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RS200 Salcombe Gin RS Summer Regatta at Royal Torbay Yacht Club

by Claudia Wilson 29 Jun 04:37 PDT 26-27 June 2021
Salcombe Gin RS Summer Regatta ©

The sun was shining and the wind was gently blowing - a stark contrast to what the fleet endured in 2019 when they last visited Torbay. It was great to catch up with everyone after so long apart and before long the stellar organisation of RTYC got the fleet out and onto the water.

Race 1 started, in true RS200 fashion, with a general recall. With crews crouched in the boat both upwind and downwind, the winners were those who found the pressure on the left and kept moving. Chris Webber and Nicola Large started off the event with an impressive win.

Race 2 was all about the fight for the pin end, with Morgan Peach and Amy Sparks winning the pin and holding an impressive lead throughout the race - unfortunately for them, they were one of three who were UFD, giving Tom and Jo Hewitson the win.

The third and final race of the day saw more battles for the pin and the fleet hitting the left hard in search for pressure. Arran Holman and Laerke Buhl-Hansen gave the fleet a lesson in downwind sailing, taking the win in the final race of the day to ultimately win the event.

Being the closest fleet to the shore and the first to finish meant a short sail back to the harbour, missing the carnage of the 100 other boats coming to shore and most importantly, allowing the fleet to be in the bar before many had even got off the water.

Much of the fleet enjoyed the top class hospitality of the yacht club in the evening with dinner and drinks. The Cornish contingent decided to take it one step further, and in homage to the socials at the nationals in 2019 they were in Park Lane until the early hours of the morning.

Sunday greeted us to pouring rain and screaming halyards. The great race team at RTYC kept standing around in the rain to a minimum and called a meeting of class representatives to see what the sailors thought of the conditions. Victoria Upton sensibly represented the class (although many were itching to get out for a blast downwind). Ultimately, local knowledge paid off and with an increasing sea state and wind, couple with decreasing visibilty the race team reluctantly cancelled the racing but a few brave sailors donned their wetsuits and went out for a blast!

A brilliant weekend was had by all, the fleet thanks the club and sponsors and looks forward to returning to racing at the Rooster National Tour event at HISC in a few weeks time!

Prize winners:

1st - Arran Holman and Laerke Buhl-Hansen (Hollowell SC)
2nd - Chris Webber and Nicola Large (Pevensey Bay SC)
3rd - Andrew Kilburn and Claudia Wilson (Lymington Town SC / Rickmansworth SC)
4th - Tom Goodey and Richard Thomas (Broadstairs SC)
5th - Olly Turner and Sam Mottershead (Starcross YC)
Rooster mid fleet heroes David Jessop and Sophie Mear
Rooster Endeavour winners Oliver King and Zoe Nieveen

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1611Arran HolmantbcHollowell2215
2nd16Chris WebberNicola LargePevensey Bay SC18514
3rd1378Andrew KilburnClaudia WilsonLymington Town SC46616
4th1698Tom GoodeyRichard ThomasBroadstairs SC114318
5th1667Olly TurnerSam MottersheadStarcross YC87823
6th964Chris ThomasVerity HopkinsBroadstairs SC6111027
7th1625Tom HewitsonJo HewitsonHISCUFD1231
8th1536Jamie HarrisEllen MainWessex SC1391133
9th162Henry HallamAshley HillSt Mawes SCUFD3435
10th719James DowrickAbi BentleyPorthpean SC/RFYC3141835
11th1445Pete VincentElysia DooleySlandered SC5131735
12th805Andrew BrierleyLarissa ConnabeerRoyal Torbay YC10101636
13th1659David JessopSophie MearHISC12121539
14th1069Isaac MarshFresh AbendsternNorthampton SCRET5942
15th211James MorsonFiona HarringtonWest Kirby SC7UFD742
16th361Grant BoorerJonathan CarrStarcross YC9151943
17th1684Amy BoyleRoisin O'HalloranSt Mawes SC15171345
18th609Merrick StanleyVictoria UptonLlandegfedd/Exe SC19161247
19th817Sophie RavenSam StewardExe SC/Brading Haven YC16182054
20th840Torrin BlazebyElla MarstonWest Kirby SC22192162
21st1243Paddy JefferiesCelia HansellItchenor SC17202663
22nd1080Rose HallamBenjamin MarsdenSt Mawes SC21212264
23rd1123Harry HouldingNicole AmesGallants SC14UFD2466
24th594Kyle BrownBarrie PhypersRestronguet SC1822UFD68
25th712Alexander DaviesSitara BartleLeigh & Lowton SC20242569
26th1577Oliver KingZoe NieveenWessex SC23232369
27th1722Morgan PeachAmy SparksRoyal Torbay YCDSQUFD1470

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