UK Autumn Cup October 14-15 – Chaotic Win

Thanks to Johnny Allen for this report: The weekend of the 14th to 15th of October saw 12 J/24s take part in the Autumn Cup, hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole, UK (the venue for the 2020 J/24 World Championship). The Parkstone Yacht Club is undergoing the largest sailing club build in Europe with an impressive new clubhouse nearing completion ready for some of the largest sailing events in the UK. Saturday brought a light southwesterly breeze with four races being sailed out of a scheduled five. Apart from race one, won by Roger Morris’ Jolly Roger, Nick Philips and his team on Chaotic could not put a foot wrong, winning the remaining three races of the day, with the rest of the fleet having a mixed day. Jolly Roger was the overnight leader before the discard kicked in. Sunday morning’s start of race five at 09.30 saw most of the fleet changing to jibs minutes before the start as the breeze built…only for a number of the fleet to do a headsail change back to genoas on the first downwind leg. Duncan McCarthy on Madeleine was first to finish, only to find out that they had been disqualified by the ‘U’ Flag Rule, within one minute of the start (along with Team Impact and Flying Colours), thus handing the lead to Nick McDonald’s Cacoon. Race six and all the fleet were back on genoas with Mark Lewers’ Hijinks quick out of the blocks finding the left hand side of the beat to be favoured and never challenged once they reached the windward mark of lap one. Race seven was won by Madeleine, and race eight by Andy Taylor’s Phoenix. However, consistency paid, and the Chaotic team are worthy winners of this year’s America’s Autumn Cup. Of note is the ever-improving youth team on Team Impact who regularly pushed at the top of the fleet, perhaps not surprising with the Kuzyk brothers on board—past Topper World, European and National Champions. Also Jack Butters, ex Spitfire National Champion, sailing with his brothers Pete and Steve, and their father Dave on Crackerjack. At the prize-giving, Chaotic thanked the race officer Bryan Drake and his team for an excellent regatta, managing to get in all eight races in what were sometimes tricky conditions.

Rank Boat SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Nett
1st Chaotic 4177 Parkstone Yacht Club Nick Phillips Matt Hardy, Tom Montgomery, Charlie Montgomery, Hugh Styles 15.0
2nd Phoenix 4222 Parkstone Yacht Club Andy Taylor Paul Williams, Jack Sharland, Sam Shrive, Izzy Savage 29.0
3rd Madeleine 4265 Parkstone Yacht Club Duncan McCarthy Steve Phelps, Charlie Fisher, Spencer Whitworth, Kiersten Metcalfe 31.0
4th Jolly Roger 4270 Parkstone Yacht Club Roger Morris Andrew Morris, Daniel Sparrow, John Sparrow, David Sparrow 32.0
5th Team Impact 4236 Parkstone Yacht Club George Kennedy Eden Luke, Harry Gilchrist, Giles Kuzyk, Elliott Kuzyk 35.0
6th Crackerjack 4074 Parkstone Yacht Club Jack Butters Dave Butters, Pete Butters, Ian Millard, Steve Butters 36.0
7th Jawbreaker 4271 Saltash Sailing Club James Torr Abi Smith, Stuart Hammond, Nick Triscott, David Cooper 38.0
8th Cacoon 5432 RYA Nick McDonald Paddy Hutchins, John Allen, Sam Spencer, Lorna Graham 42.0
9th HiJinks 4213 RWYC Mark Lewers Neil Appleton, Helen Timpson, Emily Mulligan, Katie Moore 44.0
10th Flying Colours 4266 Parkstone Yacht Club Alex Pollock Barney Pollock, Richard Popper, Tilo Pepe, Vivian Allen/William Pollock 59.0
11th Jam 4153 SSC Ben Maddaford Sam Nicholson, Matthew Maddaford, James Randall, Jess Jarvis 60.0
12th JuJu 4254 Poole Yacht Club Quinton Hall Yvonne Hall, Miles DeSa, Thomas Clayton, James Walker 71.0

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