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Graham Bantock-2018 MYA Radio A Class National Champion

Congratulations to Graham Bantock for a convincing win in the 2018 MYA Radio A Class Nationals at Eastbourne.

Thanks to all at Eastbourne and District MYC for allowing the skippers to sail and also for hosting an enjoyable event, without the clubs and their members the skippers would not be able to compete.

A short report from John Henderson below:

Over the weekend 14th 15th July Eastbourne & District Model Yacht Club hosted the above



The ‘A’ Class is the largest Model yacht sailed within the Model Yachting Association with

some yachts being 2 m long.  


15 skippers from across the country entered this two-day event.   There was a slow start to the day on Saturday with the wind coming from a difficult direction over the restaurant which curtailed the long course needed to sail these boats to the best effect.  However, as the morning progressed a suitable course was set with the wind coming down the lake from the sea and racing began in earnest.    Graham Bantock from Chelmsford dominated the day coming first in ten of the 19 races completed.  Wins were Also recorded by Peter Wiles  (4), Darin Ballington (2) with Chris Harris,  John White and Phil Holliday (1 each). 

On Sunday we were pleased to note the wind direction hadn’t altered from the previous day which meant that racing could start without delay.    The first and third races went to Graham Bantock.    Peter Wiles fought back winning the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth races.   There was, however, no stopping Graham who won seven of the next eight races, a true champion performance.  The only other winner on day two was Vernon Appleton who took an early lead in race 37 and maintained it to the finish.


Final Placings were; First and National Champion 2018,  Graham Bantock (Chelmsford)  Second, Peter Wiles (Poole)   Third,  Chris Harris (Windrush), Fourth, Trevor Binks (Eastbourne), Fifth,  Vernon Appleton ( Chipstead),  Sixth  John White (Bideford).


With 39 races completed all competitors are congratulated on their performance and skills over two long hot days.  


Full results HERE

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