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Gul RS200 Grand Prix at Highcliffe Sailing Club

by Dave Steed 25 Apr 2012 19:26 BST 21-22 April 2012

Highcliffe Sailing Club hosted 26 RS200s for round two of the Gul RS200 Circuit on the 21st/22nd April. Bright skies and a light offshore breeze beckoned the fleet on Saturday morning, but pretty quickly it was apparent that the clouds motoring overhead from the North West were going to make racing somewhat tricky.

Race 1 started with the right hand side of the first beat paying followed by some punchy gusts coming through downwind as the clouds began to play their part. James Peters and Alan Roberts took the race, followed by the brothers Rusden in second.

Race 2 was more of the same, with the clouds bringing big shifts and big gusts into the race, this time Mark Heather and Ed Cowell made the most of the conditions to take the race win with Ed Whitehead and Alice Kingsnorth chasing them in second.

Race 3 and the clouds decided to play properly, the top reach was marred by a big increase in breeze leaving a number of swimmers. By the top of the second beat the breeze had increased to a good force six with hailstones, and the race officer, (clearly a 200 sailor in disguise) decided we'd much prefer to be in the bar than swimming, the race was abandoned.

After wounds were licked and boats repaired, Highcliffe SC treated the fleet to some excellent food and ale while we all worked out what fleet we had been seeded in for the event. The 200 fleet is trialling a system whereby the Gold/Silver Bronze fleets are calculated from national ranking and seeded on an event by event basis against who has turned up – this certainly adds to the entertainment and gives everyone something to race for.

Day 2 and the conditions were suspiciously like day 1, sun shining, clouds lurking in the background. Race four maintained a deceptively light wind and sunny start to the day, with Mark Heather once again finding himself at the front of the fleet followed by the Rusdens. However races 5 & 6 resulted in a building breeze and two much more exciting races. James Peters and Alan Roberts won both the remaining races (despite a capsize on their last gybe) as the wind and waves built to fresh to frightening. Those who survived the last race were rewarded with a superb last reach into the finish – 200 racing at its best.

So the event was won overall by James Peter and Alan Roberts showing consistency to discard a third place. Mark Heather and Ed Cowell took second place with the Rusden brothers in third place. First in the silver fleet and fourth place went to Ed Whitehead and Alice Kingsnorth in 4th while the Bronze fleet was won by Dave Steed and Katharine Lovering in 7th overall.

Many thanks to Highcliffe Sailing Club for providing such well organised racing and great hospitality.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R4R5R6Pts
1stGold1424James PetersAlan RobertsWISC1-33116
2ndGold1488Mark HeatherEd CowellWilsonian SC411(OCS)410
3rdGold1481James RusdenWill RusdenHighcliffe SC21024(DNC)18
4thSilver822Ed WhiteheadAlice KingsnorthParkstone YC-11273618
5thGold1382Tom MorrisEmma PorteousHayling Island SC6(OCS)46521
6thGold1406Ian MartinNicola GrovesNetley SC5469(DNC)24
7thBronze1460David SteedKatherine LoveringBurghfield SC1279-13331
8thGold1136Christian BirrellSam BreareyWPNSA7610-12831
9thSilver1467Ian SharpsEllie MartinBurghfield SC-228167233
10thSilver1428 (1)Chris MartinEddie GlennieBurghfield SC99-1451033
11thGold1473Steve DunnKaren BakerParkstone YC14-161121138
12thGold1031Chris CattJulet CharlesNetley SC1013-1910740
13thSilver481John TeaguePete CruidshankBristol Corinthian YC851518(DNC)46
14thSilver940Dicken MacleanHannah YoungIsland Barn Reservoir SC3(DNF)519DNC54
15thBronze533Dave RoyseNikki RussellBurghfield SC17(DNF)88DNC60
16thBronze993Claire WalshDarren McNamaraBCYC18141317(DNC)62
17thSilver1170Ben AinsworthRosil SikthorpItchenor SC15152016(DNC)66
18thBronze1389Paul LewisRosie BreareyLocks SC16172115(DNC)69
19thBronze634David JessopBen LongstaffGrafham Water SC(DNF)DNC2311970
20thBronze1029Christian HumphreyNoelle VidalRYA191118(DNC)DNC75
21stNew594Simon Skinner Wembley SC23(OCS)1214DNC76
22ndSilver1495Tim EllisCelina LoveHayling Island SC241217(DNC)DNC80
23rdNew1083Will StoreyKate DavisParkstone YC1320(DNC)DNCDNC87
24thSilver1301Pete VincentCharlotte CotterBristol Corinthian YC2118(DNC)DNCDNC93
25thBronze1228Joe AdamsEmma LucasBurghfield SC2019(DNC)DNCDNC93
26thBronze792Maia WalshCicely RobinsonIsland Barn Reservoir SC25(DNF)2220DNC94

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