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RS200 South-East Area Series at Middle Nene Sailing Club

by Mike Chapman on 19 Jun 2007 17 June 2007
South-East Area Series © Laurie Jones

Middle Nene SC held their second South-East Area Series RS200 open meeting on Sunday 17th June. Eighteen boats, including nine visitors, were grateful to be greeted by a force two south westerly and warm sunshine – considerably better than forecast!

Early race one leaders Mike Chapman/Lynne Ratcliffe were passed downwind by Rob Janering/Marianthe Evangelides closely followed by John and Andrew Gill. Local team Matt Yallop/Debbie Walkerdon steadily picked their way up the fleet to finish fourth. The second race saw Steve Dunn/Rachel Jones making the most of the shifts to steal past Chapman/Ratcliffe and Simon Gillow/Emma Harniman to win.

After a relaxing lunch in the sunshine, Race Officer Laurie Jones and his team did well to fit in two more windward-leeward races as the breeze began to fade.

Mark and Sue Pogmore in their brand new boat emphatically won the third race from Chapman/Ratcliffe. Jasper and Fergus Barnham had their best result of the series coming third, just ahead of local class captain Mark Hatsell crewed by Rob Ashman.

As the wind died, Chapman/Ratcliffe held on to their lead to win the final race and the meeting. The Gills finished second overall, a point clear of Gillow/Harniman in third.

Thanks to Middle Nene SC for hosting their second successful RS200 event. The South-East Area Series now moves on to Bexhill SC on Sunday 24th June, followed by Weirwood on Sunday 1st July.

Overall Results:

PosBoat TypeSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubPts
1st RS200 941  Mike Chapman Lynne Ratcliffe Bough Beech / Bexhill 
2nd RS200 1144 Blues Brothers John Gill Andrew Gill Wembley SC 
3rd RS200 1147 Blood, Sweat and Cheers Simon Gillow Emma Harniman Wembley SC 
4th RS200 1130  Rob Janering Marianthe Evangeledis Wembley SC 12 
5th RS200  789  Steve Dunn Rachel Jones RYA 12 

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