Please select your home edition
Raymarine 2021 October LEADERBOARD

Westcountry Boat Repairs RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Exe Sailing Club

by John Teague 21 Sep 06:50 BST 18 September 2021
RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Exe © Tim Graham

A light forecast showed just a glimmer of hope, that the RS200 fleet would get enough wind for the penultimate event of the SW Ugly tour sponsored by Westcountry Boat Repairs at Exmouth. That forecast didn't put off a healthy fleet of 23 boats, who were greeted by the smell of bacon rolls and coffee at the ever friendly Exe sailing club, with the club fresh from hosting this years RS200 National Champs, it was good to see many sailors returning less than a month later for more racing, a testament to the clubs hosting abilities.

As the fleet launched a gentle and welcome breeze filled in, with the tide giving a helping hand to push the fleet out of the channel and into the bay. Race one started with a promising wind, and even some very mild hiking up the first beat, as the race progressed however this dropped back to a pretty light wind, the leading pack were tightly bunched, with the win taken by Edd Whitehead/Chris Baker from Exe locals Merrick Stanley/Victoria Upton, with third by the fast (its all relative!) finishing Fred/Liz Mainwaring and fourth John Teague/Naomi Pound.

Race two saw yet more of the light stuff, with the conditions made trickier by the choppy sea state relative to the wind, doing its best to stall every tack and shake what little wind there was out of the spinnaker. With a game of snakes and ladders in the front pack, Whitehead/Baker soaked into the lead on the final run to take their second win, from Teague/Pound sneaking over the top of Henry Hallam/Ashley Hill on the final reach to the finish, with James Williams/Anna Mason taking fourth place.

The third race saw the weather gods throw a curve ball in the final 30 seconds of the start sequence, with a big left shift opening up new opportunities through the fleet. Not for the first time this year, Williams/Mason showed blistering pace to take the biggest win of the day showing the fleet a clean pair of heels. Behind team Mainwaring took second, from Jeremy Stephens/Lloyd Williams in third place with Whitehead/Baker in fourth.

The fourth and final race saw the Cornish team of Hallam/Hill take control of the race to finish with a win, with Teague/Pound taking second from Whitehead/Baker close behind in third, and the Mainwarings in fourth place. That brought a close to a very enjoyable, highly competitive, light and tense series, with thanks going to the very efficient race team from Exe, headed by Tim Graham the race officer.

The final scores at the prize-giving, naturally accompanied by tea and cake, saw the team of Edd Whitehead/Chris Baker from Parkstone/Bristol Corinthian take a well deserved win, something Chris appears to be making a name for himself at the front, having now won two Ugly events with two different helms this year. Second place was taken by John Teague/Naomi Pound from Bristol Corinthian, with the podium completed by the final race winners, the St Mawes duo of Henry Hallam/Ashley Hill. Fourth place, and equal points to third, was the local Exe team of Fred/Liz Mainwaring with our race three winners James Williams/Anna Mason from Chew Valley taking fifth.

The silver fleet was won by another Cornish boat, this time from Restronguet, of Kyle Brown/Madeline Strugnell, with Graham/Darcie Flyn taking second in Silver. Bronze fleet was won by Sarah/David Green from Llandegfedd, which as sponsor Pete Vincent pointed out at the prize-giving, certainly dispels any myths of them not being fast in the light stuff, especially posting a 7th place in the second race. Second in Bronze went to the local Exe boat of Chris/Sophie Crook.

So we now have only one more event to complete this years Ugly season, for which we head to Chew Valley Lake for our traditional season ender on 23rd October. This is going to be quite some event, with quite possibly our most competitive ever dash for the Ugly tour title, with four teams in the running for the overall title, and no less than seven boats in with a chance of getting on the podium, wow! The Silver and Bronze fleet overall positions are still up for grabs, with plenty left to play for, who will be taking home an Ugly prize?! Overall series results can be found at

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1562Edd WhiteheadChris BakerParkstone/BCYC11‑435
2nd1365John TeagueNaomi PoundBCYC42‑828
3rd1621Henry HallamAshley HillSt Mawes53‑619
4th418Fred MainwaringLiz MainwaringESC3‑5249
5th1019James WilliamsAnna MasonChew‑841712
6th846Jeremy StephensLloyd WilliamsPenzance‑663615
7th1078Merrick StanleyVictoria UptonLLandegfedd/ESC2‑105916
8th861Duncan GlenLorna GlenParkstone YC7‑119521
9th594Kyle BrownMadeline StrugnellRestronguet1097‑1126
10th1445Pete VincentCerys MorganLLandegfedd/BCYC‑11810826
11th967Graham FlynDarcie FlynThe Chase SC12(OCS)111033
12th1658John HarveySarah MaddisonThornbury SC9‑13121334
13th1342Sarah GreenDavid GreenLLandegfedd13715‑1635
14th486Chris CrookSophie CrookESC1416‑171242
15th1080Rose HallamMatthew HillSt Mawes151413‑1842
16th787Nathan MuggeridgeLeo MuggeridgeWimbleball‑1712161543
17th322Freya BrownGrace O'HalloranRestronguet‑1915191448
18th1443Charles RichardsonRowena JonesBCYC‑1818141749
19th817Sophie RavenAshton GentESC161918‑2053
20th1478Ben TeagueJasmine BooteAbersoch/WPNSA‑2017201956
21st1631Felix GibbonsOscar GibbonsESC‑2120212162
22nd1586Anna CoxAngus BaileyESC‑2221222265
23rd461Charlotte CoxMartin CoxESC(RET)DNC232370

Related Articles

Top amateur dinghy crew Fiona Clark passes away
'Running Girl' pulled the kite up so fast you'd wonder if it was electric Fiona Clark was an outstanding amateur dinghy crew, a shining light especially in the RS200 and RS400 fleets. Elaine Watkin Jones shares the thoughts of some of the country's top dinghy sailors and her personal memories of a special sailor. Posted today at 5:00 pm
60th Endeavour Trophy at Burnham overall
Olympian Luke Patience and Mary Henderson win After a couple of mixed results on the opening day yesterday, including an OCS, silver medallist Luke Patience and Mary Henderson won the Endeavour Champion of Champions title with two final race wins, writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 11 Oct
60th Endeavour Trophy at Burnham day 1
Thames A Rater champs take overnight lead on a mixed day of results Light winds and extremely strong Spring tides threatened to disrupt the opening day of the 60th anniversary Endeavour Trophy but instead four races took place in challenging, shifty conditions, writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 10 Oct
60th Endeavour Trophy this weekend
Olympians join 30 national champions in special anniversary event The countdown to the 60th anniversary Endeavour Trophy is under way with the first race kicking off at 10.00 tomorrow, writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 8 Oct
RS200s at Papercourt
Eight teams share the lake with 22 Aeros for a joint open Eight teams representing four different clubs arrived at Papercourt on Sunday 26th September to be greeted by a flat calm, hot coffee and bacon rolls. Posted on 28 Sep
10th Great North Asymmetric Challenge
Asymmetric dinghies from all five corners of the north race at Bass Asymmetric dinghies from all five corners of the north (as in north north, proper White Walker territory without the dragons) and visitors from Scotland, & Cambridge littered the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. Posted on 27 Sep
RS200 Sacred SEAS Open at Shoreham
"I've always wanted to come to Shoreham" "I've always wanted to come to Shoreham", said one aspirational voice in the fleet while rigging. And why wouldn't you? Quite why he waited until the RS200 Sacred SEAS open on Saturday 18th Sept remains a mystery. Posted on 22 Sep
RS200 Northern Tour at Glossop
The second half of the tour after the summer break Glossop kicked off the second half of the tour after the summer break. A westerly breeze blowing over the dam straight down the lake was the perfect direction for a long course. Posted on 16 Sep
RS200 Youth Championships at Itchenor
Light winds sailing techniques put to the test The RS200 Youth Champs began last weekend by showing us just how strong the tides in the Chichester Harbour can be and putting our light winds sailing techniques to the test. Posted on 8 Sep
Turbo Asymmetric Open preview
Incorporating the RS200 Cornish Championships Restronguet Sailing Club invite sailors to our Turbo Asymmetric Open and the RS 200 Cornish Championships on the 4th and 5th September 2021. Posted on 31 Aug