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        Helm             Rutland Bass'thwaite Carsington Bala Stone Bridlington Yorks Dales TOTAL  
               8 11 10 9 6 10 10  
1st  Gareth Ede 1 (2) 1 1 1 1 (2) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 (2) 1 (2)           (2) (2) (3) 1 1 1 2 1 20
2nd John Terry (3) 1 (2) 2 1 1 1 2                     2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 25
3rd George Evans (6) (5) (6) 3 3 (4) (5) (4) 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 (4) 3 1 (4) (5) (4) 1 3 3 2 3 3 4 (6) (6) 47
4th    Alastair Forrest 2 3 4 3 2       (5) (5) 3 3 3 (6) (7) (5) 3 3 3 2 3 (5) 4 5 (5) (6) (6) 2 3 4 4 59
5th Stuart Ede 4 4 3 (5) (8) 3 2 4 4 2 4 (6) 4 4 1 1 4 4           (5) 4 (6) (7) 3 (5) 3 3 61
6th Mike Gough (7) (6) (8) (7) (7) 5 (9) (6) (8) 4 (6) (6) (8) 5 4 2 6 6 4 3 4 2 3 4 (7) 4 5 1 6 5 4 77
7th Syd Gage 5 (6) 5 5 (6) 6 3 5 3 3 4 4 5 (7) (6) 3 (6) (7) (6) 6 3 (7) (7) (7) 6 4 5 4 5 (7) 3 81
8th  Chris Phillips 7 6 4 6 4 7 4 3 6 3 5 5 6                     15 15 15     7 8 11 138
9th Paul Ellis           15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 2 10 5 2 1 5 2 2 3 2       169
10th Nigel Harrison           6 8 5 9 7 7 7 8 15 15 15                     202
11th Chris Upton            12 12 12 15 15 15     10 10 10 10 10           8 8 11 8 11 9 8 8 209
12th Damien Cooney           10 10 12 11 11 10 10 10 15 15 15     15 15 15 15 15           10 11 11 229
13th  Justin Evans           8 7 8 7 11 9 8 6 15 15 15     15 15 15 15 15                 221
14th John Peperell           15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 8 10 8 8 8 15 15 15 15 15                 252
15th   Brian Cooney           15 15 15           15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 11 11 11 11 11       265
16th  Alex Montgomery           15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15                 270
                                                                   
                                                                   

Event Winner: flies the Blue Pennant:
at the next event he attends
TT Leader: flies the Yellow Pennant

    Helms score 60% of the total races.  Races not sailed  are scored as 15 (being one point more than the expected  number of qualifying helms  in the season) not shown on the chart until scoring is affected.

 
 2017 RACING SEASON SUMMARY
 

  RUTLAND  eased the season in with two days of  light SSW breeze at Rutland 8th-9th April  (Report and photos)  with the fleet joined by new helm Mike Gough. In close racing on both days, Gareth Ede came through to the front to take four wins from six races, with John Terry taking the other two, the light breezes and balmy sunshine made the start easy, tempered by the tactical decisions (and need for patience) as the breeze swung unpredictably.

Then Catapult was back to
BASSENTHWAITE for an established favourite, the May Bank Holiday meeting.With strong breezes forecast, three races were squeezed in on Saturday, ahead of the threatened easterlies, which duly arrived to prevent Sunday's schedule
(Report and photos).
 

A closely-fought duel between John Terry and Gareth Ede dominated the event. John was leading after Day 1, but it all came down to the last race on Day 3. Gareth lost ground due to a penalty turn, but then in the sparkling breeze he progressively turned the screw on John catching him and going on to build a solid lead. Gareth was able to discard a 3rd place acquired when he was beaten by his dad Stuart (how did that happen?!) so his scoreline matched John's place for place, and he just snatched the top prize on tie-break.

NORTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP AT YORKSHIRE DALES Catapult was back at Yorkshire Dales SC, high up on the moors on Grimwith Reservoir, September 31st-October 1st, for the Northern Championship, sharing the weekend with the D Zeros and Contenders. On Saturday a hard westerly had dark water and whitecaps down the lake, and the Catapults elected not to launch, watching sympathetically from the panoramic windows of the clubhouse as the two other fleets tackled a "P" course with three gybes,which took out almost every helm until the race was abandoned.

 Sunday went the other way, with four races in a light fluctuating WSW under sunshine, needing careful boat-speed, and luck in the shifts. Gareth Ede and John Terry got consistently to the front, and tied with two firsts and two seconds each, Gareth snatching the Northerns on countback. Stuart Ede took third on count-back from Alastair Forrest, and one point covered the next three places, with Syd Gage edging out Mike Gough on count-back to take the fifth place.
 (report and photos)

 NATIONALS AT BRIDLINGTON: The Royal Yorkshire YC Dinghy section hosted the 2017 Nationals over the August Bank Holiday weekend, with 10 boats racing, and new member Marcus trying the boat out. Brid again produced real open water sailing and good racing breeze for all three days, with a testing final race as it piped up.

 From the front-end battle, John Terry took the 2017 Championship from Gareth Ede by a point. George Evans had a clear grip on the third place throughout, and from four final race survivors, Mike Gough took the win, finishing the last leg with the lee shroud fractured and flying free.(Report and photos)

TT ON THE BLACKWATER, STONE S.C. Catapult was back to the hospitality of Stone SC July 31st-August 2nd , running a TT event as part of Stone Week. Varying W-SW breezes gave plenty of boat speed to tactically manage the tides, and John Terry dominated for a clear victory, ahead of local sailor Paul Ellis. (Report and photos)

  BALA: Catapult returned 1st-3rd July for a season highlight, the excellent sailing in the beautiful surroundings at  Bala, with Bala Sailing Club stepping in to host the TT racing (alongside the Tinker Tramps, a coincidental multi-inflatable event!) Gareth Ede again dominated the six TT races, but Stuart Ede scored two wins (one in survival conditions in the last race on Saturday.) (Report and photos)

Then on Monday,we ran the traditional fun races (Relay, Pairs, and Pursuit)from the beach back at the Pant-yr-Onnen campsite alongside the Bala Catamaran Club. (Fun races, and TT photos)

  CARSINGTON Catapult's third event in the 2017 Travelling Trophy programme had ten boats back at the beautiful Peak District venue of Carsington in May 20th-21st. Saturday's bursts of rain varied the SW to W breeze from light to strong, and Sunday had good racing breeze, light-moderate, swinging enough to keep it lively. Gareth Ede racked up six first places, and George Evans could simlarly count 5 seconds. One point covered the next three places, showing how competitivethe racing is getting. (Report and photos)

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