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2021 RS400 Inland Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Sam Waller 20 Oct 08:09 PDT 3-4 October 2021
RS400 start - RS400 Inland Championships 2021 © Paul Sanwell / OP Photography

The wet and windy forecast did its best to put off the 24 RS400s that attended the 2021 Inlands. The wind did not disappoint, but the Saturday could have done with a little more sun and a lot less rain!

Saturday had three races on an outer trapezoid course with a SSE wind which began with a moderate breeze which built throughout the day and as the rain came.

Barrie Thornton and Nick Hunt (I think) had a stint at the front of the pack as they played the shifts well in the final quarter of the first beat as boats got closer to the shore. However, unsurprisingly race one went to Nick Craig and Toby Lewis, with Jack Holden and Rob Henderson in second.

Race two the wind had built and it got very sendy going down wind! Ollie Grove and Sam Waller had the pace from the off and led from start to finish with Barrie and Nick not too far behind.

Race three was tight at the front with the top six not far from one another on the first lap and Ollie and Sam managed to pull away from the rest of the fleet. Unfortunately for them their spinnaker halyard snapped on the first lap and so they had a mission trying to keep in front of the trailing pack of boats. This race was very much swings and roundabouts as the breeze had built further and many boats went for a swim on the final downwind leg, leaving places for the taking!

By this point Nick and Toby, Jack and Rob, and Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman were way ahead of the fleet and could enjoy the blast to the finish line (which wasn't always possible to lay with the kite up).

Saturday evening was enjoyed with a few pints, nice food and as always pleasant company. Sunday started off with gentle winds which had shifted to the SW but we were fortunate to see the sun (the wind also built throughout the day). Boats that had breakages from the day before were fixed and ready to go! Race four Nick and Toby won but had a fight on their hands with Ollie and Sam with a few tacking battles throughout the race. Jack and Rob were never too far behind either so both teams had to be careful not to slow one another down too much.

Race five Ollie and Sam thought they had won only to find they were UFD and the hard work to keep in front of Jack and Rob was lost.

Race six was back to normal with Nick and Toby showing their dominance with another well-earned victory, by this point it was quite windy again and boats further down the fleet were making big gains if they stayed upright!

Thanks to the RO for great courses and Rooster for sponsoring the event. We're looking forward to a great turnout at the Harken RS End of Seasons, the final event on our RS400 Rooster National Tour, 6-7 Nov at Rutland SC. Online entry here:

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1500Nick CraigToby LewisBurghfield/Lee on Solent1‑311216
2nd1505Jack HoldenRob HendersonArun YC2‑6231311
3rd1316Oliver GrovesSam WallerBeaver SC6152(UFD)216
4th1460Dave ExleyAlistair CoatesLeigh & Lowton SC‑97473425
5th1283Chris PicklesMatt SharmanBassenthwaite SC553‑127525
6th1376Sam KnightChris BownesBartley SC44‑1346725
7th1456Barrie ThorntonNick HuntScaling Dam SC32(DNC)891133
8th1449Jamie CalderKeith BedboroughDalgety Bay SC‑1188115638
9th1235Sam PickeringEmily HeathChase/Itchenor SC1291154(DNC)41
10th1465Jon WillarsKayleigh RobertsWelton SC71099‑12843
11th1444Chris CattChris MartinNetley SC10(DNS)12610947
12th1340Stuart HarrisAndrew SticklandBanbury SC13116‑18171360
13th1437Danny BoatmanLee BoatmanSunderland YC‑1513141581060
14th1518Ben WilliamsonCharlie TicehurstRipon SC141271613(DNC)62
15th1053Jamie MorganAnna‑Louise GlendenningRutland SC16141017‑191471
16th1362Thomas ParkhurstBen WilletBeaver SC/Stokes Bay‑23211614111274
17th1435Matthew SheahanEllie SheahanWarsash SC1818(DNC)20151586
18th932Jonathan LyeKaren HaslamNotts County SC19171513(RET)DNC98
19th1513Neil ParkhurstIan ParkhurstBeaver SC2219(RET)21201698
20th1519Steven BroomfieldJenni LewisLymington Town SC2120(DNC)22181798
21st1481Howard FarbrotherLouise HoskenLymington Town SC8(DNC)DNC1014DNC100
22nd1516John HobsonMatt ReynoldsNotts County SC2016(DNS)1916DNC105
23rd1272Andy WilcoxHannah WilcoxCam SC1715(DNS)DNCDNCDNC134
24th1184David RyderMichelle RyderIsland Barn SC(DNC)RETDNS23DNCDNC159
25th1479Mick WhitmoreSarah WhitmoreEastbourne Sovereign SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC170
25th1382Andrew HuntMatt HuntEastbourne Sovereign SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC170
25th1503Peter SnowdonLouise CarrShoreham SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC170
25th1123Carl WhiteheadCarol MilnerFiley SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC170
25th1509Caroline WhitehouseTrisha ClancyStarcross YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC170
25th1428Wayne FletcherMartin CooperN/A(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC170
25th1493Geoff HoldenBernice HoldenLocks SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC170
25th1163Greg AldredMark HiltonGlossop SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC170
25th1051Ben HazeldineGeorge BridgeFrensham Pond SC(DSQ)DSQDNCDNCDNCDNC170

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