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Craftinsure 2021 - LEADERBOARD RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Thornbury Sailing Club

by John Teague 22 May 2017 23:30 BST 20 May 2017

Making its second appearance on the RS200 SW Ugly Tour sponsored by was Thornbury Sailing Club on 20th May. Known for its big tides, friendly welcome and mud banks, which several of us became quite acquainted to last year, the club welcomed a most excellent turnout of 23 boats.

The forecast was for some good wind and some fairly big gusts, which duly greeted the competitors in the boat park, along with some un-welcomed rain! This didn't deter the fleet, who eagerly waited on the slipway for the tide to rise just enough to launch off of the slipway, which being situated in the Bristol Channel, rose at a fair lick.

The first of three races started with wind with the tide, and that means one thing, plenty of short tacking up the bank. This kept the fleet really bunched with plenty of frenetic tacking duels ensuing, with the charge back into the tide and the windward mark led by Matt Mee/Emma Norris with the fleet following close behind. The fight for second place was tight, after Mee/Norris showed blistering pace downwind to create a small lead, with Robert Gullan/Izzy Allerston sneaking into second on the final run, from John Teague/Naomi Pound and Stewart Bowen/Jack Bowen.

Race two started again with the wind with the tide, albeit closer to high water, as demonstrated by the once brown mud banks, now a fresh green grass. Mee/Norris again led the fleet, this time keeping a close eye on Gullan/Allerston who were hot on their heels, and this pair continued to the finish. Alistair Norris/Helen Summersgill and Teague/Pound fought it out for third, with Teague/Pound taking Norris/Summersgill on the final leeward mark to take third place.

The third and final race saw the breeze freshen to a good solid force 4, this time with the breeze against the tide, to give the fleet a taste of the classic Bristol Channel chop. With the fleet now heading out into the deeper water upwind, it was Norris/Summersgill who led the fleet into the windward mark, hoisting in the now fairly exciting breeze and heading back inshore out of the tide. Mee/Norris however had other ideas, and passed by the leeward mark to take the lead. Leaving Gullan/Allerston in the fight for second as well, with Bowen/Bowen close behind. The chop and wind was building for the second lap, with a few capsizes and some nose diving, with Bowen/Bowen ringing the bell and nose diving on the bear away, with Teague/Pound narrowly avoiding them to take over the chase of the leading pack. Mee/Norris took the lead, with a three way battle for the line behind, being taken by Norris/Summersgill from Gullan/Allerston and Teague/Pound.

The competitors were welcomed back into the clubhouse for the prize giving, with the club staking their claim for the top tea and cake selection award, which has been very highly contested in the past few year, I can confirm they were delicious! This was most welcome with plenty of sore legs after a day of hiking, and finished the day off perfectly, that and panoramic views over the now sunny channel, and up to both Severn Bridges. What more could you ask for?

Prizes were generously awarded with thanks to Thornbury Sailing Club and series sponsor Pete Vincent of For the final scores on the doors, Matt Mee/Emma Norris from Burghfield/Red Wharf Bay, took the event with an impressive 3 bullets, from Robert Gullan/Izzy Allerston from Royal Parkway in second and Alistair Norris/Helen Summersgill from Bristol Corinthian/Red Wharf Bay, taking third on count back. The Bronze fleet saw Kerry Pinker/Charles Richardson from Bristol Corinthian winning on count back from Sarah Green/David Green from Llandegfedd, with the Silver fleet being won by local boat John Harvey/Sally Harvey from Thornbury Alistair Hodgson/Joanna Worrall from RYA taking second Silver boat.

The next event sees the Ugly tour head to the RS200 stronghold of Parkstone YC to race in the excellent surroundings of Poole Harbour. Put the 15th July in your diaries, and the fleet will see you there!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1615Matt MeeEmma NorrisRed Wharf Bay SC / Burghfield SC‑1112
2nd385Robert GullanIzzy AllerstonRoyal Parkway22‑34
3rd1509Alistair NorrisHelen SummersgillBCYC + Red Wharf Bay‑5426
4th1365John TeagueMaomi PoundBCYC33‑46
5th1652Stewart BowenJack BowenParkstone Yacht Club4‑559
6th542John HarveySally HarveyThornbury Sailing Club‑96612
7th418Fred MainwaringLiz TeagueExe SC / Red Wharf Bay‑87714
8th1452Alistair HodgsonJoanna WorrallRYA7‑9916
9th16Pete VincentAbi CampbellLlardegfedd / Bristol Corinthians6‑161218
10th834Andrew GillCiara PerryBartley SC10‑15818
11th379Hannah SmithNick SmithThornbury118‑1619
12th826Kerry PinkerCharles RichardsonBCYC‑13121022
13th1342Sarah GreenDavid GreenLlandegfedd‑12111122
14th593Martin ClaphamRupert ClaphamTSC‑16101323
15th1389Roger PhillipsLucy PhillipsBurghfield‑15131528
16th374Chris BakerSteve PearceBCYC1414‑1928
17th791Paul CraigRod HowellThornbury SC(DNF)181432
18th832Pete AlveyAndy GordonCVLSC1717(DNF)34
19th411Will RhodesJohn RudinBCYC(DSQ)191736
20th1060Martin ElmsEmily ElmsTSC18‑201836
21st835G ProsserL ProsserTSC1921(DNS)40
22nd504Martyn GreenJohn DilksTSC20(DNF)DNF44
23rd977Paul PritchardClareBCYC21(DNS)DNS45

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