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RS200 Inland National Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Pete Vincent 11 Oct 2018 06:28 BST 6-7 October 2018
RS200 Inland National Championship © Tim Olin /

Never has a weather forecast for a sailing event proved so accurate and it is difficult to remember when the expression a game of two halves has been so apt.

Several boats that had pre entered were put off by the blustery forecast for Saturday along with the sudden arrival of single figure temperatures. It was still a very good healthy sized fleet of 45 boats that launched and it was also a very strong fleet. With the Endeavour the following weekend there were some crews getting in practice including the return of some RS royalty. Ok pushing it a bit to call Nick Craig royalty but you get the idea!

On the water the conditions were pretty full on. The northerly wind was somewhere between 16 and 22 knots with blustery short bursts into the higher 20's. The wind was by no means uniform over the course; if you hooked into a dark patch early on the run you could make massive gains in a ball of spray whilst boats 5 boat lengths away never moved. The leeward gate was pure entertainment.

Race Officer Ian Bullock did a great job of turning races around very rapidly to avoid many getting cold. So it was happy and very tired bunch of sailors that headed for the showers in good time after three full length hard races.

Nick Craig/Emma Hivey thrived in the conditions scoring 4.2.1 to be just ahead of Ben Saxton/Izzy Hamilton with Ollie Groves/Esther Parkhurst and James Peters/Emily Anderson in close company. But the class act of the day was Maria Stanley/Alan Roberts leading overall with a 2.1.2 scoreline.

Sunday morning felt a different world with very pleasant sunshine, a lot of blue sky, more Spring like temperatures and 8-10 knot breeze from the west. Whilst breakfast was consumed the breeze was already very slowly easing. The great worry for all over their bacon and coffee was that if the weather forecast was right we were very likely to be looking at a flat calm by midday.

Race four started in a breeze bordering on 5-6 knots. First half of the season form horses Alistair Norris\Helen Summersgill moved through to take the lead on the second lap and along with Will and Matt Taylor they had a large lead when the race was shortened at the second gate. With the committee boat moored alongside one of the gate marks to do this confusion ruled after the first five boats finished. For many coming in on the starboard lay line the committee boat hid from their view the port gate mark so they went round the starboard gate mark to port and the sought in vain for a finishing buoy. Two thirds of the fleet then did a good sheep impression and followed. After a while some boats who had 'finished' realised the error of their ways unwound themselves and finished correctly whilst many drifted around having confused banter. I think the results took a while to compile!

Race five started in a very soft breeze that was saying hello to the four knot limit. Tom and Jo Hewitson sailing together for the first time since Jo's leg injury rolled back the years to lead with Ben Saxton for close company. With the fleet on their second beat and many struggling to move the race officer took the decision to abandon the race.

Ashore looking at a flat calm lake the vast majority had already gone into shrimp alley to wash their boats well before the decision was made at 13.00 to abandon for the day. So ended a very eventful RS200 inlands. With the entire top 5 discarding their result from race four the overnight positions still stood so Maria Stanley/Alan Roberts were RS200 Inland National Champions. Do they start the Endeavour as favourites??

Ollie Groves/Ester Parkhurst were RS200 Youth National Champions and Jamie/Bettine Harris were RS200 Junior National Champions.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1642Maria StanleyAlan RobertsLTSC/HISC/RSRNYC/Valle Des Focdv212‑35
2nd1657Nick CraigEmma HiveyBurghfield SC/A.S.A421(DNF)7
3rd1328Ben SaxtonIzzy HamitonItchenor SC133‑57
4th1637Ollie GrovesEsther ParkhurstBeaver SC344(DNF)11
5th1675James PetersEmily AndersonHISC565‑816
6th626Will TaylorMatt TaylorBrightlingsea SC710‑11219
7th1509Alistair NorrisHelen SummersgillBristol CYC11‑1310122
8th1440Peter BallanneJo KaldevonWessex SC1011‑13425
9th1659David JessopSophie MearQMSC/Hunts SC1457(DNF)26
10th1633Tom HewitsonJo HewitsonHISC989(UFD)26
11th1667Olly TurnerSam MottersheadStarcross YC12126‑2230
12th1662Steve WilsonBecky Wilson 15712(DNC)34
13th1570Robbie KingJemie WebbN/A6(UFD)142040
14th162Morgan PeachKatie DaviesRoyal Torbay YC8924(UFD)41
15th1629Philip BaileyHelen BaileyGrafham Water SC‑311815942
16th1319Simon HorsfieldKatie BurridgeArmy Sailing Association2019‑23645
17th1445Pete VincentVictoria Hoover UptonBristol CYC‑1815181245
18th1383Tom GoodeyImmy Cage‑WhiteBroadstairs SC131716(DNF)46
19th1568Rhos HawesIzi DaviesSCSC/Itchenor16(RDG)RDG1149
20th1365Jamie HarrisBettine HarrisBristol CYC/WSC191417(DNF)50
21st1413Tom FenemoreOrla MitchellRoyal Lymington YC & Earlswood‑2724191558
22nd1262Josh AdamsCat WallaceOxford SC2420‑261660
23rd1035Jemima LawsonJess LaveryEmsworth SC23‑33251765
24th1673Harry ChattertonFaye ChattertonWaldringfield SC(UFD)16331968
25th1247Issy Taylor JonesCara BlandRoyal Harwich SC3231‑35770
26th1358Charlie WhitakerBecca StephensBudworth SC30‑3521.52374.5
27th1447Stephen VideloCris VideloWaldringfield SC(UFD)218UFD75
28th1076Ethan DawsonJames AbbattBass SC/Ullswater YC3332‑341075
29th1378Andy KilburnFiona MulcahyNotts County/Aldeburgh YC172929(DNF)75
30th1635Andrew BarnettJo LloydIsland Barn Reservoir SC292620(DNF)75
31st419James BaylissLucinda BaylissQMSC222530(UFD)77
32nd1605Kevin DruceKristof JenkinsBurghfield SC282327(DNF)78
33rd1025Alex BeaneyHannah LiptrotWembley SC262828(DNF)82
34th967Chris WhiteNicola WhiteSouth Staffordshire SC3730(DNC)2188
35th1242Will BirchallHattie AskeqQMSC35‑38361889
36th303Lucy GatesKrystal LawQMSC3939(DNC)1391
37th1676Paul CullenVerity HopkinsWeirwood SC2527(UFD)DNF98
38th1638Angus CollingridgeRosie TargettWaldringfield SC363732(DNF)105
39th1653Peter HudsonAdam HudsonGrafham Water SC(DNC)DNCDNC14106
40th1071Gemma Francis‑BurnettTim WallerBeaver SC34(DSQ)31DNF111
41st899Chris WebberNicki WebberPevensay Bay SC21(UFD)DNCDNF113
42nd1162Russ CoggraveLucy MalloryStaunton Harold SC3836(DNC)DNF120
43rd812Harry GilchristToni DuffyItchenor SC(UFD)34DNCDNF126
44th1670Alice SeniorMatt ConyersPlymouth SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNF138
44th1663Hattie CollingridgeKatie SparkWaldringfield SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC138

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