By Richard Whitehouse

Saturday started cold (close to freezing), cloudless and windless. The first race, due to start at 12:30 was postponed until 2:30pm, when a rather fickle south westerly developed. Only two of the planned four races were completed on day one of the event.  Unusually for a Byte event, race one started with a general recall. On the restart Matt Banbrook took a flying lead by a considerable margin initially but got stuck in a hole on the run. The current national champion, Emma Pearson, closed on him, followed by Rick Whitehouse who had pulled up through the fleet from (his usual) poor start.  A three-way battle for the lead ensued, with Rick eventually successful, Emma second and Matt third. Unfortunately for Matt, a pre-existing injury prevented his participation in the rest of the event. 

With Matt indisposed, Emma took a flying start in race two, only for Rick to again pull through the fleet and end up first. Ricks technique of starting poorly but sailing in clear air and tacking on shifts that eluded all the other competitors paid dividends.



Sunday racing started early, just after 10am, to get three races in before club sailing started in the afternoon. Race three saw Rick make his poorest start of the event, unrecoverable despite his best efforts, whilst local sailor, Charlotte Hitchmough, led from start to finish, closely followed by Emma, then Zoe Bazen. Race four saw Emma and Rick alternate first and second place for two laps, with Rick rounding the last mark first and inexplicably being overtaken to leeward by Emma.  The fifth and final race then became a decider between Rick and Emma, with another local, Huw Nunn having his best race and finishing third. Rick stayed ahead of Emma up the final beat to clinch the race and the event.



Special prizes for Alex Horsman who started in a classic rig but changed to a borrowed CII, Toby Banbrook for first CI, Zoe Bazen for first youth, Matthew Bonner for first junior and Victoria Theaker for best newcomer.



Thanks go to John Banbrook and Bowmoor SC for hosting the event.

Photographs by David Fewings.

Rank Class Sail No Club Helm Rating R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st BYTE CII 3693 Combs SC Rick Whitehouse 1147 1.0 1.0 (5.0) 2.0 1.0 10.0 5.0
2nd BYTE CII 3078 Weston SC Emma Pearson 1147 (2.0) 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 9.0 7.0
3rd BYTE CII 3616 Bowmoor SC Charlotte Hitchmough 1147 6.0 3.0 1.0 (8.0) 7.0 25.0 17.0
4th BYTE CII 3588 Bowmoor SC Zoe Bazen 1147 4.0 5.0 3.0 6.0 (8.0) 26.0 18.0
5th BYTE CII 3606 Bowmoor SC Huw Nunn 1147 5.0 6.0 (7.0) 5.0 3.0 26.0 19.0
6th BYTE CII 3577 Netley SC Rachel Mackinder 1147 (9.0) 7.0 8.0 3.0 4.0 31.0 22.0
7th BYTE CII 3613 Bowmoor SC Lucy Haydon 1147 8.0 (9.0) 4.0 4.0 6.0 31.0 22.0
8th BYTE CII 3608 Netley SC Stu Moore 1147 7.0 4.0 (9.0) 7.0 5.0 32.0 23.0
9th BYTE CII 2957 Bowmoor Teresa Doran 1147 (11.0) 10.0 6.0 9.0 11.0 47.0 36.0
10th BYTE CII 3132 Bowmoor SC Callum Combe 1147 (20.0) 15.0 11.0 12.0 10.0 68.0 48.0
11th BYTE CII 428 Combs SC Victoria Theaker 1147 12.0 (16.0) 14.0 11.0 12.0 65.0 49.0
12th BYTE CII 3565 Weston SC Clare Mach 1147 13.0 13.0 12.0 13.0 (17.0) 68.0 51.0
13th Byte CII 2950 Parkstone YC Kirsten Glen 1147 (23.0 DNC) 23.0 DNC 10.0 10.0 9.0 75.0 52.0
14th BYTE CI 3684 Bowmoor SC Toby Banbrook 1147 15.0 11.0 13.0 (16.0) 14.0 69.0 53.0
15th BYTE CII 3130 Bowmoor SC Jamie Fewings 1147 10.0 14.0 (17.0) 17.0 13.0 71.0 54.0
16th BYTE CII 493 Netley SC Julius Mach 1147 17.0 8.0 16.0 18.0 (19.0) 78.0 59.0
17th BYTE CII 2943 Bowmoor SC Isaac Pylee 1147 14.0 (17.0) 15.0 15.0 15.0 76.0 59.0
18th BYTE CII 1640 Bowmoor SC Rhys Walker 1147 19.0 (23.0 DNS) 19.0 14.0 16.0 91.0 68.0
19th BYTE CII 3584 Bowmoor SC Matthew Banbrook 1147 3.0 (23.0 DNS) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 95.0 72.0
20th BYTE CII 1241 Himley Hall Matthew Bonner 1147 18.0 18.0 18.0 (19.0) 18.0 91.0 72.0
21st BYTE CII 3583 Bowmoor SC Flavia Tritto 1147 16.0 12.0 (23.0 DNC) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 97.0 74.0
22nd BYTE Classic 1625 West Riding SC Alex Horsman 1147 (21.0) 19.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 100.0 79.0