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Results / GUL Grand Prix Hayling Island SC - 30/06/2012

Continuing the breezy theme to the summer’s RS GUL Grand Prix circuit, Hayling Island, was not to disappoint.  30 competitors turned out to the top class venue  which later this year will host the nationals, but as many predicted, 25knot gusts and wind against tide brought a halt to early proceedings.  Talk of two meter waves over the infamous bar was tested by an intrepid group of local RS200 sailors who launched aiming to show us what we were missing –  Four fully masted boats launched, a short while later three came back. The race officer had made the right call.


Later in the day, with the wind easing the race officer selected a just-for-practice knock out format for those that had hung around in the sunshine.  Dave Hivey donned his objective hat and ranked the fleet, splitting us into two seeded flights.  Debbie handed out the tallies, explaining the first five in each qualifying race would get finishing guns and would qualify for the final and with that the phrase, “get a hoot or go home" was born.  The wind was still gusting into the low 20’s and so the harbour was used for the short course races.  With the windward mark in the lee of the clubhouse any mistakes were on show for all the non sailing competitors and baying crowd.  A few were noted and forever they shall remain stories for the bar, helms and crews never likely to live down the humiliation. James and guest crew Harvey, team RWO, took the win in the final. Bottles of wine awarded for their efforts. 


With more water in the harbour, the second day was to hold races no question and although the wind had only eased a knot or two there was no keeping the fleet on shore.  Nick and Christian launched early, before the release, allowing a short period of acclimatisation to the conditions that they used to maximum effect.  After a smart start they were not to be caught despite James and Toby and Laurie and Dan’s best efforts.  The wind and the traffic continued to build on the course leading to some big calls and some inevitably big capsizes. 


This was to prove too much for some and the fleet was whittled down to 17 by the second start. Laurie and Dan and James and Toby were again battling it out at the front, with Roge & Will keeping the pack at bay.  A fast moving game of snakes and ladders was being played for the remaining top ten positions with mistakes being costly.  If this is a sign of how closely fought Garda will be, it is shaping up to be a good one – if you are looking for a fleet with strength in depth, then the 800s have a lot to offer. 


The final race saw the fleet whittled down again, with many of the sensible teams calling it a day.  James and Toby finally got the bullet their upwind speed deserved and with it overall honours for the day.  Local pairing Nick and Caroline rocketed into second place with Ella and James rounding off the podium spots. Luke and Emma completed a consistent days sailing in fourth – three mixed crews in the top four on the final race of the day, speaks for itself. 


Laurie & Dan and Roge & Will completed the overall podium – only the winners finished all three races in the top five, consistency ultimately proving the key. 


Thanks must go to Hayling Island SC and the race officer.  Engaging the fleet for opinion on day one and quick turn-around of starting on day two lead to a great weekend of champagne or “Glamour” (Credit Tom Morris) sailing. 


Thoughts inevitably turn to Garda.  One weekend of fine tuning remains before the 12h /16h/20hr (depending on who you talk to) drive to Italy and with a turnout of 40 teams already entered, it is good to see the fleet continues to strengthen.    




1st 58 1195 James Date Harvey Hilliary Port Dinorwic SC 2.0 2.0 1.0 5.0 5.0
2nd 36 1124 Laurie Fitzjohn Daniel Allin QMSC 3.0 1.0 7.0 11.0 11.0
3rd 42 1089 Roger Phillips Will Crocker EPSC 4.0 3.0 6.0 13.0 13.0
4th 43 1129 Luke McEwen Emma McEwen Royal Lymington 8.0 4.0 4.0 16.0 16.0
5th 44 864 Ella Mitchell James Marland Weston 15.0 7.0 3.0 25.0 25.0
6th 38 1162 Alan Roberts Chris O'Neil HISC 6.0 11.0 9.0 26.0 26.0
7th 52 1198 Nick Peters Caroline Wilkinson HISC 11.0 15.0 2.0 28.0 28.0
8th 39 1160 Dan Kilsby Bart Bridgen Stokes Bay 9.0 12.0 12.0 33.0 33.0
9th 56 1047 Simon Grundy Guy Whitby
19.0 6.0 10.0 35.0 35.0
10th 31 1142 Oli Woods Nikki Gruwen
16.0 17.0 8.0 41.0 41.0
11th 48 1171 Antony Mee James Penty RYA 21.0 8.0 13.0 42.0 42.0
12th 41 1099 Alistair Hodgson Sue Ogg Draycote SC 22.0 9.0 11.0 42.0 42.0
13th 34 1058 Toby Linell Jody Warner
17.0 10.0 15.0 42.0 42.0
14th 59 1133 Justin Deal Emma Deal Datchet SC 10.0 5.0 30.0 DNC 45.0 45.0
15th 50 1131 Anthony Harvey Michael Stone Mumbles 20.0 14.0 14.0 48.0 48.0
16th 33 1061 Kevin Burnard Emma Warner South Cerney 13.0 30.0 BFD 16.0 59.0 59.0
17th 53 1144 Nicholas Charles Christian Humprey Datchet Water SC 1.0 30.0 DNF 30.0 BFD 61.0 61.0
18th 57 806 David Hand Georgina Hand Grafham Water 18.0 16.0 30.0 DNC 64.0 64.0
19th 37 949 Tracey Covell Chris Feibusch HISC 30.0 DNF 30.0 DNC 5.0 65.0 65.0
20th 47 1187 Dave Hivey James Barlow
5.0 30.0 DNF 30.0 BFD 65.0 65.0
21st 49 1178 Frances Peters Nicola Groves HISC 7.0 30.0 DNF 30.0 DNC 67.0 67.0
22nd 40 966 Hugh Watson Andy Watkins Emsworth 12.0 30.0 DNF 30.0 DNC 72.0 72.0
23rd 55 1145 Martin Orton Ian Brooks CYC 30.0 DNF 13.0 30.0 DNF 73.0 73.0
24th 45 1179 Neil Farmer Alex Nolson Datchet 14.0 30.0 DNF 30.0 DNC 74.0 74.0
25th 46 1135 Ally Martin Claire Lasko Burghfield SC 30.0 DNF 30.0 DNF 30.0 DNC 90.0 90.0
25th 35 1196 Andrew Smith Simon Ledley Stokes Bay 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 90.0 90.0
25th 54 1128 Mary Rook Ollie Spensley-Corfield Lyme Regis 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 90.0 90.0
25th 32 1169 David Williams Nick Searle
30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 90.0 90.0
25th 51 1188 Philip Poyner Lucy Kenedy HISC 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNF 30.0 DNC 90.0 90.0
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