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RS800 Rescheduled Gul Inlands and RS Aero Spring Championship

  • RS800 Gul Inlands prize winners at Grafham Water SC 20 March 2016

Rescheduled RS800 Gul Inland and Spring Championship at Grafham Water SC 19-20 March 2016


The rescheduled Gul RS800 Inland and Spring Championships started off feeling more like the Winter Champs with a chilly Northerly force 3-5. Fifteen boats had assembled from far and wide, including Ullswater in the North and Eastbourne in the far South.


Race 1 was pretty intense with the local team of Tim Saxton and Murray Hampshire leading the way for 3 laps with the Singletons  in hot pursuit, both making the most of the port shifts. With Roger Phillips and Will Crocker catching up into 3rd, the Singletons gybed off on a puff down the last leg to come through to take the gun at the finish.


Roger and Will dominated the next two races with two wins with Luke and Emma McEwen hard on their heels with two 2nds. Team Eastbourne were just behind with Andy and Allyson Jefferies 3rd in race 2 and the Paul and Peter Jenkins 3rd in race 3.

Close competition on the water was rounded off by an evening watching an even more tense match of rugby, drinking the odd pint and praying for some warmer weather on Sunday.  Cheers all round as England won the Grand Slam.


Sunday started off with light airs and sunny skies. The near 50 degree wind shifts meant the windward mark was moving around the course faster than some of the boats!


Race four was an tight battle to find the best shifts. The Singletons lead the way from start to finish to take their second win with Luke and Emma in 2nd and Tom Jeffcoate and Mark Hogan in 3rd. Team Datchet was having a good morning with Dan Goodman and Debbie Robertshaw in 4th.


Dan and Debbie and Tom and Mark showed the way at the start of race 5 but a big port shift and a change of course shook things up a bit with the Singletons, McEwens and Jeffries popping out at the top of the last beat again by playing the left side. With all 3 boats looking like they were laying the leeward mark the Singletons thought they had it in the bag. But when the wind filled in again from behind Andy and Allyson pulled through in the gybing battle between all three boats in the last 100 yards to take their first bullet of the event. The warm weather also saw class Chairman Chris Feibusch and Jeremy Williamson cleaning the bottom of his new boat as he approached the final leeward gate!!  So there may be a little more to this helming game than some crews believe!!


With the top 3 tied on 9 points going into the last race the pressure was on. Tim and Murray spotted some good wind on the right side of the course and they took the advantage along with the Jenkins and the Jeffries whilst Roger and Will and Luke and Emma battled it out on the left hand side. By the end of the last run Roger and Will had pulled up to 2nd behind Tim and Murray to take the title, with the Jeffries in 3rd , leaving the McEwens and Singletons wondering  “what if ….”.


The Race Office Peter Saxton and his team did a great job of keeping the course true despite some huge shifts. A big thank you must also go to Grafham Water Sailing Club for their warm welcome.  The class is in great shape with 4 different race winners and last year’s National Champion sailing on home waters finishing 5th.  So the fleet heads off to Lac du Der for Easter for the first Euro Cup event and then Stokes Bay SC on 16 -17 April for the second Magic Marine Grand Prix event.


Report by Sophie and Ralph Singleton


Up on Y&Y now: http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/188436/Gul-RS800-Inland-and-Spring-Championship

RS800 Fleet
Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 15, Scoring system: GWSC Open Meeting (1 course/PY/3 starts)
Rank Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st 1204 Roger Phillips Will Crocker Emberton Park SC 3 1 1 -7 4 2 18 11
2nd 1220 Luke McEwen Emma McEwen Royal Lymington YC -7 2 2 2 3 4 20 13
3rd 1166 Ralph Singleton Sophie Singleton Datchet Water SC 1 -8 5 1 2 6 23 15
4th 1212 Andy Jeffries Allyson Jeffries Eastbourne Soverign SC 4 3 (16.0 DNC) 8 1 3 35 19
5th 1203 Tim Saxton Murray Hampshire Grafham Water Sailing Club 2 5 8 5 -9 1 30 21
6th 1057 Tom Jeffcoate Si Hibbert/Mark Hogan Notts County SC 5 6 4 3 -13 13 44 31
7th 1195 Paul Jenkins Peter Jenkins Eastbourne Soverign SC 9 9 3 -13 7 5 46 33
8th 1144 Daniel Goodman Debbie Robertshaw Datchet Water SC 13 -14 6 4 5 7 49 35
9th 1010 John Warburton James Clapham Chew Valley Lake SC/Royal Torbay YC -14 10 11 6 6 11 58 44
10th 1186 Chris Feibusch Jeremy Williamson Hayling Island Sailing Club 11 7 7 -14 11 9 59 45
11th 1099 Alistair Hodgson Charlotte Heffernan RYA -15 12 10 9 12 8 66 51
12th 1043 Chris Dodd Bryony Meakins Rutland Water SC 12 11 9 10 10 -14 66 52
13th 1146 Martin Orton Ian Brooks Chichester YC 8 (16.0 DNC) 16.0 DNC 12 8 10 70 54
14th 121 Phil Walker John Mathers Wimbledon Park 6 4 (16.0 DNC) 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 74 58
15th 1215 S Brown Philip Barristow Ullswater YC 10 13 12 11 -14 12 72 58
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