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RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show 2023 - LEADERBOARD

RS Elite class at Chichester Harbour Race Week

by Alasdair McLeod 20 Aug 16:02 BST 15-19 August 2022
Colin Smith and Anna Wells celebrate their win in the RS Elite class at Chichester Harbour Race Week © Alasdair McLeod

The third and final day of the RS Elite event in Chichester Harbour Race Week brought a second race win for Colin Smith's Shaken Not Stirred (RS Elite 7) giving a four point lead over Ossie Stewart's More T Vicar (RS elite 67) in the six-race series. Third was Martin Jones' Candida (RS Elite 113) which put in a consistent performance throughout the event.

After the event Colin Smith commented, "we were very pleased with the performance of the boat overall", and Ossie Stewart commented "you can't win 'em all".

Andy Partington took fourth place in his newly-refurbished Lazy Daisy (RS Elite 66). Lazy Daisy's performance improved consistently throughout the series as the crew sorted out the boat and application of the discard allowed them to mitigate for a poor performance on the first day. In fifth place was Steve Fisher (crewed by Elliot Caldwell and Sasha Thorne) in RS Elite 44 who moved up the rankings when discards were applied. Peter Copsey and crew in The Doctor (RS Elite 46) fished sixth overall having put in a consistent performance throughout the series.

As always in the RS Elite fleet competition was intense. In the six-race series, with one exception each race was won by a different boat. Of the thirteen entrants all came from Hayling Island Sailing Club with the exception of Martin Jones' Candida which sailed under the burgee of Itchenor Sailing Club. The first three places in this event were taken by boats which had finished in the first four in the recent RS Elite International Grand Prix held at Cowes in June.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelm & CrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
17Colin Smith / Jamie SmithHISC13231410
267Ossie Stewart / Tom StewartHISC24125814
3113Martin Jones / Vicky JonesISC42576219
466Andy Partington / Rob DrumgoldHISC69363321
544Steve Fisher / Elliot CaldwellHISC811447626
646Peter Copsey / Debbie JarvisHISC95458527
7101Miles Odell / Andrew StreeterHISC576191428
865Toby Strauss / Rob CruickshankHISC31071112132
993Simon Radford / Rob WellsHISC11118122739
1076Tim Peters / Tim PetersHISC76111010942
1184David Hitchcock / Jill HitchcockHISC10898141449
1289Steven Hammond / Mark RothwellHISC1212109111153
1361Matt Abbiss / Nick JonesHISC1414141441056

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