RS400 : Inlands Grafham Water Sailing Club

Friday, 12 October 2012


Considering the very poor forecast for very light winds all weekend it was a very decent fleet of 36 RS400’s that arrived at Grafham Water on Oct 6/7 for the RS400 Inland Championships. Considering how light and fickle the wind proved to be the race team led by Pete Saxton did a sterling job of fitting 4 races in.

The fleet and the race team were given a master class in light wind sailing by Scaling Dams finest; Wayne and Debbie Fletcher who really put on quite a show.  As one wise sage put it “every time I realised where good new wind was coming from that red boat was already there going faster than anyone”.

Race 1 in a patchy 6/7 knots was a comprehensive win for the Fletchers who were a mile clear with the Pete’s Vincent and Cruickshank equally convincing in second with Robert Gullan/Jack Holden third. James George/Izzi Mitchell held a useful lead in race 2 but the Fletchers hunted them down on the second run to win again by a useful distance from David Exley/Richard Brown and Caroline Whithouse/Tony Cliff. After a few attempted starts that were stopped as the wind went walk about race 3 started in very light airs that became even more fickle. This time the Fletchers were in third on the second run but got the approach to the leeward gate spot on as the race team shortened course to win from Gullan/Holden and Martin Cooper/Nick Hunt.

No one really held out much hope for Sunday morning as the forecast was for 2 knots from every compass direction dropping to one from any direction left and the heavy mist at 9.00 gave even less cause for optimism. But when the mist disappeared and the sun came out a steady 7/8 knots appeared and everyone was rushing to put wetsuits on and pull up sails. But the fleet went into starting practice overload and by time they got away on the 4th start the inevitable happened – the wind switched off. The poor RS500 fleet starting after the 400’s had sat and watched the best wind of the weekend!!! (sorry!!)The wind ended up so light no one put their kites on the second run it was that painful! Exley/Brown held their nerve to win from Cooper/Hunt and long-time leader Peter Snowden and Pippa Fetcher. Senior Fletchers were 5th and with no more racing possible were the most convincing winners of the RS400 Inland Championships. Ross Ryan and Kathryn Hinsliff Smith had a storming event in 8th overall to win the silver division.

Many thanks to Grafham; the Inlands showed the 400 fleet in good health and in buoyant mood;  it is now on to the sprints at Queen Mary and the Crewsaver end of Season event at Datchet.

Debbie Darling

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1st

RS 400

 

1029

Wayne Fletcher

Deb Fletcher

Scaling Dam

1.0

1.0

1.0

(5.0)

8.0

3.0

 

2nd

RS 400

 

1186

David Exley

Richard Brown

Leigh&Lowton/Carsington

(5.0)

2.0

4.0

1.0

12.0

7.0

 

3rd

RS 400

 

1342

Robbert Gullan

Jack Holden

Arun Yacht Club

3.0

(20.0)

2.0

4.0

29.0

9.0

 

4th

RS 400

 

1135

Martin Cooper

Nick Hunt

Scaling Dam SC

(6.0)

6.0

3.0

2.0

17.0

11.0

 

5th

RS 400

 

1379

Caroline Whitehouse

Tony Cliff

Bartley SC

(10.0)

3.0

8.0

6.0

27.0

17.0

 

6th

RS 400

 

1313

Peter Vincent

Peter 'Oh No' Cruickshank

Bristol CYC

2.0

12.0

9.0

(19.0)

42.0

23.0

 

7th

RS 400

 

1216

Caroline Exley

Joe Hartigan

Leigh and Lowton SC

4.0

7.0

(25.0)

16.0

52.0

27.0

 

8th

RS 400

 

1322

Ross Ryan

Kathryn Hinsliff Smith

Notts County

(22.0)

15.0

6.0

8.0

51.0

29.0

 

9th

RS 400

 

1344

James George

Izzi Mitchell

Queen Mary

(11.0)

9.0

11.0

9.0

40.0

29.0

 

10th

RS 400

 

1325

John Cooper

Becci Wigley

LTSC

9.0

8.0

16.0

(37.0 BFD)

70.0

33.0

 

11th

RS 400

 

1340

Sam Neal

Alayne Seymour

GWSC

12.0

(18.0)

7.0

15.0

52.0

34.0

 

12th

RS 400

 

440

Roger Carter

Ian Robertson

Wormit Boating Club

7.0

13.0

14.0

(22.0)

56.0

34.0

 

13th

RS 400

 

1172

Barrie Thornton

Alex Oyston

Scaling Dam SC

(37.0 BFD)

10.0

13.0

14.0

74.0

37.0

 

14th

RS 400

 

1228

Alisdair James

Andrew Johnson

GWSC

13.0

16.0

12.0

(37.0 BFD)

78.0

41.0

 

15th

RS 400

 

971

Harriette Stone

Ali Correy

Montserrat YC

15.0

14.0

(37.0 DNC)

12.0

78.0

41.0

 

16th

RS 400

 

1014

Hamish Gledhill

Adrian Thear

West Riding SC

18.0

(37.0 BFD)

18.0

7.0

80.0

43.0

 

17th

RS 400

 

1109

Richard Mayo

Fiona Mayo

Lymington Town SC

16.0

11.0

(19.0)

17.0

63.0

44.0

 

18th

RS 400

 

831

Peter Snowdon

Pippa Fletcher

Scaling Dam SC

27.0

(29.0)

17.0

3.0

76.0

47.0

 

19th

RS 400

 

1326

Paul Bowen

Shaun Kellett

Gurnard Sailing Club

(37.0 BFD)

5.0

5.0

37.0 DNC

84.0

47.0

 

20th

RS 400

 

1351

Ian Robson

Sandy Johnson

Aldeburgh Yacht Club

8.0

17.0

24.0

(37.0 DNC)

86.0

49.0

 

21st

RS 400

 

1302

Andy Baldock

Sarah Raper

GWSC

19.0

(21.0)

20.0

10.0

70.0

49.0

 

22nd

RS 400

 

1319

Stewart Robertson

Sarah Robertson

RFYC

(37.0 BFD)

4.0

10.0

37.0 DNC

88.0

51.0

 

23rd

RS 400

 

1387

Simon Palmer

Olly Miller

Lock SC

14.0

19.0

(34.0)

20.0

87.0

53.0

 

24th

RS 400

 

1294

John Mackenzie

Andy Box

West Lothian Sailing Club

23.0

(30.0)

21.0

13.0

87.0

57.0

 

25th

RS 400

 

1289

Stuart Halman

Gill Greenacre

Leigh and Lowton SC

20.0

(32.0)

31.0

11.0

94.0

62.0

 

26th

RS 400

 

1043

Ian Watkins

Imogen Whittam

GWSC

24.0

(28.0)

15.0

23.0

90.0

62.0

 

27th

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 October 2012 )