Please select your home edition
Edition
North Sails on UK Performance

RS300 Gul Grand Prix at Aldenham YC

by Debbie Darling on 16 Jul 2012
.. .
RS300 Gul Grand Prix was held at Aldenham YC over the weekend, on Saturday 14th July 2012. So the prize for winning Aldenham’s Grand Prix was to try and match Bolly’s last report – tough act to follow – perhaps that put most people off travelling to the North London club with the largest regular 300 turnouts in the country – nothing about clashing with other events I assume. Note to Sam – Can we have an early season spot next year? I think there is a certain spot available!!!

Newcomer to the class, Allan Edwards was the sole, but very welcome visitor from Hawley Lake – making a dramatic entrance arriving 'sans boat and trailer' due to a blow-out several miles from the club – Luckily a spare was found and Allan managed to take to the water for the second race.

The weather didn’t disappoint, rain that has been predominant this year made a brief appearance, unfortunately the strong winds of this season failed to follow the norm, with a variable (what do you expect at ASC) F1-3.

Race one – After strong showings from John Moore and the granddaddy of the class Bazza Steel on the first lap, Jamie Carnague and Pete Ellis pulled away to duel the entire race. The lead changing hands at least six times until Jamie eventually secured the win, Bazza defying the years to take third.

Penalty turns on the first lap of race two for both Ellis and Carnague enabled Bazza to sprint away and notch an almost faultless win, never being troubled.

The variable wind direction was causing the PRO some problems, requiring the third change of course for the last race before the legendary 'all inclusive Aldenham cooked lunch'. This turned out to be a slightly shorter affair as the PRO was obviously feeling a tad peckish. Chief beneficiary was Ellis who secured his only win of the day, from Carnague and Bazza, John Moore showing great improvement to take his second fourth.

Race four saw yet another master class of alternative downwind strategy from Bazza, sailing around the early leaders to secure another trouble free win, with Ellis second and Edwards third. A rather petulant Carnague taking fourth – good job modern tiller extensions are made of carbon these days !! Obviously the copious portions of chilli was to the liking of Edwards, or he was at last coming to terms with the variable winds to post some great results using an A rig proving yet again the flexibility of the 300.

So with one race left, Bazza, Carnague and Ellis were on equal points – all to play for.

Attempting a port tack start, Carnague touched Ellis who unusually showed restraint, politely requested Jamie to do turns and sensed his chance... however Jamie after doing turns read the shifts (aka banged left and struck lucky) to lead at the first mark, never to be seen again and a worthy winner overall. Bazza pipping Ellis to take second on countback and Edwards fourth.

Credit to the other competitors, Dan Skinner, Marcus Flint and Jim Strother who are all showing great advances in mastering the 300.

So Jamie had the honour of writing the report – but being a carpenter, he’s only able to converse in 4 be 2, 6 be 4 and cider - left so promptly that he forgot his winner’s bottles of wine – my fee for penning the report mate!

Results:
RS300 Class Association website
Southern Spars - 100Wildwind 2016 660x82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best Eyewear

Related Articles

Severne Starboard Aloha Classic officially open
Last night all the American Windsurfing Tour riders, and some of the top PWA sailors, enjoyed a fantastic opening party. Last night all the American Windsurfing Tour riders, and some of the top PWA sailors, enjoyed a fantastic opening party and registration for the Aloha Classic at Adventure Sports Maui. Food, drinks, photos and lots of chat was the order of the evening, and this morning all with gather again at 9am for the official opening blessing.
Posted on 30 Oct 2014
AWT - PWA Finale 2014- Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - One day to go
The Severne Starboard Aloha Classic kicks off today, October 28th, with registration for the AWT and the opening party. The Severne Starboard Aloha Classic kicks off today, October 28th, with registration for the AWT and the opening party sponsored by Maui Ultra Fins from 6 until 8pm. The next morning will be the official blessing at Ho'okipa beach at 9am, followed straight away by an autograph signing with some of the biggest names from the world of windsurfing.
Posted on 28 Oct 2014
The 2014 Severne Starboard Aloha Classic is coming...
Over 100 riders have already registered and will compete against each other to become Aloha Classic Champions. Over 100 riders from more than 20 different countries have already registered and over the two weeks will compete against each other in the pro, amateur, master, grand master, youth and women's fleets for the honor of becoming the Aloha Classic Champions.
Posted on 23 Oct 2014
Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 - Title sponsors announced
Crewsaver will be the title sponsors of Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club is proud to announce South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club is proud to announce that Crewsaver will be the title sponsors of Abersoch Dinghy Week in 2014. Abersoch Dinghy week has a proven track record for providing the sailing holiday of the season. With plans already in place, 2014 it is set to be bigger and better than ever.
Posted on 10 Dec 2013
OK Dinghy World Rankings for December 2013
OK Dinghy World Ranking - Greg Wilcox (NZL) returns to the top of the final release for 2013 after another solid season. OK Dinghy World Ranking - Greg Wilcox (NZL) returns to the top of the final release for 2013 after another solid season. He climbs two places to retake the world number one position he last held in 2011. Nick Craig (GBR) remains in second while previous world No 1, Jørgen Svendsen (DEN), drops to third.
Posted on 9 Dec 2013
Jorgen Svendsen retains OK Dinghy World 2013 number one ranking
Jorgen Svendsen (DEN) has retained the World number one spot in the OK Dinghy World Rankings 2013 in Pattaya, Thailand. Jorgen Svendsen (DEN) retains the World number one spot in the OK Dinghy World Rankings Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. Svendsen was the best sailor over the last three races in Pattaya to move up to seventh overall, which was just enough to hold a scant three point lead over multiple world champion Nick Craig (GBR) in the World Ranking.
Posted on 25 Apr 2013
Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
Finn class work with the Dinghy Academy in Valencia to fund and train aspiring Olympians from developing Finn nations. The Finn class is very excited to announce a co-operation agreement with the Dinghy Academy in Valencia to fund and train aspiring Olympians from developing Finn nations. The class has committed to part fund the training of four sailors at the Dinghy Academy in 2013, with the intention this will continue through to 2016.
Posted on 7 Mar 2013
RYA Dinghy Show - Glanfield and Patience launch Rio 2016 campaign
Two-time Olympic silver medal-winning sailor Joe Glanfield is set to make his competitive comeback Two-time Olympic silver medal-winning sailor Joe Glanfield is set to make his competitive comeback, having been announced today as the man who will partner 2012 silver medallist Luke Patience in the quest for gold at Rio 2016.
Posted on 3 Mar 2013
RYA Dinghy Show - Images from Day 1
RYA Dinghy Show 2013 is currently underway at Alexandra Palace in London. Here are more images from Day 1 RYA Dinghy Show 2013 is currently underway at Alexandra Palace in London. Here are more images from Day 1
Posted on 3 Mar 2013
RYA Dinghy Show opens its doors this weekend!
RYA Dinghy Show - Alexandra Palace in London will be packed to the rafters with all things dinghy this weekend Alexandra Palace in London will be packed to the rafters with all things dinghy this weekend (02-03 March) when the RYA Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts and Yachting and Suzuki, opens its doors for 2013
Posted on 1 Mar 2013

 

 

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Overall

Jamie Carnague

509

1

2

2

4

1

1

Bazza Steel

525

3

1

3

1

4

2

Pete Ellis

500

2

3

1

2

3

3

Allan Edwards

356

DNS

5

6

3

2

4

Dan Skinner

374

4

6

5

5

5

5

John Moore

386

5

4

4

DNC

DNC

6

Marcus Flint

454

6

7

8

6

7

7

Jim Strother

406

7

8

7

7

6

8