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Results / GUL Grand Prix + Skiff Open Chew Valley Lake SC - 25/02/2012

RS800s at Chew Valley

Despite a not very inspiring forecast, 21 RS800s travelled to Chew Valley Sailing Club on February 24/25 for the first event of the 2012 Gul Grand Prix. We were rewarded by glorious sunshine and surprisingly good breeze which made it feel more like sailing in May!

After a brief postponement, the first race got away in about 10 knots of wind. Ally Martin and Claire Cumming and Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes and Dan Allin got away from the pin end of the line and lead in the top mark from the left side of the course. They pulled away from the rest of the fleet and kept those positions to the finish, only for Ally and Claire to find out that they were OCS. Dan Kilsby and Bart Bridgen managed to keep Hugh Shone and Hannah Tattersall behind them to the finish 2nd and 3rd.

The second race was incredibly close throughout the fleet and at the finish it was Rob Watson and John Clifton who took the win, with Justin and Emma Deal in second, and Ralph Singleton and Megan Fileman using their local knowledge to come third.

The third race followed a similar pattern with the leading boats coming in from the left hand side of the course. Laurie and Dan looked settled in first until they snapped their spinnaker pole on the final gybe. This allowed Francis Peters and Nicola Groves to get by to take their first race win on the Gul Grand Prix circuit, with Laurie and Dan in second place, and Ally and Claire third.

The sun was out again on Sunday but sadly the wind never filled in and the race officer called it a day at lunch time. Many thanks to the race team and all of the members of Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club for putting on a fantastic event.

Laurie and Dan were deserved winners having been consistently quick and in the right place on the course all weekend. Second to seventh place overall were only separated by 2 points which just showed how close the racing was throughout the fleet. The all-girl teams were looking especially rapid after their winter training and no doubt they will become even quicker as the season progresses.

It was great to see some new faces and such a strong turnout so early in the season really bodes well for the fleet in 2012. If you have an 800, dust it off and get down to Grafham in two weeks for the Winter Championships and some more great racing, it is a Garda year after all!

Sailwave results for RS800 Gul Grand Prix 2012 - Chew Valley Lake S C
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RS800 Gul Grand Prix 2012

Chew Valley Lake S C

RS 800 Class

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 21, Scoring system: Appendix A
1stRS 8001124Laurie Fitzjohn-SykesDan AllinThe Wanderers1.
2ndRS 8001153Rob WatsonJohn CliftonLymington7.
3rdRS 8001160Dan KilsbyBart BridgenStokes Bay2.
4thRS 8001121Ben SchoolingGeorge KingsnorthHelensburgh5.
5thRS 8001166Ralph SingletonMeg FilemanCVLSC/Bristol Uni4.
6thRS 8001178Frances PetersNicola GrovesHayling11.
7thRS 8001133Justin DealEmma DealDatchet9.
8thRS 8001180Tom HalheadStuart JaggerBristol Corinthian6.
9thRS 800913Hugh ShoneHanna TattersallCastle Cove3.
10thRS 8001101Russ GibbsMegan BakerStarcross8.
11thRS 8001144Nick CharlesChristian HumphreyDatchet14.
12thRS 8001135Ally MartinClaire CummingBurghfield22.0 OCS9.
13thRS 8001189Hanna DiamondNikki BonifaceRTYC15.
14thRS 8001146Martin OrtonIan BrooksChichester/Papercourt10.
15thRS 800990Gasper VanhollbekeBenoit ManciniWeston13.
16thRS 8001043Paul ClementsRichard HoleCVLSC12.
17thRS 8001010John WarburtonJames ClaphamCardiff18.
18thRS 8001099Alistair HodgsonSue OggDraycote16.
19thRS 8001179Neal FarmerAlexander NelsonDatchet19.016.022.0 DNC57.057.0
20thRS 8001047Simon GrundyGuy Whitby?17.022.0 DNC22.0 DNC61.061.0
21stRS 8001115Andrew SmithSimon HedleyStokes Bay20.020.022.0 DNC62.062.0

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