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23/07/2011
Gul RS800 Grand Prix Eastbourne Sovereign SC


    Photo: Ricky Whitmore

    23 boats arrived at sunny Eastbourne for the penultimate leg of the Gul Grand Prix and final event before the nationals. Racing got underway in a shifty Northerly breeze which was gusting between 8 – 15kts making tough lay line calls and allowing some big separation between the fleet.  Race 1 was over surprisingly quickly after just two laps being won by Rob Watson and John Clifton followed closely by locals Mick Whitmore and Sarah Smith.

    In race 2 Nick Charles and Chris Martin got in phase with the gusts and had pulled out a leg on the fleet by the finish, Ben Schooling & George Kingsnorth worked back through to 2nd after spinning off the line with Andy Jeffries and Alison Ody rounding out the top 3.

    By Race 3 the wind had shifted through 30 degrees to become NE with the windward mark being placed just off the pier. On the third leg it shifted even further left and became a fetch to the windward and a tight spinnaker reach to the finish. Those who broke left early on the last beat came out on top with Francis Peters and Nicola Groves rounding the final windward mark in 2nd but were overhauled into 3rd by the finish by Schooling/Kingsnorth. Stevie Wilson and Alain Sign read the shifts well to lead from start to finish – a sign of things to come!

    Sunday dawned bright and sunny with a similar offshore breeze but with the locals muttering that something more was brewing. Sure enough the sea breeze combined with the Westerly gradient to provide 19 – 22kts with a short tricky chop to provide and epic Eastbourne foam up! Race one and Wilson/Sign showed electric pace off the line to lead round the windward mark and on to the finish. Justin Deal and Ollie Page were in 2nd until their rudder split apart and Charles/Martin experienced their first pitch pole gifting 2nd to Jeffries/Ody with Schooling/Kingsnorth 3rd.

    Races 5 & 6 were repeats of race 4 with Wilson/Sign dominating the big breeze and leading the fleet in style. Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes and Daniel Allin showed they still had their Tenby National Champion breeze on form with a couple of 2nds with Charles /Martin consistent with 2x 3rds. Congratulations to Stevie Wilson and Alain Sign for finally breaking his 4 year duck and winning their first event!

    Look forward to seeing everyone at the RS Games & RS800 Nationals in Weymouth in a couple of weeks - with 52 already pre-entered this is shaping up to be a great event!!

    Ben Schooling

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    Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 22, Scoring system: Appendix A

    RankTallyBoatClassSailNoHelmNameCrewNameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6TotalNett
    1st 58
    RS800 No Number Stevie Wilson Alain Sign RS Sailing (4.0) 4.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 12.0 8.0
    2nd 57
    RS800 1144 Nicholas Charles Chris Martin Burghfield (8.0) 1.0 4.0 6.0 3.0 3.0 25.0 17.0
    3rd 67
    RS800 1121 Ben Schooling George Kingsnorth Helensburgh SC 7.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 (23.0 DNC) 41.0 18.0
    4th 62
    RS800 1124 Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes Daniel Allin QMSC 3.0 (12.0) 7.0 7.0 2.0 2.0 33.0 21.0
    5th 52
    RS800 1182 Andy Jeffries Allyson Ody Eastbourne Sovereign 5.0 3.0 (8.0) 2.0 8.0 5.0 31.0 23.0
    6th 53 Smith Covers RS800 1132 Mick Whitmore Sarah Smith Eastbourne Sovereign 2.0 11.0 14.0 8.0 6.0 (23.0 DNC) 64.0 41.0
    7th 40
    RS800 1089 Roge Phillips Will Crocker
    (10.0) 7.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 7.0 51.0 41.0
    8th 59
    RS800 1131 Anthony Harvey Mike Stone Mumbles YC (23.0 OCS) 13.0 15.0 12.0 7.0 4.0 74.0 51.0
    9th 64
    RS800 1153 Rob Watson John Clifton Royal Lymington 1.0 6.0 5.0 (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 81.0 58.0
    10th 56 RWO RS800 1148 James Date Toby Wincer Port Dinorwic 12.0 10.0 11.0 5.0 (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNC 84.0 61.0
    11th 70
    RS800 1178 Frances Peters Nicola Groves Hayling Island 9.0 5.0 3.0 (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 86.0 63.0
    12th 66
    RS800 1133 Justin Deal Ollie Page Lancing 6.0 8.0 6.0 (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 89.0 66.0
    13th 51
    RS800 978 Grahame John Smith Aaron Smith Wilsonian S.C. 13.0 17.0 16.0 14.0 (23.0 DNF) 6.0 89.0 66.0
    14th 69 The Brothers Grim RS800 1010 Chris Bailey Matt Bailey
    (23.0 DNC) 15.0 23.0 DNC 10.0 5.0 23.0 DNC 99.0 76.0
    15th 63
    RS800 913 Hugh Shone Mike Robbins CCSC 11.0 9.0 10.0 (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 99.0 76.0
    16th 60
    RS800 953 Andrew Pickrell Alex Legassick Wilsonian S.C. 14.0 16.0 13.0 13.0 (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNC 102.0 79.0
    17th 68
    RS800 873 Peter Lock Simon Cornish Southwold SC 17.0 18.0 18.0 11.0 (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNC 110.0 87.0
    18th 65
    RS800 823 Alex Groves Will Davies Island Barn RSC (23.0 OCS) 14.0 12.0 15.0 23.0 DNF 23.0 DNC 110.0 87.0
    19th 50
    RS800 1067 Michael Green Sophie McAleenan Eastbourne Sovereign (23.0 DNC) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 4.0 23.0 DNF 23.0 DNC 119.0 96.0
    20th 55 Rock It RS800 1 Roger Plail Toby Millot Eastbourne Sovereign 18.0 20.0 17.0 (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 124.0 101.0
    21st 61
    RS800 1084 Matt Sheahan Ellie Sheahan Netley 16.0 19.0 (23.0 DNF) 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 127.0 104.0
    22nd 54
    RS800 971 Sarah Hickman Mari Shepherd Royal Southern YC 15.0 (23.0 DNS) 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNC 23.0 DNC 130.0 107.0

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