Stiles duo win National 12 meeting at South Cerney 25/4/07
The first N12 event to be held at South Cerney SC attracted nine boats with eight different designs represented showing how the class has developed from lovely clinker built, through cold moulded and the latest glass / carbon boats.
The first race got off to a clean start and the fleet found the changing shifts up the first beat quite challenging. Places changed between a small pack that managed to break slightly ahead but in the end Matt Stiles in his Tigress pulled out quite a lead over the more following pack. Ian Cook who has recently returned to 12 sailing managed a creditable 2nd with a new crew.
Race 2 again got cleanly away and a similar pattern evolved with a leading group of 4-5 boats battling it out and once again Stiles managed to claw through to a win.
The third race saw some over eager starters and recalls – this gave an opportunity for the oldest boat in the fleet, a beautifully restored Chimp design built in 1959, to lead the fleet for the first couple of marks. The fleet order changed as Stiles had to go from almost last in the fleet and pulled through to 4th. David Wilkins stamped some authority on the race with a good lead and again the chasing packs had many close calls at the marks.
1st Matt Stiles and Adam Stiles
2nd David Wilkins and Adele Cameron
3rd Mike Day and Ruth Birkett