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2000 Millennium Series Round 1 at Rutland Sailing Club

by Chris Jordon 23 Apr 2018 14:41 BST 21-22 April 2018
Richard & Eilidh Harvey win 2000 Millennium Series Round 1 at Rutland © Kev O'Brien

The first 2000 class Millennium Series event took place over the weekend of 21/22 April at Rutland Sailing Club.

This event was part of the large multi-class RS Sprints events - so there were over 85 boats out on the water in the wonderfully arranged sunshine. 10 races per class, each approximately 30 minutes long resulting in lots of winners! Some of the "winners" from the 2000 class included:

  • Jasper Barnham and Freya Pembery: who were in the lead at the end of the first day, but Jasper couldn't sail on the Sunday.
  • Guy and Julie Boswell: for leading the fleet around the first mark in the final Race.
  • The Tylecote boat: which obtained the fewest points over the weekend - but with two different helms.
  • Steve Tylecote and Freya Pembery: for winning the races on the Sunday.
  • Freya Pembery for winning 8 out of the 10 races, and the 2000 Class Youth prize.
  • Iain and Sarah Yardley: for the swimming prize, after capsizing on the beat in one of the big shifts.
  • Chris and Gill Jordan: for luffing the fleet over the line and causing the only General Recall of the weekend.
  • Richard and Eilidh Harvey: who lost his mast 10 minutes before the first race on Sunday when a shroud pin broke. He arranged a tow ashore, a new pin, put the mast back up again, and then sailed back down to the starting area ready for the next race!
And the racing? The RS Sprints were an excellent format led by the Race Officer - the commodore of Rutland SC, John Fothergill. Sharp starts, accurate lines and true beats all weekend. Jasper Barnham and Freya Pembery were trading 1st / 2nd with Richard and Eilidh Harvey; and Chris and Gill Jordan trading 3rd / 4th with Iain and Sarah Yardley in the first 2 races. The wind in general was shifting to the right all day - resulting in lots of mark moving exercises for the safety boats. The first two races the wind held at around 8-10 knots, and then there were a couple of races in lighter winds (down to 2 knots at one point), large 70 degree shifts and James and Jenny MacGregor appeared at the front of the fleet. With no sign of the wind returning, the Race Officer made a great call and sent us home at about 16:00.

On the Sunday there was more wind - gusting up to 18 knots during the first 2 races, before settling at around 10-12 for the remaining 4 - requiring both high and fast and soaking deep at different times.

Dan and Cat Rule from Carsington found a whole "go faster" gear to appear at the font of the fleet, although it was Steve Tylecote and Freya Pembery who managed to find the lead just when it mattered in each race.

The final race finished and was followed by a 1.5 mile beat home – we were still all off the water by 15:00. One of the best Open Meetings we have been to.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1st21016Richard HarveyEilidh HarveyCarsington SC2141144462341
2nd22607Chris JordanGillian JordanBurghfield & Brightlingsea SC345742383544
3rd2204Iain YardleySarah YardleySilver Wing SC438625944247
4th22619Kev ObrienJames SimpsonRAF Sailing Association659436257653
5th2272James MacgregorJenny MacgregorBassenthwaite SC5623888310861
6th2046Steve TylecoteFreya PemberyRutland SC1414141411111162
7th22564Helen PhillipsAndrew PhillipsCardiff Bay YC777853578764
8th22156Dan RuleCat RuleCarsington SC101210969625473
9th22557Dowell Ed Army Sailing Association883107771061076
10th20142Jasper BarnhamFreya PemberySnettisham Beach SC121214141414141490
11th2587Guy BoswellJulie BoswellLlandegfedd SC11111111910111199103
12th22352Mike McEwingImogen McEwingRutland SC1210121210111091114111
13th2046Fiona TylecoteSteve TylecoteRutland SC9965141414141414113

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