Round 13 – Goacher and Evans take their 10th National Championship at WPNSA, as Lovering/ Alvarado consolidate their lead at the top of the UKGlobal National Ranking List
The weather gods duly delivered for the forty boats who made the trip from across the UK, but also for those who travelled slightly further including a French and Australian team, for the 2013 UKGlobal National Championship.
With scorching temperatures, many competitors were seen to be sporting shorts and t-shirts, reminding some us of the 2012 Europeans at Lake Garda. However, the wind gods unfortunately failed to materialise, with 5-8 knots throughout the week. This created very challenging and shifty conditions for the competitors throughout the week, with huge place changes and surprise appearance at the front of the fleet.
It was Goacher and Evans who eventually managed to master these tricky conditions and take the title. Mike Hart (looking for his third National title), crewed by Class President Jeremy Davy were second closely followed by fleet newcomers Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado.
Over the course of the week there seven different race winners, once again epitomising the quality and depth of talent in the class.
How does this impact the UKGlobal NRL? Lovering/ Alvarado and Goacher/ Evans maintain their positions at the top of the leaderboard, both of whom have sailed fantastically so far this season. Bax/ Grant climb into a podium position with their 4th place finish. There were no changes in the Silver and Classic fleets.
There are still 9 events remaining this season, with much to play for, can anyone make a late charge to topple the long-time leaders in each fleet?