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RS200 Open at Bristol Corinthian YC

by Pete Vincent on 2 May 2012
RS200 Open 2012 at Bristol Corinthian YC RS Class Association http://www.rs-association.com
RS200 SW Ugly Tour first round was held at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club on 28th April 2012. With a full on severe gale and a monsoon forecast to hit sometime on Saturday it was a depleted fleet that looked out on a feisty Axbridge reservoir on Saturday morning a little apprehensively.

Axbridge reservoir on the Somerset Levels has the Mendips directly behind and in a northerly is well known for being very shifty as wind comes down off the hills and spreads; added to this on Saturday morning there were some major gusts and rapid increases in wind. It was hence with some relief that the wind eased towards launch time and 20 boats went afloat for four entertaining, very eventful races with never a dull moment and lots of snakes of ladders in 10-24 knots usually on the same leg!!

Race one and the tried and tested team of Ian 'so rusty' Pickard and Rachel 'have not sailed since Sammy Fell was born' Dunn were quick off the mark to lead and then sail into a good win. Matt Mee/Emma Norris pulled through to second with John Teague/Louise Fisher third. In race two Paul and Pat Teague led early on before capsizing and then completing a strange mating ritual with Tony/Zach Freer. It then became the Ed Whitehard/Alice Kingsnorth show as they went into turbo winning race two by a distance, particularly after Pickard/Dunn went splash in second, repeating the result in race three. Mee/Norris again pulled through to second in race twp and repeated the result in race three. Teague/Fisher was equally consistent with another third with Steve Dunn/Karen Baker claiming the other third.

So the scene was set for a race four show down between the two leading boats and it was major advantage Mee/Norris when they led at the first mark with Whitehead/Kingsnorth having a mare with their transom bridle breaking. At the second windward mark it looked all over with Mee/Norris well in the lead; Dunn/Baker and Pete Vincent/Charlotte Cotter looking secure in the next two places with Whitehead in tenth. But Whitehead gybed straight away and found the gust to end all gusts disappeared in a ball of spray with everyone wallowing to plane all the way to the leeward gate and into second right on Mee’s transom. Although Teague/Fisher got in the way for a while Mee/Norris won but Whitehead/Kingsnorth’s second gave them overall victory by a point.

Jayne Johnson/Katie James from Starcross sailed a mighty fine consistent series to finish sixth overall and first silver division boat. Chew Valleys Mike Riley/Mary Hill just won the bronze division after an initial counting error from Cotswolds Pete and Flea Haddrell.

Many thanks to PRO useless lump Bob Wainwright for some impressive turn arounds between races and to Tom Halhead/Stu Jagger for vaguely keeping the course true. Plus a huge vote of thanks to BCYC shore team for the excellent nosh after sailing appreciated by all.

Next round of the SW Ugly Tour is into the Lion’s den with a first visit to Parkstone Yacht Club, home to possibly the largest 200 fleet in the country on May 19th. Could someone have found the off switch for the rain by then on some heat?

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Rank

 Fleet

Sail
No

Helm
Name

Crew
Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

 Nett

1st

Gold

822

Ed Whitehead

Alice Kingsnorth

Parkstone YC

(6.0)

1.0

1.0

2.0

10.0

4.0

2nd

Gold

1311

Matt Mee

Emma Norris

Red Wharf Bay SC

(2.0)

2.0

2.0

1.0

7.0

5.0

3rd

Gold

481

John Teague

Louise Fisher

Bristol Corinthian YC

3.0

3.0

(4.0)

3.0

13.0

9.0

4th

Gold

1313

Steve Dunn

Karen Baker

Parkstone YC

(4.0)

4.0

3.0

4.0

15.0

11.0

5th

Gold

1451

Tony Freer

Zach Freer

Chew Valley Lake SC

5.0

(21.0 DNF)

5.0

6.0

37.0

16.0

6th

Silver

960

Jayne Johnson

Katie James

Starcross SC

(7.0)

5.0

7.0

5.0

24.0

17.0

7th

Gold

1165

Ian Pickard

Rachel Dunn

 

1.0

(14.0)

14.0

7.0

36.0

22.0

8th

Gold

1301

Pete Vincent

Charlotte Cotter

Bristol Corinthian YC

8.0

9.0

6.0

(11.0)

34.0

23.0

9th

Gold

993

Claire Walsh

Darren McNamara

Bristol Corinthian YC

11.0

6.0

10.0

(13.0)

40.0

27.0

10th

Silver

418

Liz Teague

Andy Williams

Exe SC

9.0

7.0

11.0

(12.0)

39.0

27.0

11th

Silver

465

Orkun Soyer

George Melbourne

Exe SC

10.0

10.0

(12.0)

8.0

40.0

28.0

12th

Silver

848

Nick Martindale

Henry Martindale

Chew Valley Lake SC

(12.0)

11.0

8.0

10.0

41.0

29.0

13th

Silver

307

Peter Eyre

Nina Norden

Parkstone YC

(14.0)

8.0

13.0

9.0

44.0

30.0

14th

Silver

1285

Paul Teague

Pat Teague

Bristol Corinthian YC

(15.0)

13.0

9.0

14.0

51.0

36.0

15th

Silver

1188

Robin Kirby

Clair Whitehill

Cotswold SC

(18.0)

12.0

16.0

16.0

62.0

44.0

16th

Bronze

904

Mike Riley

Mary Hill

Chew Valley Lake SC

17.0

15.0

15.0

(21.0 DNF)

68.0

47.0

17th

Bronze

1330

Pete Haddrell

Flea Haddrell

Cotswold SC

13.0

16.0

(21.0 DNF)

21.0 DNC

71.0

50.0

18th

Bronze

411

Will Rhodes

Chris Chorlton

Bristol Corinthian YC

16.0

17.0

(21.0 DNF)

17.0

71.0

50.0

19th

Bronze

593

Chris Bower

Lindsay Powell

Parkstone YC

19.0

(21.0 DNF)

21.0 DNF

15.0

76.0

55.0

20th

Bronze

327

Sally Campbell

James Clarke

Bristol Corinthian YC

(21.0 DNC)

21.0 DNF

21.0 DNF

21.0 DNC

84.0

63.0