17 July 2013 FF Admin 2307 Race reports, Nationals Nationals Day Three - Goacher and Evans Strike Back....! Previous Article Nationals Photos....! Next Article Nationals Day Four - Goacher and Evans Squeeze Ahead...! UKGLOBAL Flying Fifteen National Championship Weymouth, 17 July 2013 PRESS RELEASE GOACHER TAKES THE LEAD (Goacher and Evans in a Roll Tack, ©Alan Henderson, www.fotoboat.com) Flying Fifteen sailors enjoyed a third day of sparkling sunshine and light SW breezes, as they added another two windward leeward races in Portland Harbour. Two crews scored well on both races to climb up the leaderboard, while many others managed only one good race to count. Racing was held in the afternoon, and the breeze was up to 7kts at the start of the first race. At the windward mark, it was three of the leaders in contention, with Australians Ashley Smith and Kym Thumpkin leading at the top, followed by Steve Goacher/ Phil Evans and Richard Lovering/ Matt Alvarado. In this race most of the frontrunners stayed there. On the third beat, Goacher closed on Smith, and took the lead at the spreader mark. He held his lead to win by just two boat lengths from Smith, with Alan Bax/James Grant gaining a place to take third. (Reaching to the Finish, ©Alan Henderson, www.fotoboat.com) The breeze stayed at 6 kts allowing a quick start to the longest race yet, of three rounds plus a beat. However, of the top three at the windward mark, two were given OCS, Ashley Smith and Richard Lovering, altering the picture at the front when they left the race. So the leader was Ian Cadwallader/ Dave Sweet. They maintained their lead to the finish. Goacher/ Evans improved from sixth at the first windward mark to second by the finish, despite pressure from Alan Bax/ James Grant, who held position well to take third. The big winners on the day were Goacher/Evans who moved into a six point lead, from day 2 leaders Hart and Davy. Bax/ Grant were the other gainers, and their two good results lifted them to third overall, just a point behind Hart/ Davy. Two days of racing remain, with the best winds expected on the final day, and another discard soon to kick in, which could change the positions. (Leading Mixed Team, Smith/Thumpkin, AUS, ©Alan Henderson, Fotoboat) Many Flying Fifteens are sailed by mixed teams, including husband/ wife and parent/ child combinations. Mixed teams often do well in the class, and husband/ wife teams have won World Championships. Best of the mixed teams here are Australians Ashley Smith/ Kym Thumpkin, who currently are in fifth overall, with Kym a strong contender to gain the prize for highest placed female sailor. Results (subject to protest) Race 5 Steve Goacher/ Phil Evans, Royal Windermere YC Ashley Smith/ Kym Thumpkin, Sandgate YC, AUS Alan Bax/ James Grant, Hayling Island SC Race 6 Ian Cadwallader/ Dave Sweet, Chew Valley Lake SC Steve Goacher/ Phil Evans, Royal Windermere YC Dave Tabb/ Chewey Sherrell, Parkstone YC Positions overall after six races, after one discard Goacher/ Evans, 13pts Mike Hart/ Jeremy Davy, 19pts Bax/ Grant, 20pts Report written by Alan Henderson, http://www.fotoboat.com The complete set of Monday’s photos can be viewed at http://www.fotoboat.com For the WPNSA Results Page – click here Supporting Sponsors Rate article No rating Rate this article: No rating Tags flying fifteen weymouth Share Print Switch article Nationals Photos....! Previous Article Nationals Day Four - Goacher and Evans Squeeze Ahead...! Next Article Related articles Northern Area Championships Lakeland Grand Prix Northern Championships New Zealand Nationals 2018 Southern Area Championships Comment Collapse Expand Comments (0) You don't have permission to post comments.