James Peters and Ollie Spensley-Corfield were worthy winners of the RS500 National Championship crown and 1st Youth prize; whilst second overall went to David Giles and Colin Hatton.
The final day of the 2008 Gul RS500 National Championships dawned bright & breezy at Netley Sailing Club. After a 15 minute postponement whilst the fleet watched Ben Ainslie achieve his third Gold medal the race officer produced another set of great races for this up & coming fleet.
Andy & Liz Palmer-Felgate could only sail the Sunday of the championship & they benefited from being fit & fresh. They rounded 1st at the windward mark with James Peters & Ollie Spensley-Corfield & David Giles crewed by Colin Hatton hot on their tail. Peters eventually overhauled Palmer-Felgate on the 2nd run whilst Mike Saul & Sophie Hartley overtook Giles only to loose it again downwind. The final positions were Peters in 1st, Palmer-Felgate 2nd & Giles 3rd.
The wind increased again for race 9 with 20 knot gusts. Peters, Giles & Alex Taylor crewed by Bryan Mobbs tussled all the way round but it was the final run which proved decisive. After Taylor & Peters fought a gybing duel it was Taylor who struggled to drop the kite in a gust allowing Peters to retain the lead & the championship with a race to spare. Giles snatched 2nd with Taylor having to settle with 3rd.
Race 10 started in 20 knots but increased even more. Giles, Taylor, Saul & Tim Wilkins crewed by Jordan Rumsby battled at the front of the fleet but again places were not secure until the very end. Giles held the lead to the finish with Taylor close behind. Both Saul & then Wilkins capsized at the final mark allowing Matt Johnson & Tom Weatherhead through to take 3rd & so secure 4th overall.
An exhilarating and exhausting three days sailing culminated in a well deserved National Champion and worthy runners up. James Peters (fresh from his ISAF World Youth Championship win) and Ollie Spensley- Corfield were worthy winners of the Championship crown & 1st Youth prize; whilst 2nd overall went to David Giles & Colin Hatton who also won the 1st Masters prize.
1st Lady Crew went to Sophie Hartley in 6th place with Anita Di Iasio from Italy the 1st Lady Helm in 9th place.
So doesn’t this prove that the RS500 is a boat suitable for all!
Many thanks to Netley Sailing Club who made us extremely welcome and provided a great venue for our 2nd national championship . RS500 - Final Leading Results:
1st James Peters & Ollie Spensley-Corfield 9 pts
2nd David Giles & Colin Hatton 17 pts
3rd Alex Taylor & Bryan Mobbs 19 pts
4th Matt Johnson & Tom Weatherhead 37 pts
5th Tim Wilkins & Jordan Rumsby 40 pts
6th Mike Saul & Sophie Hartley 41 pts