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RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club

by John Teague 14 Apr 21:41 BST 13 April 2019

The 2019 season for the RS200 SW Ugly tour, sponsored by Westcountry Boat Repairs, has begun! The first event in the best regional circuit going, was at Bristol Corinthian YC on the anything but unlucky 13th April, with a promise of wind and sunshine. As the fleet launched into a slightly friskier than expected easterly wind, the sun shone down and promised some close competitive racing.

Race one eventually got under way after several false starts, on a day that had decided to hit the shifty button, and keep everybody on their toes. Mr Ugly himself, Pete Vincent and Victoria Upton, took charge and started to build a lead, with the chasing pack picking their way through the 10-12kt shifty winds. However the first of a new phenomenon was to occur, the newly named Ugly gust, putting the lead boat of Pete 'Ugly' Vincent/Victoria Upton into windward, and simultaneously removing their boom from the gooseneck, causing a watery ending to their race. The final run saw John Teague/Naomi Pound take the win, from Edd Whitehead/Izzy Savage hot on their heels, from Tom/Jo Hewitson, Nick Smith/Max Ross and Nick/Hannah Smith chasing hard.

Race two once again saw some shifty wind and false starts, with Whitehead/Savage holding the fleet up the second beat in a gusty 15kts, only for, BOOM, another Ugly gust! This time a full 100degree self tacking monster, masterfully handled/survived by Edd and Izzy, giving the chasing fleet seconds to prepare. The first victims of this Ugliness being Alistair Norris/Helen Summersgill, going in to windward, and then showing off their agility and quick reflexes to both make the board and be back sailing in seconds. The fleet behind was a scene of carnage as boats had various success in dealing with this Ugly gust, some wetter than others! Whitehead/Savage capitalised on the gust, maintaining a safe lead to the finish, with Teague/Pound leading the chasing pack, from Norris/Summersgill, Jamie Harris/Taddie Horacek and Dave Sweet/Derian Scott.

Race three saw the conditions lighten a little, with no let up in the shifts though! Teague/Pound and Norris/Summersgill had a tight battle all race, holding positions until the finish, with Vincent/Upton holding Whitehead/Savage and Fred Mainwaring/Ryan Bush off. Onto the final race, with a course move around as the wind finally moved as per the forecast to a more southerly direction, and a general recall, the fleet were off. A left hand shift in the final minute saw a pin bias, and the fleet headed off to take advantage of this, absolutely nailing the first beat, and holding an impressive lead to the finish was Jeremy Stephens/Rebecca Stephens. The race for second was won after a three way battle by Norris/Summersgill from Teague/Pound and Harris/Horacek with Vincent/Upton chasing hard. Sunshine and a planing final run allowed the fleet to stretch their legs and prepare for cake and the prize giving.

With a big drive to reduce our reliance on single use plastic, BCYC fleet captain Alistair Norris, championing the campaign, presented Darren McNamara/Finn Pritchard with the prize for not using any single use plastic during the event, not such an easy thing to do with our slight addiction to PVC electrical tape! John Teague/Naomi Pound from home club BCYC won overall, with Edd Whitehead/Izzy Savage from Parkstone/Filey/BCYC taking second on countback from Alistair Norris/Helen Summersgill from BCYC. Fourth place went to the far travelling boat from Penzance, Jeremy/Rebecca Stephens, and the tours namesake Pete Vincent/Victoria Upton from BCYC/Llandegfedd. Silver fleet was won by the purple boat from Thornbury, Nick/Hannah Smith with the Chew Valley team of David Sweet/Derian Scott taking second. In Bronze fleet another boat from Cornwall, this time St Mawes, Amy Boyle/Roisin O'Halloran took the win convincingly by 11 points from Sarah/David Green from Llandegfedd.

The next event on the tour takes us to the Bristol Channel, and Thornbury Sailing Club, less than a month away on May 11th, don't miss it!

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stGold1365John TeagueNaomi PoundBCYC121‑34
2ndGold1626Ed WhiteheadIzzy SavageFiley/BCYC214‑77
3rdGold1509Alistair NorrisHelen SummersgillBCYC‑63227
4thGold846Jeremy StephensRebecca StevensPenzance SC‑876114
5thGold1445Pete VincentVictoria UptonBCYC/Llandegfedd(DNF)93517
6thSilver379Nick SmithHannah SmithThornbury SC5‑117618
6thGold418Fred MainwaringRyan BushExe SC765‑1218
8thGold1439Jamie HarrisTaddy HoraceckBCYC‑11411419
9thSilver1466David SweetDerian ScottCVLSC‑12581124
10thSilver1145Nick SmithMax RossBCYC4‑1513825
11thSilver1383Oliver Cage‑WhiteEmily Wingfield‑DigbyBroadstairs CC‑13812929
12thBronze1684Amy BoyleRoisin O'HalloranSt Mawes910‑151029
13thGold1633Tom HewitsonJo HewitsonHISC3(OCS)9BFD34
14thSilver1452Alistair HodgsonJoanna WorrallRYA101410(DNC)34
15thBronze1342Sarah GreenDavid GreenLlandegford‑1613141340
16thBronze489Ed StubbsDave StubbsLyme Regis1512‑171542
17thBronze977Darren McNamaraFinn PritchardBCYC171616(BFD)49
18thBronze505Jon WoodFelix woodAvon SC141719(DNC)50
19thBronze1641Will RhodesClare HorakovaBCYC‑2019201453
20thBronze547Giles GriffithDan WrightDurleigh SC19‑20181653
21stBronze832Pete AlveyAndy GordonCVLSC1818‑211753

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