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RS400 GUL Grand Prix at Bartley SC

by Debbie Darling on 19 Apr 2012
RS400 GUL Grand Prix 2012 at Bartley SC Debbie Degge
RS400 GUL Grand Prix was held at Bartley Sailing Club, its first RS400 event, on the 15th April 2012 and was met with a great turnout of 19 entries, 10 of whom were club members.

The cool northerly breeze blowing a across the lake presented the OD with a few challenges and the sailors with some gusty, shift conditions.

The first race started on time and rooky RS400 sailor Adam Whitehouse lead round the windward mark and for the first two laps. The wind quickly shifted and increased leaving the course skewed with and some entertaining sailing. Nick Craig crept into first position, followed by Jasper Barnham and Mike Hart. Craig capsized at the leeward mark but managed to hold his position. In the penultimate lap, Mike Hart’s toe strap broke to leave him being over taken by Caroline Whitehouse.

The OD squared up the course for the second race which was still very gusty and shifty but lead to less position changing and Nick Craig lead with Jasper Barnham second and Mike Hart third.


After lunch and the third race was held in calmer winds. Nick Craig lead from the start with Caroline Whitehouse second and Mike Hart chasing her down in third. Howard Eeles started at the back of the fleet and managed to get into fifth position with some skilled downwind sailing bringing him through the fleet.


The final race saw a keen fleet needing to be general recalled due to a massive clump of boats over at the pin end. In the subsequent start Nick Craig did turns on the start line which left him at the back of the fleet. Caroline Whitehouse lead for one lap but was soon to be hunted down by Nick Craig who again showed his excellent downwind ability to come through from the back. The battle for overall second commenced between Barnham and Whitehouse with places changing in the last two laps. James George who had a day of gear failure ended up splitting them with Craig first, Whitehouse second, George third and Barnham fourth.

The endeavour prize was awarded to Amber Brown and Simon Butts for having never sailed together before and completing all races in the highest position.

Thanks from the fleet to the OD’s Dorion Roe and Mike Gibson and the rescue crews for a great day!

Results:

1

1383

Nick Craig

Toby Lewis

Frensham Pond

1

1

1

1

4

2

1379

Caroline Whitehouse

Sam Pickering

Bartley

3

4

2

2

7

3

1275

Jasper Barnham

Graham Sexton

Snetisham Beach

2

2

4

4

8

4

1082

Mike Hart

Sally Killpatrick

Port Dinorwick

5

3

3

5

11

5

1296

Howard Eeles

James Griffiths

Bartley

7

5

5

6

16

6

561

Sam Knight

Tony Cliffe

Bartley

9

6

6

7

19

7

1380

Derek Campbell

Guy Mason

Bartley

11

7

7

8

22

8

946

Mark Blackham

Rob Slack

Chase / Bartley

8

9

8

10

25

9

854

Chris Brown

Jamie Brown

Weston

Dsq

12

10

9

31

10

550

Amber Brown

Simon Butts

Weston/ Bartley

14

11

9

11

31

11

1201

Neil Peacock

Sue Peacock

Bartley

10

10

11

12

31

12

826

Adam Whitehouse

Chris Barley

Weirwood/Bartley

4

8

Rtd

Dnc

32

13

556

Mike Whitehouse

Karen

Whitehouse

Chelmarsh/ Salcombe

13

13

12

13

38

14

1344

James George

Izzy Mitchell

Queen Mary

DNF

DNS

DNF

3

43

15

767

Jeremy Shinton

Gary Russam

Bartley

6

DNS

DNS

DNS

46

16

1205

Ian Sumner

John Russell

Bartley

DNF

14

13

DNF

47

17

1165

Lyndon Gamersil

Gareth Shiers

Bartley

12

DNS

DNS

DNS

52

18

1118

Richard Domoney

Sarah Kemp

 

15

DNS

DNS

DNS

55

19

1339

Mark Reddington

Colin State

Bartley

RTD

DNS

DNS

DNS

60





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