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RS800 Inland Championships at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Toby Wincer on 9 Oct 2012 6-7 October 2012

29 boats turned out for the penultimate 800 competition of the season, the inland championships at Grafham Water Sailing club. Light winds were forecast for the whole weekend, so the fleet was pleasantly surprised to see a good 10 knot breeze blowing down the lake while rigging up, unfortunately this had diminished to a fickle 5-7 knots by the time of the first start.

The three races on Saturday were a case of eyes out for the breeze, with significant gusts coming in from the edges of the course making managing the fleet tricky. Tom Halhead and Stu Jagger made the most of this in the first two races to post a commanding 1,2, but were undone in the last race as the breeze shut off on the right hand side of the run relegating them to 15th leaving Dave Hivey and Bart Bridgen as overnight leaders.

Sunday morning dawned foggy and still, with a proportion of the fleet confident that no sailing would take place, Halhead however was petitioning hard for racing to take place, keen to discard the 15th place. Indeed when the breeze filled in to a 'steady' 3-5 knots there was some reluctance to get onto the water.

The wind stayed in for long enough for the fleet to complete one more race, won convincingly by Tom/ Stu. Seeing the lake turn glassy, the remaining races were abandoned, leaving Tom/ Stu in first place overall, Dave/ Bart second and Dave Steed/ Louise Fisher 3rd. The silver division was won by Oliver Scrimshaw and James Penty in 11th place overall.

Many thanks to GWSC for defying a poor forecast and giving us some great racing, food and beer. Hopefully we'll get a great turnout for the last event of the season, The Crewsaver End of Season Championships to be held at Datchet Water sailing club on the 10th/11th November with the rest of the RS classes.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1180Tom HalheadStu JaggerBCYC21‑1514
2nd1187David HiveyBart BridgenSailing Togs14‑9510
3rd1154David SteedLouise FisherNetley SC‑853412
4th1089Roger PhillipsWill CrockerEmberton Park3‑124613
5th1182Andy JeffriesAllyson OdyEastbourne Sovereign SC‑1667316
6th1129Luke McEwenEmma McEwenRoyal Lymington Yacht Club‑1196217
7th1202Steve WilsonToby Wincer 5211(DNC)18
8th1047Simon GrundyGuy Whitby 7‑1921019
9th1189Hugh ShoneHannah TattersallCastle Cove Sailing Club1335‑2021
10th1144Nick CharlesChristian HumpreyDatchet Water Sailing Club6118‑1325
11th1121Oliver ScrimshawJames PentyPlymouth University413‑24926
12th1061Keith BarnardEmma WarnerSouth Cerney14‑1811429
13th1Tim SaxtonKatie DabsonGWSC128‑171131
14th951Andrew BlundellMaddie FennerWeston SC1710‑18734
15th966Hugh WatsonAndy WatkinsEmsworth SC15714‑1836
16th823Alex GrovesFiona HampshireIsland Barn/Papercourt Lake22‑2313843
17th1010John WarburtonJames ClaphamCardiff Yacht Club1017‑221643
18th1009David MillwardKate MillwardGWSC‑2516161547
19th1122Grahame SmithNicola SmithCoventry University19‑25102251
20th953Andrew PickrellAdam SmithWilsonian SC2114‑251752
21st1058Toby CinnellJody WarnerRuffian1815‑191952
22nd806David HandGeorgina HandGWSC202212(DNC)54
23rd922Ian PatersonCarol PatersonGWSC‑2421211254
24th1076Sam SeddonJosh SeddonWeston Sailing Club924‑262457
25th1146Martin OrtonIan BrooksChichester YC(OCS)2020DNC70
26th847Martin KeenRichard KeenHayling Island Sailing Club27‑29232171
27th1015Simon PayneHaley BoumdOxford2326‑272372
28th1074Ed BeckettCharlotte BeckettGWSC2627(DNC)DNC83
29th873Peter LockLewis BucklandSouthwold Sailing Club282828(DNC)84

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