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Gul RS Winter Champs Bristol Corinthain YC

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RS300 GUL WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP Bristol Corinthian YC, situated in the glorious Somerset countryside, hosted the 2007 RS300 Gul Winter Championship on 10/11 February. Adverse weather conditions further North put some competitors off but those that braved the conditions, including competitors from as far afield as Yorkshire, were rewarded with a great weekend’s racing. With 5 races spread over the 2 days and a range of wind strengths there was something for everyone. Not surprising, then, that the final results were extremely close – but no-one predicted that this would be the closest 300 championship on record with the top 2 boats ending up with identical scores. Read on to see how the drama unfolded… Race 1 in a force 2 Easterly and Matt Sargent led from start to (nearly) finish. A navigational error at the final mark allowed Steve Bolland from the home club through to victory with Matt 2nd and Tim Keen in 3rd. Keen continued his good form in race 2. Although Bolland led at the first mark both Keen and Sargent came though on the first broad reach. Keen extended his lead as the wind lightened and despite heading for the finish a lap early he held on to win form Sargent and Bolland. As the wind dropped further and swung to the South, Bolland led from start to finish in race 3, followed home by Keen and Sargent. At the end of day 1 it was Bolland on 5 points ahead of Keen on 6 and Sargent on 7. Ian Smith rounded off a good day with a string of 4ths. Day 2 dawned with no wind at all but by the published start time there was a solid force 5 coming from the West. Keen dropped out of the overall reckoning when he broke his tiller extension before the start but Sargent and Bolland fought tooth and nail the whole way round, swapping the lead several times as the race progressed. Down the final run, Sargent had the inside berth towards the final gybe mark but Bolland tried a late manoeuvre towards the inside which might have worked had he had not then gone for the wrong mark, allowing Sargent to win by 2 lengths. 3rd place went to James Phare. Going into the final race there was all to play for with the winner of Bolland and Sargent taking the overall prize. As the breeze moderated to a force 3, Bolland powered up the first beat to lead by 50 yards at the first mark from Sargent. This lead was maintained for the next 4 laps. 200 yards from the finish, Bolland seemed to have it all wrapped up. However, an incident with an RS400 sharing the course, caused Bolland to capsize, allowing Sargent through to win by a couple of lengths. Phare was again 3rd with Phil Underwood close behind. Phew! With Sargent and Bolland both counting 2 firsts, 2 seconds and a third the contest was settled in favour of Sergent on account of his winning the last race. Many thanks to Bristol Corinthian for hosting the event, Gul for the sponsorship and Arkie for leading the race team. Roll on the next event at Bough Beech on 17 March.
Sailwave results for RS300 Gul Winter Championships 2007 - Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club

RS300 Gul Winter Championships 2007

Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club

RS300 Winters 2007


Sailed:5, Discards:1, To count:4, Entries:8, Scoring system:My scoring system
Rank Fleet Boat SailNo Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st Gold   506 Matt Sargent   RAYC 2.0 2.0 (3.0) 1.0 1.0 9.0 6.0
2nd Gold Rusty 411 Steve Bolland   BCYC 1.0 (3.0) 1.0 2.0 2.0 9.0 6.0
3rd Gold   328 Tim Keen   Sheffield Viking Sailing Club 3.0 1.0 2.0 (DNC) DNC 24.0 15.0
4th Gold   368 Ian Smith   Craven SC 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 (5.0) 21.0 16.0
5th Gold   333 James Phare   Bough Beech SC (DNC) 6.0 5.0 3.0 3.0 26.0 17.0
6th Gold   398 Phil Underwood   Cotswold SC 6.0 (8.0) 8.0 5.0 4.0 31.0 23.0
7th Gold   456 Graham Cooper   BCYC (7.0) 5.0 6.0 7.0 6.0 31.0 24.0
8th Gold   454 John Hibberd   BCYC 5.0 (7.0) 7.0 6.0 7.0 32.0 25.0

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