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04/05/2002
Gul Scottish Grand Slam East Lothian YC

  • 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 five event GUL RS GRAND SLAM Circuit which includes Torbay, Stokes Bay/Lee on Solent, the Nationals and the Inlands kicked off in some style at East Lothian Y.C, North Berwick on May 4/5th. For the second year in a row the weather gods really liked the idea of an RS event in North Berwick on a Bank Holiday and supplied glorious sunshine, almost total clear blue skies and decent winds. In such weather the sailing area of North Berwick has to be one of the most scenic in the country with sandy beach, Bass Rock, hills, gannets and puffins. On top of all this East Lothian YC are so friendly and keen to lay on a good event which included top race management from Race Officers Ted Hill and Jim Sinclair. After having had three quality races on Saturday in a good force 3-4 in bright sunshine with rapid turn arounds and the club gives every competitor an ice cream as you pull the boat up the slip you know you have arrived on planet happy. Watersports photographer Nick Kirk also had a very happy event; with his waterproof digital camera he took some fantastic shots which he displayed on a big screen in the evening. He then kept the fleet entertained with his unusual antics including wearing a survival suit on Sunday and swimming around the leeward mark to get the best action shots from different angles as the 400 fleet descended on mass!! A man dedicated indeed. Hopefully he got the shot of Nick Craig getting his pole stuck in the netting over the leeward mark and having to send his crew onto the foredeck to break free, entertainment of the highest order. RS200s The message about how good a venue North Berwick was had got home with a doubling of the RS200 fleet from last year with a good quality fleet of 28 boats really revelling in the conditions. The air in North Berwick obviously did wonders for the Bristol Corinthian pair, Ian Pickard and Pete Vincent who turned in a pretty awesome display to record a 1.2 overall; with Craig Burlton they really dominated the event. The trend was really set by race 2. Ian Pickard and Laurie Dunn had already won race 1 and shot straight into the lead in race 2. Pete Vincent and Trudie Danbury were never more than two boat lengths behind but just could not get through whilst Craig Burlton and Claire Upton-Brown were a constant threat in third. Pickard/Dunn had boat speed to burn and won the event with a race to spare with a score of 1.1.2.2. For a very happy virgin Pickard this was his first ever Open Meeting victory and it will surely not be his last if he maintains this form. Vincent and Danbury put their boat on the water for the first time on Saturday and after sorting out a few small problems recorded 2.1.3.1 in the next four races to ensure a Bristol 1.2. The fleet was re-assured that this would not be repeated again as with a bit more time attempts would be made to tune the boat!!! Burlton and Upton Brown, third at the 2001 RS200 Nationals, were always right at the front and a consistent score of 2.3.3.1.4 left them well clear in third overall. Eurocup winner in Carnac, Ollie Holden and Sarah Freestone were not at their best on Saturday but had a good Sunday to claim fourth overall. Mike Saul and Sophie Hartley looked like they had a real flyer in race 4 to lead from start to finish but had been to keen at the start and had to settle for fifth overall. The front five were clear overall on points but there were many good performances behind. Ripon sailors Andrew and Eve Hartley had some explosive starts and top results of 5.6.8 to claim sixth overall. Just behind was a group of Scottish boats who had obviously benefited from the recent RS Association-supported training weekend led by Steve Dunn. In 7th place, Katie Masterson and Fiona Foulkes was first Scottish boat and showed they really could mix it with the leading boats with two 5th places. In 8th place was Richard and Val Evans who had a long trip, even living in Scotland, as they sail at Channory SC some 30 miles north of Inverness. Mention must also be made of Douglas/ Kirsty Hamilton from Loch Tummell and Kirsty/Sandy McSeveney of St Marys Loch who were first and second at the first mark in the last race before giving way to the usual suspects.
1 Ian Pickard Laurie Dunn Bristol Corinthian YC 728 1 1 2 2 6 6 2 Pete Vincent Trudie Doris Danbury Bristol CYC 777 4 2 1 3 1 7 3 Craig Burlton Claire Upton-Brown HISC 637 2 3 3 1 4 9 4 Ollie Holden Sarah Freestone Hayling Island 741 3 6 7 4 3 16 5 Mike Saul Sophie Hartley Ripon & Grimwith 762 5 4 4 26 5 18 6 Andrew Hartley Eve Hartley Ripon 710 11 5 6 8 16 30 7 Katie Masterson Fiona Foulkes St Mary's Loch SC 544 12 13 5 5 15 35 8 Richard Evans Val Evans Chanonry SC 516 8 8 9 12 10 35 9 Graeme Henry Shone Redpath St Mary's Loch SC 661 9 11 10 14 8 38 10 Steve Dunn Dottie Cormack Stewartby WSC 696 7 26 26 7 2 42 11 Ian S Smith Nikki Smith Ripon SC 766 6 12 12 13 13 43 12 Karen Baker Laura Woosey Tynemouth SC 345 18 14 16 6 9 45 13 Gavin Marshall Nicholas Marshall St Marys Loch 314 13 7 8 19 18 46 14 Kirsty McSeveney Sandy McSeveney St Mary's Loch 689 16 17 19 9 7 49 15 Dave Milner Debra Raynolds Bradford on Avon SC 676 15 9 11 16 19 51 16 Keith Cuthbert Catriona Dalrymple Dalgety SC 302 14 16 13 15 14 56 17 Douglas Hamilton Kirsty Hamilton Loch Tummel 444 17 15 15 17 11 58 18 David Redpath Anna Rewz St Mary's Loch SC 683 19 22 21 11 17 68 19 Euan Dunn Angela Murphy Loch Lomond 723 10 10 26 26 26 72 20 Tor Mucklow Eli Henderson RNLYC 774 24 26 26 10 12 72 21 Jonathan ThompsonRosemary ThompsonRipon SC 321 21 20 14 18 22 73 22 Andy Young Sam Young Scaling Dam SC 379 20 18 18 21 26 77 23 Peter Craggs Ronnie Carter York Railway ISC310 22 19 17 26 20 78 24 David Murphy Julie Greenland Scaling Dam SC 450 25 21 20 20 21 82 25 Jonathan Briggs Amy Holland Winsford 446 23 23 22 22 26 90 26 Pete Birrell Brenda Renz St Mary's Loch 453 26 26 23 23 23 95