Gul Grand Prix at Beer Sailing Club

RS Gul Grand Prix 2012 at Beer Sailing Club
Stewart Aplin
The RS200 and RS800 Gul Grand Prix was held at Beer Sailing Club over the weekend of 16th and 17th June 2012.

Beer, as always, made us extremely welcome, but unfortunately the 30+ knot forecast for Saturday was pretty accurate. You could see the white horses bucking on Lyme Bay from the hill five miles away. The race officer wisely canned the days racing and scheduled an early start and five races for Sunday. This left us to enjoy a day at the seaside, barbeque, happy hour and even the replica Olympic torch on its journey from Torbay to Weymouth by sea.

Sunday was fabulous. There was sunshine, rolling waves and a breeze building from a solid 12 to frisky 18 knots. Much of the fleet had been put off by the forecast for Saturday, but the few that braved it were treated to five intense and extremely close races.

The racing was so close that there was little between first and last place and any mistake cost dearly. Races were won by Mark Heather and Ed Cowell, Dicken Maclean and Hannah Young, Ben and Roz McGrane, Ian Sharps and Ellie Martin. Mark Heather and Ed Cowell showed the most consistency, never finishing out of the top four. Matt Mee and Emma Norris stormed in first couple of races, whilst John Teague and Darren McNamara showed blistering pace upwind as the breeze got up.

The Beer shore crew were out in force, not only were we helped through the breakers and up the beach, but also treated to a lovely all you can eat high tea.

The next leg of the Gul Grand Prix circuit is at Derwent in two weeks time, combined with the Scottish series and Bolle northern tour.

Results:
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Sail NoFleetHelmCrewClubPointsPlaceR1R2R3R4R5
1488GoldMark HeatherEdward CowellWilsonian9113342
481BronzeJohn TeagueDarren McNamaraBristol Corinthian YC152108223
1311GoldMatt MeeEmma NorrisRed Wharf Bay163221284
584BronzeBen McGraneRoz McGraneNetley174541217
822SilverEdd WhiteheadAlice KingsnorthParkstone18546455
940SilverDicken MacleanHannah YoungIsland Barn Reservoir19661666
1467GoldIan SharpsEllie MartinBurghfield SC20799191
1495SilverTim EllisHucky HornerIsland SC248377712
1422BronzeCaroline MartinN MartinBurghfield SC2797551012
1029BronzeOliver VidalNoelle VidalRYA29108101238
674NewTom WhicherClare ShintonNetley46111111121212

RS Gul Grand Prix 2012 at Beer Sailing Club
Stewart Aplin

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