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Rope4Boats RS200 Inland Championships and Rooster National Tour at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Tom Ahlheid 3 Oct 16:47 BST 1-2 October 2022
Rope4Boats RS200 Inland Championships and Rooster National Tour at Grafham © Paul Sanwell / OPP

40 keen RS200 sailors were greeted by a warm welcome from Grafham SC as they arrived at the Rope4Boats 2022 Inland championships and Rooster National Tour event. A blustery forecast proved accurate for what was to be a testing but manageable first day.

Race 1: Straight out of the blocks were David Jessop and Sophie Mear who led for the first lap. However, a capsize on the second run allowed Ben Whaley and Lorna Glen to slip past to take the bullet, followed closely by Steve and Sarah Cockerill whilst Paris Thomas and Marta Ribera took third.

By now the wind had started to ease slightly. However, the gusts were still as punchy as ever: those with their head out of the boat could jump on the gusts and rocket down the course, sailing faster and lower than the others, making huge gains on the fleet! This made for tense racing; you were never safe until you crossed the finish line!

Race 2: Ben and Lorna made the most of the available gusts and shifts. David and Sophie kept their masts pointing the right way up in second, followed by Tom and Tristan Ahlheid.

Race 3: Clouds loomed over the previously sunny reservoir for the final race of the day, littering the racecourse with more random gusts and up to 20 degree shifts! It was snakes and ladders both upwind and downwind, with David and Sophie edging out Tom and Tristan, whilst Chris and Nicki Webber took third.

Despite the pessimistic forecasts, a moderate north-westerly 7-13 kt breeze showed up on Day 2 - a welcome break to the sailors' stiff, tired legs from the hard hiking of Day 1.

Race 4: A large right-hand shift during the start sequence caused a few too many boats to jump the gun, causing a general recall. This meant the RO went straight to the black flag! Luckily, the fleet got under way cleanly after that. The larger shifts and softer gusts than day 1 once again provided intense racing! Chris and Nicki Webber took the bullet, with Ben and Lorna in second. Matt Venables and Bethan Matthew took third.

Race 5: Matt and Bethan put themselves on the right side of the shifts and pressure to take the win, Chris and Nicki took second. Jamie Harris and Ellen Main found some speed to finish third.

Race 6: The final race of the weekend proved tricky as ever. A large left shift was followed by a large right shift, providing opportunities for boats on either side to work their way to the front. Chris and Nicki showed their prowess in the fluky wind to take another win! Tom and Tristan followed after a tight battle with Ben and Lorna down the last run, who finished third.

Overall, it was the consistent Lorna and Ben who were crowned 2022 Inland champions. Chris and Nicki's impressive charge on day 2 pushed them into second overall. Rounding out the podium were Tristan and Tom. Prize vouchers were generously provided by Rope4Boats - fresh rigging is always appreciated by boat and sailor!

Huge thanks to all the organisers and our sponsors Rope4Boats and Rooster who made the event so fantastic! Special mention goes to the RO Chris Clarke and those who cleared the mud off the slipway before the event due to the low water level, I'm sure that was a tough job (those hot summers have their consequences)!

Thanks to everyone for coming, see you all at the Harken End of Seasons - entry is open at

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Overall Results:

Rooster Endeavour Prize: Malcolm & Graydon McLeod
Rooster Mid Fleet Heroes Prize: Fresh Abendstern & Matt Taylor

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1136Ben WhaleyLorna GlenParkstone YC11‑624311
2nd17Chris WebberNicki WebberPevensey Bay SC‑96312113
3rd1237Tom AhlheidTristan AhlheidFrensham Pond SC432‑125216
4th1659David JessopSophie MearHISC5214‑10618
5th1521Matt VenablesBethan MatthewSutton/Royal Thames SC8‑14731423
6th1738Steve CockerillSarah CockerillStokes Bay SC25‑956523
7th1439Jamie HarrisEllen MainWessex SC‑149483933
8th439Paris ThomasMarta Uncio RiberaRoyal Thames YC3‑11599733
9th1635Andrew BarnettLynne RadcliffeIsland Barn Reservoir SC/Pevensay Bay1141078‑1240
10th1069Fresh AbendsternMatt Taylor[none]‑13108107843
11th1340Ed HarrisMaddie HarrisChew Valley Lake SC/Waldringfield SC68131112‑1450
12th785Andrew WishartNina LuckmannQMSC(DNC)7156141052
13th728Adam CatlowMartyn CatlowLeigh & Lowton SC/Abersoch SC7121213‑151155
14th1277Stewart WalkerMartin WalkerYorkshire Dales SC121311‑14131362
15th1610Tim HireAlice LucyRoyal Lymington YC/Rutland SC10‑151415111565
16th1152Jo TribeMarcus CollingbourneBurnham SC‑17161616171681
17th655Andrew DaviesJason KistruckCam SC16(DNC)DNC17161787
18th1725Nick MarleyUta GriesenbachIsland Barn Reservoir SC1517(DNC)18191988
19th1038Malcolm McLeod FlemingGraydon McLeod FlemingHunts SC181817‑19181889
20th1083Piers LuxfordBeth AlboneRoyal Harwich YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC105

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