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RS200 Masters at the RS 30th Anniversary Regatta

by Emily Davis 23 May 11:48 BST 17-19 May 2024
RS200 Masters at the RS 30th Anniversary Regatta © Digital Sailing

In true Hayling fashion the sun was shining from dawn till dusk on all three days, though the wind very nearly didn't make an appearance!

On day one, a combined handicap Masters Fleet took to the water for 2 races in light tricky conditions. In the RS200s Mike Warwicker and Kate Fitzsimmons took control by footing off and going for speed rather than height and ended the day with the most consistent results.

With the arrival of the rest of the fleets the following day, the wind remained light and only two races were managed, one of which we won (in the masters fleet) and the other was a hopeless start with most of the fleet (including Flynn and I) unable to make the pin on starboard. Sailing ashore, HISC's sunny terrace beckoned and most succumbed to the call of the bar and a great bbq; it was difficult then not to get stuck into the usual amazing RS party catching up with friends across the classes, rekindling friendships borne from trailing round with our kids many years ago.

An early protest hearing on Sunday for us threw out our first from the day before, giving us fire in our bellies (instead of a hangover) to claim three masters bullets on day three; after a difficult start for the race officer the wind finally settled and built enough to have crews even sit on the side. Alas this was not enough to push through Mike and Kate's consistency and they rightfully took the crown. Lessons learnt !

After the pack up an emotional medal ceremony wrapped up an amazing event, 31st birthday regatta very much looked forward to!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewFri R1Fri R2Sat R1Sat R2Sun R1Sun R2Sun R3Pts
11721Mike WarwickerKate Fitzsimmons3112‑52216
21620Lawrence HaywardAnn Nugent1‑62124420
31173Emily DavisFlynn Davies45(DSQ)311122
41152Joanna TribeMarcus Collingbourne524‑633326
51165Ian PickardRachel Jenkins24344‑5527
61725Nick MarleyIan Peace‑635566637

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