Camms win National 12 open meeting at Weston this weekend 15/5/06
The wind at Weston took no notice of the forecast and the competitors at the National 12 open meeting at Weston SC on 13-14 May were blessed with fantastic conditions. Six races were run over the weekend, with expert timing from the race team.
Steve Norbury, former National 12 champion, got back into his old boat in preparation for the N12 70th anniversary regatta and soon showed he hadnÅft forgotten the old skills. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne won the three races on Saturday with Caroline Martin and Andy Douglas taking a string of seconds.
On Sunday morning, Norbury was spotted in the boat park with a tape measure getting his mast settings back to the way he left it in 1994. This seemed to pay off as he won race 4, although he had to fight for it as newcomers Sam and Fiona Mettam were first to the windward mark.
In race five Norbury led off the start but was overtaken by the Camms on the penultimate beat, who took the race. In the final race, Kevin and Lesley Iles were hot off the line. After much place changing on the next few legs with shifty conditions and a confused chop, Iles extended his lead on the final planing reach to take the gun.
1st N3492 Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne
2nd N3373 Steve Norbury and Andy
3rd N3455 Caroline Martin and Andy Douglas
4th N3491 Kevin and Lesley Iles
5th N 3439 Brian and George Kitchin