3The three-day Endeavour Championship to establish the UK’s dinghy champion of champions kicked off earlier today with the Calltracks-sponsored training session at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on-Crouch.

The RS200, making its debut as the new Endeavour class appears to be favourable among the 23 the British national champions and crews competing this weekend. Although the class, designed by Phil Morrison, has been on the racing circuit since 1995, it is a strict one-design which helps to keep the racing as fair as possible. For the event, RS Sailing has also supplied each boat with brand-new Hyde sails and spinnakers.

Nick Craig, six-time Endeavour champion, representing the B14 class said although he and his crew Tom Pygall who weigh in at 151kg all up are pretty heavy, he thinks the RS200 is a good choice. “If it blows big time and the tide is with the wind we may have a bit of a nibble but if it’s light, it could be embarrassing. They are great boats though, and the good thing about it however, is the fact that has clearly opened it up to a lot more youth and youngsters, which is great to see.”

In sparkling sunshine and a pleasant light, easterly breeze conditions on the River Crouch couldn’t have been more ideal for the opening RS200 training session headed by Pete Vin2cent – RS class association guru. On shore RS technicians Ben Wallis and Andy Taphouse were on hand to provide support

Vincent commenting on the training day said: “There are a lot of teams here today unfamiliar with the class so the idea is to give them some real guidance on how to set up the boats, and the essential skills on how to sail them. My aim is to get them up to speed quickly so by tomorrow, for the first races of the series, it’s more about how good the teams are at racing rather than them having to learn about the boats.”

Looking ahead at the conditions for the start of the eight-race Endeavour Championship series in the morning, Edwin Buckley, event director and race officer commented: “It is looking good with 13kts of north-north-east breeze forecast. That will give us the opportunity to s1et the course just to the east of the moorings, in the river or, if there is more northerly in it, we’ll be slightly further downriver on the junction of the River Roach and Crouch to allow us to set a good windward/leeward course.”

Confirmed entries

B14  – Nick Craig and Tom Pygall

Cadet – Jamie and Bettine Harris

Devon Yawl – Dan and James Ellis

Firefly – Stuart Hudson and Hamish Walker

Graduate – John and Jamie Clementson

Hornet – Rob Larke and Sally Wakefield

K1 – Matthew French and Charles Chandler

Lark – Alan Kraling and Joe Hunt

Merlin Rocket – Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis

Miracle – Hannah and Nick Smith

National 12 – Tom Stewart and Andrea Ralph

RS Aero 5 – Will Taylor and Fiona Mulcahy

RS Feva – Fin and Dan Armstrong

RS300 – Dave Acres and Hugh Watson

RS400 – Michael Sims and Richard Brown

RS800 – Tim Saxton and Fiona Hampshire

Scorpion – Andy McKee and Chris Massey

Supernova – Cliff Milliner and Gavin Young

Topper – Eleanor Pole and Scarlett Anderson

Topper 4.2 – Lorcan Knowles and Harry Pulford

Wayfarer – Guy and Tom Marks

2000 – Fergus Barnham and Serena De Nahlik

29er –   James Grummett and Daniel Budden




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