RS200 Open at Bough Beech Sailing Club
by Dave Derby on 19 Apr
15 April 2017
RS200s at Bough Beech © Martyn Smith
A shifty force 3 north westerly greeted the competitors at the Bough Beech open meeting on 15th April.
The fleet got away at the first attempt and it was Dave & Emma Derby who got to the windward mark in front. Despite strong challenges from Mike Green & Lynn Ratcliffe and Tom Wright & Chris Coulcher the Derby's held on to win.
The second race was led from start to finish by Dave Jessop & Sophie Mear. They got to the windward mark in front & the planed off into the distance in a gust lapping several tail-enders in the process. The Derby's and Wright/Coulcher scrapped it out for second & third a long way behind eventually finishing in that order.
After lunch sun came out, the wind picked up a little and the third race was a much more closely contested affair. Wright/Coulcher rounded first closely followed by Simon Cory & Denise Judd. The chasing pack was led by Jules Bradley & Helen Cafferata, Green/Ratcliffe, the Derby's and Jessop/Mear. Places changed many times but at the end it was the Derby's who took the honours followed by Jessop/Mear and Bradley/Cafferata.
With all to play for in the last race it was Bradley/Cafferata who took an early lead from Elliot Marks & Heather Denbigh and Wright/Coulcher. At this stage the Derby's were in the pack with Jessop/Mear even further back. At the end of the first round though it was Mike Warwicker & Kate Fitzsimmons who had got through to take the lead closely followed by the Derby's and with Jessop/Mear still chasing. On the third round however Jessop/Mear picked up a gust downwind to plane into a lead which they never relinquished to take the meeting on count back and open the defence of their SEAS title with a win.
A big thanks must go to race officer Barry Wolfenden who managed to run four good races in very shifty conditions with a minimum of fuss & no hanging around.
|1st||1347||David Jessop||Sophie Mear||‑6||1||2||1||4|
|2nd||1438||Dave Derby||Emma Derby||1||‑2||1||2||4|
|3rd||1554||Thomas Wright||Chris Coulcher||2||3||4||‑5||9|
|4th||1178||Jules Bradley||Helen Cafferata||3||‑4||3||4||10|
|5th||1511||Mike Green||Lynne Ratcliffe||4||5||5||‑6||14|
|6th||1459||Mike Warwicker||Kate Fitzsimmons||(RET)||7||6||3||16|
|7th||1018||Simon Cory||Denise Judd||5||6||‑7||7||18|
|8th||909||Jack Vincent||Lizzie Fuller||7||8||8||‑9||23|
|9th||692||Elliot Marks||Heather Denbigh||8||‑9||9||8||25|
|10th||1062||Tim Humphries||Paula Bayntun||10||‑12||10||10||30|
|11th||1140||Hannah Mumford||Tara Head||‑11||10||11||11||32|
|12th||881||Richard Southern||Esme Southern||9||11||(DNS)||DNC||33|
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