Gowers & Riley win RS400 Open at Royal Windermere

RS400 fleet at Royal Windermere YC
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Chris Gowers and June Riley won a close series at the Royal Windermere Yacht Club in the inaugural RS400 Northern Tour, Sponsored by Purple Marine. 27 entries turned up for the event that went to the final race - if the Paul and Mike Allen had won the last race there would have been a three-way tie on 10 points with Gowers and Riley, and Dave Exley and Nigel Hall. However their OCS put them down to third and Gowers and Riley won overall on count back from Exley and Hall.

Mild temperatures and a shifty breeze opened the event with a heavily port biased start line which favoured the brave! Alex Flemming and Joe Hartigan made the best start heading out left with the Paul and Mike Allen just behind. The Allen’s rounded first followed by Exley and Hall. The Allen’s eventually won with Exley and Hall a few seconds behind.

The breeze switched off for race two. Gowers and Riley banged left on the first beat with John Richardson and Alice Fisher in close pursuit. Richardson passed Gowers briefly but couldn’t hold the lead. Gowers and Riley crossed the line first. Mike Heart and Sally Kirkpatrick finished third.

The breeze shifted back to the south for race three. Again Gowers and Riley won, after a race long battle with Exley and Hall. The Allen’s pulled through to third, finishing several minutes behind the leading two.

After a small postponement Sundays first race began in a perfect force 3 set in the stunning backdrop of the north end of the lake. Heart and Kirkpatrick rounded first. The Allen’s pulled through on the next beat to lead for the majority of the race, with Gowers in hot pursuit. Gowers and Riley got water on last leeward mark to claim his third race win, with the Allen’s second and Exley and Hall third.

The breeze dropped for race two. Exley and Hall lead for most of the race. However Heart and Kirkpatrick pulling through downwind to take the gun. The Allen’s finished third.

The final race began in sunshine and a steady force 2-3. Caroline Exley rounded first. Mike Heart pulled through to lead down to the leeward mark. The Allen’s got lucky on the right of the second beat catching more pressure and leading in to the windward mark. They held their lead to the finish, with a battle for second between Gowers, Heart and both Exley boats. The Allen’s crossed the line in silence. Their OCS gave Exley and Hall the race, Heart and Kirkpatrick finished second followed by Gowers and Riley who took the Open.

Overall a fantastic event. Chris Gowers thanked Royal Windermere for great hospitality, and the race officer for setting good courses in difficult conditions.

RS400 Royal Windermere YC Open - Final overall positions

1st 1204 Chris Gowers June Riley Port Dinorwic SC 4 1 1 1 -7 3 17 10 nett pts
2nd 1186 Dave Exley Nigel Hall Leigh & Lowton SC 2 -8 2 3 2 1 18 10 nett pts
3rd 1155 Paul Allen Michael Allen Leigh & Lowton SC 1 5 3 2 3 -30 44 14 nett pts
4th 1082 Mike Hart Sally Kilpatrick Port Dinorwic SC -5 3 5 4 1 2 20 15 nett pts
5th 817 Caroline Exley Jude Pryde Leigh & Lowton SC 3 4 7 7 -10 5 36 26 nett pts
6th 1298 S Hunt R Critchley Bassenthwaite SC 8 9 -13 6 5 4 45 32 nett pts
7th 1172 Alex Flemming Joe Hartigan Leigh & Lowton SC 7 12 4 -13 4 6 46 33 nett pts
8th 1191 Louise McKeand Ben Kirk Leigh & Lowton SC 9 -20 8 5 6 8 56 36 nett pts
9th 1293 John Richardson Alice Fisher RWYC 10 2 -15 9 15 11 62 47 nett pts
10th 476 Mark Barron Bec Barron Loch Tummel SC -13 11 9 12 8 7 60 47 nett pts
11th 1164 Richard Shellcock Laura Shellcock Loch Tummel SC 12 7 -14 10 14 10 67 53 nett pts
12th 1257 Tim Hall Jess Roberts Port Dinorwic SC 11 -14 12 14 13 14 78 64 nett pts
13th 847 Ian Martin Jeremy Whiting South Shields SC -18 10 17 15 12 12 84 66 nett pts
14th 929 John Whalley Jenny Whalley RWYC 19 16 -23 8 9 15 90 67 nett pts
15th 1277 Paul Legge Brian Clough RWYC 15 -19 10 16 17 9 86 67 nett pts
16th 1268 Alistair Rose Yvette Rose RWYC 17 -22 18 11 11 13 92 70 nett pts
17th 1114 Alan Williams Jen Williams Port Dinorwic SC 14 15 16 18 -19 16 98 79 nett pts
18th 1014 Hamish Gledhill Simon Dowse West Riding SC 6 6 11 -30 30 30 113 83 nett pts
19th 1103 Phillip Hubbard Richard Rigg RWYC 16 13 -20 19 20 19 107 87 nett pts
20th 762 John Marsh Stephen Kennedy Elton SC -22 17 19 21 16 18 113 91 nett pts
21st 1229 Richard Pratt RWYC 20 23 22 20 21 -30 136 106 nett pts
22nd 509 Darren Martin Pippa Coleman RWYC -30 30 30 17 18 17 142 112 nett pts
23rd 669 Nigel Tullett Andy Tunnicliffe RWYC 23 -30 6 30 30 30 149 119 nett pts
24th 1283 Peter Frith Ben Frith RWYC 21 18 21 -30 30 30 150 120 nett pts
25th 945 Tim Craig Simon Hulme Elton SC -30 24 30 24 22 20 150 120 nett pts
26th 966 TBA -30 30 30 22 23 21 156 126 nett pts
27th 561 Shawn Woodcock Tony Clift Bartley SC 24 21 -30 23 30 30 158 128 nett pts
28th 1118 Michael Wilson Louise Ashton Isle of Man YC 25 -30 24 30 30 30 169 139 nett pts
29th 891 Paul Frain Richard Frain RWYC -30 25 30 30 30 30 175 145 nett pts