Philip and Helen David win one-day open meeting at Yeadon 15/10/07
Light and changeable winds greeted the fleet of National 12s gathered at Yeadon on Sunday.
In race one Philip and Helen David, in their Baggy Trousers design, quickly established a substantial lead which they held on to the finish. Ex-Mirror youth sailor Philip Benn (Final Chapter), sailed exceptionally well to finish 2nd, just ahead of Bernard Clark in his Sparklet.
The Davids, squeezed out at the pin end, took penalty turns in race two allowing Chadwick and Clark to draw ahead, hotly pursued by the rest of the fleet. Team David staged a brilliant fightback, eventually regaining the lead to take the gun and the Tarn Trophy.
Philip Benn worked his way to the front of the fleet in race three but then sailed the wrong course. Neil and Yvonne McInnes (Baggy Trousers) held 2nd place for much of the race under increasing pressure from Andrew and Trudie Wilkinson (Feeling Foolish). On the final lap, Chadwick took the lead only to be passed at the last minute by the Wilkinsons who recorded their first win of the day.
At the prizegiving, Howard Chadwick was also awarded the Witchcraft Bailer Trophy for his overall win in the 2007 Vintage Series and Tim Gatti was presented with the National 12 Ribbed Boat Trophy for his immaculate restoration of N341, an Uffa King design built in 1938.
1st N3217, Philip and Helen David (Yorkshire Ouse SC)
2nd N2256, Howard Chadwick and Helen Nicholson (Yeadon and Ripon SC)
3rd N3447, Philip Benn and Tom Britton (Ripon SC)
1st Vintage Howard Chadwick and Helen Nicholson