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RS Games 2018 at the WPNSA: RS100 European Championship Day 2

by Clive Eplett 18 Aug 2018 14:47 BST 16-19 August 2018
RS100 Europeans day 2 at the RS Games © Alex & David Irwin /

RS100 Europeans day two and we're out in the bay for three races. The sun is out, it's a F3 and going to build to top end of a F4. Lovely.

Race one and Al Dickson makes clear he thinks the best way to develop the sport is to show us how to do it. He emerges from the pin end in commanding position and consolidates. Except that Steve Lee, after a disappointing (by his standards) day 1 has clearly got his groove on today. Al takes the bullet, but only just. The normally utterly dependable Huw Powell is next, until he decides to finish on the RS300s line, to leeward of the committee boat. But ours is to windward. This lets a no doubt Cheshire Cat grinning Greg Booth and Mark Harrison past. Oops. Robert Richardson follows him in, 7th is overnight leader Brett Aarons.

Race two and Nick Heather has a barnstorming beat to lead at the first mark. I peaked too soon, he later confessed. He's followed by Ian Gregory and then the usual suspects. They all gybe off early. The Frensham Pond team (Ian and your correspondent) begged to differ and kept going, resulting in their emerging one and two at the bottom. Brett takes the lead up the next beat and Ian struggles as the wind builds. Clive holds second from a charging Steve, then its Mark, Huw (who now remembers where to finish) Robert and Steve Jones. Al clearly is feeling guilty so develops the sport by letting others have a go and comes in 9th.

Race three and the wind is well up now. Start attempt one is aborted. Attempt two is a test of Arky's bottle. The RS300s are completing their first lap. Will they arrive just as we start? Not quite, with the exception of yellow-jersey wearing leader Steve Bolland, who I heard suck in his breath as he shot across my transom on port at full-chat just as our gun goes, crosses Giles and executes a perfect mid-line port flyer.

Down at the pin, Greg decides he can echo Stewart Hawthorn yesterday and pull off a port-flyer. You need to watch the Bolland technique Greg, 'cos it all goes horribly wrong and he gets Steve Jones' bowsprit in his traveller, then gets stuck on the pin-end committee rib, scaring the life out of Mark's wife Liz.

Back to the race... and I've no idea what was happening at the front, dammit. But Al Dickson had decided that was enough charity for one day. Nick Heather decided to hang in at the front but it was again Steve Lee with the steeliest gaze, going hard right on the last beat to take the bullet at the windward mark finish. Any Aussie readers need to know that Dave Williamson is getting stronger, putting in a 7th in this last race.

This made Steve the winner of the day with a 2-3-1 to pull him up to second, just one point behind Brett, with Al a further point behind and Huw hovering. Rob Richardson, next, is the only sailor in the top 10 who has not had a podium finish in 5 races, but he's poised and consistent with every result a 5th or 6th.

With four races in the bay scheduled for Saturday, and a bit more wind, it's gonna be more great racing in the RS100s.

Results after Day 2:

PosFleetNatSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1GoldGBR527Brett AaronsGurnard SC31-71611
2GoldGBR314Steven LeeRAFYC-10623112
3GoldGBR410Alistair DicksonGurnard SC821-9213
4GoldGBR508Huw PowellRed Wharf Bay/Netley SC-6355417
5GoldGBR379Mark HarrisonGurnard SC2-1244919
6GoldGBR140Robert RichardsonRoyal Windermere YC55-66521
7GoldGBR509Clive EplettFrensham Pond SC4892-1123
8GoldGBR523Greg BoothPort Dinorwig SC743-111024
9SilverGBR503Nick HeatherRoyal Windermere YC-139810330
10GoldGBR259Ian GregoryFrensham Pond SC111138-2133
11GoldGBR519David WilliamsonRoyal Brighton YC-16131212744
12GoldGBR130Steve JonesChew Valley Lake SC1510-2471345
13SilverGBR441John RichardsonRoyal Windermere YC141614-18852
14GoldGBR359Giles PeckhamGurnard SC121511-171553
15SilverGBR154Simon GeymanDatchet Water SC-211710161457
16SilverGBR302Daniel CraftNetley SC9-2017142060
17SilverGBR472Stewart HawthornNetley SC2072113-2461
18SilverGBR207Joe ScurrahCarsington SC11-1919191261
19SilverGBR526Mostyn EvansMounts Bay SC18141515-1962
20SilverGBR138Colin HattonWeir Wood SC19-2220201675
21SilverGBR305Jeremy GilbertMounts Bay SC/Penzance SC-242416231780
22SilverGBR470Francis BucknallLlandegfedd SC22181822-2380
23SilverGBR492Nick GriffinCastle Cove SC-252322211884
24SilverSWE46Hans GunnarssonNQBK232123-242289
25SilverGBR454Gav BenbowRoyal Windermere YC172525-302693
26SilverGBR300Alex OgilvieGurnard SC29(DNF)262525105
27SilverGBR129Franco MarencoStarcross YC282727-2928110
28SilverGBR148Paul DreweryBanbury SC-3028282827111
29SilverGBR446Joanne MussonSandersfoot/Tenby SC2629-312730112
30SilverGBR365Charles CammCastle Cove SC272629-3131113
31SilverESP120Cindy Donnecke-HerzCKA-3130302629115

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