RS200 End of Season Championship at Rutland Sailing Club
by James Penty on 11 Nov 2016
5-6 November 2016
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What a fantastic weekend we had at Rutland Water last week for the RS200 End of Seasons. A great fleet of 20 boats launched in bitterly cold, although sunny conditions, into a stiff 20 knot breeze. We all knew it had the potential to be a good day's racing. The format was 3 races on Saturday with one discard and a non-excludable pursuit race on Sunday that counted for double points, so it was all to play for come the final day.
Race one saw Robert Gullan and Rob Henderson take the lead up the first beat closely followed by the rest of the fleet. A few boats were caught out downwind by big squally gusts and this is where most places were won and lost throughout the day. At the end of 4 cold laps, Ben Palmer and Jo Wright took the win closely followed by Robert Gullan and Rob Henderson in second. Jack Holden and Amy Yeoman third, finishing off the podium positions for that race.
Race two saw even more big gusts and shifts coming down the lake making the downwind legs into a "follow the gust exercise". David Jessop and Claire Walsh mastered the challenging conditions to win race two. However, not too far behind, there was still a mighty battle on for second, with 4 boats all approaching the last leeward gate together at great speed. The inside boat of James Penty and George Stainforth took second with Ian Martin and Lucy Preston taking third.
By race three many sailors were tired and cold, and small mistakes were being made on the race track, there were many capsizes - to check their slot gaskets mid-race of course! Coming out in top position was Robert Gullan and Rob Henderson, which put them in the position of the overnight leaders.
Sunday was also freezing cold, with a wind chill of -1 degrees, and just as windy.
The pursuit race for the RS200s was 1 hour 54 minutes, starting just 6 minutes after the RS Aero 5s. The start was a tricky one as it was practically a reach from the pin end to the first windward mark. The first leg saw Oliver Groves and Esther Parkhurst come out in front with the rest of the fleet biting their rudder blade. During the first lap a few untimely capsizes spread the fleet out. Robert Gullan and Rob Henderson took the lead but they were being hunted down by Ben Palmer and Jo Wright eagerly. As the race went on and the rain started the fleet started to close up again although with just 30 minutes to go, the rain brought some big winds and even more capsize drills. Ian Martin, crewed by Nikki Birrell, started to advance through the fleet in the closing minutes. Ben Palmer and Jo Wright passed them in the final stages to clinch first place in the fleet. Robert Gullan and Rob Henderson took and impressive second, a little further behind in third place were James Penty and George Stainforth.
As the pursuit was double points, this left the overall results as: 1st Robert Gullan and Rob Henderson; 2nd Ben Palmer and Joanna Wright, and in 3rd Ian Martin and Lucy Preston.
In reflection it was an absolutely great weekend especially considering the temperatures. Fantastic close racing in extremely challenging conditions. Rutland SC did a great job of both running the races and running the rescue boats, thanks to all who helped and sailed. Thanks also to Team Volvo sailors John Pink and Nikki Birrell for joining in the fun, and to event sponsors Volvo and Magic Marine.
|1st||385||Robert Gullan||Rob Henderson||Itchenor SC||2||‑4||1||4||7|
|2nd||1628||Ben Palmer||Joanna Wright||HISC||1||7||‑10||2||10|
|3rd||17||Ian Martin||Lucy Preston||Burghfield SC||‑8||3||2||8||13|
|4th||1631||James Penty||George Stainforth||Beaver SC||6||2||‑8||6||14|
|5th||1639||Jack Holden||Amy Yeoman||Arun YC||3||‑11||4||10||17|
|6th||1579||Josh Metcalfe||Millie Alcock||Y Felinmeli||‑9||5||3||14||22|
|7th||1347||David Jessop||Claire Walsh||Grafham Water SC||4||1||‑5||18||23|
|8th||1332||Eddie Grayson||Emma Grayson||Beaver SC||‑11||10||6||16||32|
|9th||1538||Martin Penty||Tom Penty||Beaver SC||10||‑12||12||12||34|
|10th||1546||John McKelvie||Charlotte Cotter||Strangford Lough YC||‑14||8||9||20||37|
|11th||13||Oliver Groves||Esther Parkhurst||Beaver SC||7||9||‑11||22||38|
|12th||655||Andrew Barnett||Jo Lloyd||Island Barn RSC||13||‑14||13||24||50|
|13th||1549||Tim Saxton||Holly Scott||Burghfield SC||5||6||‑7||DNC||55|
|14th||1600||Rheanna Pavey||Holly Pavey||Stour SC||15||15||‑17||26||56|
|15th||985||Chay Taylor||Niamh Davies||Burnham SC||12||13||‑14||32||57|
|16th||1333||Stephen Smith||Ellie Tubman||Beaver SC||‑16||16||15||28||59|
|17th||244||Charlie Sansom||Zoe Bazen||Bowmoor SC||18||(DNC)||16||30||64|
|18th||994||James George||Harry George||QMSC||17||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||83|
|19th||1486||Nigel Sheppard||Debbie Thompson‑Brown||Northampton SC||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||88|
|19th||1071||Sam Waller||Tim Waller||Beaver SC||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||88|
|19th||1009||Simon Shillaker||Dan Shillaker||Hill Head Sc||(RET)||DNC||DNC||DNC||88|