Woodspring 2003

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Woodspring 2003

I've acquired the RA boat that Graham Bantock sailed to win the UK RA Nationals in 1983.  She is a "Bakers Dozen" design by Roger Stollery and was moulded in Kevlar by Graham.  Her lines are reminiscent of a vane A, and 20 years later she took me to 4th place in the UK RA Nationals of 2003.  She needs a breeze to use her ample waterline length to best advantage, but the event had mainly light winds.  Her ballast is in the style of the times, a "shoe" shape.

105 Lester Gilbert

The comfortable winner was Peter Wiles sailing his very successful "Sweet" design.  Her bulb is the now-familiar beaver-tail design.  In second place was Robbie Nevitt and third was Colin Cooper, Robbie sailing an "Argo" (thanks Neil!) and Colin a version of Peter's "Sweet" design.

05 Peter Wiles

Colin Smith sailed a very interesting boat with a remarkable winged bulb.  She showed considerable promise and lay in 3rd place for much of the event.  The hull develops a hard chine from amidships.

42 Colin Smith

Vernon Appleton sailed his Graham Bantock designed "Frigate" into 5th place.  There was no doubt that this is a fast boat.  I didn't take a photo of her ballast, but this is well illustrated in the SAILSetc catalogue and on their Web site.

36 Vernon Appleton

Clive Tappenden sailed a unique design with a "skiff-like" transom, its width nearly equal to maximum beam.  She needs a good blow to show her best, but is astonishingly agile at all times.

93 Clive Tappenden

I found the event rather bad-tempered, and am sorry to say that I was at fault more than once.  The RA does not sail like an IOM, and trying to throw such a boat around simply slows you down, slows your immediate opponent down, and loses you both places.  The class also needs a course of ample dimensions, but the wind direction did not allow this.


2022 Lester Gilbert