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Gul RS200 Grand Prix at Beer Sailing Club

by RS Class Association 19 Jun 2012 13:50 BST 16-17 June 2012

The RS200s and 800s made the annual pilgrimage down to Beer Sailing Club for the fifth Gul Grand Prix event of 2012. Beer, as always, made us extremely welcome, but unfortunately the 30+ knot forecast for Saturday was pretty accurate. You could see the white horses bucking on Lyme Bay from the hill five miles away. The race officer wisely canned the days racing and scheduled an early start and five races for Sunday. This left us to enjoy a day at the seaside, barbeque, happy hour and even the replica Olympic torch on its journey from Torbay to Weymouth by sea.

Sunday was fabulous. There was sunshine, rolling waves and a breeze building from a solid 12 to frisky 18 knots. Much of the fleet had been put off by the forecast for Saturday, but the few that braved it were treated to five intense and extremely close races.

The racing was so close that there was little between first and last place and any mistake cost dearly. Races were won by Mark Heather and Ed Cowell, Dicken Maclean and Hannah Young, Ben and Roz McGrane, Ian Sharps and Ellie Martin. Mark Heather and Ed Cowell showed the most consistency, never finishing out of the top four. Matt Mee and Emma Norris stormed in first couple of races, whilst John Teague and Darren McNamara showed blistering pace upwind as the breeze got up.

The Beer shore crew were out in force, not only were we helped through the breakers and up the beach, but also treated to a lovely all you can eat high tea.

The next leg of the Gul Grand Prix circuit is at Derwent in two weeks time, combined with the Scottish Series and Bolle Northern Tour.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoFleetHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
11488GoldMark HeatherEdward CowellWilsonian133429
2481BronzeJohn TeagueDarren McNamaraBristol Corinthian YC10822315
31311GoldMatt MeeEmma NorrisRed Wharf Bay22128416
4584BronzeBen McGraneRoz McGraneNetley54121717
5822SilverEdd WhiteheadAlice KingsnorthParkstone4645518
6940SilverDicken MacleanHannah YoungIsland Barn Reservoir6166619
71467GoldIan SharpsEllie MartinBurghfield SC9919120
81495SilverTim EllisHucky HornerIsland SC37771224
91422BronzeCaroline MartinN MartinBurghfield SC755101227
101029BronzeOliver VidalNoelle VidalRYA810123829
11674NewTom WhicherClare ShintonNetley111112121246

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