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RS200 SEAS Open at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club

by Mike Jones 16 Mar 2014 21:39 GMT 15 March 2014

Wall-to-wall blue sky, a warm, gentle Force 2 at the start, building to a steady Force 3 throughout the day, shifting enough to make choice of side of course important. These were the benign March conditions that could not have contrasted more with those of last year's event that was held in a snow storm.

In Race 1 David Jessop and Clare Michelmore won by a huge margin and even had time to start a fourth lap and return in a 3 lap race. 'We usually just follow the others and don't worry about the number of laps' they confessed happily at the finish. In Race 2 Mark Heather (ex World Topper champion) and sister Lucy also won by a large margin.

At lunch three boats led on 8 points apiece: SEAS supremo for 2014, Julian Bradley with Helen Cafferatia his predecessor Andrew Peters with Geraldine Peters and Dan Goodmann with Jo Lloyd from Littleton.

In Race 3 Bradley and Cafferata opened up a clear points lead with a second after a titanic struggle with James and Will Rusden from Royal Lymington who took first and in so doing put themselves into contention for the event.

This position was short-lived for the Rusden brothers who unnecessarily returned in an Individual Recall for two other boats, Island Barn's Clare James and Burghfield's Andrew Barraclough. The Rusdens did well to recover to 9th in a very competitive fleet where there were four separate race winners.

With a discard subtracted and one race to go the points were Jessop / Michelmore 6, Peters / Peters 8, Bradley / Cafferata 10, Rusden / Rusden 12, Goodman Lloyd 13. Jessop and Michelmore had now gained the taste of leading a regatta, finished after the correct number of laps, took a first and the regatta in a close finish from their nearest rivals Peters and Peters.

Bradley and Cafferata faded in the last race to ninth, but consoled themselves with the Masters trophy. The Risden brothers took third on equal points with Goodman and Lloyd. The prize for first Island Barn boat went to Andrew Barnett and Debbie Robertshaw.

Jessop and Michelmore had better brush up on their navigation, as on this form they will be leading many more events this season.

More photos can be found here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st1347David JessopClare MichelmorePapercourt SC1‑93217
2nd1559Andrew PetersJeraldine PetersQueen Mary SC3‑541210
3rd1481James RusdenWill RusdenRLYC8316(DNC)18
4th950Dan GoodmanJo LloydLittleton SC‑6265518
5th1546John McKelvieSarah WatsonWembley SC26‑108319
6th1263Julian BradleyHelen CafferataWembley SC442‑11919
7th1228Joe AdamsEvan BradshawBurghfield SC?7‑1653419
8th1488Mark HeatherLucy HeatherRYA‑9184720
9th1325Charlotte SavageMike WoodLancing SC58‑137626
10th681Philip WhiteChris JaroldPapercourt SC12779(DNC)35
11thLL)Tim GolingJosie Bell?10159‑21842
12th655Andrew BarnettDebbie RobertshawIsland Barn Reservoir SC‑111111101042
13th1182Andrew BarracloughMike HermanBurghfield SC151019‑201155
14thLL)Harry PhelpsLucy RidlerIsland Barn Reservoir SC1612‑21151255
15th1236CJ CavallariUta GriesenbachIsland Barn Reservoir SC13‑2020131561
16th839Joe Cic ?Adam CicWembley SC17(DNF)15141662
17th1278Roz StellAdrian Stell21131416(DNC)64
18th1409Clare JamesLucy GibsonIsland Barn Reservoir SC‑221712181865
19th651Andy GrovesTessa GrovesIsland Barn Reservoir SC18‑1916191366
20th584Tim FreemanHannah SandsWarsash SC142117‑221466
21st227Ian CleaverClare OverstallIsland Barn Reservoir SC‑191418171766
22nd1098Julia JuddMark HighbodyDowns SC2018‑22121969

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