A small but select group of National 12s enjoyed close racing on the Deben over the Easter weekend
A small but select group of National 12s took part in exceptionally close racing on the Deben over the Easter weekend. The added excitement of sailing round tight courses surrounded by Squibs and many other classes ensured a lively time was had by all.
Two races each day and three different race winners, with often a boat length separating the top four, resulted in tight overall results with multi-Burton week winners Tom Stewart and Liz Ross clinching the open meeting by one point from Frances Gifford and Sophie Mackley who were tied on points with Jon and Charlotte Ibbotson.
With more firsts Gifford and Mackley would have won an unenforced tie break, too many easter eggs, not enough time, fortunately the 12 fleet are a caring sharing type and no-one could be happier than with a tie.
With fantastic weather for five out of the six races, and one going a little light, there was cause for suncream, shorties for the first time this year for many, and a little bit of swimming for a couple of boats.
1st – 3501 Tom Stewart and Liz Ross
equal 2nd – 3431 Frances Gifford and Sophie Mackley
equal 2nd – 3494 Jon and Charlotte Ibbotson
4th – 3455 Caroline Martin and Andrew Douglas
1st Admirals Cup boat – 3365 Jerry and Margaret Garner