Sheartwater Catamaran 2014 Results
58th National Championships at Pagham
The 2014 Shearwater Catamaran National championships were held at Pagham Yacht Club on the south coast between the 24th and 29th August. This was the 58th event in the class's history attracting 16 highly competitive boats.
The weeks weather started with a whimper and ended with a bang and presented challenges for both the boats and race officer alike. The practice day saw barely a puff and by Friday gusts were recorded at force 8.
This years clear winners with 6 wins were outgoing class chairman Nigel Stuart and his wife Sarah on "CROWNS" a new carbon fibre boat built by Nigel himself. The racing was extremely tight with no boat willing to give quarter in any race. Close and inshore racing provided a spectacle for the crowds gathered on the beach and with the added bonus of a Spiftfire performing aerobatics and buzzing the fleet during Thursdays racing. Ben Farnborough who had flown in specially from the USA took his boat "Genesis" to a convincing 2nd place overall and winning the final race of the week. 3rd place was reserved to the class stalwart Dr Greg Wilcox and his new 14 yr old crew William.
A special mention and thanks must go to the volunteers from Pagham Yacht Club who provided excellent racing and onshore facilities and entertainment throughout the week."