RS800 Inlands at Grafham Water

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A fleet of 29 boats turned out for the penultimate RS800 competition of the season, the Inland Championships at Grafham Water Sailing club. Light winds were forecast for the entire weekend, so the fleet was pleasantly surprised to see a good ten knot breeze blowing down the lake while rigging up, unfortunately this had diminished to a fickle 5-7 knots by the time of the first start.

The three races on Saturday were a case of eyes out for the breeze, with significant gusts coming in from the edges of the course making managing the fleet tricky. Tom Halhead and Stu Jagger made the most of this in the first two races to post a commanding 1,2, but were undone in the last race as the breeze shut off on the right hand side of the run relegating them to 15th leaving Dave Hivey and Bart Bridgen as overnight leaders.

Sunday morning dawned foggy and still, with a proportion of the fleet confident that no sailing would take place, Halhead however was petitioning hard for racing to take place, keen to discard the 15th place. Indeed when the breeze filled in to a ‘steady’ 3-5 knots there was some reluctance to get onto the water.

The wind stayed in for long enough for the fleet to complete one more race, won convincingly by Tom/ Stu. Seeing the lake turn glassy, the remaining races were abandoned, leaving Tom/ Stu in first place overall, Dave/ Bart second and Dave Steed/ Louise Fisher third. The silver division was won by Oliver Scrimshaw and James Penty in 11th place overall.

Many thanks to GWSC for defying a poor forecast and giving us some great racing, food and beer. Hopefully we’ll get a great turnout for the last event of the season, The ‘Crewsaver End of Season championships’ to be held at Datchet Water sailing club on the 10th/11th November with the rest of the RS classes.

1stRS 800 1180Tom HalheadStu JaggerBCYC2.01.0(15.0)1.019.04.0 
2ndRS 800 1187David HiveyBart BridgenSailing Togs1.04.0(9.0)5.019.010.0 
3rdRS 800 1154David SteedLouise FisherNetley SC(8.0)5.03.04.020.012.0 
4thRS 800 1089Roger PhillipsWill CrockerEmberton Park3.0(12.0)4.06.025.013.0 
5thRS 800 1182Andy JeffriesAllyson OdyEastbourne Sovereign SC(16.0)6.07.03.032.016.0 
6thRS 800 1129Luke McEwenEmma McEwenRoyal Lymington Yacht Club(11.0)9.06.02.028.017.0 
7thRS 800 1202Steve WilsonToby Wincer 5.02.011.0(30.0 DNC)48.018.0 
8thRS 800 1047Simon GrundyGuy Whitby 7.0(19.0)2.010.038.019.0 
9thRS 800 1189Hugh ShoneHannah TattersallCastle Cove Sailing Club13.03.05.0(20.0)41.021.0 
10thRS 800 1144Nick CharlesChristian HumpreyDatchet Water Sailing Club6.011.08.0(13.0)38.025.0 
11thRS 800 1121Oliver ScrimshawJames PentyPlymouth University4.013.0(24.0)9.050.026.0 
12thRS 800 1061Keith BarnardEmma WarnerSouth Cerney14.0(18.0)1.014.047.029.0 
13thRS 800 1Tim SaxtonKatie DabsonGWSC12.08.0(17.0)11.048.031.0 
14thRS 800 951Andrew BlundellMaddie FennerWeston SC17.010.0(18.0)7.052.034.0 
15thRS 800 966Hugh WatsonAndy WatkinsEmsworth SC15.07.014.0(18.0)54.036.0 
16thRS 800 823Alex GrovesFiona HampshireIsland Barn/Papercourt Lake22.0(23.0)13.08.066.043.0 
17thRS 800 1010John WarburtonJames ClaphamCardiff Yacht Club10.017.0(22.0)16.065.043.0 
18thRS 800 1009David MillwardKate MillwardGWSC(25.0)16.016.015.072.047.0 
19thRS 800 1122Grahame SmithNicola SmithCoventry University19.0(25.0)10.022.076.051.0 
20thRS 800 953Andrew PickrellAdam SmithWilsonian SC21.014.0(25.0)17.077.052.0 
21stRS 800 1058Toby CinnellJody WarnerRuffian18.015.0(19.0)19.071.052.0 
22ndRS 800 806David HandGeorgina HandGWSC20.022.012.0(30.0 DNC)84.054.0 
23rdRS 800 922Ian PatersonCarol PatersonGWSC(24.0)21.021.012.078.054.0 
24thRS 800 1076Sam SeddonJosh SeddonWeston Sailing Club9.024.0(26.0)24.083.057.0 
25thRS 800 1146Martin OrtonIan BrooksChichester YC(30.0 OCS)20.020.030.0 DNC100.070.0 
26thRS 800 847Martin KeenRichard KeenHayling Island Sailing Club27.0(29.0)23.021.0100.071.0 
27thRS 800 1015Simon PayneHaley BoumdOxford23.026.0(27.0)23.099.072.0 
28thRS 800 1074Ed BeckettCharlotte BeckettGWSC26.027.0(30.0 DNC)30.0 DNC113.083.0 
29thRS 800 873Peter LockLewis BucklandSouthwold Sailing Club28.028.028.0(30.0 DNC)114.084.0 
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