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RS400 Winter Championship at Grafham Water SC

by Debbie Darling on 15 Mar 2012
RS400 Winter Championship 2012 at Grafham SC Mike Shaw
RS400 Winter Championship was held at Grafham Water SC over the weekend of 10th and 11th March 2012. The weather was brisk and above the forecasted 12 knots for the first start which saw many boats dropping their rigs back in anticipation of a windy day.

Race one saw a big shift on the first leg to the left giving quite and advantage, this however was not enough to prevent Craig rounding first ahead of the Allens. The rest of the pack was tight behind with Dave Ex 1275 and the Fletchers and 1139 close behind. In true specky form Nick jumped on to a gust pulling half a leg ahead by the leeward mark. Lap two saw a procession begin with the top six all playing for positions two-seven with Nick way out in front. The Fletchers had a near miss down wind causing them to capsize.

Race two began with strong pressure which favoured the left of the course and quickly saw the pressure drop levying large holes in the wind. Nick again did his magic with the Allens in second.

Race three Dave Ex rounded first, got passed by Specky on the first downwind and by the Allens on the last run to the finish. The rest of the pack fought hard to find pressure particularly on the last run where the wind had dropped to about 10 knots.

In race four, 1275 rounded in the top with Craig the Allens and Mr Ex once again showing that Leigh and Lowtons winter series had trained the boys very well. 1275 sadly could not hold on to the pack and found themselves slipping down the numbers. 1298, once again Nick Craig finished first with the Allens in second.

With four races done in one day many people were suffering from the hard hiking and licking their wounds from the pasting that 'team Leigh and occupying positions two-four' and Craig had delivered.

Sunday brought a well received light breeze with clear skies and sunshine. Race five began with a dying five knot breeze which heavily favoured the right but eventually say the usual boys rise to the top. It did however deliver some very colourful shouting for all to hear as a small commission at the final leward mark put the Allens in to three.

A good weekend had by all with most learning the hard lesson that unless your Nick Craig then sailing all winter does pay dividends! It was very nice to finish in hot 18 degree sunshine worrying about sunburn as your packing up in early March.

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Rank

Sail
No

Helm
Name

Crew
Name

Club

R1
   

R2
   

R3
   

R4
   

R5
   

Total

 Nett

1st

1383

Nick Craig

Toby Lewis

Frensham SC

(1.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

5.0

4.0

2nd

1395

Paul Allen

Jude Allen

Leigh+Lowton SC

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

(7.0)

15.0

8.0

3rd

1186

Dave Exley

Rich Brown

Leigh+Lowton Sailing Club

5.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

(6.0)

20.0

14.0

4th

1298

Martin Parker

Liam Parker

Leigh+Lowton SC

3.0

5.0

(6.0)

4.0

5.0

23.0

17.0

5th

1275

Jasper Barnham

Graham Sexton

Snettisham Beach SC

(8.0)

6.0

5.0

5.0

3.0

27.0

19.0

6th

1014

Hamish Gledhill

Simon Dowse

West Riding Sailing Club

4.0

4.0

4.0

7.0

(9.0)

28.0

19.0

7th

1139

James George

Izzi Mitchell

Queen Mary Sailing Club

6.0

8.0

7.0

8.0

(11.0)

40.0

29.0

8th

1029

Wayne Fletcher

Deb Fletcher

Scaling Dam

(13.0)

7.0

9.0

6.0

8.0

43.0

30.0

9th

1325

Joan Cooper

Becci Wigley

Lymington TSC

11.0

(20.0 DNF)

8.0

9.0

10.0

58.0

38.0

10th

1263

Chris Bailey

Jane Bailey

 

9.0

9.0

10.0

10.0

(20.0 DNC)

58.0

38.0

11th

725

Bill Kenyon

Ben Ditchburn

Budworth SC

12.0

11.0

(13.0)

12.0

4.0

52.0

39.0

12th

840

Peter Snowdon

Pippa Fletcher

Scaling Dam

10.0

10.0

11.0

(16.0)

13.0

60.0

44.0

13th

854

Dave Rickard

Chris Brown

Weston SC

(20.0 OCS)

16.0

17.0

11.0

2.0

66.0

46.0

14th

1313

Emmet Ryan

James Ryan

Royal St George Yacht Club

7.0

13.0

(18.0)

13.0

14.0

65.0

47.0

15th

1340

Sam Neil

Neil Cooney

GWSC

14.0

12.0

12.0

(15.0)

12.0

65.0

50.0

16th

964

Emma Johnstone

Pip Johnstone

Locks Sailing Club

(15.0)

14.0

14.0

14.0

15.0

72.0

57.0

17th

852

Mourice Barnes

Sam Wilford

Hollowell Sailing Club

16.0

15.0

15.0

(18.0)

17.0

81.0

63.0

18th

1240

Simon Read

Eleanor Read

Lee on Solent Sailing Club

17.0

17.0

16.0

17.0

(18.0)

85.0

67.0

19th

809

Tom Osorio

Zoe Osorio

Ulswater YC

(20.0 DNC)

20.0 DNC

20.0 DNC

20.0 DNC

16.0

96.0

76.0