This was an event of contrasts. 9 teams took part on Saturday 3rd in a highly successful training and coaching day. This was in ideal weather; with warm sunshine and a good south westerly breeze.
The race day, Sunday 4th was held in continuous driving rain with a breeze that had moved south overnight. 14 teams braved the difficult conditions in the 4 race series. This proved to be a benefit day for top local helm Roger Gilbert crewed by Jane Willan. Roger with four straight wins hardly needed the one race discard.
Race 1. Colin & Aaron Smith made a flying start, but were gradually overhauled by James Stewart crewed by Toby Lewis, and Roger Gilbert & Jane Willan. James held off Roger until the last lap when Roger had a flukey lap (according to James anyway) to take and hold the lead. Colin and Aaron capsized, as did Katrina Gilbert crewed by Jenny Rust allowing Simon Gillow & Emma Harniman through to 3rd place.
Race 2. Keith & Steph Videlo led the fleet around the first mark, and with the exception of Roger who passed them early in the second lap, held on to a very comfortable second place. James, with Katrina and Colin had a very good battle, taking it in turn to lead the chasing pack, but eventually it settled in James’ favour.
Race 3. Roger and Colin had an early tussle, with Roger just about coming up on top. Roger went on to win, but having never got clear away, appeared to give the rest of the fleet a chance on the last beat. So a fairly close finish ensued with Colin holding off Katrina in 2nd place.
Race 4. After a general recall, the fleet got away cleanly second time around with Roger and James leading the way. James kept up the pressure on Roger who didn’t buckle and went on to complete his clean sweep. James and Colin finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, to guarantee the same overall finishing positions.
Frensham are now planning to adopt RS200s as a main class well suited to their water. Details on the club website.
Roger Gilbert took possession of a fine new silver trophy. James Stewart of behalf of the visitors thanked the club for a good weekend’s racing. Club Commodore Nick Royse thanked Race Officer Bruce Hill and acknowledged the help of sponsors, Fatface for their support of the RS Class and presentation of prize vouchers
Jim Morley / Katrina Gilbert
Sailed:4, Discards:1, To count:3, Ratings:None, Entries:14, Scoring system:My scoring system
|1||1219||Roger Gilbert||Jane Willan||FPSC||(1.0)||1.0||1.0||1.0||3.0|
|2||1203||James Stewart||Toby Lewis||Stokes Bay SC||2.0||3.0||(4.0)||2.0||7.0|
|3||1133||Colin Smith||Aaron Smith||Papercourt||(5.0)||5.0||2.0||3.0||10.0|
|4||37||Katrina Gilbert||Jenny Rust||FPSC||4.0||4.0||3.0||(6.0)||11.0|
|5||1147||Simon Gillow||Emma Harniman||Wembley SC||3.0||(8.0)||5.0||4.0||12.0|
|6||984||Nigel Harniman||Ian Gill||Wembley SC||(8.0)||6.0||7.0||8.0||21.0|
|7||884||Neil Hardie||Jack Hardie||FPSC||(9.0)||7.0||8.0||7.0||22.0|
|8||894||Keith Videlo||Steph Videlo||FPSC||6.0||2.0||(DNC)||DNC||23.0|
|9||537||Clive Eplett||Nick Butcher||FPSC||7.0||11.5||6.0||(15.0 DNF)||24.5|
|10||1164||Emma Johnson||Freya Adams||SCSC||(15.0 DNF)||13.0||9.0||5.0||27.0|
|11||486||Richard Neall||Sara Terry||FPSC & Itchenor||(11.0)||10.0||11.0||9.0||30.0|
|12||639||Stefan Bennett||Richard Taylor||FPSC||(15.0 RAF)||9.0||12.0||10.0||31.0|
|13||599||Mike Redpath||John Marriott||FPSC||10.0||14.0||10.0||(15.0 DNF)||34.0|
|14||582||Ian Senior||Anna Starkey||Itchenor||(15.0 DNF)||11.5||DNC||DNC||41.5|
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