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West Country Boat Repairs RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club

by John Teague 30 Oct 05:49 GMT 26 October 2019

After a busy and highly competitive season of Ugly tour racing, on the RS200 SW Ugly tour sponsored by Westcountry Boat Repairs, the final remaining event was at our traditional season ending event of Chew Valley Lake.

This year there was even more stiff competition, not from any sailors, but the England and New Zealand rugby teams. The rugby gave the ever increasing crowd, something to distract from the 25-30kt winds out on the lake, and became an epic start to the day for any England fans. With the wind due to swing 180 degrees and drop to 10kts, a wise decision by the race team was made to postpone, a popular decision given the horizontal rain!

As the wind began to moderate the fleet, slightly reluctantly headed out for a later than planned days racing. It didn't take long for the forecast to prove itself to be pretty damned accurate, with the first race turning inside out on the second beat, to take a windward leeward course, to a leeward windward course, extraordinary! The leading two boats of John Teague/Naomi Pound and Alistair/Helen Norris slogged it out up the final beat that should have been a run, with Teague/Pound sneaking the win, from Norris/Norris, with Owain Hughes/Mari Shepherd in third and Fred Mainwaring/Liz Teague in fourth.

The second race, now on a very quickly re-set course, set off with Mainwaring/Teague showing great pace to take a healthy lead and the win in the now marginal planing conditions, behind Norris/Norris broke away from the chasing pack to sit in a comfortable second. A final run push from Teague/Pound saw them take third place from chew locals Dave Sweet/Derian Scott and Hughes/Shepherd in fifth. The third race saw the cornish duo of Henry Hallam/Ollie Croft take the lead for the majority of the race, with Norris/Norris just pulling through to take the win on the final lap. Third place was taken by Mainwaring/Teague and fourth by Hughes/Shepherd.

It was now all to play for in the final race, with three boats in contention for the win, and the all important overall 2019 Ugly tour crown hanging in the balance, with Norris/Norris and Teague/Pound taking the it down to the wire. The wind was now really shifting around, and dropping down to very much soaking conditions, with some big holes around. Off the start the fleet was split, with each side looking like they were onto a winner, only for the windward mark to bring everybody together at the same time. A busy windward mark saw Norris/Norris take a narrow lead, with the fleet hot on their heels, led by Hallam/Croft. Norris/Norris cemented their lead to take the race win, the event and the Ugly tour series, what a finish! Behind Hallam/Croft held another great second place, with Mainwaring/Teague in third, and Teague/Pound fourth, with Jeremy/Becca Stephens in fifth.

Final scores saw the win for Alistair Norris/Helen Norris, from Bristol Corinthian YC, showing that married life has certainly not slowed their boat speed down! Fred Mainwaring/Liz Teague from Exe took second place from John Teague/Naomi Pound from Bristol Corinthian in third place. Fourth went to Owain Hughes/Mari Shepherd from Parkstone, and the soon to be promoted Henry Hallam/Ollie Croft from Saint Mawes taking fifth and first Bronze boat, the only question being will they be in Silver or Gold fleet next year?! Nick Smith/Max Ross from Bristol Corinthian won silver fleet in 8th position overall.

The overall prize giving for the Ugly tour was held following the Chew prize giving, with sponsor Westcountry Boat Repairs, aka Pete 'Ugly' Vincent presenting a table full of Ugly mugs and Ugly goodies. Alistair Norris/Helen Norris won the overall title for the second year in a row, counting a full house of bullets with three points. A point behind was John Teague/Naomi Pound, with Fred Mainwaring/Liz Teague in third place. Final results for the overall tour will be out very shortly, watch this space to see you you placed!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1509Alistair NorrisHelen NorrisBCYC‑22114
2nd418F MainwaringE TeagueExe SC‑41337
3rd1365John TeagueNaomi PoundBCYC13‑548
4th1552Owain HughsMari ShepherdParkstone YC354(DNS)12
5th162Henry HallamOllie CroftSaint Mawes9‑132213
6th1445Pete VincentVictoria OptonBCYC & Llangedfedd SC5‑86718
7th846Jeremy StephensBecca StephensPenzance SC86‑10519
8th1145Nick SmithMax RossBCYC777‑1121
9th1019James WillliamsLizzy CookeCVLSC6‑98822
10th1466Dave SweetDerian ScottCVLSC114‑12924
11th1342Sarah GreenDavid GreenLlanddegfedd SC‑131211629
12th1707Paul FeelandSharon FreelamndLlandegfedd SC‑101091029
13th1437Rich HoleTracy HoleCVLSC12‑15141238
14th832Pete AlveyAndy GordonCVLSC1414‑151341
15th700Tim HoughtonMat CollsCVLSC1511(DNF)DNS43
16th977Paul PritchardClare HorackovaBCYC(DNS)16131443

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