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TOPIC: Walters/Cram Win UK 505 Inland Nationals

Walters/Cram Win UK 505 Inland Nationals 12 years 9 months ago #205

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The winds varied between about 7/8 knots up to 15 knots in the gusts on both days. The gusts were sharper and bigger on the Saturday – although the gusts provided bigger wind shifts on the Sunday – more of that later.
Fittingly race 1 was led away by Ross’s son, Adam and Neil Rabbits (8945), who built up a 2-minute lead halfway around the race. However the pursuing pack closed on the 4th run (a 6 lap race), and Russell and Andy Short (8935) and Charlie Walters and Dougal Cram (8835) closed up for the final 2 laps. Within these 3 teams, positions changed with the oscillations of the breeze, with the Burton crew ably holding their own right up to a 3-boat procession across the finish line. These 3 were about 2/3 minutes in front of the next finishers. The Short Brothers won, Rabbits/Kenney in second and Walters/Cram in third.

Race 2, and The Short brothers served notice of their intentions on the rest of the fleet by just sailing away over the horizon. Of the rest (all a long way back) Walters/Cram stole second from Greame Willcox and Tiff Baring-Gould (8380) in 3rd, Stuart Turnbull and Jason Lunn in 4th (8905), Tim Bird and Richard Nurse 5th (8526), and Simon and Harry Briddon (8906) in 6th. All of these boats were in with a shout of 2nd place going onto the final run.

Race 3, and after lunch the sun came out and the wind increased! The race was pre-dominantly sailed in 12-17 knots – champagne sailing. Up front, hostilities were renewed between the Short Brothers and Walters/Cram. This time, both crews arrived at the final leeward mark on opposite gybes (short fetch back up to the finish line) pretty much together in an 18 knot gust……either side of a Contender who promptly capsized. The rounding was pretty various from Walters/Cram, who dropped the kite faster than in living memory and rounded inside and just in front, and as the Short brothers went for the inside line, the two boats accelerated towards the finish as if on a training run. The 40 yard fetch to the line was about as close as it could get – with the Short brothers unable to maintain their perfect score line. Scores were 1, 1, 2 to the Shorts at the end of day 1, with Walters/Cram 2 points back with 3, 2, 1.

Behind these 2 crews there was an intense battle for 3rd place, with Turnbull/Lunn on 12 points and Bird Nurse on 14 overnight.

The annual evening Burton spectacle of top Scots travellers Jim Blyth and Donald Aitken winning the Calcutta Cup on the pool table (again) was punctuated by a truly ridiculous trick-shot on the pool table…..sorry Jim, I really cannot apologise enough..! The rest of the evening shall remain a haze of chilli and a specific brand of larger – probably.

Day 2 - and 3 more races to be sailed. The Shorts could close it out with an early win, although Race 4 went to Walters/Cram, after the scratch pairing of Rob Napier and Alex Davies (8701) had capsized having led initially. Again Russell and Andy Short crossed the line in second place, in front of Bird/Nurse, Harry and Simon Briddon and a recovering Rob Napier and Alex Davies.

Race 5 saw Walters/Cram lead again for the 1st 2 laps, but then the Shorts and Turnbull/Lunn sailed a blinding lap to come from 100 yards behind the leaders to 250 yards in front. The Shorts then extended to win by a large margin, with Walters/Cram re-taking second place from Turnbull/Lunn on the final lap – only to lose second place again to some exceptional “gust hunting” by Simon and Harry Briddon on the final run. So it appeared then as if the Short brothers had done enough to win before the final race.

However, over lunch they chose to retire from race 4, as it was suggested that they had infringed during the race.

The Final race was for the Ross Kenney memorial trophy - the main focus of the weekend. This race had a different feel to it to the others, as the usual suspects were unable to extend away. Indeed about 7 different crews actually lead during the initial 2/3 laps as the wind gusted and shifted around. Finally though Walters/Cram emerged to stretch a lead during the final lap and take the gun. With the Short brothers finishing down in 4th place, the overall results were also decided on the final leg of the final race.

Walters/Cram took the win in both the memorial trophy and the meeting, although the Short Brothers can take solace in 3 impressive race wins – and some exceptional boat control as they wove through the EPS and contender fleets with which we were sharing the race course.

This was not all that was resolved during the final race. The 3-way tie for 3rd place going into the final race was won by Bird/Nurse, who led convincingly at one point during the final race, with the Briddons winning the tied score with Turnbull/Lunn on account of their final race placing. Turnbull/Lunn in turn managed to hold off Graeme Willcox and Tiff Baring-Gould by just one point, although the South African crew were thrilled with their second place in the final race.

At the prize giving the fleet was delighted to welcome the attendance of many of Ross’s family, and the prizes were presented by Ross’s wife Sarah. Ross Kenney was one of life’s leaders, who the fleet misses greatly, on many levels. In his son Adam, we are fortunate to have another such personality.

The final race of the Burton Open meeting will be for this perpetual trophy.
We expect competition to be as fierce, as Burton’s welcome is warm.

-22 boats at the 505 Inland Nationals, including at least 13 teams with crew members under the age of 30 -Many new crews within the fleet during the past 18 months -A 50 year spread in the age of the Helms within the top 10. -A hotly contested championship where the 6 top places were all in doubt entering the final lap of the final race. Full Results Here: [url][/url] Youtube Footage Here:[video type=youtube]under the age of 30
-Many new crews within the fleet during the past 18 months
-A 50 year spread in the age of the Helms within the top 10.
-A hotly contested championship where the 6 top places were all in doubt entering the final lap of the final race.

Full Results Here:

Youtube Footage Here:
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