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RS400 Gul Grand Prix at Royal Windermere YC

by RS Class Association on 26 Apr 2012
RS400 Gul Grand Prix 2012 at Royal Windermere YC Royal Windermere YC
RS400 Gul Grand Prix and Bollé Northern Tour second round were held at Royal Windermere Yacht Club over the weekend of 21st and 22nd April 2012.

A good turnout of 18 boats came to the start line for the first race in very light and shifty conditions. Wayne and Deb Fletcher settled into the conditions and took a convincing win ahead of Paul Allen crewed by brother Mike, and Martin Cooper crewed by Alex Oyston. Race two, sailed in similar testing conditions saw Allen take the honours followed by Fletcher and Hamish Gledhill, crewed by Simon Dowse, in third place. The westerly breeze refused to play ball and downpours threatened most of the afternoon. Race three saw Fletcher back to winning ways while Cooper took second and Peter Snowdon, crewed by Pippa Fletcher, finished third.

Race four was the real talking point in the evening. Starting in a southwesterly breeze, which fell away to almost nothing, the wind then began to fill in from the northwest This left the fleet with two long fetches and a short run to the spreader mark! The race officer allowed the race to run it's full distance of three laps but Allen who was leading at the bottom gate and Snowdon, immediately behind him had lost count of the laps. These two boats started another lap while Fletcher calmly sailed for the line and a third win of the day. Dave Exley, crewed by Nigel Hall, and Gledhill also took advantage of the leaders mistake to take second and third respectively.

The usual excellent dinner was provided by the club on Saturday evening, and some folks went out on the town perhaps a little longer than they should have!

Sunday morning dawned with bright sunshine but little breeze. The forecast was not looking good, just 7mph forecast. However, the race officer took the fleet out and, as they sailed out to the race area the breeze began to fill in from the north building steadily to a force 2. Race five again saw Team Fletcher romp away with Exley finishing second and Gledhill third. Race six again saw Fletcher take line honours with Cooper second and Caroline Exley, crewed by Jude Allen, taking third place.

A seventh race sequence was started but abandoned as the breeze died away to nothing.

Wayne thanked the club for it's excellent hospitality, and the race officer for his skill and persistence in some very testing conditions.

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Pos

Sail No

Boat Name

Helm

Crew

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Pts

1st

1029

 

Wayne Fletcher

Deb Fletcher

Scaling Dam SC

1

-2

1

1

1

1

5

2nd

1135

 

Martin Cooper

Alex Oyston

Scaling Dam SC

3

5

2

7

-9

2

19

3rd

1186

 

David Exley

Nigel Hall

Leigh and Lowton SC

-6

6

5

2

2

4

19

4th

1014

 

Hamish Gledhill

Simon Dowse

West Riding SC

5

3

-6

3

3

6

20

5th

1395

Bang Bus

Paul Allen

Michael Allen

Leigh and Lowton SC

2

1

4

6

-10

9

22

6th

1216

 

Caroline Exley

Jude Allen

Leigh and Lowton SC

4

8

-11

9

6

3

30

7th

840

 

Peter Snowdon

Pippa Fletcher

Scaling Dam SC

-10

9

3

5

8

5

30

8th

725

 

Bill Kenyon

Ben Ditchburn

Budworth SC

7

4

-8

8

4

7

30

9th

1293

New Placebo

John Richardson

Alice Fisher

RWYC

-11

10

9

11

5

8

43

10th

929

Pendragon

John Whalley

Jenny Whalley

RWYC

8

11

7

-14

7

10

43

11th

1191

Louby Lou

Louise McKeand

Joe Hartigan

Leigh and Lowton SC

12

7

10

10

-13

12

51

12th

1345

 

Mike Adams

David Stedman

Bexhill SC

-14

12

12

4

14

11

53

13th

872

Breeze Block

Duncan Hodkinson

Ed Duncan

Glossop and District SC

9

13

13

12

11

-14

58

14th

509

Pink Pig

Darren Martin

Helen Jackson

RWYC

13

14

-15

13

12

13

65

15th

1001

-595

Richard Craig

Zena Martin

Bolton SC

16

15

14

16

-17

16

77

16th

1289

She's a Screamer

K Tickle

G Greenacre

Leigh and Lowton SC

15

16

16

(DNF)

15

15

77

17th

945

 

Tim Craig

Simon Hulme

Elton SC

-17

17

17

15

16

17

82

18th

773

The Charltonator

John Charlton

Sarah Bailey

RWYC

(DNC)

DNC

DNC

DNC

DNF

DSQ

95