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22/06/2002
Gul RS Solent Grand Slam Lee-on-Solent

  • 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 GUL RS200 Grand Slam event at Lee on Solent SC proved to be another real top event for RS200s in a year where the standard of racing is really reaching new heights. After a weekend of six action packed races in varied conditions for another bumper entry of 47 boats the leading boats came off the water with no one knowing who had won. Such was the nature of the event it transpired that 8 boats went into the last race with a chance to win. Such is the overall depth of 200 racing now with so many boats capable of being in the top it was only Paul and Suzie Hammet that recorded six top 10 results. Steve Dunn and Claire Upton-Brown made a great recovery from 26th in the first race to be very consistent and secure victory with a final race win. By his own standards Dunn has been having a poor year but bounced back to form at the Fat Face event at Derwent earlier in June and was sailing here with his old confidence and swagger. Saturday saw a lively force 4-5 from the south west, which produced a classic LOSSC short chop, which caught many crews out. Race1 was led in style at the first mark by Ian Pickard/Laurie Dunn who then, much to the amusement of the fleet, tried to put the kite up on the tight reach to the outer loop, and promptly disappeared off at 90 degrees to the course. The Littlejohns then led followed by Pete Vincent/Trudie Danbury and Dunn/Upton-Brown. When Vincent and Dunn had very wet moments on the run the Littlejohns were left well clear with Pickard recovering to second and the Hewitsons third. Pickard/Dunn made no mistakes in the second race to win from Steve/Katie Restall and Jon Lewis/Paula Hall. Vincent/Danbury had a good lead at mark 1 in race 3 but Dunn/Upton Brown made the right call on the close reach, put the kite up and were on Vincentís transom at mark 2. After a close tussle Dunn pulled clear with Vincent second and the Derbyís third well clear of the fleet. With the Littlejohns, Hewitsons, Pickard and Paul Fisk all getting OCS in race 3 the event was so wide open overall overnight it was silly. The evening was spent overcoming the shock that the Brothers Grimm did know how to sail after all and finished 2nd in a race in the 400s at Stokes Bay. Sunday was a nice warm day with only a gentle south west breeze causing a short postponement. Race 4 got underway with crews only just sitting on the side and it was like they had never been away. Having not sailed since last yearís Nationals whilst Jo had their second baby, Tom and Jo Hewitson controlled the race to win from Paul and Suzie Hammet. By now the whole fleet had worked out the beat required a hard left hand corner but it was the Littlejohns that got the best start and led from mark 1 to the finish with the Derbyís second and Harry/Prue Roome third. Crews soon gave up trying to count up scores before the last race as it just made your head hurt. Dunn/Upton-Brown tacked short of the port lay line on the opening beat and had the best track into the windward mark just leading the flying Bowmoor youth crew of Andrew Robertson/Emily Haworth. Dunn went onto score a convincing win from the Hammets and the Derbys. Lee on Solent SC had run a very good event with very smart turn arounds on Sunday so the whole fleet was off the water by 15.00. Dunn now looks on hot form and it will be interesting to see if he can maintain that form into what is looking a very open National Championships. The next big event is at Hayling Island in a fortnight, which attracted an entry of 60 boats last year; should be a monster event.
1 789 Steve Dunn Claire Upton-Brown SWSC 26 5 1 5 4 1 16 2 520 M Littlejohn Sam Littlejohn Lancing SC 1 9 48 4 1 4 19 3 653 Paul Hammet Sarah Allan/Katie Hammet Frensham Pond SC 5 8 7 2 8 2 24 4 700 David Derby Nicky Derby Bough Beech SC 6 12 3 11 2 3 25 5 655 Tom Hewitson Jo Hewitson RNCYC 3 6 48 1 11 7 28 6 753 David Giles Fiona Clark Weirwood SC 7 4 5 6 6 11 28 7 728 Ian Pickard Laurie Dunn Bristol Corinthian YC 2 1 48 8 10 8 29 8 754 J Lewis Paula Hall Burghfield SC 15 3 4 3 12 9 31 9 777 Pete Vincent Trudie Danbury Bristol Corinthian YC 33 7 2 19 7 5 40 10 579 Steve Restall Katie Restall Downs SC 8 2 9 16 5 21 40 11 626 Paul Fisk Karen Main RYA 4 11 48 13 9 14 51 12 787 Harry Roome Prue Roome Hayling Island SC 19 21 11 12 3 12 57 13 417 Ralph Singleton Sophie Singleton CULSC 12 10 12 15 14 17 63 14 767 Martyn Jones Jane Watts Locks SC 14 13 8 7 23 22 64 15 743 Andi Riley Julie Marsden Stewartby SC 13 14 19 14 15 10 66 16 786 Colin Stake Cathryn Lovering Bartley SC 11 25 10 18 24 15 78 17 695 Paul Dorer Ian Robertson Bowmoor SC 9 20 26 9 16 26 80 18 706 Martin English Bridget Cooke Wembley SC 10 18 17 10 29 31 84 19 646 Richard Bulloch Milly Bullock Itchenor SC 18 16 13 36 21 18 86 20 361 Dan Sanders Natalie Rogers Hamble River SC 23 19 14 25 26 13 94 21 654 Ann Jackson Alan Skeens Burghfield SC 29 17 6 31 18 24 94 22 773 Phil Sowden Alex Smith Highcliffe SC 35 22 16 22 22 20 102 23 651 Charles Roome Helen Toms Hayling Island SC 16 15 48 33 13 29 106 24 514 Hamish Walker Caroline Eyre Stkes Bay SC RNSA 25 31 21 17 27 19 109 25 788 Andrew Robertson Emily Haworth Bowmoor SC 47 35 25 24 20 6 110 26 581 Mike Chapman Sheridan Chapman Wembley SC 20 23 20 26 25 23 111 27 392 Ben Alexander Liz Byde Deben YC 31 24 15 37 19 25 114 28 498 Matt Ambrose Ruth Baker Deben YC 30 29 22 29 30 16 126 29 391 Matt Davies Gemma Scott HISC 32 26 18 27 35 27 130 30 358 Steven Sergeant Tracey Hill Wembley SC 21 28 23 38 31 35 138 31 675 Paul Buckley Sarah Clark FGSC 34 32 24 21 32 48 143 32 405 Clare Rowbottom Suzie Creak Locks SC 36 36 27 20 37 30 149 33 397 Mark Harrison Sally Harrison Gurnard SC 17 47 47 30 28 28 150 34 387 David Lapes Geraldine Marks Wembley SC 22 27 47 35 33 34 151 35 637 Sarah Taylor Marian Hunt HISC 47 33 47 23 17 32 152 36 590 Alan Perry Giuseppe Tiravani Wembley SC 38 37 29 32 38 33 169 37 588 Jason Romer Marianne Hoskison Littleton SC 37 34 47 28 34 48 180 38 326 M Andrews S Andrews Weston SC 24 40 47 42 42 39 187 39 383 P Goodwin P Symons Draycote Water SC 47 30 28 44 41 48 190 40 625 Nygel Gardner Dora Gardner Burghfield SC 40 39 47 39 36 38 192 41 398 Kathryn Hyde David Hyde Hillhead SC 28 47 47 43 40 36 194 42 420 Simon Howell Richard Brooks Wembley SC 27 47 47 41 48 40 202 43 739 Stephen Robertson Georgina Haworth Bowmoor SC 47 47 47 40 39 37 210 44 692 Marc Savitsky Alec/Anna Savitsky Great Moor SC 39 38 47 48 48 48 220 45 355 Paul Griffiths Lin Ratcliffe Bough Beech SC 47 47 47 34 48 48 223 46 491 P Williams Anna Bolton HISC 47 47 47 48 48 48 237 47 732 Sue Antonelli Jo Lloyd Littleton SC 47 47 47 48 48 48 237