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RS200 National Championships at Weymouth

by Debbie Darling on 23 Aug 2011
RS200 National Championship 2010 www.fotoboat.com
The TridentUK RS200 National Championships are taking place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy with an enormous 160 boat fleet. The fleet were treated to a sunny day and some rather light airs racing.

With the forecast predicting only four knots of breeze, the fleet were sent to the other side of the world (otherwise known as the far side of Weymouth bay) and following a long sail were rewarded with two races in an increasing breeze, with both helms and crews hiking by the end.

Race one saw a rather eager pathfinder start a minute early and then on the restart a rather eager fleet cause a pile up, but at the third attempt everyone got away on the gate start. The wind speed and direction was fluctuating across the race course giving it the appearance of a game of snakes and ladders, but Robbie Burns and Vicki Simpson proved to be the superior sailing family by edging out Ian and Chris Martin for the win, with past nationals winners Lee Sydenham and Jane Gilbert in third.

Race two started with a better breeze than the first, allowing the boat to be fully powered up for the first time in the day. Those starting late out of the gate and going right came out smelling of roses and it was the UK’s second best Cherub sailors Andy and Jill Peters who led for the first lap. However, Broadstairs’ finest Tim Ellis/Lucy Preston stormed past and pulled away for the win. The Peters had to settle for third in the end as Stu Bithel/Kate McGregor nicked in at the final mark to steal third.

With such a huge fleet in such light winds, there are plenty of protests to be heard. Forecast for tomorrow is more breeze and gallons of rain, which should be fun………

Sailed: 2, Discards: 0, To count: 2, Entries: 161, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Tally No

Division

Boat

SailNo

Helm

Crew

Club

R1
22/08/11 1200

R2
22/08/11 1200

R3
18/3/01 1200

Total

Nett

1st

133

Gold

RS200

1424

James Peters

Alan Roberts

Hayling Island Sailing Club

11.0

8.0

 

19.0

19.0

2nd

148

Gold

RS200

940

Dicken Maclean

Hannah Young

Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club

12.0

9.0

 

21.0

21.0

3rd

97

Gold

RS200

1254

Robbie Burns

Vicki Simpson

Largs Sailing Club

1.0

21.0

 

22.0

22.0

4th

1

Gold

RS200

1382

Thomas Morris

Emma Porteous

Hayling Island Sailing Club

13.0

14.0

 

27.0

27.0

5th

146

Silver

RS200

941

Mike Chapman

Lynne Ratcliffe

Bough Beech Sailing Club

22.0

6.0

 

28.0

28.0

6th

88

Gold

RS200

822

Edd Whitehead

Katy Nichol

Parkstone Yacht Club

25.0

4.0

 

29.0

29.0

7th

67

Gold

RS200

1258

Stuart Bithell

Kate MacGregor

Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

28.0

2.0

 

30.0

30.0

8th

130

Gold

RS200

1421

Frances Peters

Eilidh McIntyre

Hayling Island Sailing Club

9.0

23.0

 

32.0

32.0

9th

76

Gold

RS200

1328

Ben Saxton

Sophie Ainsworth

Grafham Water Sailing Club

8.0

26.0

 

34.0

34.0

10th

37

Gold

RS200

988

Ian Martin

Chris Martin

Burghfield Sailing Club

2.0

33.0

 

35.0

35.0


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