Blaze Nationals results 2017

The Blaze / Hadron Nationals at Warsash were a big suceess. The results are now published, click here to see them.

There are three Nationals photo links:

Plus the direct drone footage… Initial edit here:

The images and video are also on his facebook page at:


Race report

The 2017 Blaze National Championships for 2017 were hosted at Warsash Sailing Club over three days from 2nd to 4th June.
61 boats were pre-entered of which 3 were Fires.

After a light-winds induced 1.5 hour delay, the Friday began on a calm note with the sailors at times struggling for breeze on the 1.5 mile trip out to the sailing area between Solent Breezes and Lee-on-Solent. This included a 90 degree wind shift just prior to the start.

The breeze filled in nicely once round the Warsash foreshore, ample for a pleasant couple of Friday afternoon races. Both races using the trapezoid course. The races were completed without any black flags, and many complementary comments from Peter Knight the RO about what an orderly fleet we are.
Mike Lyons (Burghfield SC) secured two victories with Eden Hyland (Chase SC) and Andy McIvor (Blackwater SC) trading 2nd and 3rd for both races. With David Angwin and David Entwistle (both Burghfield SC), Tim Freeman and Richard Hill (both Warsash SC) and Gareth Davies (Blackwater SC) not far behind, the scene was set for the weekend.

The tea and cakes (excellently collected from the supermarket by Richard Hill) were served (also excellently by Petrina & Amanda) to returning competitors in exchange for tally wrist bands. There then followed a commodore’s welcome, food, refreshments (including a free drink from Kayospruce), skittles and a quiz (won by The Lobsters).

Saturday dawned with a distinct lack of wind. A sea breeze won it's battle with the gradient wind in time for the scheduled 12:00 start.

Conditions were breezy as the boats lined up on the (again well disciplined) start line. A committee boat anchor issue necessitated a restart of race 3. A trapezoid course with two laps gave plenty of lively racing, with the strong easterly tide causing more than a few issues at the windward mark. As the south westerly breeze picked up, so did the swell. Conditions that seemed to suit Gareth Davies (Blackwater SC) well, recording two first places in races 3 and 4. Bob Cowan's brand new Hartley Blaze (on it's second outing) managed to keep ahead of his old boat now sailed by Tim Freeman with 2nd and 3rd places respectively in race 3.

With wind and swell building, a two lap trapezoid course was set for race 4. More excitement at the windward mark saw a couple of Warsash boats (Peter Knowlden and Lloyd Exley) dis-masted. A combination of approx 16ft of water depth + 3ft of swell. With six rescue boats in attendance, they were quickly dealt with. Nick Thorne (Warsash SC) also suffered some mast damage, and with a pronounced bend to port spent the rest of the championships empathising with Alex Thomson. Final results of this exciting race were again Gareth Davies in 1st place, Eden Hyland in 2nd and Hugh Kingdon (Burghfield SC) in 3rd. Hugh also in a brand new Hartley Blaze.

Following a 90 degree wind shift on the final lap and with several boats retired, two dismasts and a rising breeze, the RO cancelled the third race of the day. Sailing finished on schedule for tea and cakes, again excellently served at around 5pm.

Too Drunk to Dance (the WSC band) played a selection of music during the evening meal. The competitors made full use of the temporary downstairs bar/beer tokens in the pleasant evening sunshine. One or two sailors sporting new sticky plasters since the morning.

An early start on the Sunday saw a windy forecast. Steady Force 5. Thanks to some nifty trolley help, the fleet headed out for three races starting at 11am. With the wind picking up all the day, Gareth Davies continued his dominance at the top of the fleet by winning all three races. Races 5 and 6 being two laps of a trapezoid with race 7 being a 3 lap triangle sausage. Eden Hyland secured a 2nd place in race 5. Mark Hartley bagged a couple of 2nd places in races 6 and 7. Richard Hill and Andy McIvor taking 3rd place in races 6 and 7.

Following more excellently served tea and cake followed by a buffet, many prizes were awarded with Gareth Davies winning overall with 5 points, Eden Hyland taking 2nd place with 13 points and Andy McIvor in 3rd place with 16 points. Engraved glasses were provided to the first 10 Blazes. David Angwin was Grand Master and Nick Ripley was Master

In the Fires class, Catherine Helmsley took 1st place, Laurence Marshall 2nd and Paul Taylor 3rd with all receiving engraved glasses.

Eden Hyland won the youth prize, the Master trophy went to Nick Ripley, Grand Master to David Angwin and Great Grand Master to Bob Cowan.

Warsash SC won the club prize. Mark Turner won the Endeavour prize with the tiller trophy.

Many thanks go to the organisers, the shore crew lead by Hannah Freeman (including the many trolley helpers), rib drivers & crew, race office & helpers, tea/cake ladies and all the competitors for coming to a very much enjoyed event.

We are also grateful to the sponsors, Hartley Boats who provided many chandlery items, Kayospruce for the beer tokens and trolley tags, Rain & Sun for some quality rudder bags. Thank you to the Blaze Class Association for their assistance and for providing the trophies and engraved glasses.


2017 National Championships, Warsash SC June 2/3/4th June

The Notice of Race and Entry Form are now available. It looks like this is going to be a bumper event - don't miss it....


 Please click here for the accommodation list.

Memb Nats Boat no. Name Surname home club  
£20 £25 751 Paul Taylor Burghfield SC  
£20 £60 780 Andrew Taylor Blackpool & Fleetwood YC  
PP£20 £25 744 Paul Tatem North Devon YC  
PP£20 £25 800 Simon Beddows Burghfield SC  
£20 £25 804 Tim Heaton    
£20 £25 799 Richard `Botting Draycote Water SC
PP£20 £25 809 Andy Maw Burghfield SC  
£20 £25 803 Hugh Kingdon North Devon YC  
£20 £25   Mike Bell Burghfield SC  
£20 £25 720 Nick  Thorne Warsash SC  
£20 £25 710 Nick  Ripley Paignton SC  
£20 £25 797 Mike Holmes Paignton SC  
£20 £25   Martin Hattersley Chase SC  
CHQ £20 £25 807 Simon Hare Oxford SC  
£20 £25 810 Terry Crook Blackwater SC  
CHQ £20 £25   Andy McIvor Blackwater SC  
  £25 764 Ben  Fullalove Blackwater SC  
£20 £25   Bob Cowan Warsash SC  
CHQ £20 £25 818 Mike Lyons Burghfield SC  
  £25 819 Jeremy Lowe    
£20 £25 763 Peter McFarlane Burghfield SC  
£20 £25 723 Alex  Williams Blackwater SC  
£20 £25 648 Steve Jobling Pevensey Bay SC  
£20 £25 726 Dan Langdon Durleigh SC  
£20 £25 769 Richard Hill Warsash SC  
£20 £25 566 Jed Bonsor Warsash SC  
PP £20 chq £25 796 Bob Yates Burghfield SC  
£20 £25 815 David  Angwin Burghfield SC  
£20 £25 761 Paul Hemsley Felpham SC  
£20 £25 808 Catherine Hemsley Felpham SC  
£20 £25 729 Nick Creak Hamble River SC  
PP £20 £25 678 Lloyd Exley Warsash SC  
PP £20 £25 683 John Exley Warsash SC  
£20 £25   Gareth Hyland Chase SC  
£20 £25 581 Eden Hyland Chase SC  
£20 £25 795 Laurence Marshall Oxford SC  
  chq £25 781 David  Entwistle Burghfield SC  
£20 £25 552 Ben  Burley Covenham SC  
£20 £25 688 Samuel Parkinson Burghfield SC  
csh  £20 csh £25 811 Peter Barlow Burghfield SC  
  £25 679 Stuart Bailey Wilsonian SC  
£20 £30 637 Colin  Campbell Pevensey Bay SC  
£20 £30 685 Simon Shields Roa Island Boat Club
chq  £20 chq £30 563 Marc Hutchings Burnham SC  
PP £20   671 Chas Coghill Leigh & Lowton SC
PP £20   591 Darren Gregory Glossop SC  
£20 £30 690 Andy Buchanan Warsash SC  
£20 £30 713 John Ironmonger North Devon YC  
  £5   Tim Powell Warsash SC  
  £5   Tim Freeman Warsash SC  
£20 £30 732 John Hewat Wilsonian SC  
£20 £30 768 Brian Buggy Portishead Yacht & SC
  £30 716 Mike  Palmer Warsash SC  
PP £20 chq £60 779 Andy Whitcher Pembrokeshire Yacht Club
chq £20   661 Richard Franklin Royal Corinthian YC
PP £20   822 Mark Weston West Riding SC  
PP £20   544 Bobby Mcghee Preswick SC  
chq £20 chq £60 719 Martin Jones Wilsonian SC  
 £20 £60 780 Andrew Taylor Blackpool & Fleetwood YC