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RS400 Winter Championships at Grafham

by Matt Sheahan on 12 Mar 2014
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With plenty of wind, sun, flat water and some close competition, there was little not to like at the RS400 Winter Championships at Grafham. Joining the RS800s and RS600s on the same windward/leeward course added to the high speed spectacle and made for some interesting passes as the fleets threaded their way through each other at high speed.

Saturday's conditions saw a reverse to the forecast wind strength and kicked off with some boisterous gusts nudging the mid twenties which had the fleet screaming downwind in flat water towards the leeward gate. The pace was frantic from the start with long beats allowing everyone to find some clear air.

Fortunately for those whose arms and legs were tiring, or for those who had swum enough for the day, the breeze tapered off to the high teens. But the result at the front of the fleet remained the same whatever the conditions with Nick Craig and Toby Lewis demonstrating what a comfortable winning margin looked like in practice with three straight wins. Joshua and Patrick Metcalfe demonstrated equal consistency with seconds in each race.

Sunday saw summer arrive for the day with the promise of lighter winds, around the mid teens and balmy conditions afloat.

Once again Craig and Lewis kept their results sheet tidy with another three bullets, chased by the Metcalfe's and James Downer and Jon Price - pecking order that followed through to the overall results.

If you were thinking of going but changed you plans at the last minute, now is the time to start kicking yourself and preparing for some tall stories from the rest of us during the next few circuit events.

RS400 Fleet

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 11, Scoring system: GWSC Open Meeting (1 course/PY/3 starts)

Rank

Fleet

Ranking

SailNo

Division

HelmName

CrewName

Club

R1
   

R2
   

R3
   

R4
   

R5
   

R6
   

Total

Nett

Notes

1st

RS400

 

1383

x

Nick Craig

Tobytastic Lewis

Frensham Pond SC

(1.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

6.0

5.0

s100

2nd

RS400

 

1215

x

Joshua Metcalfe

Patrick Metcalfe

Y Felinheli

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

(3.0)

3.0

14.0

11.0

s100

3rd

RS400

 

1385

x

James Downer

Jon Price

Royal Victoria YC

(12.0 DNF)

3.0

3.0

8.0

2.0

2.0

30.0

18.0

s100

4th

RS400

 

1251/1418

x

H Farbrother

l Hosilen/D Martin

Queen Mary SC

(12.0 DNC)

4.0

4.0

3.0

7.0

4.0

34.0

22.0

s100

5th

RS400

 

1340

x

Sam Neal

Neil Cooney

GWSC

4.0

5.0

6.0

(9.0)

8.0

6.0

38.0

29.0

s100

6th

RS400

 

1043

x

Ian Watkins

Imogen Whittam

GWSC

7.0

6.0

5.0

6.0

(9.0)

5.0

38.0

29.0

s100

7th

RS400

 

1263

x

Rob Lennox

Ruth Lennox

Barnet Green SC

5.0

8.0

7.0

5.0

6.0

(12.0 DNC)

43.0

31.0

s100

8th

RS400

 

1051

x

Matt Sheahan

Ellie Sheahan

Netley SC

6.0

7.0

(8.0)

7.0

5.0

7.0

40.0

32.0

s100

9th

RS400

 

1342

x

Jack Holden

Ollie Miller

 

3.0

(12.0 DNF)

12.0 DNF

4.0

4.0

12.0 DNC

47.0

35.0

s100

10th

RS400

 

1275

x

David Hearsum

Ian Hearsum

Hickling Broad SC

(12.0 DNF)

12.0 DNC

12.0 DNC

10.0

10.0

12.0 DNS

68.0

56.0

s100

11th

RS400

 

1407

x

Jon Heissig

Nicky Grffin

 

(12.0 DNC)

12.0 DNC

12.0 DNC

12.0 DNC

12.0 DNC

12.0 DNC

72.0

60.0

s100


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