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Gul RS200 Winter Championship at Northampton Sailing Club

By Pete Vincent on 20 Feb 2007 17-18 February 2007
Photos © Mike Shaw / www.fotoboat.com
44 teams take part in the RS200 Winter Championships at Northampton
44 teams take part in the RS200 Winter Championships at Northampton

The RS200 year started with the traditional season opener of the Gul Winter Championships at Northampton SC. Also in true tradition an excellent fleet of 44 boats competed in very tight racing producing the closest possible finish. As is also tradition now Northampton SC proved yet again to be very friendly hosts and organised the sailing very well. The RS classes have now held so many events at Northampton because the club makes life so easy for competitors.

Windguru was not over optimistic for the weekend so it was with much relief that the competitors and race team found a respectable 9/10 knots from the North West for the first race at 12.00 in pretty mild temperatures. Current Gul RS200 National Champion Roger Gilbert/Jane Willan in a brand new boat straight out of the wrapper seemed to have stamped his authority on the fleet right from the start to win from Geoff Carveth/Katy Nichol and James Stewart/Toby Lewis in another new boat. In race 2 visiting Lark stars Steve Cumley/Eluned Jones got a majestic port flyer on a crazy starboard biased start line to jump into a good lead. Carveth/Nichol slowly eroded this advantage to gain a race winning lead on the final beat ahead of Cumley/Jones with an old RS face Eddie Whitehead crewed by Noelle Vidal making a welcome come back in third. Gilbert/Willian won the third race from Budworth’s Graham Tinsley/Becky Partridge and Stewart/Lewis.

Sunday and the wind was due north around 7/8 knots for the 10.00 start. Colin Smith/Rachael Williamson really had found forward gear and won the first two races. Carveth/Nichol and Gilbert/Willan both scored 2.4. Caroline Martin/Charlotte Cotter built on an excellent first day at their first big RS200 event with a third place along with the very consistent Stewart/Lewis. Over the lunch break for club racing competitors digested how close the scores on the doors were. Gilbert/Willan were one point clear of Carveth/Willan, Smith/Williamson/Stewart/Lewis were tied on points for third overall as were the leading boats in the bronze division.

With all to play for the wind did not help shifting to the east, dropping to 4-6 knots and then shifting back to the north in the start sequence. Carveth really won the fight for the pin end on the very biased line to lead from the start with Gilbert around tenth. On a one sided course it did not look good for Gilbert but as the race team worked hard to shift buoys as the race progressed to produce a true course Gilbert pulled through to eventually finish second behind Carveth. This left the two leading boats tied on points with the same number of firsts, seconds and fourths. Carveth/Nichol won the Gul RS200 Winter Championships as a result of winning the last race. I cannot help feeling these two could be having equally close finishes during the rest of the season.

Tinsley/Partridge won the silver division from Roger Tait/Georgie Hill and Whitehead/Vidal. The tight fight for the bronze division went in favour of Richard Neall/Sara Terry who produced an excellent sixth place in the last race to beat John Gill/Judy Faulds by two points with Steve Cooper/Anna Row third.

The RS200 Fat Race Racing Circuit kicks off in a month’s time with the first event at the West Country’s finest Bristol Corinthian YC on March 17/18. It will be big and a lot of fun.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1Gold751Geoff CarvethKaty NicholLittleton21-542110
2Gold1219Roger GilbertJane WillanFrensham Pond1-11124210
3Gold1133Colin SmithRachael WilliamsonPapercourt7-15611520
4Gold1203James C StewartToby LewisStokes Bay37363-922
5Gold626Caroline MartinCharlotteBurghfield8693-11329
6Gold725Matt JenkinsEmma JenkinsSheffield Viking1158-127435
7Silver979Graham TinsleyBecky PartridgeBudworth61627-19738
8Gold772Tom HewitsonEmma ClarkeRickmansworth SC5144-1961948
9Silver1176Roger TaitGeorgie HillScaling Dam13-177812848
10Silver345Eddie WhiteheadNoelle VidalFiley153-181091754
11Silver789Steve CumleyEluned JonesBarnt Green20212-21101155
12Gold953Nicholas CharlesJuliet KingsnorthBCYC14815-2551456
13Silver1022Stephen JaneringCottie WakelingWembley SC254145-291361
14Gold1077Pete VincentJon's GirlfiendBristol1091018-271562
15Gold1054Jonathan LewisLaura WooseyBurghfield1210(45.0 DNF)16151063
16Gold1207Trudie FellKaren BakerBristol4231311-242071
17Gold1147Simon GillowEmma HarnimanWembley SC17131113-221872
18Bronze486Richard NeallSara TerryItchenor16-31222014678
19Bronze1144John GillJudy FauldsWembley SC19-25179132280
20Bronze735Steve CooperAnna RowDraycote Water2212191418-2585
21Bronze1092Katy ShepherdDan PhillipsRipon SC921-3327171690
22Gold600Fiona HallHelen WightmanLittleton18181617-252190
23Bronze1068Russell CollisterJune CollisterIsle of Man YC241921-36833105
24Gold941Mike ChapmanLynne RatcliffeBough Beech26-3028232112110
25Bronze714Tom OldenJess OldenGurnard SC21292522-3128125
26Silver835Charlie Muir-SandsJane Muir-SandsLittleton302032(45.0 DNF)2027129
27Bronze984Nigel HarnimanIan GillWembley SC28-4026263223135
28Silver920Mark HarrisonSally Harrison 2732-40153726137
29Silver529Toby AshtonRachel AshtonOxford-383534241632141
30Bronze834Andrew GillLiam WatsonWembley SC3622203234-37144
31Bronze912Lol HaywardSarah WebbStaunton Harold233431-402831147
32Bronze654Stephen WoodwardEmma YatesBCYC2924293136-39149
33Silver7P GoodwinSerena de NaulikDraycote Water-373324332634150
34Silver1015Wayne FletcherDebra FletcherScaling Dam3327233040(DNC)153
35Bronze1033Ian AldridgeBryony Hackett-Evans -392630383030154
36Bronze252Tom CastleEmma RhodesNorthampton SC32-4127343336162
37Bronze822Aileen LudlowKate LoweSunderland YC3437-39392335168
38Bronze612Phil WaindSonya WaindWembley SC(DNC)3638353524168
39Bronze574Philip J BennDavid MooreRipon SC3139352838-40171
40Silver1146Joanne WottonRichard MurphyWembley SC3528363741(DNC)177
41Silver561Thomas WinskellRobert WinskellRNSA40383729-4238182
42Bronze1162John WoolhouseGary LivingstoneNorthampton SC42-4443413929194
43Bronze832Wes KangursJo MunroBCYC-434342424341211
44Bronze227Neil KelsallRichard KelsallBanbury SC414241(DNC)DNCDNC214
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