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RS200 Sailing Chandlery EaSEA Tour at Shoreham Sailing Club

by Richard Thomas 10 Sep 08:13 PDT 2 September 2023

Ten RS200s arrived at Shoreham SC for the latest instalment of the EaSEA Tour. There was plenty of sun but not much wind, and with a strong spring tide running the fleet settled in for a long delay ashore.

But the race officer had other ideas and got us launched after only a short postponement, with several boats being towed out of the harbour. It turned out the race officer knew what he was doing, with a light but solid breeze filling in allowing us to go racing.

James Morson & Fiona Harrington and Andrew Wishart & Nina Luckmann got away early in the first race and never looked back, with James Fiona taking the win. Tom Goodey & Richard Thomas followed in third.

Following a short delay as the wind swing left, Nigel Bird & Andy Bird found their speed. There seemed to be more wind out to sea, and finding the extra breeze offshore generally paid despite beating into the tide. Nigel Andy took two race wins, with Andrew Barnett & Lynne Radcliffe coming second in race two. Andrew/Nina's consistency showed with a third and a second.

The final race was a single lap held in dying breeze. Mark Oakey & Jess Smith found what little wind there was and rounded the windward mark first. They held their lead all the way to the finish. A few boats were in danger of drifting past the leeward gate. Tom/Richard dropped their spinnaker early and just managed to sneak past Andrew Nina on the downwind. That ensured that Nigel and Andy just won a very close event on countback, with Andrew/Nina second and Tom/Richard third.

A huge thank you to Shoreham SC, who both made the fleet incredibly welcome and somehow managed to get all the scheduled racing in on a difficult day for the race officer.

The final event of this year's Sailing Chandlery EaSEA Tour is the Inlands at Grafham on 30th September - 1st October. Online entry is open here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1395Nigel BirdAndy BirdRYA‑91157
2nd1295Andrew WishartNina LuckmannQueen Mary SC2‑3237
3rd1698Thomas GoodeyRichard ThomasRNSA3‑8328
4th211James MorsonFiona HarringtonWWSC/SBSC14‑749
5th1635Andrew BarnettLynne RadcliffeIsland Barn SC524(DNC)11
6th1740Mark OakeyJess SmithCardiff Bay SC4‑98113
7th1358Charlie WhitakerLucy GatesQueen Mary SC‑666618
8th1442Ben JonesHelen HilditchShoreham SC‑875820
9th815Oliver JaggerTom KosteletosHunts SC75‑9921
10th1134Louise CarrMark TrottShoreham SC(OCS)1010727

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