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24/04/2010
GUL Grand Prix Stokes Bay SC

Stokes Bay RS800 GUL Grand Prix Event

24th / 25th April

 

The Venue for round 3 of the Gul Grand Prix was Stokes Bay and the first sea event of the season for the fleet. A decent forecast coaxed 34 boats to the start line in a pleasant 7-12kt south easterly and hazy sunshine with the promise of more on the Sunday.

 

As the 800’s were sharing the start line with a combined RS700 / Musto Skiff fleet, the 8’s were routed on the outer loop which added a different dimension to the standard course and presented new opportunities for place changing.

 

After a last minute postponement on start 1 then a general recall on start 2 the fleet got away third time lucky under black flag with the majority aiming for the shore to benefit from the slacker tide. The lead three boats of McGrane/Allen, Jeffries/Ody and Wilson/Broughton took up a decent lead which they maintained in that order to the finish.

 

Race 2 and the change in the tide caught a few of the teams out with the majority heading inshore again. Those who banged out right into the main tide came out with a decent lead at the top mark with Wilson/Broughton taking line honours. Russ Gibbs and Megan Fileman took the bold call to the gybe early and head back into the stronger adverse tide but bigger breeze and twin strung it back across the line in 2nd.

 

With the breeze dying the tide became even more influential by race 3 and the black flag caught out several teams. Those who broke right early benefitted from the lifting tide and Simon Grundy / Guy Whitby rounded in first. By the finish the boys in blue had slipped back to third with Jeffries/Ody taking the bullet and Watson/Clifton in 3rd.

 

Sunday dawned grey and still but by the time of the first start the sun had burnt through and breeze kicked in to a fresh 15-17kts to give near perfect conditions. Justin Deal/Emma Johnson sailed a great first beat in race 1 to take the lead with the pack close on their heals across the exciting “two sail reach of death”. By the leeward mark Schooling/Kingsnorth had pulled through with Jeffries/Ody close behind. McGrane/Allen showed devastating pace to work their way through the fleet and take line honours on the last run from Schooling/Kingsnorth with Wilson/Broughton 3rd.

 

Deal/Johnson had their spurs sharpened and pulled off a blinding port flyer in race two. The wind was shifting a little more which allowed for some place changes but by the finish Wilson/Broughton had managed to pull out a lead that McGrane /Allen couldn’t overhaul.

 

The final race saw a big left shift up the first beat that provided Derek and Elaine Buchanan first place round the top mark with Ed Whitehead/Christian Humphries and Jon Bennet/Paul Hargreaves all in the mix. By the finish fleet newcomers and Laser 4000 veterans Hugh Watson and Susanna Bickford narrowly managed to edge the bullet from McGrane/Allen with Bennet/Hargreaves a strong 3rd.

 

Overall results saw Nick Charles and Chris Martin take 1st in the handicap fleet (again Derek?) and Rob Watson & JC 3rd overall. Second was Stevie Wilson/Kermet the Frog and the usual suspects Ben McGrane and Roz Allen – Selden took the victory. Speaking with Andy Jeffries tonight as he was stitching me up with report (it’s definitely 3rd) we were agreeing on the calibre of the fleet at present and the fact that any 1 of 15 boats can win a race. It’s a great fleet to be racing in and I look forward to seeing you at Lymington on 8th/9th May.

 

Ben Schooling

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Place Sail No Helm Crew Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Gr Pts Nt Pts
  24Apr 24Apr 24Apr 25Apr 25Apr 25Apr
1 1163 Ben McGrane Roz Allen Netley SC 1 4 (6) 1 2 2 16 10
2 1167 Stevie Wilson Adam Broughton Portishead Y & SC 3 1 4 3 1 (7) 19 12
3 1153 Rob Watson John Clifton Homeless (10) 3 2 4 4 6 29 19
4 1121 Ben Schooling George Kingsnorth Helensburgh YC 7 (10) 9 2 3 8 39 29
5 1128 Andy Jeffries Allyson Ody Eastbourne Sov SC 2 15 1 (34) 5 11 68 34
6 1156 Jon Bennett Paul Hargreaves Homeless (18) 17 11 8 12 3 69 51
7 1144 Nick Charles Chris Martin Datchet Water SC 19 12 10 (21) 7 5 74 53
8 978 Neil Ashby Sam Proctor Bough Beech SC 6 9 (34) 9 13 16 87 53
9 1124 Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes Daniel Allin Dittisham SC 21 5 8 (34) 6 17 91 57
10 907 Ed Whitehead Christian Humphries Parkstone YC 13 13 (34) 20 10 4 94 60
11 1047 Simon Grundy Guy Whitby Homeless (27) 14 3 10 21 13 88 61
12 1127 Derek Buchanan Elaine Buchanan Oxford SC (23) 11 14 11 16 9 84 61
13 966 Hugh Watson Susanna Bickford Emsworth SC 12 23 (34) 13 15 1 98 64
14 962 Matt Rainback Simon Foskett Poole YC 15 (18) 12 5 14 18 82 64
15 1005 Andrew Gould Emma Pethybridge Weston SC 9 7 16 17 19 (20) 88 68
16 1132 Mick Whitmore Sarah Smith Eastbourne Sov SC 28 6 7 12 17 (34) 104 70
17 1101 Russell Gibbs Megan Fileman Starcross YC 11 2 5 19 (34) 34 105 71
18 1001 Alex Koukourakis Karen Baker Estbourne Sov SC 14 (26) 19 15 9 15 98 72
19 1133 Justin Deal Emma Johnson Burghfield SC 20 25 17 6 8 (34) 110 76
20 1130 Neil Baker James Hughes Hayling Island SC 8 19 (34) 34 11 10 116 82
21 1166 Ralph Singleton Oliver Singleton Chew Valley Lake SC 16 20 15 (22) 18 14 105 83
22 985 Dan Kilsby Bart Bridgen Stokes Bay SC (24) 24 18 14 22 12 114 90
23 1148 James Date Mike Warren Port Dinorwic SC 4 27 20 7 (34) 34 126 92
24 983 Anthony Harvey Mike Stone Mumbles YC (29) 29 23 18 20 22 141 112
25 968 Tom Foskett James Foskett Weston SC 25 22 22 16 (34) 34 153 119
26 1154 Justin Visser Ryan Visser Royal Lymington YC 5 (34) 13 34 34 34 154 120
27 1113 Alastair Shires Penny Shires Stokes Bay SC 26 8 24 (34) 34 34 160 126
28 866 James Norris Tim Norris Warsash SC 32 28 26 (34) 23 19 162 128
29 1110 Jason Belben Grace Clark Stokes Bay SC 22 21 21 (34) 34 34 166 132
30 1146 Chris Webber Jim Baldwin OUYC 17 16 (34) 34 34 34 169 135
31 1010 Chris Bailey Matt Bailey Draycote Water SC 30 30 25 (34) 34 21 174 140
32 990 Filippo Pages Gaspar Vanhollebeke Weston SC 31 (34) 27 34 34 34 194 160
33 926 Paul Atkinson Alex Taylor Lee-on-Solent SC 33 31 28 (34) 34 34 194 160

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