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Rope4Boats RS400 Inland Championships at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Jamie Calder 5 Oct 02:59 PDT 1-2 October 2022
Rope4Boats RS400 Inland Championships at Grafham © Paul Sanwell / OPP

The RS400 Inland Championships kick started with sailors rocking up to the club to find glamour conditions awaiting them on the water. It looked like it was not only going to be a big day with strong winds, but the race officer hinted at running a fourth race in the fear of losing races on Sunday due to a light forecast.

The fleet of excited sailors hit the water, to find the conditions were as exciting as they looked. The first two races had some full-on gusts, hitting 25 knots according to the wind readings on the clubhouse.

A special mention has to be made to the fleet legends Stewart and Sarah Robertson who were first to the windward mark in the second race showing the younger sailors how it is done - full respect!

The breeze seemed to be converging consistently off the shore on left hand side of the beat, with some shifts and opportunities to be made along the way. The downwind was a game of snacks and ladders. Connecting the pressure was a necessity to hop on the escalator accelerating you down to the gate.

Another special mention has to go to Hamish Gledhill and Ross Southwell who were pushing it to the limits on their gybes downwind only to have a spectacular wipeout in race two.

The breeze reduced very slightly for the third, and the race officer seized the opportunity of the champagne conditions and fired into the fourth race of the day. Fair to say there were some very tired sailors once we hit the shore.

As always, the best way to recover after a physical day on the water, in the RS400 class, was a cup of tea swiftly followed several pints. The Saturday evening involved catching up with old friends, joining in on the RS800s and RS200s games and finishing the night off at the mighty Wheatsheaf.

Sam Knight and Chris Bownes had the best day of the fleet scoring an impressive four race wins. In joint second was Oliver Groves with Esther Parkhurst and Jamie 'Boy Wonder' Calder and Keith 'Silver fox' Bedborourgh. Close behind were Stewart and Sarah Robertson.

Sunday Morning began with glorious sunshine, 18 degrees and 7-12knots of wind - more than forecast. It was as if summer had not yet finished, certainly from the Scottish perspective. The conditions presented patchy breeze and shifty conditions for the racing, making it a head out the boat kind of day. It was still all to play for.

Although Sam and Chris had made a comfortable lead on points, they were OCS in the first race of the day leaving the title still open in the final race. Groves and Parkhurst battled it out with Boy wonder and silver fox throughout the 2 races. Although it was Ollie and Esther that took the race wins.

Close racing was had throughout the fleet over the two races. It looked like a close battle between Jacob Ainsworth and Kayleigh Roberts with Christopher Eames and Rachel Tilley in the first race of the day. Race two appeared to have equally as tight racing with Howie Farbrother and Louise Hosken storming through the fleet taking a third followed closely by Gary Knott and Sam Grayton scoring fourth.

Although Groves and Parkhurst managed to achieve the two race wins, it was Knight and Bownes that managed to secure the 2022 Inland Championship title. A huge congratulations to the lads for the win and a massive thank you to Grafham Water Sailing Club for hosting another great Inland Championship, to all the club volunteers and organisers for making the fleet feel so welcome and to our sponsors Rope4Boats and Rooster.

Photo gallery:

Final stop on the Rooster National Tour is the Harken End of Seasons, at Rutland 5/6 November.

See you all there, or next year - save the dates!

Overall Results:

Rope4Boats U18 awards - Abigail Larr & Sam Grayton
Rope4Boats Spirit of 400s - Ian Peace and Mike Barret
Rooster Endeavour - Pete and John Pickford
Rooster Mid Fleet Heroes - Geoff and Bernice Holden

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1376Sam KnightChris BownesBartley SC1111(OCS)59
2nd1526Ollie GrovesEsther ParkhurstBeaver SC2‑5241110
3rd1449Jamie CalderKeith BedboroughDalgety Bay SC32‑532212
4th1453Chris PicklesMatt SharmanBassenthwaite SC56323‑719
5th1463Stewart RobertsonSarah RobertonRoyal Forth YC447(DNC)4827
6th1528Christopher EamesRachel TilleyQMSC674(DNC)5628
7th1410Jacob AinsworthKayleigh RobertsTynemouth SC93996‑1536
8th1511Hamish GledhillRoss SouthwellWest Riding SC8(OCS)667936
9th1481Howard FarbrotherLouise HoskenLymington Town SC‑23178810346
10th1414Alex OystonNick HuntTynemouth SC7817511‑1948
11th1455Garry KnottSam GraytonNotts County SC‑271412149453
12th1518Ben WilliamsonCharlie TicehurstRipon SC10‑25137131053
13th767Chris LarrAbigail LarrDraycote Water SC12111010‑141457
14th1399Richard GrayJon DyasQMSC1191112‑211659
15th1479Mick WhitmoreSarah WhitmoreEastbourne Sovereign SC141216(DNC)121266
16th971Simon KitchenAbbi HooperGrafham Water Sailing Club1310191118‑2271
17th1435Matt SheahanEllie SheahanWarsash SC16131413‑282783
18th1493Geoff HoldenBernice HoldenLocks SC1819‑2115152087
19th1053Jamie MorganAnna‑Louise GlendenningRutland SC152122(DNC)271196
20th1519Steven BroomfieldJenni LewisLymington Town SC19(DNC)2316201896
21st880Tim Le CouilliardJames Le CouilliardKing George SC2616241716‑3199
22nd1521Andy PowellGeoff CammWarsash SC2224201817‑32101
23rd1513Neil ParkhurstIan ParkhurstBeaver SC21221821‑2421103
24th1450Nick EavesGreg PaceBartley SC2523‑28222213105
25th1060Pete PickfordJohn PickfordThorney Island SC2018261932‑34115
26th1363Ross RyanOliver Ryan‑MooreNotts County SC171515(DNC)DNCDNC121
27th878John HestenPatrick HestenDovestone SC(DNC)2027232928127
28th1345Alexander AlcockThomas PiggottLeigh & Lowton SC(DNC)DNC25203125138
29th1263David StocktonAnna WarrenWimbleball(DNC)DNCDNCDNC823142
30th1437Daniel BoatmanMelanie BoatmanSunderland YC24(DNC)DNCDNC2626150
31st901Caraoline WhitehouseTony CliffBartley SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC2317151
32nd1447David RyderMichelle RyderIsland Barn SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC1924154
33rd1392Christopher StantonJules ThorneQMSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC2529165
34th700Charlie BellKieran LashfordLymington Town SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC3030171
35th1470Ian PeaceMike BarretIsland Barn SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC3335179
36th1382Andrew HuntMatt HuntEastbourne Sovereign SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC33181

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