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RS200 SEAS Finale at Wembley Sailing Club

by Julian Bradley 3 Nov 2011 17:37 GMT 30 October 2011
RS200s at Wembley © David Gates /

The positions after the penultimate round of the SEAS RS200 Circuit were extremely close, with any one of 7 teams in contention for the decider at Wembley Sailing Club on Sunday. These included your correspondent, who’d such a shocker of a day he has sought solace and salvation in the extreme asceticism of Buddha... who himself said that it is better to travel well than to arrive: thus 8 visiting teams contributed to the fleet of 24 (though no one from the hotbed of 200-dom that is Burghfield SC, depending on others for their SEAS salvation).

For once, we’d a crisp force 3-ish Westerly, allowing the RO team of John Curran and Kevin Armstrong to set a windward spreader and leeward gate. Wembley follows the format of 3 races back-to-back, with Mars Bars & water to all between races 2 and 3.

Race 1 saw Matt Mee and Emma Norris win from Andy & Jeraldine Peters. I have no idea what actually happened, as I capsized on the start line. (‘There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.’) Wembley’s Zen-like Steve Janering won race 2, again from the consistent Andy and Jeraldine. He and my sometime sidekick led race 3 for some 3 laps, before being ground down on almost the last beat by Matt and Emma, Steve Dunn and the Peters (opportunity knocks, but karma hunts you down).

So, Matt Mee and Emma Norriss attained Nirvana, both winning on the day from Andy Peters and Steve Janering in 3rd and also the hugely competitive series. Roger Wilson won the raffled spinnaker provided by RS.

Thanks to all the visitors, and the shore-side help – in particular Steve Lindley - in what was a fitting finale. It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. Or Rob Janering.

Overall Results:

PosHelmCrewClubSail NoR1R2R3Pts
1stMatt MeeEmma NorrisRed Wharf / Hollingworth13111312
2ndAndrew PetersJeraldine PetersQueen Mary SC9622234
3rdSteve JaneringChloe SiderisWembley SC14234145
4thSteve DunnKaren BakerParkstone SC131311426
5thRob JaneringCharlotte CotterWembley SC11303588
6thSimon SkinnerNicky SkinnerWembley SC59476511
7thTim LewisElliot LewisLittleton SC1343671113
8thFrancis BucknallBen BucknallWembley SC787510914
9thSimon CorySarah StylesDowns SC1018811614
10thCharlotte SavageMike WoodIsland Barn SC13251013717
11thDavid BeaneyJohn BeaneyCastaways SC1150981317
12thNiall MartinRenate SWembley SC12631491019
13thJulian BradleyGreg GilbertWembley SC1263DNF121224
14thRoger WilsonChung ChanWembley SC113112141426
15thBart BridgenBryony Hatchet-EvansStokes Bay SC41513161729
16thAdam JenkinsYihyi HwangWembley SC50815151530
17thAlec GassNadia EssendiWembley SC63319181634
18thJoe FarwellBeate PohlerWembley SC7051619DNF35
19thOrla WhiteAlex GardiolWembley SC108818171935
20thMartin ThomasOlivia JamesWembley SC55417201835
21stEmma RedshawAlistair LowethWembley SC117820222242
22ndMario CampanelliKarolis AtkocaitisWembley SC61222212142
23rdJane HillJess O'GormanWembley SC129923242043
24thSimon McNamaraLiz GrahamWembley SC43921232344