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2021 RS200 Inland Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Tom Goodey 20 Oct 17:18 BST 2-3 October 2021
Winner Ian and Chloe - RS200 2021 Inland Championships © Paul Sanwell, OP Photography

All three fleets arriving at Grafham Water Sailing Club (GWSC) were warmly welcomed by their team who were to go on to put on a superb event across the weekend, despite the challenging forecast.

Thirty-three hardy RS200 sailor teams turned up ready to compete for this year's Inland Championships, not fazed by the rather ominous wind and the rain forecasted. It was great to see that among the sailors were some new faces seeking practice before next week's Endeavour Trophy.

As the fleet rigged, the conditions were overcast with a gentle but gusty SSE - posing the question of what settings to go for? In the end the forecast was true to its word and those that racked back were probably grateful.

Race One: With the RS200 fleet its usual keen self, and a starboard bias line enticing the feet to try their luck the first start resulted in a general recall, much to the relief of those keen beans. The race officer not wanting to hang around with the rain looming soon switched the more lenient U flag for the Black flag. Take two and the fleet was away cleanly. It was all about who could find the pressure downwind in race one. Experience prevailed and Lee and Anne Sydenham gave a master class on how to sail through the fleet to take the line honours, followed closely by Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby in 2nd and Ian Martin and Chloe George in 3rd.

Race Two: With the wind now beginning to build it was getting into the territory of full 'sending it' down wind, with some very big patches of pressure making their way across Grafham Reservoir. Great if you were in them, frustrating if you missed them. Those that were bold and hit the far bank found the most consistent wind. Ian Martin and Chloe George always looked comfortable out in front to take the win, closely followed Andrew and Jill Peters. Isabelle Fellows and James Dowrick just pipped 3rd on the final downwind from Tom Goodey and Richard Thomas to round off the top three.

Race Three: By now it was a consistent 20+ knots with some larger gusts making things interesting. Tom Goodey and Richard Thomas rounded mark one in first and were able to hold on despite mounting pressure from Andy Davis and Pippa Kilby who took a close second, followed by Andrew and Jill Peters.

By now the weather had really taken a turn and everyone was grateful to get back ashore to the warmth of GWSC's bar - the much more appealing option. Topping the evening off was some excellent food, well earnt by everyone!

Sunday welcomed us all to a much sunnier GWSC with SW winds building steadily throughout the morning.

Race Four: Again, in the first race of the day Lee and Anne Sydenham got off to a fast start, taking the lead on the first downwind. Eventually they were overtaken by Ian Martin and Chloe George who took the line honours. Ever consistent Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby finished third.

Race Five: It was great to see so much chopping and changing of positions, with some of the gustiest conditions of the weekend being responsible. Left downwind seemed to pay dividends and Ian Martian and Chloe George rounded off a hat-trick of bullets and crossed the line in first. They were followed by Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby in second, and Tom and Jo Hewitson in third.

Race Six: This really was hold on to your hats weather by now with some monster gusts. Tom Goodey and Richard Thomas were able to take advantage of the big right shift off the line to hold onto a comfortable lead all race. Behind, Matthew Shorrock and James Clementson showed great boat speed in the breeze to take second, followed by Chris and Nicki Webber in third.

Once again GWSC hasn't disappointed with all six scheduled races completed very efficiently. They are well deserving of a huge thank you. I'm sure I can speak for everyone when I say we are all looking forward to coming back again next year. For now, the circuit looks forward to the last Rooster National Tour event of the year which is the Harken RS End of Season Regatta hosted by Rutland Sailing Club on the 6-7 Nov. This is one not to be missed so I look forward to seeing you all there. Online entry is here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1618Ian MartinChloe GeorgeBurghfield SC31‑511511
2nd1318Andy DavisPippa KilsbySouth Staffs2‑8232413
3rd1698Tom GoodeyRichard ThomasRoyal Naval Sailing Association(DNF)4156117
4th1559Andrew PetersJill PetersQueen Mary SC‑82364722
5th1270Alex SmallwoodCallum FarndenDWSC6564‑7627
6th1657Tom HewitsonJo HewitsonHayling Island SC564(UFD)31028
7th626Will TaylorFiona MulcahyLymington Town SC77788‑937
8th1709Robert RichardsonFaye CaswellRoyal Windermere YC/Yorkshire Dales SC‑11118991148
9th1540Lee SydenhamAnne SydenhamHayling Island SC113‑202191449
10th16Chris WebberNicki WebberPevensay Bay SC91610(UFD)11349
11th1628Matt FowlerLynne RatcliffePevensay Bay SC1010‑111110849
12th985Flynn DaviesHolly DabsonBurnham SC/GWSC1412‑1875DGA49.2
13th719Isabelle FellowsJames DowrickPorthdean SC133914‑181352
14th1331Mary HendersonRob AllenSalcombe YC12191310‑241569
15th964Chris ThomasVerity HopkinsBroadstairs SC15‑221613151271
16th1659David JessopSophie MearHayling Island SC49(DSQ)UFD121876
17th900Rick PerkinsSarah PerkinsWhitstable YC1718122016(DNC)83
18th1617Alex CurtisRaffi GracieRutland Sailing Club1917141520(DNC)85
19th1635Andrew BarnettJo LloydIsland Barn R SC1814‑2221141986
20th785Andrew WishartKaren ThomasQueen Mary SC20(BFD)1517221690
21st864Matthew ShorrockJames ClementsonFrensham Pond SC(DSQ)DNCDNC1213293
22nd728Adam CatlowMartyn CatlowLeigh & Lowton SC232319(UFD)1720102
23rd740Ben HardenLucy ElleryBurnham SC‑272021252517108
24th1308Mark OakeyJess SmithCardiff Bay YC2215(DNC)1921DNC110
25th1395Nigel BirdAndy BirdRYA21211722(DNF)DNC114
26th891Dan McLeanAva McleanLeigh & Lowton SC2524242327(DNC)123
27th1527Rheanna PaveyClaudia WilsonRickmansworth SC16(DNF)DNC1826DNC126
28th266Hannah ColeLydia StevensonThorpe Bay YC242523(UFD)DNFDNC138
29th1725Nick MarleyIan PeaceIsland Barn R SC26(DNF)DNF2423DNC139
30th1643Sam GoultBee NeeFrensham Pond28(DNC)DNC16DNCDNC143
31st805Larissa ConnabeertbcStoke Gabriel Boating Association(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC165
31st1340Edward HarrisMaddie HarrisWaldringfield SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC165

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