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RS300, Europe and OK open meeting at Stokes Bay Sailing Club

by Emma Pearson 6 Sep 04:57 PDT 3-4 September 2022
RS300, Europe and OK open meeting at Stokes Bay © Emma Pearson

The jewel in the crown of the open meeting calendar

Campers began their arrival on Friday afternoon, making use of the back field and the Friday bar opening. This was the third time the open had been in the calendar, with the first two attempts cancelled with Covid, fuel crisis and or storms so both the club and competitors were keen to make the most of it!

Saturday's morning chorus as brought to you by the local Alverstoke avian choir made sure that no one overslept and that smiley Jo in the galley had a good breakfast run. The feather flags were up and the boat started to line the beach as the sun came out to away any muggy-morning cloud.

With local and legendary sage Derek as Race officer, three races for all fleets got away in a light south-westerly breeze, building to a medium wind by the third race. Race 2 was a little short as the aircraft carrier had to be towed in, leading to the tide having swung by race 3. There was no O-Flag just yet for the Europes (although it was hotly debated that it could come out) and the waves up in the Gilkicker/Darling Associates area of the racecourse did put in for some exciting surfing.

On our return to the shore with some very achy legs, local club members assisted with trollies and the beach mats to aid the haul up the shingle. At the tally-off point, drinks were available for each competitor which was a lovely relaxing touch to a fabulous bay-day.

Saturday dinner was Jo's Chilli with Sour Cream which was to-die-for! Even if there were no social, I would have had to sit for a good half hour for being so full! The evening activity was RS300 sailor Pete's "Intra-Fleet Games" - a hybrid of devilish pub quiz questions and a few party-game type challenges that we best tackled with much gusto... To the nearest baguette, how long is an aircraft carrier, again?

Sunday started off breezy and unusually grey for Stokes Bay. Another three races completed in expert timing and control from our race team. Cheryl in the RS300 pulled off some sterling port flyers and the Europes enjoyed the O-Flag, allowing pumping downwind in the playful Solent chop. The OKs looking like magnificent machines as the munched up the course, ducking and diving in their close racing.

Ashore, packing up the sunshine was no hardship in such a lovely location. The prize-giving was held on the lawn in glorious sunshine with prizes kindly sponsored by Rooster.

The club have loved hosting this event and hope to see all competitors and their families return for next year... if not before, for a cheeky winter membership.

Europe Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st417Steve CockerillStokes Bay Sailing Club‑1111115
2nd235Jason BelbenStokes Bay Sailing Club234‑54316
3rd381Sue OggNetley Saling Club‑72773221
4th415Hector CisnerosDatchet Water(UFD)5282623
5th331Ben HarrisWeston SC4433‑12923
6th411Lucy BorehamChichester yacht club5‑11646829
7th419Emma PearsonStokes Bay Sailing Club3610‑119432
8th361Olly HarrisWeston SC(UFD)78271135
9th418Gareth TweedleEmsworth SC10‑12965535
10th412Jeremy HartleySBSC9‑175911741
11th319Jonathan TweedleCastle Cove SC / RAFSA89‑1110101047
12th403George CrammondStaunton harold sailing club6‑131212131356
13th404Fiona TaylorLymington111613138(DNC)61
14th377Richard EagletonBexhill Sailing Club138‑1514151464
15th351Richard MajorGWSC12141415(UFD)1267
16th416Luke LazellSwanage / Uryc1410‑1616141569
17th151Mark SwallowTudor Sailing Club16‑181817161683
18th145alan robinsonsevern sc151517(DNC)DNCDNC89
19th222Ben TudorPapercourt SC17191918(RET)DNC94
20th122Giles HortonHawley Lake(DNC)2020DNCDNC1799

OK Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st11Andy DavisSouth Staffs1111‑215
2nd2264Jim HuntSouth Staffs Sailing Club‑32233212
3rd1Russell ClarkRNSA/Stokes Bay SC‑63354318
4th87Paul ChildsHISC74721(RET)21
5th73Patric MureBurghfield SC254(UFD)5521
6th218Ed BradburnSouth Staffs4(UFD)546423
7th2252Tony WoodsGlossop S.C576‑88733
8th2104Charlie MaunderHighcliffe Sailing Club911‑12107845
9th2042Richard BurtonSouth Cerney(DNC)887UFD647
10th2185Thomas SouthwellLee on the solent101011612(RET)49
11th2188Robert BellfieldWaldringfield SC8(UFD)1011101251
12th16Gavin SharpStokes Bay SC12614(UFD)11952
13th2176Keith ByersMorecambe Sailing Club119‑139131153
14th17Dave BourneHerne Bay(DNC)UFD9DNC91064
15th58mary reddyhoffParkstone YC(DNC)1215DNCDNCDNC81
16th2142Ian JaySutton Bingham SC13(UFD)16DNCDNCDNC83
17th2217Will CroxfordSouth Staffs SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC90

RS300 Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st556Peter MackinStokes Bay21(UFD)1116
2nd544David AcresEmsworth1‑3132310
3rd524Matt SargentEmsworth SC and ASA‑42223211
4th351Rob FordAlton water5544‑6523
5th537Chris Brooks ‑87564426
6th519Thomas Moore 66655(DNC)28
7th520Luke SouthEmsworth Sailing Club343(RET)DNCDNC32
8th335Philip UnderwoodCotswold99877(RET)40
9th395Ben HeppenstallWhitefriars SC7878(DNC)DNC41
10th532Cheryl WoodPennine SC10(UFD)RET98644

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