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19/10/2013
Gul Inland Championships

    Gul RS200 2013  Inland Championships at Chew Valley, 19 and 20 October 2013

    Chew Valley Lake is as cute as an Idaho prom date in bobby sox, but in places just as shallow. This limitation meant the 65 boats raced in 4 flights. This arrangement renders my race report pretty tricky - I was only in half the races. So, to avoid boring you too much, I can only describe our experience and you can draw some inference from the results. 

     

    Oh – and pictures: there was a man there with an improbably large telephoto lens – do get in touch with RS! So, Chew Valley is very picturesque. If you have never been there,


    My very game shipmate, who has only been racing 3 months and sailing not much longer, is also lighter than a Kleenex. Can’t say I am that much heavier. This is good for outrageous offwind malarkey in the force 3-5+ zipping off the Mendips. Well, save that her helm managed to bin it on a couple of gybes.

     

    Also, race 3 saw the kind of squall that buggered belief. It had the sort of horizontal rain that gets under your eyelids, and turned the start area into RS200 soup.

     

    Day 2 was forecast to be breezier: probably was, but at least it was more consistent and manageable for limp-wristed types like me. Sacrificial spinnaker was in order. Fun, though I may get wheels on my keel next time I go there.

    Overall, the race management was excellent, and both the wet and dry teams are to be congratulated. The line was mostly bob-on, and there wasn’t any messing around between races. We all know the horror of crew progressively going paler than something on a mortuary slab, whilst watching a seemingly slack-jawed yom-yom in a committee boat brandish a wind indicator for half an hour … and not actually move the line or windward mark one iota. (I know, I know, they all do their best ....) So full marks and a cigar to the race team. I was party to one general recall, but didn’t see any black flags (though that doesn’t mean there weren’t any).

    Results speak volumes for the competitive nature of the 200 fleet . Matt Mee and Emma Norris repeated their Not-Inlands success earlier this year – just - by dint of more wins from Chris Catt and Ally Martin who were on equal points. The latter team won the Bolle series overall.

     

    Andy and Jill Peters were third by one point, but now are Cherubing – and will sadly miss the SEAS RS200 finale at Wembley this Sunday, 27 October. Forecast looks like an atomic westerly blowing straight down the lake. £200 of Rooster prizes up for grabs, £15 entry (a tenner if 3 or more boats from your club attend), and the clocks go back so you’ve an extra hour in bed for the 11 am start ...more details at http://www.wembleysailingclub.co.uk/Downloads/2013/RS200%20Open%2027%20October%202013.pdf   or just www.wembleysailingclub.co.uk

    Thank you to Julian for sending in the report

     

    As there were seperate flights we also have a report from Andrew Peters

     

    Grey sky lay low over the hills surrounding Chew Valley Lake as over 130 RS sailors arrived for their Inland Championships.  After a briefing warning sailors to beware of the Pikeys on the lake (some kind of coarse fishermen apparently, distinguishable from their refined trout fishing cousins as the ones who don’t fiddle with their flies.)  At least there were no killer shrimp this year.  The lake we were warned contained hidden shallows to trap the unwary sailor and due to the lack of water (in the lake not from the sky) the fleet was split into flights.
     
    Nevertheless the wind was in a good direction enabling a long windward/leeward course to be set on both days.   Strong enough generally to stretch everyone’s hiking muscles and occasionally strong enough to clench other muscles too.  Saturday was enlivened by a particularly viscous rain squall during the 3rd race which caught everyone’s attention.  A squall so dense it hurt and caused more than a few to see if they could catch a few fish themselves.
     
    The racing over the weekend was dominated by 4 teams who were separated by just one point at the end of the 6 races.  Eddie Whitehead and Tobytastic revelled in Sundays conditions to smash in three ‘on the water’ wins.  Unfortunately an OCS in the first race put paid to their chances and they could only finish 4th with 9 points.  Also on 9 points counting 3 race wins were Andrew and Jill Peters.  Just one point ahead Chris Catt and Ally Martin, with no result lower than second,  lost out on count back to the event winners Matt Mee and Emma Norris who added the Inland title to the National title they won in August.
    The silver fleet was almost as hard fought with Sam Thopmson and Leanne Hibbard beating Darren McNamara and Alistair Norris by 2.5 points.  Bronze was won by Orkun Soyer and Ismail Inan in 28th position.
     
    The club were very hospitable and apparently the 2’s will be back to Chew next year.  £1.90 a pint in the club bar proving an irresistible lure.  However despite Pete Vincent going home for the evening the club ran out of rum.  A lesson for next year perhaps – stock up the rum and please fill up the lake.

    Rank Fleet Division Class SailNo HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
    1st Blue Gold RS200 1311 Matt Mee Emma Norris 3.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (34.0 DNC) 2.0 42.0 8.0
    2nd White Gold RS200 1467 Chris Catt Ally Martin 1.0 (2.0) 2.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 10.0 8.0
    3rd Purple Gold RS200 962 Andrew Peters Jill Peters 1.0 1.0 3.0 (34.0 OCS) 1.0 3.0 43.0 9.0
    4th Blue Gold RS200 822 Eddie Whitehead Toby Lewis 2.0 3.0 2.0 (34.0 OCS) 1.0 1.0 43.0 9.0
    5th White Gold RS200 1285 John Teague Naomi Pound 2.0 5.0 (7.0) 3.0 4.0 5.0 26.0 19.0
    6th Blue Gold RS200 1549 Tim Saxton Freya Adams 5.0 6.0 3.0 3.0 5.0 (12.0) 34.0 22.0
    7th White Gold RS200 1508 George Yeoman Sophie Ormsby (13.0) 10.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 7.0 36.0 23.0
    8th White Gold RS200 1237 Dicken Maclean The Man with no name! 9.0 4.0 4.0 (34.0 DNC) 6.0 1.0 58.0 24.0
    9th Purple Gold RS200 634 David Jessop Renata Sapazinskaite 4.0 3.0 (34.0 DNF) 4.0 2.0 11.0 58.0 24.0
    10th Green Gold RS200 1276 Maria Stanley John Pinner 5.0 5.0 (17.0) 4.0 9.0 3.0 43.0 26.0
    11th Purple Gold RS200 854 Andy Shaw Pippa Horne 7.0 2.0 10.0 2.0 (15.0) 8.0 44.0 29.0
    12th Green Gold RS200 831 Thomas Wright Lottie Clay 3.0 4.0 (34.0 DNS) 11.0 4.0 7.0 63.0 29.0
    13th Purple Gold RS200 1515 Daniel Lewis Martin Lewis 8.0 6.0 6.0 (11.0) 5.0 4.0 40.0 29.0
    14th White Gold RS200 1423 Steve Janering Chloe Sideris 6.5 7.0 5.0 (14.0) 8.0 13.0 53.5 39.5
    15th White Silver RS200 667 Sam Thompson Leanne Hibbard 6.5 12.0 (13.0) 9.0 7.0 6.0 53.5 40.5
    16th Blue Gold RS200 766 Harry Roome Prue Room 12.0 13.0 5.0 6.0 (20.0) 5.0 61.0 41.0
    17th Green Silver RS200 1510 Darren McNamara Alistair Norris 4.0 9.0 (16.0) 7.0 8.0 15.0 59.0 43.0
    18th Purple Gold RS200 1010 Steve Restall Katie Restall 6.0 13.0 9.0 (34.0 OCS) 6.0 10.0 78.0 44.0
    19th Green Silver RS200 848 Nick Martindale Freddie 12.0 12.0 10.0 10.0 (13.0) 4.0 61.0 48.0
    20th Blue Silver RS200 1072 Neil Barrett Sophie Jones 15.0 (17.0) 8.0 5.0 13.0 8.0 66.0 49.0
    21st Blue Silver RS200 1004 Charlie Poyner Mag Fileman (18.0) 15.0 4.0 8.0 14.0 10.0 69.0 51.0
    22nd Green Silver RS200 1466 Dave Sweet Sophie Singleton 15.0 8.0 (34.0 DNF) 13.0 7.0 9.0 86.0 52.0
    23rd Green Gold RS200 846 Jeremy Stephens Carolyn Royal 21.0 19.0 (34.0 DNF) 5.0 3.0 6.0 88.0 54.0
    24th Blue Silver RS200 1173 Chris Larr Adam Larr 9.0 14.0 11.0 9.0 11.0 (17.0) 71.0 54.0
    25th Purple Silver RS200 748 Matt Bromley Andrea Bromley 11.0 (15.0) 11.0 14.0 11.0 9.0 71.0 56.0
    26th Green Silver RS200 1451 Tony Freer Zach Freer 11.0 11.0 12.0 12.0 10.0 (16.0) 72.0 56.0
    27th Green Gold RS200 1228 Joe Adams Evan Bradshaw (22.0) 20.0 6.0 6.0 12.0 14.0 80.0 58.0
    28th Purple Bronze RS200 465 Orkun Soyer Ismail Inan 13.0 (24.0) 12.0 7.0 14.0 14.0 84.0 60.0
    29th Blue Bronze RS200 1313 James Kemp Amy Kemp 24.0 8.0 13.0 12.0 12.0 (34.0 DNC) 103.0 69.0
    30th White Bronze RS200 1278 Adrian Stell Roz Stell 16.0 9.0 14.0 15.0 15.0 (18.0) 87.0 69.0
    31st Blue Silver RS200 418 Liz Teague Shaun Spring 17.0 (19.0) 15.0 10.0 17.0 11.0 89.0 70.0
    32nd White Gold RS200 1325 Charlotte Savage Mike Wood 10.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNF 8.0 10.0 12.0 108.0 74.0
    33rd Blue Gold RS200 1402 Rob Janering Hugh Mehta (34.0 DNS) 34.0 DNS 7.0 13.0 9.0 13.0 110.0 76.0
    34th Purple Bronze RS200 542 John Harvey Julie Harvey (19.0) 17.0 8.0 15.0 18.0 19.0 96.0 77.0
    35th Purple Silver RS200 1263 Julian Bradley Helen Cafferata 23.0 7.0 (34.0 DNF) 16.0 20.0 17.0 117.0 83.0
    36th Blue Silver RS200 1342 Sarah Green David Green (21.0) 16.0 18.0 20.0 16.0 18.0 109.0 88.0
    37th Green Gold RS200 1229 Rob Struckett Senem Cilingiroglu 18.0 10.0 (34.0 DNF) 17.0 17.0 34.0 DNF 130.0 96.0
    38th Green Bronze RS200 374 Peter Middleton Dani Middleton 26.0 16.0 (34.0 DNF) 18.0 19.0 19.0 132.0 98.0
    39th Purple Bronze RS200 1295 Kevin Druce Rachel Combes 20.0 26.0 18.0 17.0 21.0 (34.0 DNC) 136.0 102.0
    40th White Silver RS200 756 Chris Sanders Pippa Hardman 24.0 20.0 (34.0 DNF) 24.0 19.0 16.0 137.0 103.0
    41st Purple Bronze RS200 963 Samuel J Grimshaw Rebecca Grimshaw 27.0 (30.0) 16.0 19.0 22.0 21.0 135.0 105.0
    42nd Green Bronze RS200 685 Gary Livinston Hannah Livinstone 28.0 27.0 (34.0 DNF) 16.0 16.0 20.0 141.0 107.0
    43rd Blue Bronze RS200 1548 Andrew Clarke Peter Clarke 10.0 21.0 (34.0 DNF) 21.0 23.0 34.0 DNC 143.0 109.0
    44th Green Gold RS200 4 Peter Vincent Victoria Upton 8.0 14.0 20.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 144.0 110.0
    45th White Bronze RS200 209 Chris Williams Eve Evans (29.0) 24.0 17.0 23.0 24.0 22.0 139.0 110.0
    46th White Silver RS200 376 Sam Jacklin Ellie Gear 27.0 23.0 (34.0 DNF) 19.0 21.0 20.0 144.0 110.0
    47th Green Silver RS200 1468 Karen Smally Nameless 14.0 25.0 19.0 20.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 146.0 112.0
    48th White Silver RS200 787 Francis Bucknall Benjamin Bucknall 23.0 22.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNC 18.0 15.0 146.0 112.0
    49th Blue Silver RS200 1246 Oliver Sloper Emma Lombard 22.0 11.0 14.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 149.0 115.0
    50th Green Bronze RS200 1233 John Spelman Phil Phil Brook 17.0 22.0 9.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 150.0 116.0
    51st White Silver RS200 884 Andrew Smith Michael Horne 19.0 18.0 (34.0 DNF) 22.0 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 161.0 127.0
    52nd Purple Bronze RS200 1132 Peter Loretto Lucy Loretto 25.0 21.0 15.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 163.0 129.0
    53rd Purple Bronze RS200 832 Peter Alvey Andy Connolly (34.0 DNS) 34.0 DNS 34.0 DNS 18.0 23.0 23.0 166.0 132.0
    54th Purple Silver RS200 1509 Paul Teague Pat Teague 16.0 18.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 170.0 136.0
    55th Purple Silver RS200 1355 Peter Gray Claire Lasko 14.0 23.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 173.0 139.0
    56th Blue Bronze RS200 914 Reuben Woodbridge J Woodbridge 28.0 26.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNC 22.0 34.0 DNC 178.0 144.0
    57th White Bronze RS200 346 Roger Gibb Jo Gibb 20.0 25.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNF 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 181.0 147.0
    58th Green Bronze RS200 1516 Martin Stubbs Yvonne Smith 32.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNF 21.0 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 189.0 155.0
    59th White Bronze RS200 489 Dave Stubbs Mx Whittome 25.0 28.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 189.0 155.0
    60th White Bronze RS200 1409 Claire James Lucy Gibson 31.0 27.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 194.0 160.0
    61st Green Bronze RS200 1330 Pete Hadrell Flea Hadrell 30.0 28.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 194.0 160.0
    62nd Purple Bronze RS200 1406 Simon Thomas Rufus Thomas 29.0 29.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 194.0 160.0
    63rd Blue Bronze RS200 227 Ian Clever Claire Overstall 26.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNF 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 196.0 162.0
    64th Purple Bronze RS200 959 Nick Gatehouse Will Gatehouse 30.0 (34.0 DNF) 34.0 DNF 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 200.0 166.0
    65th Blue Bronze RS200 1105 Karen Larr Abigail Larr (34.0 DNS) 34.0 DNS 34.0 DNS 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 204.0 170.0
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