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Gul Inland Championships Grafham Water SC

  • Crewsaver EOS Champs
  • 2012 RS EOS Champs
  • Llandegfedd Open 2013
  • RS 10th Anniversary Ball
  • RS200 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS200 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • Weir Wood 2021
  • Weir Wood 2021
  • Weir Wood 2021
GUL RS200 INLANDS AT GRAFHAM WATER SC - hats off to the Race Officer. 82 RS200's made their annual trip to Grafham Water SC for the GUL RS200 Inlands on Sept 27/28. It was really was an event of 2 halves; Saturday's wind was a pile of rubbish with 15 minutes of a breeze from the north followed by flat calms followed by bursts of wind from the east/south east. Sunday was a vast improvement with a decent breeze from the north which built all day so boats were planning downwind for the final race. Race 1 got under way on Saturday in a very patchy force 2. Mike Burgoine/Jo Field from Draycote in their first 200 event in a brand new boat led and then got the second beat really spot on to take a big lead. Behind there were some huge snakes and ladders going on with Lee Sydenham/Anne Vaudrey pulling through to second. On the final beat Sydenham eroded Burgoine's advantage and moved into the lead on the final run. A navigation error from Burgoine then let Phil Sowden and 11 year old son, Daniel, into second at the final mark. The rest of the afternoon then showed the fleet why they were glad they were not race officer as PRO Steve Carson and his team chased the very fickle wind round most compass points. Two more races were started but Steve abandoned both with leaders approaching the windward mark as spinnakers started to be hoisted as the wind completely swung. Many called these decisions brave but they were spot on calls for which the fleet loudly applauded. Oh for more Race Officers that would take the same decisions in the same circumstances. With no wind late in the afternoon the fleet was taken ashore for much needed food. The decision to plan 4 races and an earlier start next morning did not dampen the party spirits as the Fat Face Racing Circuit prize giving, noted for a fine speech from Fiona Clark, that night was followed by the now traditional RS party. Sunday and it was soon obvious that this was going to be a much better day. Race 2 in a force 2-3 was led throughout by John Pink and John Gimson with David Giles/Fiona Clark second and John Greenland/Pippa Williams third. With crews now hiking race 3 saw Pete Vincent/Jenny Bennett lead for 2 laps. Amongst a close tussle with Tom/Jo Hewiston and Giles no one noticed Burgoine doing a major right hand corner and reach into the windward mark into second. With it looking like left was paying down the final run, with Mike Saul/ Sophie Hartley and John Blundell/Karen Baker making major gains, Burgoine looked in trouble in the right hand corner but then promptly planned through under everyone to win from the Hewitsons and Saul. The decision not to try running another race in the rubbish on Saturday was vindicated with the final 2 races held in a good force 3-4 on good courses. Race 4 and Lee Sydenham/Anne Vaudrey led literally from the start to the finish; well clear throughout the race was more about who was going to be second. The Hewitsons did themselves a power of good with a second place with Rachel/Mike Wigmore third. With the wind now well set race 5 was a fitting way to decide the event with seven potential winners; Sydenham led with 6 points but had a discard of 15th. Disaster struck Sydenham at the start when his mainsheet self destructed. Giles and the Hewitsons were in the top 5 at the first mark and moved into first and second on the second run. At this stage Giles was heading for victory but things changed rapidly on the last third of the final run. the Hewitsons powered over Giles in a gust to take the lead. Giles thinking he had to win to win overall, second in fact would have been good enough, went for the big manoeuvre at the final mark; Hewitson correctly shut the door and Giles capsized taking big avoiding action. Jon Lewis/Milly Parsons and Paul Dorer/Ian Robertson powered through before Giles recovered to finish fourth. The Hewitsons won their third Inlands in a row by a point; Giles and Clark had the compensation of being National Champion and dominating the Fat Face Racing Circuit.. Rachel Wigmore, in 8th overall was also first lady helm and youth; Paul Dorer was second youth in 15th and Trudie Doris Danbury second lady in 11th. Merit awards went to 11 year old crews Daniel Sowden (9th overall) and Jean Furniss (30th overall) possibly the smallest ever crew at a major 200 event. Grafham had done a top job yet again; now itís on to Ireland for the Irish RS Nationals and major headaches.
1 772 Tom Hewitson Jo Hewitson RNCYC 2 753 David Giles Fiona Clark Weir Wood 3 854 Lee Sydenham Ann Vaudry SBSC 4 491 John Greenland Pippa Williams Hayling Island 5 908 Mike Saul Sophie Hartley Grimeith SC 6 858 Jonathan Lewis Mad Milly Parsons Burghfield SC 7 371 Roger Gilbert Elaine Turner Frensham Pond SC 8 812 Rachel Wigmore Mike Wigmore Hayling Island 9 773 Phil Sowden Daniel Sowden Highcliffe 10 777 Pete Vincent Harriett Edwards Bristol Corinthian 11 357 Trudie Danbury Toby Bristol Corinthians YC 11 852 Patric Altoft Debroah Greenland Ripon SC 13 905 Mike Burgoine Jo Field Draycote Water 13 855 John Pink John Gimson Hill Head 15 695 Paul Dorer Ian Robertson Bowmoor SC 16 771 Marshall King Heather King Royal ST. George YC 17 888 Andrew Hartley Eve Hartley Ripon Sailing Club 18 845 James Stewart S. Littlejohn Stokes Bay 19 743 A. Riley Julie Marsden Stewartbt SC 20 787 Harry Roome Helen Williams Hayling Island 21 300 Dave Lenz Victoria Syumers N/A 22 896 Sue Antonelli N/K Littleton SC 23 821 Colin Staite Jane Alexander Bartley SC 24 846 Jeremy Stephens Adam Poole Penzance 25 702 Mike Dencher Anna Harding Chew Valley SC 26 880 Sarah Allan Jo Page HRSC 27 840 Martin English B. Cooke Restroguet 28 661 Graeme Henry Shona Redpath ST. Marys Loch 29 837 Tim Gray Wendy Gray Staunton Harold SC 30 857 Tom Crompton Ben. Crompton SCYC 30 692 Marc Savitsky Anna Savitsky Great Moor SC 30 831 Nigel Furness J. Furness Draycote Water SC 33 796 Hamish Walker Kate Rooke Stokes Bay 34 437 Jon Watkins Sarah Wren Hunts SC 35 833 Richard Watkinson Tom Kiddle Covenham SC 36 397 Mark Harrison Tom Olden Gurnard SC 36 860 Chris Woodard Linda Woodard Wembley/ Felixstowe Ferry 36 827 Greg O'brien Paula Irish Barklet SC 39 212 Ruth Johnson Rachel Jones South Staffs 39 786 Phil Naily Helen Bailey Girton Sailing Club 41 909 David Sweet J. Ireland Chew Valley SC 42 689 Kirsty McSeveney Adam Fox ST. Marys Loch 43 844 John Blundell Karen Baker Hallamshire 43 841 Jonathan Thompson Anne Saul Ripon SC 45 392 Ben Alexander E. Alexander Deben YC 46 359 Christian Humphrey Emma Clarke Bristol Corinthian 46 487 Chris Chatterton Nicola Barker-Wyatt Carsington SC 48 553 Paul Fox Heather Fox Stewardby 49 863 Alan Perry Sheridan Killwick Wembley 50 838 Paul Willamson H. Willamson SHSC 51 889 R Stapley C. Stapley Guernsey SC 52 498 Matt Ambrose Ruth Baker Deben YC 53 542 Mark Carlton Liz Cralton Shorham SC 54 329 Trevor Good Alex Good Ripor 55 652 Mitch Webb Laura Alldis Downs SC 56 722 Ann Jackson Sam Jackson Berghfield 57 813 Paul Plested Sharon Plested Winsford Flash 58 544 Katie Masterson Louise Brown ST. Marys Loch 59 810 Martin Jones Kerry Jones Burghfield Sailing Club 60 847 Johnathan Briggs Amy Holland Windsford Flash 61 590 Stuart Frieder Katharine Gray Wembley 62 651 Doglas Maxwell Antonia Topham Wembley SC 63 907 Brett Aarons Lisa Anderson Gurnard SC 64 789 Steve Dunn Laurie Dunn DORIS 65 310 Peter Craggs Phil Nelson York Railway Institute SC 65 319 Una Hodkins Luciana Rizzl Datchet 67 481 Adrian Sherratt Sarah Sherratt Haversham SC 68 255 Graham Denny Caroline. Denny FOSSC 69 666 Ian McGreger William McGreger Salcombby YC 69 414 Neil Shemmings Tom Bartlett Fishers Green 71 356 Andy Everett Julie Everett Covenham 72 383 Paul Goodwin Jodi Dyer Draycote Water 73 285 Erica Philips N/K Rollesby Broad SC 74 645 Steve Yates Malcom Gardner Scammonden WSC 75 461 Al Green Sean Connor Frensham Pono 76 808 Sarah Taylor Claire Upton Brown Hayling Island 77 901 Ian Pickard Lucy Matthews Bristol Corinthian 78 655 Lucy Davey Jane Sutor DORIS 79 492 Neil Chadborn Lucy Hall Wembly SC 80 289 Luke Tasker Alan Tasker Covenham SC 81 677 Mark Steward Christine. Steward Oulton Broap 82 815 Matt Davis Noelle Vidal MISC
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