Odyssey, number 400, the prototype of the newly adopted ‘Ultra’ design of National 18, ably sailed by Joe & Tom Mclaughlin won On-the-Water Cup at the well attended UK Inland Championship at Tamesis Club on 26th September by a clear margin … with three bullets. The win, in very light airs, put paid to any questions on whether the fairly flat aft section Ultras could perform well in these light conditions.
The Goose Drank Wine, 369, an ‘Ultimate’ design, sailed by Jeremy & Max Vines was second On-the-Water. Another ‘Ultimate’ Zephyr, 374, sailed by Ian Burnett and in turn Anne Bayne and Angela Caldera was third.
With four different types of National 18’s since 1938, there is also the National 18 Cup, based on individual ‘Boat & Helm’ handicaps. This cup was closely contested with only three points separating the first four boats, in the ‘three race no discounts’ series. It was won by Zephyr with Odyssey second; The Goose Drank Wine third and Antidote, 348, sailed by Chris Pollard and Konstantin Gritsaenko, fourth.
By Ian Burnett
Pictures by Carolyne Vines & Nicky Chavasse.