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18/05/2002
Gul RS Grand Slam Paignton SC

  • Crewsaver EOS Champs
  • 2012 RS EOS Champs
  • Llandegfedd Open 2013
  • RS 10th Anniversary Ball
  • RS200 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS200 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
The second leg of the GUL RS Grand Slam series rolled into Torbay on May 18/19 for a real action- packed weekend. With the RS300, 400, 700, 800 and K6s being run on three courses by the Royal Torbay YC and the RS200 and 600s on a separate course run by Paignton SC there was incident packed racing wherever you looked in Torbay. On Saturday the mean wind was 18-20 knots but with regular big lumps hitting the race courses there were some white knuckle runs for many. Sunday saw almost perfect conditions with a much steadier 12-14 knots allowing almost every boat to enjoy good racing. If this was not enough the RS Racing Ball was held in the Riveria Centre at Torquay on Saturday night with 270 people making it the best ever attended RS Ball. A highlight of the evening was the competition for a Caribbean holiday for 2 racing on board one of their Farr 65s, donated by Formula One Events. Both host clubs responded extremely well to the challenge of running such a huge event with 150 boats spread over the four courses. On the late Sunday afternoon the M5 was full of various RS sailors heading home, totally shattered but very happy. VINCENT/DANBURY DOMINATE THE GUL RS200 GRAND SLAM AT PAIGNTON S.C. What a weekend for RS200s; 42 boats and sailing on Saturday that will be talked about for a long time. With lumps of wind hitting 25 knots descending on the fleet for five minutes at a time the runs became capsize graveyards but the smallest boat in the RS family is a rugged boat, this combined with the determination of the sailors saw a high number of boats record at least two finishs. Race 1 was led throughout by Martin English/Bridget Cooke from Wembley who pulled out a good lead whilst behind them there were regular capsizing before Jon Lewis/Paula Hall claimed second ahead of Steve Dunn/Dottie Cormack. Race 2 was a race you did not want to lead, Mark and Sam Littlejohn’s lead finished with a very wet gybe. Dave and Nicky Derby looked to have the race under control but did not notice a shorten course flag on the Committee boat and started another beat. The Bristol pair of Ian Pickard/Laurie Dunn and Pete Vincent/Trudie Danbury did not make the same mistake and kept their kites to blast to the finish to claim first and second with Hamish Calder/Severine Rees Jones in third. Race 3 saw the Vincent/Danbury team hold a big lead at the first mark but this disappeared on the first run. A good close tussle developed before the Littlejohns stayed upright at last to claim a deserved win with Lewis/Hall second and Vincent/Danbury third. Lewis/Hall just led from the Littlejohns overnight but all the leading contenders had two results and one they would rather not talk about so the event was wide open going into the second day. Sunday saw the wind move to the south and ease to a moderate breeze, much to the relief of the vast majority. The wind slowly clocked round more to the west all day and the race team from Paignton SC deserve the highest praise for their race management skills. Ken Falcon, PRO, Simon Gater, main mark layer, and their teams constantly adjusted the course to keep it true with the smallest possible gaps between races. The start lines were also a good length and very true so a very competitive fleet produced no general recalls and only one boat OCS the whole weekend. Race 4 saw the Derby’s lead at mark 1 but Vincent/Danbury were through on the first run and then controlled the race to record a comfortable victory ahead of Lewis/Hall, who just got the better of Calder/Rees Jones. The fleet soon realised that the Vincent/Danbury team were on a real mission when they squeezed the Littlejohn’s out at the first mark to lead. Paul Fisk/Claire Upton-Brown got into the lead at the first leeward mark but once Vincent/Danbury regained the lead on the second beat there was only going to be one winner. The Littlejohns passed Fisk/Upton-Brown right on the finishing buoy to claim second. The fleet must have thought they were having a nightmare when in the final race Vincent/Danbury led again at the first mark with the Littlejohn’s in close company. When Calder/Rees Jones had gear problems on a kite drop Vincent and Littlejohn were left miles clear to have a virtual match race. Littlejohn got the better of the third beat and carefully covered to claim race victory with Vincent second with Lewis/Hall just getting the better of Pickard/Dunn to claim third. This was more than enough to give Vincent/Danbury overall victory who recovered from an 18th in race 1 when Vincent managed to provide rich entertainment to the fleet by falling out the boat whilst trying port tack the fleet off the start. Bristol Corinthian boats are obviously in hot form totally controlling the RS200 GUL Grand Slam circuit after two events. Vincent/Danbury have scored 2.1 in the only two events sailed in their new boat whilst Pickard/Dunn have scored 1.5
1. 777 Pete Vincent Doris Bristol Corinthian Y 18.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 9.0 2. 520 M Littlejohn Samuel Littlejohn Lancing 7.0 6.0 1.0 27.0 2.0 1.0 17.0 3. 754 Jonathan Lewis Paula Hall Burghfield SC 2.0 8.0 2.0 2.0 8.0 3.0 17.0 4. 756 Hamish Calder Severine Rees Jones Royal Highland YC 5.0 3.0 10.0 3.0 5.0 14.0 26.0 5. 728 Ian Pickard Laurie Dunn BCYC 30.0 1.0 7.0 8.0 10.0 4.0 30.0 6. 626 Paul Fisk Clare Upton Brown RYA 16.0 4.0 13.0 5.0 3.0 8.0 33.0 7. 700 David Derby Nicky Derby Bough Beech 4.0 5.0 43.0 7.0 4.0 15.0 35.0 8. 602 Chris Woodard Linda Woodard Wembley SC 9.0 7.0 5.0 18.0 12.0 10.0 43.0 9. 417 Ralph Singleton Sophie Singleton CVLSC 12.0 14.0 4.0 10.0 11.0 7.0 44.0 10. 767 Martyn Jones Clare Rowbottom 6.0 10.0 43.0 13.0 9.0 6.0 44.0 11. 364 Simon Gillow Tracey Hill Wembley SC 8.0 20.0 14.0 4.0 27.0 5.0 51.0 12. 706 Martin English Bridget Cooke Wembley 1.0 15.0 6.0 19.0 22.0 43.0 63.0 13. 581 Mike Chapman Sheridan Killwick Wembley 14.0 16.0 11.0 17.0 14.0 9.0 64.0 14. 692 Marc Savitsky Alec Savitsky Great Moor SC 22.0 9.0 12.0 16.0 28.0 17.0 76.0 15. 773 Phil Sowden Gordon Jonas Highcliffe SC 10.0 43.0 43.0 9.0 15.0 11.0 88.0 16. 550 Cliff Milliner Bec Wheatcroft Cotswold SC 13.0 17.0 43.0 14.0 7.0 43.0 94.0 17. 675 Paul Buckley Sarah Clark RCYC 23.0 12.0 43.0 21.0 19.0 22.0 97.0 18. 609 Chris Braunn George Wainwright BCYC 21.0 18.0 9.0 23.0 29.0 43.0 100.0 19. 696 Steve Dunn Dottie Cormack SWSC 3.0 43.0 8.0 6.0 43.0 43.0 103.0 20. 623 Luke Shaw Marie Kassell Wembley SC 26.0 19.0 43.0 20.0 26.0 12.0 103.0 21. 443 Andy Griffith Julia Camm Bartley SC 15.0 43.0 43.0 11.0 25.0 13.0 107.0 22. 669 Sally Potter Andy Leslie Bristol Corinthian 11.0 43.0 43.0 32.0 17.0 20.0 123.0 23. 345 Karen Baker 43.0 11.0 15.0 26.0 30.0 43.0 125.0 24. 457 Alice Allen Kate Baxter BCYC 28.0 43.0 43.0 28.0 13.0 16.0 128.0 25. 514 Hamish Walker Caroline Eyre RNSA 43.0 43.0 43.0 15.0 20.0 18.0 139.0 26. 654 Ann Jackson Shark Burghfield SC 29.0 43.0 43.0 12.0 16.0 43.0 143.0 27. 491 Phil Forn Pippa Itchenor SC/HISC 24.0 43.0 43.0 31.0 6.0 43.0 147.0 28. 426 Anne Vaudrey Suzie Creak 27.0 43.0 43.0 24.0 31.0 25.0 150.0 29. 359 Christian Humphrey Michelle Maynard Bristol Corinthian 43.0 43.0 43.0 30.0 18.0 19.0 153.0 30. 732 Sue Antonelli Jo Lloyd Littleton SC 19.0 43.0 43.0 29.0 23.0 43.0 157.0 31. 622 Gavin Young Hayley Young Cotswold SC 17.0 13.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 159.0 32. 780 Paul Teague John Teague BCYC 31.0 43.0 43.0 25.0 21.0 43.0 163.0 33. 391 Matt Davies Melissa Pattison HISC 34.0 43.0 43.0 22.0 24.0 43.0 166.0 34. 387 Alan Perry Guiseppe Tiravani Wembley SC 25.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 34.0 23.0 168.0 35. 464 D Sweet J Ireland Chew Valley 43.0 43.0 43.0 34.0 32.0 21.0 173.0 36. 621 Jerry Gilbey John Hibberd BCYC 20.0 43.0 43.0 36.0 35.0 43.0 177.0 37. 271 J Doe T Jenkins Britannia RNC 43.0 43.0 43.0 35.0 43.0 24.0 188.0 38. 625 Nygel Gardner Dora Gardner Burghfield 32.0 43.0 43.0 33.0 43.0 43.0 194.0 39. 564 Ray Workman Kathryn Walker BRNC 33.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 205.0 39. 255 Graham Denny Matthew Denny FOSSC 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 33.0 43.0 205.0 41. 383 Paul Goodwin Paula Symons Draycote Water 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 215.0 41. 225 Paul Scullion Sarah Marsh St Mawes SC 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 43.0 215.0