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RS200 SEAS Open at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club

by Nick Marley 19 Oct 06:34 BST 17 October 2020

The lack of wind didn't take away from the competitiveness of the RS200 SEAS Open at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club.

The Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club RS200 SEAS open took place on Saturday 17th October. With very light winds the club were worried that the turn out may be low. But, much to the delight of the race officer and home sailors 22 boats turned up. With full Covid secure procedures in place the duty team quickly got everyone up onto the reservoir in time for the open air briefing. Given the social distancing and forecast for the wind to drop later in the day all the helms and crews agreed to skip the lunch break and run 4 back to back races.

The race officer set the standard windward leeward course and the feet headed to the far side of the reservoir ready for the first race. As the countdown neared the 1 minute from the start all the boats fought for prime position on the race line. The sequence finished and the race had started with the fleet getting away first time. The boats saying on starboard took advantage of the breeze to the west of the reservoir and made it to the windward mark first. As they rounded the spreader marks they launched their spinnakers and headed back down the reservoir. In the light wind the race officer comfortably got 3 laps in. David Jessop and Sophie Mear got their day off to a great start by taking the win, followed by Ian and Chris Martin with Chris Catt and Roz McGrane taking third spot.

As the day continued the helms and crews battled on the water using all their skills to keep the boats moving as fast as possible in the light winds. The race officer and his team did an amazing job of adjusting the course as the wind moved towards the west. The racing was tight, twice seeing half the fleet jostling for position around the final mark on the short reach to the finish line. Every race saw a different boat win, there was not going to be a runaway winner so it was going to be all down to the final race.

With the wind dropping picking the right course was critical to the final race. Those helms not spotting the holes in the wind paid dearly as they came to a stop and lost places to the boats following the breeze. David and Sophie ended the day as they started with a win in the final race, but it wasn't enough to take the day's win and they finished as overall 3rd place. First place in the overall results went to Ian and Chris Martin with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the counted races. Chris and Roz took the overall second place with a consistent performance of 3rd, 2nd and 2nd.

Island Barn's Andy Barnett and Jo Lloyd were the best placed home boat with a strong 3rd place in the final race giving them 7th place in the overall standings.

The day ended much as it had started with a Covid secure packing up and an outdoor prize-giving. Race Officer Mike Jones and Commodore Nick Marley thanked everyone for following the clubs social distancing rules, tight racing on the water and for the work of all the volunteers to make such a great day.

Race by race results and photographs can be found on the club's website,

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1618Ian MartinChrisMartinOxford231(DNF)6
2nd1603Chris CattRoz McGraneNetley3(4)227
3rd1659David JessopSophie MearHISC1(8)719
4th1039Tom GoodeyRichard ThomasBroadstairs425(9)11
5th211James MorrisonFiona HarringtonWeir Wood714(10)12
6th1617Alex CurtisRaffi GracieQueen Mary5(6)3412
7th1635Andrew BarnettJo LloydIsland Barn85(10)316
8th1628Matt FowlerLyn RPevensey Bay6(11)11522
9th297Chris ThomasMark ThomasBroadstairs(11)78722
10th1178Julian BradleyVana VlastakiWembley(10)99624
11th1637Kim GavinSarah GavinIsland Barn(13)136827
12th840Torrin BlazebyVerity HopkinWest Kirby(12)10121133
13th1066Campbell ManzoniAmy SandersonQueen Mary(DNF)12141440
14th1117Fraser WoodleySophie Wood (DSQ)16131241
15th1241CJ CavallariUta GriesenbachIsland Barn(16)14151342
16th1409Clare JamesClare ArcherIsland Barn1417(18)1546
17th651David ToddIsla ToddIsland Barn15(18)171648
18th818Nick MarleyIan PeaceIsland Barn1715(DNF)1951
19th1243Paddy JeffriesArran BrodieItchenor19(20)161853
20th430Mike CalvertSophie HarrisHISC18(19)191754
21st1559Andrew PetersJill PetersQueen Mary9(DNC)DNCDNC55
22nd1383Olly Broadstairs20(DNC)DNCDNC66

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