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09/03/2013
Winter Championship

    RS 800 Winter Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club

    20 800’s braved a horrible forecasts and turned up at Grafham for the 1st event of the year, to be greeted with a chilly 8-10Knot breeze. Most of the pre-sailing chat related to views on the proposed new main design and what to wear given the 4deg temperatures.

    Once racing got underway, it was Laurie Fiztjohn-Sykes and Dan Allin who came in from hard left, lead round the top mark and only briefly lost their lead to Nick Charles and Christian Humphrey who in turn let Tom Halhead and Stu Jagger through on the last run.

    In race 2 Nick and Christian lead throughout, followed by Tom and Stu and Roger Philips and Will Crocker, who then did a horizon job in the final race of the day chased by Laurie and Dan and Nick and Christian. Despite the cold, a generally satisfied fleet retired to the bar to watch the rugby after a day of very close racing.

    Those who thought Saturday was cold were in for a shock on Sunday when we turn up to a combination of snow, sleet and temperatures of -5 including wind-chill.

    Having put on all the sailing kit available the fleet launched at the last minute and started in 15 Knots of breeze which built throughout the day. Nick and Christian lead for 3 laps, but let Tom and Stu through on the final one. 3rd were the ever consistent Roger and Will.

    Roger and Will then followed this up with win in the next, followed by Dave and Emma Hivey and Laurie and Dan. By the final race a depleted fleet started in over 20 knots. Laurie and Dan won this one, with the Hivey’s again 2nd and Neil Ashby and Bonnie Moody saving their best till last in 3rd.

    Once ashore the maths was done and it transpired that Laurie and Dan had beaten Roger and Will on count-back with Nick and Christian a point behind, in one of the closest 800 events for ages. Jamie Morgan and James Sanbury won the silver fleet prize. Many thanks to Grafham for putting on some great racing and turning the starting round so quickly in Sundays freezing conditions. The next event is at Castle Cove at the end of April when hopefully it will have warmed up a bit.

    RS800 Fleet

    Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 21, Scoring system: GWSC Open Meeting (1 course/PY/3 starts)
    Rank Fleet Ranking SailNo Division HelmName CrewName Club R1
       
    R2
       
    R3
       
    R4
       
    R5
       
    R6
       
    Total Nett Notes
    1st RS800   1124 Gold Laurie Fiztjohn-Sykes Daniel Allin Queen Mary SC 1.0 (7.0) 2.0 5.0 3.0 1.0 19.0 12.0  
    2nd RS800   1089 Gold Roger Phillips Will Crocker Emberton Park (5.0) 3.0 1.0 3.0 1.0 4.0 17.0 12.0  
    3rd RS800   1144 Gold Nick Charles Christian Humphrey Datchet Water Sailing Club 3.0 1.0 3.0 2.0 4.0 (5.0) 18.0 13.0  
    4th RS800   1180 Gold Tom Halhead Stu Jagger   2.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 5.0 (6.0) 21.0 15.0  
    5th RS800   1202 Gold David Hivey Emma Hivey sailingtogs.com/Army Sailing Association (4.0) 4.0 4.0 4.0 2.0 2.0 20.0 16.0  
    6th RS800   1189 Gold Hugh Stone Hannah Tattersall Castle Cove Sailing Club (8.0) 5.0 7.0 6.0 6.0 7.0 39.0 31.0  
    7th RS800   1116 Gold Neil Ashby Bonnie Moody Shoreham Sailing Club 7.0 (11.0) 10.0 9.0 8.0 3.0 48.0 37.0  
    8th RS800   1129 Gold Luke McEwen Emma McEwen Royal Lymington Yacht Club 9.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 (22.0 DNC) 61.0 39.0  
    9th RS800   821 Silver Jamie Morgan James Saknbury GWSC 11.0 12.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 (22.0 DNC) 71.0 49.0  
    10th RS800   1154 Gold David Srood Louise Fisher Netley SC 6.0 6.0 6.0 10.0 (22.0 DNC) 22.0 DNC 72.0 50.0  
    11th RS800   1122 Silver Grahame Smith Nicola Smith Wilsonian Sailing Club 16.0 (19.0) 15.0 11.0 11.0 8.0 80.0 61.0  
    12th RS800   983 Gold Dan Druce Stu Moore Stokes Bay 10.0 10.0 11.0 (22.0 DNC) 10.0 22.0 DNC 85.0 63.0  
    13th RS800   1146 Silver Martin Orton Ian Brooks Chichester YC/Trearddur Bay SC 12.0 9.0 12.0 (22.0 DNC) 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 99.0 77.0  
    14th RS800   806 Silver David Hand Georgia Hand GWSC 13.0 13.0 13.0 (22.0 DNC) 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 105.0 83.0  
    15th RS800   847 Silver Martin Keen Emma Keen Hayling Island Sailing Club 17.0 18.0 17.0 12.0 (22.0 DNC) 22.0 DNC 108.0 86.0  
    16th RS800   985 Silver Nicolas van Tienen Steve Broom Stokes Broom 15.0 15.0 16.0 (22.0 DNS) 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 112.0 90.0  
    17th RS800   1009 Silver David Millward Kate Millward GWSC 19.0 14.0 14.0 (22.0 DNC) 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 113.0 91.0  
    18th RS800   1073 Silver Sam Knight John Knight Bartley 14.0 16.0 18.0 (22.0 DNF) 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 114.0 92.0  
    19th RS800   907 Silver Stephen McIntyre Ewen Lamont Loch Lomond Sailing Club 20.0 17.0 19.0 (22.0 DNC) 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 122.0 100.0  
    20th RS800   932 Silver Brian Allen Claire Allen Brightlingsea Sailing Club 18.0 20.0 (22.0 DNC) 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 126.0 104.0  
    21st RS800   1074 Silver E Beckett C Beckett GWSC 21.0 (22.0 DNC) 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 22.0 DNC 131.0 109.0  
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