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    2ndhanddinghies RS200 SW Ugly Tour basks in glorious conditions at magical Exe SC


    Continuing an amazing run the 2ndhanddinghies RS200 SW Ugly Tour returned to Exe SC again this year to yet again splendid conditions and cakes. The heat wave was still present but unlike the previous fortnight there was proper wind; a blessed relief as we had to sail out against the start of the incoming tide!! So out in the race area there was total blue sky, blue sea, a big yellow thing all day; sun cream everywhere and a E/SE gradient breeze that stayed around 8 -13 knots all day. Could it get better?

    Well the racing was pretty damm fine as well. A quite high calibre fleet had a ball; as Harry Roome put it “this is why we keep our 200 for days and racing like that”. Right at the front there was quite a titanic battle between James Peters/Ali Young and Matt Mee/Emma Norris. Peters/Young sailed away with race 1 but were passed in race 2 by Mee/Norris who went on to win race 3 as well with Peters/Young having to pull through from 5th to 2nd. So all was set for a last race showdown under a black flag after some general recalls. Mee/Norris seemed to be in control until but were pulled out on the first run along with Claire Walsh/Darren McNamara; OCS. This left Nick and Oli Martindale with a good the lead at the first leeward gate with Peters/ Young second but by the end of the second lap these positions had been reversed and Peters/Young won the event on tie break from Mee/Norris. You had the feeling it could be that close at the forthcoming Noble Marine RS200 Nationals at Mounts Bay.

    Behind these two the racing was also amazingly close. The old brigade of Harry/Prue Roome and Pete Vincent/very young Victoria Upton were also tied on points and 9th- 13 were also on the same points; Liz Teague/Shaun Spring won that fight with their third in the last race and also 1st silver division. Fellow Exe sailors Sam Jacklin/Josh Geare were 1st bronze division.

    A very contented fleet compared sun tans over a truly splendid spread of cakes and sandwiches; Exe SC had done us proud again.


    Pete Vincent

    Rank Fleet SailNo HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
    1st Gold 1530 James Peters Ali Young WENSA 1 .(2) 2 1 6 4
    2nd Gold 1311 Matt Mee Emma Norris Red Wharf Bay SC 2 1 1 (18.0 BFD) 22 4
    3rd Gold 766 Harry Roome Prue Roome Itchenor SC 3 3 7 .(8) 21 13
    4th Gold 1401 Pete Vincent Victoria Upton Bristol Corinthian YC .(8) 5 4 4 21 13
    5th Gold 1285 John Teague Naomi Pound Bristol Corinthian YC 5 4 6 .(9) 24 15
    6th Gold 846 Jeremy Stephens C E Royall Mounts Bay SC 6 .(7) 3 7 23 16
    7th Gold 848 Nick Martindale Oli Martindale Chew Valley Lake SC 7 .(10) 8 2 27 17
    8th Gold 1510 Claire Walsh Darren McNamara Bristol Corinthian YC 4 6 9 (18.0 BFD) 37 19
    9th Silver 418 Liz Teague Shaun Spring ESC .(12) 9 10 3 34 22
    10th Gold 1509 Paul Teague Pat Teague Bristol Corinthian YC .(11) 11 5 6 33 22
    11th Silver 385 Mike Way Tamzine Middleton Exe SC 9 8 .(11) 5 33 22
    12th Silver 1437 David Oakey Jeannie Oakey Chew Valley Lake SC 10 12 .(13) 10 45 32
    13th Bronze 376 Sam Jacklin Josh Geare ESC 14 .(15) 15 11 55 40
    14th Bronze 1330 Pete Haddrell Flea Haddrell Cotswold SC .(16) 16 12 13 57 41
    15th Bronze 247 Rex Frost Sue Burridge ESC 13 .(17) 17 12 59 42
    16th Bronze 426 Jamie Barker Ellie Geare Starcross/ESC .(15) 14 14 14 57 42
    17th Bronze 374 Peter Middleton Dani Middleton Saltash SC 17 13 16 (18.0 DNF) 64 46
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