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HARKEN RS200 INLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

 

 

 

Report By Will Taylor

Photos by Tim Olin

It was a remarkable fleet of 53 RS200s that gathered at Grafham, with a much-touted lineup including several team GBR sailors, a trio of former RS200 National Champions and the current title holder. The fleet also included visiting national champions from other dinghy classes, keen to get in some practise ahead of next weekend’s Endeavour Trophy. As a testament to the broad appeal of the RS200, the lineup featured sailors as young as 12, with one young pairing competing at their first RS200 event; they picked the right weekend, as this was a Championships that delivered on every level.

The weekend started off on a high with Grafham showing the rugby for all those England fans. Shortly after we had our briefing from PRO Peter Saxton, who explained we would be on U flag from the outset and to look out for the shortened course flag (beautifully modelled by fleet model Oliver Turner). However neither of these had much of an effect on the racing with only 4 boats being UFD over the weekend! 

Day 1 saw winds of 7-12 knots, and with the majority of the fleet fully powered at points, hard hiking equated to high boatspeed. Race 1 saw a heavily port biased line with two boats caught over, one of those being class stalwart Edd Whitehead sailing with Toby Lewis trying to pull off a port end flyer! The gusts and shifts were apparent from the first beat where falling into holes would be costly with many boats overtaking. The race was won by Luke Patience crewed by Mary Henderson, second was Will and Matt Taylor and third Christian Birrell and Katie Burridge. 

Race 2 proved costly for the early leaders, with Luke Patience picking up a 20th to take into day 2. Edd and Toby made instant amends for their race 1 UFD by taking the bullet, second was Murray Hampshire and Jess Hammett and third was Arron Holman and Will Ward. 

The final race of the day saw the leading four boats break away from the pack with tight racing right up until the final run. The gun went to Luke and Mary with James Peters and Charlie Darling in second and Will and Matt in third. 

Once ashore everyone was very interested to see results as no one had been able to achieve three top tens. The best example of this was Tom Hewitson who after a 6,6,12 thought he would be in the teens was shocked when he realised he was 3rd! Top of the pile were David Jessop and Sophie Mear, rewarded for their 4,4,4, consistency with the overnight lead. Luke and Mary were in second and third; Tom Hewitson, sailing with Lucy Preston.

After a wonderful evening meal from Grafham we had our Annual Awards that were worth mentioning these included Best Male Solo Artist to Most Inventive Accommodation, we hope to see more people attend next year and maybe the 400’s and 800’s will have awards of their own. We managed to drink the bar dry of beer and generally a very chilled evening catching up with friends.

Day 2 dawned with a bit of rain and more wind than the first day but less than forecast so everyone was questioning whether to drop shrouds or not. As it turned out, dropping the pins was a good move with the breeze picking up through the day from 15 knots to 23 knots. The first race was won by Nick Craig and Emma Clark showing blistering speed in the breeze (ones to watch out for next weekend if the breeze is up), second was Ian Martin and Chloe George who flew down the final run and third Luke and Mary. 

The second race was completed in exactly the same conditions with everyone settling into the breezier weather. This race was won by Christian and Katie with James and Charlie in second, followed by Alan Roberts and Arthur Henderson who managed to capsize in the race and still finish in the top 3. Unfortunately after the top 10 had finished PRO Peter Saxton signalled that the final race was abandoned and for the fleet to head back in. Not everyone was happy with this but on the sail in the breeze picked with gusts edging towards and over 30 knots.

The overall results came out with the top 7 boats within 9 points of each other! With the differing conditions this is a testament to the fleet and you had to be able to perform in both strong and light winds. The winner of the Inlands was Luke Patience and Mary Henderson, second was James Peters and Charlie Darling with Will and Matt Taylor completing the podium.

It was great to welcome all the new faces in the fleet and hope we see them again soon, especially those competing at the Endeavour.

RS200 Class

Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 53, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Class Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st RS200 1703 Luke Patience Mary Henderson RNCYC 1.0 (20.0) 1.0 3.0 15.0 40.0 20.0
2nd RS200 1675 James Peters Charlie Darling HISC (26.0) 14.0 2.0 4.0 2.0 48.0 22.0
3rd RS200 573 Will Taylor Matt Taylor Lymington Town SC/Brightlingsea SC 2.0 (24.0) 3.0 10.0 9.0 48.0 24.0
4th RS200 1704 Christian Birrell Katie Burridge   3.0 16.0 8.0 (18.0) 1.0 46.0 28.0
5th RS200 1659 David Jessop Sophie Mear QMSC/Hunts 4.0 4.0 13.0 (29.0) 7.0 57.0 28.0
6th RS200 1657 Nick Craig Emma Hivey Burghfield SC/ASA (21.0) 5.0 5.0 1.0 18.0 50.0 29.0
7th RS200 1440 Peter Ballantine Jo Kalderon Wessex SC 5.0 8.0 (18.0) 6.0 10.0 47.0 29.0
8th RS200 1618 Ian Martin Chloe George Burghfield SC 16.0 13.0 (22.0) 2.0 5.0 58.0 36.0
9th RS200 1136 Arron Holman Will Ward Hollowell/Ogston SC 7.0 3.0 (15.0) 15.0 12.0 52.0 37.0
10th RS200 1626 Edd Whitehead Toby Lewis Filey SC (54.0 UFD) 1.0 28.0 7.0 6.0 96.0 42.0
11th RS200 880 Murray Hampshire Jess Hammett HISC (17.0) 2.0 9.0 14.0 17.0 59.0 42.0
12th RS200 1601 Jonny McGovern Sarah McGovern Port Dinorwic SC (29.0) 23.0 7.0 9.0 4.0 72.0 43.0
13th RS200 1633 Tom Hewitson Lucy Preston HISC 6.0 6.0 12.0 (27.0) 20.0 71.0 44.0
14th RS200 1683 Alan Roberts Arthur Henderson HISC (32.0) 10.0 24.0 11.0 3.0 80.0 48.0
15th RS200 1667 Olly Turner Sam Mottershead Starcross YC 13.0 7.0 (23.0) 23.0 11.0 77.0 54.0
16th RS200 629 Maria Stanely Rob Henderson Salcombe YC/Lymington Town SC (22.0) 15.0 21.0 5.0 14.0 77.0 55.0
17th RS200 1700 Ollie Groves Esther Parkhurst Beaver SC (28.0) 9.0 26.0 13.0 8.0 84.0 56.0
18th RS200 1676 Paul Cullen Verity Hopkins Weirwood SC 8.0 19.0 10.0 (22.0) 21.0 80.0 58.0
19th RS200 1634 Cam Stewart Joseph Bradley HISC 23.0 26.0 6.0 8.0 (54.0 DNF) 117.0 63.0
20th RS200 1039 Tom Goodey Richard Thomas Broadstairs SC (24.0) 17.0 4.0 20.0 24.0 89.0 65.0
21st RS200 1527 Chris Taylor Jessica Slater WPNSA 9.0 (28.0) 14.0 26.0 16.0 93.0 65.0
22nd RS200 1625 Karen Oldale Jo Hewitson Parkstone YC 14.0 22.0 17.0 12.0 (29.0) 94.0 65.0
23rd RS200 1631 Martin Penty Sam Waller Beaver SC 12.0 21.0 (35.0) 21.0 13.0 102.0 67.0
24th RS200 1570 Robbie King Bethan Matthew Grafham Water SC 10.0 11.0 31.0 16.0 (54.0 DNC) 122.0 68.0
25th RS200 1029 Nick Robins Orla Mitchell HISC 18.0 (38.0) 20.0 17.0 22.0 115.0 77.0
26th RS200 964 Chris Thomas Lewis Bowen Northampton SC 20.0 27.0 16.0 (31.0) 19.0 113.0 82.0
27th RS200 965 Alex Smallwood Callum Farnden Grafham Water SC 11.0 12.0 34.0 30.0 (54.0 DNC) 141.0 87.0
28th RS200 1118 Greg Kelly Faye Caswell Yorkshire Dales SC 27.0 25.0 25.0 19.0 (54.0 DNC) 150.0 96.0
29th RS200 16 Chris Webber Nicki Webber Pevensey Bay SC 19.0 18.0 19.0 41.0 (54.0 DNC) 151.0 97.0
30th RS200 1617 Alex Curtis Raffi Gracie QMSC 15.0 (40.0) 33.0 28.0 26.0 142.0 102.0
31st RS200 1403 James Goss Chris White South Staffs SC 34.0 37.0 11.0 (38.0) 25.0 145.0 107.0
32nd RS200 91 Henrik Asplund Georgina King Guernsey YC 35.0 (39.0) 36.0 24.0 23.0 157.0 118.0
33rd RS200 1628 Matt Fowler Lynne Ratcliffe Pevensey Bay (33.0) 31.0 32.0 33.0 28.0 157.0 124.0
34th RS200 1452 Alistair Hodgson Joanna Worrall RYA 25.0 (43.0) 41.0 34.0 27.0 170.0 127.0
35th RS200 1389 Tom Taylor-Jones Mimi Thomas BSC 31.0 33.0 30.0 35.0 (54.0 DNC) 183.0 129.0
36th RS200 1684 Amy Boyle Roisin Ohalloran St Mawes SC 37.0 30.0 29.0 43.0 (54.0 DNS) 193.0 139.0
37th RS200 1023 Andrew Kilburn Claudia Wilson Rickmansworth SC 30.0 35.0 (54.0 UFD) 25.0 54.0 DNC 198.0 144.0
38th RS200 719 Richard Harding Tristan Harding FRSC 39.0 36.0 27.0 48.0 (54.0 DNC) 204.0 150.0
39th RS200 1048 Andrew Stickland Becky Pearson Thorpe Bay YC 38.0 32.0 43.0 39.0 (54.0 DNC) 206.0 152.0
40th RS200 1109 Ollie Jenkins Archie Primrose HISC (43.0) 42.0 40.0 42.0 30.0 197.0 154.0
41st RS200 430 Mike Calvert Sophie Harris Netley SC (48.0) 46.0 46.0 32.0 31.0 203.0 155.0
42nd RS200 1635 Andrew Barnett Jo Lloyd Island Barn River SC 42.0 34.0 39.0 40.0 (54.0 DNC) 209.0 155.0
43rd RS200 1102 Finlany Lomas-Clarke Simon Lomas-Clarke Frensham Pond SC 36.0 41.0 38.0 47.0 (54.0 DNC) 216.0 162.0
44th RS200 1707 Paul Freeland Sharon Freeland Llandegfedd SC 40.0 29.0 45.0 49.0 (54.0 DNC) 217.0 163.0
45th RS200 939 James Johnson Tom Johnson Windermere School (54.0 UFD) 47.0 37.0 54.0 DNC 32.0 224.0 170.0
46th RS200 1402 Esme Barracough Ben Dearden Yorkshire Dales SC 44.0 48.0 42.0 36.0 (54.0 RET) 224.0 170.0
47th RS200 581 Dan Wigmore Matt Rhodes Grafham Water SC 45.0 45.0 44.0 37.0 (54.0 DNC) 225.0 171.0
48th RS200 1253 Freddie Sutton Tom Hirst Broadstairs SC 49.0 44.0 50.0 45.0 (54.0 DNC) 242.0 188.0
49th RS200 714 Oliver Jagger Hugh Tomkins Grafham Water SC 47.0 50.0 47.0 44.0 (54.0 DNC) 242.0 188.0
50th RS200 1653 Peter Hudson Adam Hudson Grafham Water SC 41.0 49.0 48.0 (54.0 DNC) 54.0 DNC 246.0 192.0
51st RS200 655 Andrew Davies Phil Baumbach Cam SC 46.0 52.0 51.0 46.0 (54.0 UFD) 249.0 195.0
52nd RS200 1428 Richard Brown Judith Brown Draycote Water 50.0 51.0 49.0 (54.0 DNC) 54.0 DNC 258.0 204.0
53rd RS200 975 Matt Thornton Laura Bevan QMSC (54.0 RET) 54.0 DNC 54.0 DNC 50.0 54.0 DNC 266.0 212.0

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