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RS200 Sailing Chandlery EaSEA Tour at Waldringfield Sailing Club

by Alan Krailing 12 Apr 03:18 PDT 9-10 April 2023

A record turnout, 28 RS200s descended on Waldringfield Sailing Club to battle it out in the third round of the EaSEA traveller series. It was a weekend of contrasts with wall to wall sunshine and light winds on Sunday, Monsoon conditions and gusts over 30 knots on Bank Holiday Monday.

Race 1 stared in a light southerly with a long beat against the flood tide making for some fantastic early season tacking practice as the fleet worked the righthand bank.

Antony & Jo Gifford, having travelled all the way from the Royal Tay Yacht Club, made the starboard end of the start line their own and shot into an early lead from local favourites Ian & Alyson Videlo. These two swapped places a couple of times but it was Antony & Jo who ultimately won through with Alan Krailing & Libbie Bush in third.

Race 2 and Antony & Jo were at it again this time port tacking the fleet from the pin end. Having held the lead for most of the race they were overhauled late on by the super-fast pairing of Tom Ahlheid & Bee Nee taking the win and Ian and Alyson coming through for another second place.

Race 3 with the breeze building to 10 knots, the Giffords and Videlos were battling it out once again, but this time it was the younger generation leading the way with James & Rory Gifford battling it out with Stephen & Chris Videlo. Ultimately it was Team Videlo that took the win with James & Rory in a very strong second and Archie Penn & Alex Bell-Jones third.

Sunday's weather turned out to be exactly as forecast and there was a distinct lack of enthusiasm for rigging as the rain continued to pour. This temporary inconvenience ultimately proved more than worth it with most returning grinning ear to ear after some fantastic downwind legs (personally I was less keen on the upwind bit against the strong tide!).

Matt & Will Taylor showed that these were the conditions they had been waiting for - shooting off into an unassailable lead with Videlo's Stephen & Chris and Ian & Alyson vying for second. In the end youth gave way to experience with Ian & Alyson finishing runners up.

In the final race of the day it was again Matt & Will at the front early on with Stephen & Chris hot on their heels. Ultimately it was Stephen & Chris who broke clear to take the win and with it the event. Tom & Char Stewart showed that the breeze had blown away the early season cobwebs with a strong third place.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who made the event possible and thanks also to all those making long trips to compete, we hope to see you all again next year!

The next events on the Sailing Chandlery EaSEA Tour are Weir Wood on 3rd June, and the East & South East Area Championships at Felixstowe Ferry on 22-23rd July.

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Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st1447Stephen VideloChris VideloWaldringfield SC4‑61319
2nd1155Ian VideloAlyson VideloWaldringfield SC22‑142713
3rd1576Alan KrailingLibbie BushWaldringfield SC3‑1444415
4th1436Tom AhlheidBee NeeFrensham Pond‑11158519
5th1673Harry ChattertonTim CrossleyWaldringfield SC‑14786627
6th573Will TaylorMatt TaylorLymington Town1510‑191228
7th1350Thomas StewartCharlotte StewartWaldringfield SC711‑127328
8th1421James GiffordRory GiffordUniversity of Strathcyde5‑182111230
9th1720Chris Mayhew Waldringfield SC98‑1010936
10th1021Cameron HarrisAbi HoldenWaldringfield SC(DNC)97161345
11th1521Matt VenablesBethan MatthewQMSC/Sutton SC656(DNC)DNC46
12th1182Andrew NunnBecky RainsWaldringfield SC13‑23169846
13th785Andrew WishartJames HaywardQueen Mary SC16‑171551147
14th1358Charlie WhitakerLucy GatesQueen Mary SC‑21139121549
15th1200Ryan RobinsonImogen BellfieldRoyal Natal YC10‑1611131650
16th1397Antony GiffordJo GiffordRoyal Tay YC1320(DNC)DNC53
17th1179Archie PennAlex Bell JonesWaldringfield SC1843(DNC)DNC54
18th433Adam FullerSaffron HillWaldringfield SC1715(DNC)151057
19th1247Issy Taylor‑JonesCara BlandWaldringfield SC81213(DNC)DNC62
20th1638Hattie CollingridgeSarah NortheyWaldringfield SC‑232122141471
21st1310Andrew MitchellSam CannellKing George SC20192117(DNC)77
22nd1727David CopseRowan CopseQueen Mary SC122218(DNC)DNC81
23rd1142Ben AlexanderLiz AlexanderDYC192017(DNC)DNC85
24th985Tilly JonesChris JonesFelixstowe Ferry(DNC)DNFDNF181793
25th430Kentaro YamadaCameron CurrieKing George25252419(DNC)93
26th540Ines GreenBea GreenWaldringfield SC242423(DNC)DNC100
27th1031Lucy RainsJulian RainsWaldringfield SC222626(DNC)DNC103
28th1072Andrew BushAmelia MayhewWaldringfield SC262725(DNC)DNC107

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