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RS200 Winter Warmer at Itchenor Sailing Club

by Rob Struckett on 9 Mar 31 Dec-1 Jan, 4-5 Feb, 4-5 Mar 2017

Winter Warmer weekend 1 and we got 2017 off to a flier!

We had 11 boats on Saturday and 8 on Sunday (in part due to the festivities the night before but, thankfully and perhaps remarkably, not due to firework-related injuries). Thanks to Mark Struckett for running the racing and to Hugh Maclean and Tom Royle for rescuing.

Day one started with a short postponement to allow the wind to fill in from the South West, which it did at around 1pm. The breeze was then a fairly steady 5-8 knots for all four races. George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby were the quickest to brush off the rust, storming to victory in Race 1. Andy Shaw and Pippa Horne took the win in race 2, before Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson turned on the speed to take the third race. A switch around didn't stop Rob and Maria's charge in the crew's race, but a special mention to Tom Royle who sailed a great race (and put up with my questionable crewing ability) in only his second ever sail. A new star is born?

I'm told that Hugh's live video of the racing was watched by hundreds of people around the world (or by Tim Goodhew repeatedly?) and sparked a few debates about which side of the course was favoured. The answer was "usually left, but not always" and people made some big gains going the other way down the run.

On Sunday the racing started on time in the hope of getting it done before a front (and most importantly, the associated rain) came through. Again, it was not clear which side of the course was favoured, which led to a clean split up many of the beats against the tide. At the beginning it came down to the wind angles that allowed boats to spend slightly more time out of the channel on one side than the other, but that effect lessened as the tide slackened.

Tim Saxton and Holly Scott pushed the boundaries a little too hard in the first race of the day and ended up wading through the mud and water to get unstuck (Holly more reluctantly than Tim). George and Sophie were again the quickest starters, winning races 5 and 7 but Ben Saxton and Izzy Hamilton took race 6. Rob Gullan and Jack Holden, along with George and Sophie, were caught out by the changing start line to be OCS in race 8 as Arthur and Mary Henderson took the bullet and make up the top four after two discards.

Winter Warmer weekend 2 came along with another mix of conditions. Great turnout again - 14 boats! Great racing again - 8 races!

Congratulations to Matt Mee and Emma Norris for winning this weekend only just ahead of George & Sophie and Maria & Rob! Overall, George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby are tied on points with Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson.

Clashes with the dinghy show and team racing this weekend meant we only had 8 boats for the third and final Winter Warmer, but 24 different boats out over the three weekends was a great turnout!

George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby dominated the first day on the water with four bullets in the five races. Tim Saxton and Holly Scott took the other and the all-important race in. Racing was tight as always - in fact Senem and I couldn't even be separated from Imogen Stanley on the line in race 3 and we were both given 5th... After a race near Park, it was becoming obvious that the right hand side was paying, so we moved further down the channel to find a more balanced beat. This worked well as the leaders seemed to come from different sides on each lap. Tim and Holly were notably absent from Race 3, citing Holly's sore knee. Tim got his own back though by "perching" for the next race (or at least while Charles Hyatt had his camera out...).

Sunday was a more blustery affair. It began with a picket line formed by the crews outside the Ladies' changing room. Even some of the helms wavered in their resolve a little as the wind and rain battered the Club and other club members chuckled at the prospect of us going sailing. But after a popular vote and a healthy dose of peer pressure we were all off round the corner. In truth it was all a bit of an anticlimax though as we started the first race in sun and about 12 knots. Josh Metcalfe and Millie Alcock won the first two races, and Jack Holden and Libby Watkins took the third as the breeze finally started delivering on the 20-30 knot gusts the forecast promised. Dicken Maclean and Hannah Young took the last one, and the big breeze (and rain) made for an exciting trip home.

In the overall standings Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson's absence practically handed the win to George and Sophie.

A huge thank you to Roger Yeoman, Harry Roome, Charles Hyatt, David Williams and Mark Struckett for their help running the racing.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16R17R18R19R20R21R22R23R24R25Pts
116431359121127148151131111232333
216424411532211032523299999999976
3385612236851224214646999999999104
4854517427712436534515999999999108
515498797124441515151515151515149264235121
616151212121212121212351321215999999999134
71328226641331515151515151515999999999138
8629363235611515151515151515999999999140
91229109811121212121515151581397754626649147
1015211212121212121212967499115657579999150
11157912121212121212121515151515151515422341195157
12148112121212121212121515151515151515275753512163
13162812121212121212126911763615999999999165
146657545768121515151515151515999999999165
15123712121212121212121515151515151515833435491166
16152012121212121212125289108715999999999166
171634121212121212121210121515710104999999999182
18142912121212121212121515151513783999999999183
19136212121212121212121285615151515999999999184
201373121212121212121287101511121215999999999189
21139098108121212121515151515151515999999999194
2213081212121212121212111191512111315999999999195
23129912121212121212121515151515151515586889999197
24124611101110121212121515151515151515999999999201

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