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RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Starcross Yacht Club

by Hannah Liptrot 13 Sep 2019 07:51 BST 7 September 2019
RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Starcross © Richard Fryer

A bright and sunny morning greeted a healthy travelling fleet to Starcross for another round of the RS200 SW Ugly Tour 2019, sponsored by Westcountry Boat Repairs. Importantly this was the first of the Exe Double Header event, consisting of two individual Ugly tour events, on one weekend, with beer and food at Exmouth SC on Saturday night followed by the Exmouth event on the Sunday.

The forecast was on the light side, but the fleets optimism saw us launch, together with the RS400 fleet, into a light wind blowing down the estuary, joining the boats on the water who had already made the sail over from Exmouth with the incoming tide.

Race one got away with the Exe duo of Fred Mainwairing/Liz Teague leading the race at the windward mark, and then proceeding to hold the fleet to the finish. Tony Wilkinson/Kirsten Glen from Parkstone led the charge behind, with a comfortable second place, with Pete Vincent/Victoria Upton in third, holding off a late charge by John Teague/Naomi Pound to create a nail biting final few yards.

Race two was swiftly away, with a close race at the top, with Teague/Pound coming to the final mark in the lead, and very nearly attempting an additional lap, but for the exceptionally sporting reminder from Wilkinson/Glen on their heels in third place, with Dave/Jan Pointer separating them to take second. Mainwaring/Teague were hot on the leading trios heels in fourth place, to stay in the hunt for the event going into the final race.

The third and final race was again quickly away, with Russ Gibbs and his race team doing a great job as always, which is always appreciated by us sailors. It was Vincent/Upton who stepped up and took hold of the race, and took it to the finish to take first, with locals Charlotte Gough/Claire Hughes putting in a great performance for second place. Behind third place was taken by Teague/Pound, and fourth by the Pointers.

With the final scores on the doors, Pete 'Ugly' Vincent/Victoria Upton from BCYC/Exe SC, won the event, tying on points with John Teague/Naomi Pound from BCYC but winning the crucial final race to take victory. In a rather sentimental speech from Mr Ugly himself, he revealed that after competing for 44 years at sailing events every year at Starcross, this was the very first event he had ever won there. A well-deserved and long-awaited victory! Liz Teague/Fred Mainwairing from Exe SC took third place, only a point behind first and second, and beating on countback Tony Wilkinson/Kirsten Glen from Parkstone, who also won first silver fleet boat in fourth place.

First Bronze fleet, and also first juniors, in eighth place overall were the Cornish boat of Henry Hallam/Ashley Hill from St Mawes SC. After polishing off some cake and tea, the fleet headed off by road (and a few by boat) down river to Exe, for a well earned meal and drinks at the club. One excellent, and very close event finished, now the fleet were eager and ready for part 2 of the Exe Double Header on Sunday.

Overall Results:

PosSaul NoHelmCrewClub
1st1445Pete VincentVictoria UptonBristol Corinthian YC
2nd1365John TeagueNaomi PoundBristol Corinthian YC
3rd418Fred MainwaringLiz TeagueExe SC
4th1585Tony WilkinsonKirsten GlenParkstone
5th1679Dave PointerJanParkstone
6th1114Charlotte GoughClaire HughesStarcross YC
7th1452Alistair HodgsonJoanna WorrallRYA
8th162Henry HallamAshley HillSt Mawes SC
9th374Chris BakerJenni WyattBristol CorinthianYC
10th1641WilliamClare HorackovaBristol CorinthianYC
11th1647Jim GorrodBay GorrodStarcross YC
12th408Sophie RavenPaul RavenExe SC
13th1674Stuart TottenTom CarrParkstone
14th965Callum FarndenHugh TomkinsChew Valley Lake LSC
15th519Sue BrannamMike ProvenBurghfield SC
16th361Grant BoorerJonathan CarrStarcross YC
17th1342Sarah GreenDavid Green 
18th486Jon JamesSophie CrookExe SC
19th916Late joinerLate joiner 
20th407Francesca NealeWill FarrantSouth Cerney SC
21st832Pete AlveyAndy Gordon 
22nd1516Martyn StubbsYvonne SmithChew Valley Lake SC

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