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07/04/2001
GUL RS RACING CIRCUIT Grafham Water 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 GUL RS200 Racing Circuit got back on schedule with the re-arranged GUL RS Racing Circuit event at Grafham Water on April 7/8. The event was programmed for Bristol Corinthian YC the previous weekend; unfortunately Foot and Mouth hit Somerset and BCYC was closed as a result. Grafham Water at very short notice agreed to step in and run the event; the short notice of change of venue and weekend meant there was a reduced fleet of 26 boats. Those that did make the trip were treated to a superb event, the race management was first class, there was good wind throughout and for the second weekend in a row a GUL RS Racing Circuit event produced a dead heat and racing that went right down to the wire. Saturday's racing was held in a good force 4 from the NW with short bursts of stronger wind. There had been some gentle ribbing on the shore as to how some of the RS400 sailors making guest appearances were going to get on. It was with horror that most of the fleet saw Pete Vincent/Trudie Danbury hold a good lead at mark one. They need not have worried, the RS Association Secretary briefs race officers on courses, briefs competitors and generally should know what is going on; he of course set off for the wrong mark taking most of the fleet with him, ending up beating back for mark 2 and rounding it last. Once Tom and Jo Hewitson had stopped giggling at these antics they sailed fast to win the race with Malcolm/Poppy Morley second and Cliff Milliner/Becky Wheatcroft third. Race 2 probably had the strongest breeze of the weekend which clearly suited the fat lumps, Crain Burlton/James Stewart pulled out a good lead with Jon Lewis/Paula and Pete Vincent constantly swapping places well clear in second/third. Burlton went to the finish line a lap to early allowing Lewis to close right up on him. Lewis had a real speed advantage downwind and only some frantic luffing gave Burlton a 5ft winning margin from Lewis with Vincent third and the Hewitsons 4th. Burlton was doing well in race 3 only to discover that even with their pork a 200 does not go well to windward with the spinnaker up as the kite got stuck. Lewis then seemed to have the race under control but it was not a day to lead, a windy gybe into the leeward mark was only saved by a hand stand on the centreboard. Having recovered they realised they had missed the mark and had to unwind themselves. The Hewitsons, boat again vibrating with giggling, jumped into the lead to win from Lewis, the fast finishing team of Paul/Caroline Fisk and Vincent. There was plenty to talk about that evening and even though there were very tired bodies the 200's enjoyed themselves in style. Sunday dawned with white tops on the waves but come the start of the first race the wind was down to force 3-4. The Vincent/Danbury hangover team stormed into a good lead but found the lighter wind runs not to their liking. The Fisk's were able to sail lower and soon gained the lead to win from Burlton, Hewitsons and Vincent. In Race 5 Burlton and up all night Stewart had a classic leeward end start and had a good lead by mark 2; the Fisk's again had better speed on the runs but Burlton hung on to win from the Fisks. Other boats were finding the more moderate wind much more to their liking, Steve and Katie Restall from Downs were third, Cliff Milliner fourth and Ian Pickard/Sammy Byron fifth. Going into the final race the event was wide open, Burlton and Hewitson both had a DNF and had to count the final race; The Fisk's looked favourite as they had five good results. In true style all the leading contenders were well in the hunt at the first mark but this was to be a nervous race as the wind had become much more patchy. Lewis, having had a disaster of Sunday, got his act together and gained the lead at the halfway point to win; behind places changed regularly but the Fisk's seemed to be heading for overall victory with second place. Unfortunately they had gone too early at the leeward end at the start and were OCS. Burlton gained second with Hewitson third and Chris/Rachael Jenkins fourth. Burlton and Hewitson were now tied on 12 points, both having won two races but Burlton gained overall victory at his first GUL RS200 Racing Circuit event on count back of second places. The GUL RS200 Racing Circuit got back on schedule with the re-arranged GUL RS Racing Circuit event at Grafham Water on April 7/8. The event was programmed for Bristol Corinthian YC the previous weekend; unfortunately Foot and Mouth hit Somerset and BCYC was closed as a result. Grafham Water at very short notice agreed to step in and run the event; the short notice of change of venue and weekend meant there was a reduced fleet of 26 boats. Those that did make the trip were treated to a superb event, the race management was first class, there was good wind throughout and for the second weekend in a row a GUL RS Racing Circuit event produced a dead heat and racing that went right down to the wire. Saturday's racing was held in a good force 4 from the NW with short bursts of stronger wind. There had been some gentle ribbing on the shore as to how some of the RS400 sailors making guest appearances were going to get on. It was with horror that most of the fleet saw Pete Vincent/Trudie Danbury hold a good lead at mark one. They need not have worried, the RS Association Secretary briefs race officers on courses, briefs competitors and generally should know what is going on; he of course set off for the wrong mark taking most of the fleet with him, ending up beating back for mark 2 and rounding it last. Once Tom and Jo Hewitson had stopped giggling at these antics they sailed fast to win the race with Malcolm/Poppy Morley second and Cliff Milliner/Becky Wheatcroft third. Race 2 probably had the strongest breeze of the weekend which clearly suited the fat lumps, Crain Burlton/James Stewart pulled out a good lead with Jon Lewis/Paula and Pete Vincent constantly swapping places well clear in second/third. Burlton went to the finish line a lap to early allowing Lewis to close right up on him. Lewis had a real speed advantage downwind and only some frantic luffing gave Burlton a 5ft winning margin from Lewis with Vincent third and the Hewitsons 4th. Burlton was doing well in race 3 only to discover that even with their pork a 200 does not go well to windward with the spinnaker up as the kite got stuck. Lewis then seemed to have the race under control but it was not a day to lead, a windy gybe into the leeward mark was only saved by a hand stand on the centreboard. Having recovered they realised they had missed the mark and had to unwind themselves. The Hewitsons, boat again vibrating with giggling, jumped into the lead to win from Lewis, the fast finishing team of Paul/Caroline Fisk and Vincent. There was plenty to talk about that evening and even though there were very tired bodies the 200's enjoyed themselves in style. Sunday dawned with white tops on the waves but come the start of the first race the wind was down to force 3-4. The Vincent/Danbury hangover team stormed into a good lead but found the lighter wind runs not to their liking. The Fisk's were able to sail lower and soon gained the lead to win from Burlton, Hewitsons and Vincent. In Race 5 Burlton and up all night Stewart had a classic leeward end start and had a good lead by mark 2; the Fisk's again had better speed on the runs but Burlton hung on to win from the Fisks. Other boats were finding the more moderate wind much more to their liking, Steve and Katie Restall from Downs were third, Cliff Milliner fourth and Ian Pickard/Sammy Byron fifth. Going into the final race the event was wide open, Burlton and Hewitson both had a DNF and had to count the final race; The Fisk's looked favourite as they had five good results. In true style all the leading contenders were well in the hunt at the first mark but this was to be a nervous race as the wind had become much more patchy. Lewis, having had a disaster of Sunday, got his act together and gained the lead at the halfway point to win; behind places changed regularly but the Fisk's seemed to be heading for overall victory with second place. Unfortunately they had gone too early at the leeward end at the start and were OCS. Burlton gained second with Hewitson third and Chris/Rachael Jenkins fourth. Burlton and Hewitson were now tied on 12 points, both having won two races but Burlton gained overall victory at his first GUL RS200 Racing Circuit event on count back of second places. Grafham had done a superb job of running the event; if the next GUL RS Racing Circuit event at East Lothian YC on May 5/6 produces finishes as close as Northampton and Grafham then we are going to run out of nervous energy. Grafham had done a superb job of running the event; if the next GUL RS Racing Circuit event at East Lothian YC on May 5/6 produces finishes as close as Northampton and Grafham then we are going to run out of nervous energy.
Results for RS200 from race 1 to race 6 (5 to count) Printed at 15:21 on Sun Apr 08 2001 page 1 1 328 Craig Burlton 6 1 DNF 2 1 2 12.00 Blithfield SC James Stewart 6.00 1.00 27.00 2.00 1.00 2.00 2 655 Tom Hewitson 1 4 1 3 DNF 3 12.00 RNCYC Jo 1.00 4.00 1.00 3.00 27.00 3.00 3 626 Paul Fisk 4 6 3 1 2 OCS 16.00 Bough Beech SC Caroline Fisk 4.00 6.00 3.00 1.00 2.00 27.00 4 654 Jonathan Lewis 5 2 2 11 8 1 18.00 Burghfield SC Paula Miracle 5.00 2.00 2.00 11.00 8.00 1.00 5 450 Pete Vincent 21 3 4 4 6 7 24.00 Bristol CYC Trudie Danbury 21.00 3.00 4.00 4.00 6.00 7.00 6 550 Cliff Milliner 3 9 11 6 4 5 27.00 Cotswold SC Becky Wheatcroft 3.00 9.00 11.00 6.00 4.00 5.00 7 501 Ian Pickard 12 5 5 7 5 18 34.00 Bristol Corinthian C Sammy Byron 12.00 5.00 5.00 7.00 5.00 18.00 8 579 Steve Restall 7 11 6 10 3 9 35.00 Downs SC Katie Restall 7.00 11.00 6.00 10.00 3.00 9.00 9 615 Malcolm Morley 2 8 7 13 16 16 46.00 HISC Poppy Morley 2.00 8.00 7.00 13.00 16.00 16.00 10 612 Paul Rayson 13 7 18 8 OCS 6 52.00 Fishers Green SC Amanda pickard 13.00 7.00 18.00 8.00 27.00 6.00 11 264 Chris Jenkins 8 15 13 DNF 13 4 53.00 Frampton on SevernSC Rachel Jenkins 8.00 15.00 13.00 27.00 13.00 4.00 12 364 Simon Gillow 19 10 16 5 10 15 56.00 Highcliffe SC Vickie Smith 19.00 10.00 16.00 5.00 10.00 15.00 13 498 Matt AMbrose 11 18 8 12 14 12 57.00 Deben YC Ruth Baker 11.00 18.00 8.00 12.00 14.00 12.00 14 573 Paul Fitzpatrick 15 19 14 14 7 10 60.00 Bexhill SC Lynne Ratcliffe 15.00 19.00 14.00 14.00 7.00 10.00 15 602 Chris Woodard 9 14 21 15 15 8 61.00 Wembley SC Linda Woodard 9.00 14.00 21.00 15.00 15.00 8.00 16 637 Sarah Taylor 14 16 9 21 9 19 67.00 HISC Claire Upton-Brown 14.00 16.00 9.00 21.00 9.00 19.00 17 570 Martin Grady 17 12 12 9 20 17 67.00 RNSA/HISC Liz Hartland 17.00 12.00 12.00 9.00 20.00 17.00 18 555 Sally Styles 10 22 10 18 17 14 69.00 Downs SC Martyn Styles 10.00 22.00 10.00 18.00 17.00 14.00 19 581 Mike Chapman 18 13 17 19 11 13 72.00 Wembley SC Alex Porter 18.00 13.00 17.00 19.00 11.00 13.00 20 213 Andi Riley 16 17 20 17 18 11 79.00 North HertsEast Beds Julie Marsden 16.00 17.00 20.00 17.00 18.00 11.00 21 669 Sal Potter DNF 20 DNF 16 12 DNF 102.00 BCYC Sharky 27.00 20.00 27.00 16.00 12.00 27.00 22 590 Alan Perry 23 25 23 20 19 20 105.00 Wembley SC Alice 23.00 25.00 23.00 20.00 19.00 20.00 23 635 David McNamara 22 21 15 DNF DNF DNF 112.00 RYA Sarina Edwards 22.00 21.00 15.00 27.00 27.00 27.00 24 442 Paul White DNF 23 19 DNF 22 21 112.00 Thorpe Bay YC Vicky Kennedy 27.00 23.00 19.00 27.00 22.00 21.00 25 445 Colin Haighton 24 24 22 DNF 21 22 113.00 Hykeham SC Simon Haighton 24.00 24.00 22.00 27.00 21.00 22.00 26 551 Adrian Taylor 20 26 DNF DNF DNF DNF 127.00 Carsington SC Tracey Shepherd 20.00 26.00 27.00 27.00 27.00 27.00
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