But the shifts and gusts provided plenty of opportunities throughout the fleet if you could read them right.

Race 3 and the wind was dying and shifting more to the east. A light and patchy affair where places changed depending on whether you fell in a hole or not.

Although Tom Gillard from Sheffield Viking had won the 1st and 2nd races, a 6th in race 3 still leaves this championship all to play for. Leading overall is Martin Penty from Beaver SC the defending Streaker 2019 National Champion who won Race 3 and recorded a 4th and a 2nd in Races 1 & 2. Steve Blackburn Leigh and Lowton 3rd overall also had a good day with two 2nds and a 4th. New to the Streaker Fleet Pete Gray from Staunton Harold is in 4th overall.

Tomorrow's forecast is for a moderate breeze from the southwest when races 4 and 5 will determine who will win the Streaker National Championship 2021.

Noble Marine Streaker National Championship at Staunton Harold Sailing Club - Overall

by Neil Firth 6 Oct 13:08 BST

Staunton Harold served up the two key ingredients of a memorable Championship on the second and final day of the 2021 Noble Marine Streaker Nationals - sunshine and wind! With two races scheduled and only one point separating the top three sailors after day one, there was still everything to play for at the top of the fleet.

The first race of the day (race 4 of the Championship) saw southerly winds of 15 - 20 knots, allowing the Race Officer to set an ideal course with the start line immediately off the clubhouse and a beat up the length of the reservoir. With the pin end of the line heavily favoured, it was no great surprise to see an over-eager fleet brought back for a general recall.

The black flag was then in place as the fleet once again transgressed, with three boats sent ashore to sit this one out. The race got away at the third time of asking and it was Tom Gillard (Sheffield Viking) who set the early pace, leading Steve Blackburn (Leigh & Lowton / WLYC) at the windward mark.

As the race progressed, Tom stretched his lead while Martin Penty (Beaver) fought his way back from a challenging first lap to eventually reel in Steve and take second. While these three leaders from the first day were consolidating their podium chances, there was a tight battle for fourth between James Sinclair (East Lothian), Pete Gray (Staunton Harold) and Duncan McDonald (Newhaven & Seaford), eventually finishing in that order.

This left Tom and Martin on equal points going into the final race, although Tom was counting a higher potential discard. Martin, on the other hand, needed a boat between himself and Tom to hold on to his 2019 title.

Race 5 got away first time in similar winds but with some hefty gusts topping 25 knots at times. All but the very best sailors were left hoping to get their gybes in at a quieter moment! The leeward mark, just off the clubhouse, was often the windiest point of the course, providing some entertaining capsizes for those ashore and plenty for the rescue crews to keep an eye on.

Only 12 boats finished the race, but with all the top guys remaining to show how it should be done. Tom Gillard provided a masterclass in the conditions, sailing away from the fleet to secure the Championship. Martin Penty finished second, holding off James Sinclair who took third with his best performance of the regatta, despite a spectacular capsize on his last gybe.

So, after the 'blip' of 2019, Tom Gillard reasserted his standing in the Streaker Class, winning his ninth National title. Defending champion Martin Penty took second overall and Steve Blackburn, third. Local sailor Pete Gray narrowly missed the podium, taking fourth at his first Streaker Championships.

Pete, along with Nigel Pepperdine and Alan Bennett, also secured the The Altogether Shield for Staunton Harold Sailing Club (top three from the same club). Elsewhere in the fleet, Peter Matthews (Waveney & Oulton Broad) took the Silver Fleet trophy coming twelfth overall, which was also enough to win the 'Tune it Up' trophy for the most improved sailor since the last Nationals.

The Cadzow Trophy for the best presented boat went to Chris Kelly's 'Baloo' (1549); Chris, from Snettisham Beach, is both new to the class and to sailing.

2021 will be remembered for many things, but for the Streaker Class it will be the year that Staunton Harold Sailing Club generously invited the Class back in October, having lost their July Nationals to zero wind. And what a great Championship it finally turned out to be! Thank you to all their volunteers, ashore and afloat, for a thoroughly well run and enjoyable event.

Next year, we head to old Streaker favourite Filey Sailing Club for our 2022 Nationals. Will Tom Gillard be able to match his dad's ten Streaker National titles or will the other Yorkshireman Martin Penty once again have his day... or will someone else spoil their party?! Save the date, 24-26 June 2022, and we'll see you all there!


Noble Marine Streaker Nationals at Staunton Harold podium (L-R) 2nd Martin Penty, 1st Tom Gillard and 3rd Steve Blackburn - photo © Neil Firth


Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Rating system: PY, Entries: 22, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank Class Fleet SailNo Boat name HelmName Club Age category Notes R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st Streaker Gold 2111 Single Use Plastic Tom Gillard Sheffield Viking     1.0 1.0 (6.0) 1.0 1.0 10.0 4.0
2nd Streaker Gold 1982   Martin Penty Beaver Well Over   (4.0) 2.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 11.0 7.0
3rd Streaker Gold 1942 Typhoon Steve Blackburn Leigh & Lowton Over   2.0 (4.0) 2.0 3.0 4.0 15.0 11.0
4th Streaker Gold 1641   Peter Gray SHSC     (5.0) 3.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 22.0 17.0
5th Streaker Gold 1973   James Sinclair East Lothian Over   6.0 (7.0) 7.0 4.0 3.0 27.0 20.0
6th Streaker Gold 2102 Chops Duncan McDonald Newhaven & Seaford Well Over   7.0 (14.0) 3.0 6.0 9.0 39.0 25.0
7th Streaker Gold 1922   Philip Priestley Yorkshire Dales Over   8.0 (12.0) 9.0 7.0 6.0 42.0 30.0
8th Streaker Gold 2136   Nigel Pepperdine SHSC Well Over   11.0 9.0 5.0 8.0 (16.0 DNF) 49.0 33.0
9th Streaker Gold 2106   Ian Priest Ripon     9.0 8.0 (11.0) 10.0 7.0 45.0 34.0
10th Streaker Gold 1977 White Satin Neil Firth Banbury Well Over   10.0 10.0 13.0 (23.0 BFD) 10.0 66.0 43.0
11th Streaker Gold 1616   Giles Therkelson-Smith Welton Under   (23.0 DNF) 16.0 12.0 9.0 8.0 68.0 45.0
12th Streaker   1654 Skippy Peter Matthews WOBYC Well Over   12.0 11.0 14.0 14.0 (23.0 DNC) 74.0 51.0
13th Streaker Gold 2126 Badger Graham Sexton Fishers Green     3.0 6.0 22.0 DNF (23.0 BFD) 23.0 DNC 77.0 54.0
14th Streaker   2124   Michael Alexander Rutland Well Over   14.0 (19.0) 17.0 12.0 11.0 73.0 54.0
15th Streaker   1569   Richard Brameld Welton Over   (17.0) 15.0 15.0 11.0 16.0 DNF 74.0 57.0
16th Streaker Gold 1972   Veronica Falat WOBYC Past It Female (23.0 DNF) 5.0 8.0 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 82.0 59.0
17th Streaker   1783 Raptor Alan Bennett SHSC Well Past It   13.0 13.0 10.0 (23.0 DNC) 23.0 DNC 82.0 59.0
18th Streaker   2132   Chris Smith Island Barn Well Over   16.0 (17.0) 16.0 13.0 16.0 DNF 78.0 61.0
19th Streaker   1585   Richard Tanner Nottingham Well Over   15.0 18.0 18.0 (23.0 BFD) 12.0 86.0 63.0
20th Streaker   1549 Baloo Christopher Kelly Snettisham Beach     18.0 21.0 19.0 19.0 DNF (23.0 DNC) 100.0 77.0
21st Streaker   1951 Dynamite Special Angus Beyts Newburgh Well Over   (23.0 DNF) 20.0 22.0 DNF 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 111.0 88.0
22nd Streaker   1384   Matilda Harrison Ogston Under Female (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 115.0 92.0


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