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Rope4Boats RS600 Inland Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Michael Iszatt 16 May 2023 10:37 BST 13-14 May 2023
Rope4Boats RS600 Inland Championship at Grafham Water © Paul Sanwell / OPP

Winter-like conditions with a cold force 3 greeted the RS600 fleet at Grafham for the first day of racing at the Rope4Boats RS600 Inlands.

Jamie Mawson showed intent by storming away from the off to gain a fantastic lead over the chasing fleet which he never relinquished. Ian Marshall took full advantage of Mike Iszatt and Jake Willars battling it out for the third place to take a comfortable second. Mike managed to hold Jake off for the third spot.

In race 2 it was Ian Montague's turn to get it right, gaining a fine lead away from the start and looking fast and good. It was a surprise how Jamie managed to claw his way through a tight group of boats to overtake everyone and gain his second dove. Jake Willars showing good consistency held onto third.

Yet again in race 3, Jamie showed his pace but he certainly did not have it all his own way with the rapidly improving Matt Potter managing to overtake him on the run for a brief spell at the front of the fleet. Jake Willars showing great sailing ability managed to come in second just ahead of Matt.

Race 4 was Mike Iszatt's turn to get it right, following a very shifty first beat he led with Brian Briggs following close behind. Brian fell back and the race soon developed into a tussle between Mike and Ian Marshall but as in race two, Jamie Mawson suddenly appeared out of nowhere forcing Mike to start covering him instead of Ian.

Splitting tacks at the final mark to the finish proved the right call giving Jamie his fourth well-deserved win.

As forecast the wind failed to materialize for the final day of racing giving Jamie Mawson a comfortable first place overall from Jake Willars in second and Mike Iszatt in third.

Apart from the first position the places throughout the fleet were very mixed, achieving four wins highlights just how well Jamie sailed every race.

Huge thanks to Ropes4boats for sponsoring the event.

The next stop on the RS600 Rooster National Tour will be the Noble Marine Allen Brothers National Championships at Stone Sailing Club from the 23rd to the 25th of June, with a practice day on the 22nd. There will be all to play for with the return of George Smith, the winner of the last two nationals.

Stone has a great event planned, get your entry in NOW to take advantage of the early entry which ends on the 31st of May - grab yourself a free event-branded dry bag and save £25!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelms_NameSailing_ClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1001Jamie MawsonNotts County Sailing Club‑11113
2nd810Jake WillarsNotts County Sailing Club‑43249
3rd951Mike IszattBlackwater Sailing Club3‑65210
4th1000Ian MontagueStone Sailing Club524‑1011
5th654Ian MarshallOxford SC and RAFSA2‑77312
6th907Matt PotterNotts County Sailing Club‑1043512
7th885John TailbyNotts County Sailing Club65‑8617
8th728Will RussellGrafham Water Sailing Club7‑86821
9th1003Chris OwensPembrokeshire Yacht Club8‑99724
10th838Brian BriggsGrafham Water Sailing Club‑121210931
11th710Graham TimmsGrafham Water Sailing Club911‑121131
12th815Ed BellamyGrafham Water Sailing Club111011‑1232
13th677Gareth BeacockConiston Sailing Club(DNC)1313DNC42
14th884Owen PopeGrafham Water Sailing Club13(DNC)DNCDNC45
15th648Alistair FarmanGrafham Water Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNC48

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