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RS200 Winter Championships season start at Northampton SC

by RS Association on 3 Mar 2011
RS200 Winter Championships www.fotoboat.com
RS200 Winter Championships season kicked off with the first Gul Grand Prix event at Northampton Sailing Club. The small quality fleet assembled on February 26th and 27th featured some highly variable wind. The fleet contained several new faces and a fair few 470 Olympic hopefuls.

Saturday started very wet, muddy and with most of the fleet looking at a calm Pitsford thinking windguru’s forecast of 12 knots gusting 25-30 knots was well wide of the mark. Race one of course saw the first general recall of the season in 10-12 knots but once the race got underway it soon became clear it was not a day to lead downwind as the wind was becoming erratic with very local areas of real extra pressure.

Pete Vincent/Suzie Proctor, James/Will Rusden and Ben Ainsworth/Rach Williamson all had turns in the lead before Richard and Paru Edwards looked like they were going to make a winning return to 200’s. James and Eluned Stewart though found a gust from heaven on the final run to sail round the outside and win from the Edwards and the Rusden’s.

Then the fun really started, whilst the mean wind stayed around 14-16 knots there were real long pulses of proper main flogging wind up the beats and some great downwind action with some very lively leeward marks. Stu Bithell/Kate MacGregor had disappeared into a huge lead in race two but had a very wet leeward mark. Their lead had been so good they righted boat just before James Peters/Alan Roberts passed them only for their main halyard to break on the next beat leaving Peters/Roberts to win from the Rusden’s and Wayne/Debs Fletcher. The wind got even more feisty for race three but the same two boats were 1.2 again this time with Ally Catt/Chris Martin third.


Then it was ashore in time for a hot shower, watch England stuff the French and eat the excellent value meal laid on by Northampton SC – yes it was a good day particularly if you were called James.

Sunday and the weather really was being a little mean as the beautiful early morning lulled many to leave layers ashore. Race four in a much more steady ten knots was led from mark one to the finish by Wayne and Debbie Fletcher from Peters/Roberts and Johnny McGovern/Sarah Williams. Race five in lighter breeze with cold drizzle now setting in was perhaps the closest of the championship with all the leading boats closely packed at the front. The Rusden’s just won from Peters/Roberts and the Stewarts.

This left things very finely balanced going into the final race but the black flag removed Peters and the Stewarts at the first mark. Nick Charles/Roz Allen and David Giles/Fiona Clark had a close tussle before they finished in that order but overall victory hinged on where the Rusden’s were going to finish and their fifth place gave them overall victory by a point.

Juliet Charles and Alice Kingsnorth won the silver division with an excellent fifteenth overall with Sarah Tuppen and James Williams of Royal Harwich won the bronze division.

The next Gul Grand Prix event is at Bristol CYC on April 9th and 10th.

RS 200 Winters - Saturday Feburary 26th and Sunday February 27th 2011

Northampton Sailing Club

Results as of 9:41 on February 28, 2011

Overall

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 40, Scoring system: RS 2011 (N.B. Series tie will need to be broken by hand)

Rank Tally SailNo HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett Notes
1st 17 1393 James Rusden Will Rusden Highcliffe 3.0 2.0 2.0 (11.0) 1.0 5.0 24.0 13.0  
2nd 31 1424 James Peters Alan Peters Hayling Island SC 8.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 (41.0 OCS) 55.0 14.0  
3rd 35 1411 Luke Patience Christian Birell Hollingworth Lake SC 6.0 4.0 (20.0) 4.0 3.0 3.0 40.0 20.0  
4th 2 1203 James Stewart Eluned Stewart Weston 1.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 4.0 (41.0 OCS) 64.0 23.0  
5th 1 1231 David Giles Fiona Clark Weir Wood SC 5.0 16.0 5.0 5.0 (24.0) 2.0 57.0 33.0  
6th 34 658 Jonny McGovern Sarah Williams Port Dinorwic (41.0 DNF) 8.0 14.0 3.0 6.0 4.0 76.0 35.0  
7th 23 1015 Wayne Fletcher Deb Fletcher Scaling Dam 12.0 3.0 15.0 1.0 (19.0) 6.0 56.0 37.0  
8th 27 584 Nick Charles Roz Allen Netley SC 11.0 (15.0) 7.0 13.0 5.0 1.0 52.0 37.0  
9th 18 1031 Chris Catt Ally Martin Burghfield 14.0 7.0 3.0 9.0 10.0 (16.0) 59.0 43.0  
10th 13 617 Ian Sharps Ellie Martin Burghfield 10.0 14.0 4.0 8.0 (17.0) 10.0 63.0 46.0  
11th 10 640 Dave Steed Katharine Lovering Burghfield SC 4.0 (20.0) 10.0 16.0 11.0 13.0 74.0 54.0  
12th 15 1421 Frances Peters Tom Partington Hayling Island SC 15.0 9.0 (16.0) 12.0 7.0 12.0 71.0 55.0  
13th 4 1258 Stu Bithell Kate MacGregor Poole YC 17.0 5.0 (41.0 DNF) 19.0 12.0 7.0 101.0 60.0  
14th 19 1301 Pete Vincent Suzie Procter BCYC 9.0 21.0 8.0 21.0 9.0 (22.0) 90.0 68.0  
15th 33 953 Juliet Charles Alice Kingsnorth RYA 23.0 13.0 12.0 14.0 (29.0) 8.0 99.0 70.0  
16th 38 1452 Arthur Henderson Rob Henderson Salcombe YC (25.0) 12.0 11.0 15.0 15.0 17.0 95.0 70.0  
17th 12 1029 Christian Humphrey Sam Childs Datchet (30.0) 11.0 9.0 24.0 20.0 19.0 113.0 83.0  
18th 14 1164 Emma Johnson Justin Deal Burghfield 13.0 18.0 13.0 17.0 (28.0) 28.0 117.0 89.0  
19th 21 831 Thomas Wright Caroline Sutton-Reid Hollingworth Lake SC 16.0 19.0 18.0 (26.0) 22.0 15.0 116.0 90.0  
20th 3 1230 Richard Edwards Paul Edwards Parkstone YC 2.0 10.0 (41.0 DNF) 25.0 16.0 41.0 DNC 135.0 94.0  
21st 39 1170 Ben Ainsworth Rach Williamson Parkway Pirates 7.0 (41.0 DNF) 41.0 DNF 27.0 8.0 11.0 135.0 94.0  
22nd 24 1161 Jane Olive Darren McNamara BCYC 22.0 (28.0) 22.0 7.0 26.0 18.0 123.0 95.0  
23rd 5 792 Maia Walsh Peter Bentley Cardiff YC 24.0 (27.0) 27.0 18.0 14.0 14.0 124.0 97.0  
24th 11 760 Neil Barrett Sophie Jones Yorkshire Dales SC 19.0 17.0 19.0 (23.0) 21.0 21.0 120.0 97.0  
25th 20 1256 Louise McKeand Cathy Partington Leigh & Lowton 18.0 (33.0) 26.0 10.0 25.0 20.0 132.0 99.0  
26th 7 1010 Steve Restall Judy Restall Downs SC 20.0 25.0 (41.0 DNF) 20.0 13.0 23.0 142.0 101.0  
27th 40 1146 Matt Greenfield David Rolfe Littleton SC 21.0 22.0 (41.0 DNF) 22.0 31.0 9.0 146.0 105.0  
28th 16 770 Luke Pepper Katie Goodchild Hykeham SC 28.0 24.0 17.0 (33.0) 30.0 24.0 156.0 123.0  
29th 6 1154 Sarah Tuppen James Williams Royal Harwich YC 26.0 31.0 31.0 (41.0 DNS) 18.0 29.0 176.0 135.0  
30th 37 964 Anthony York Glenn Rogers Northampton SC (34.0) 26.0 21.0 31.0 32.0 30.0 174.0 140.0  
31st 32 975 Harry Turner Pete Nelson Northampton SC (35.0) 29.0 25.0 28.0 33.0 26.0 176.0 141.0  
32nd 22 1263 Julian Bradley Renata Sapazinskaite Wembley SC 29.0 23.0 28.0 (41.0 DNS) 34.0 31.0 186.0 145.0  
33rd 28 1317 Jack Holden Ollie Miller Arun YC 27.0 (41.0 DNF) 23.0 32.0 23.0 41.0 DNC 187.0 146.0  
34th 25 794 Nicholas Smith Brian Smith Bowmoor SC 31.0 32.0 29.0 29.0 (35.0) 25.0 181.0 146.0  
35th 29 786 Joe Hunt Steve Clayton RUYC 32.0 30.0 24.0 (41.0 DNS) 27.0 41.0 DNC 195.0 154.0  
36th 9 685 Gary Livingstone Hannah Livingstone Northampton SC 33.0 34.0 30.0 30.0 (36.0) 27.0 190.0 154.0  
37th 26 829 Adam Chubbock Henry Durman Arun YC 38.0 35.0 (41.0 DNF) 35.0 38.0 33.0 220.0 179.0  
38th 36 252 Nicola Holden Emma York Northampton SC 36.0 (41.0 DNF) 41.0 DNC 34.0 37.0 32.0 221.0 180.0  
39th 30 682 Josh Bennett Joel Wakefield Rotherham SC 37.0 (41.0 DNF) 41.0 DNC 37.0 39.0 41.0 DNC 236.0 195.0  
40th 8 1079 James Russell Lauren Russell Alton Water (41.0 DNF) 41.0 DNC 41.0 DNC 36.0 41.0 DNC 41.0 DNC 241.0 200.0

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