RMW takes it

Rob Greenhalgh and his team - victors in the season's first 18ft Skiff Grand Prix

Sunday April 21st 2002, Author: 5Peter Danby, Location: United Kingdom

Five or six more knots of breeze enlivened the proceedings considerably in Portland Harbour this afternoon (Sunday) to give the Skiff sailors the extra boost of speed they crave.

The RMW Marine team of Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Jonny Meers duly added to the three bullets they scored yesterday, by taking Races 4 and 5. Having achieved the perfect score of zero points to win Round 1 of the Grand Prix, they decided to give race 6 a miss - largely to save Dan from further suffering after the wedding he attended yesterday.

Very clearly the best of the rest on the day were Victor Brellisford, James Fawcett and Dave Smith on White Stuff, who finished second in races 4 and 5, and first in race 6 to make sure of second place overall.

Jon Bennett, Andy Jeffries and Nick Jerkins on Gofish had a good day in the stronger breeze and finished third overall, closely followed by Rob Dulson, Paul Constable and Alex McKinlay on Base 1 who had a somewhat less rewarding day than yesterday.

It was good to see more teams showing that they are mastering these difficult to sail machines, and their satisfaction is plain to see from the grins on their faces as they come ashore.

The fifteen crews went away happy after a weekend of excellent racing, and they are now eagerly looking forward to Round 2 of the Grand Prix, which will also take place at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy in a month's time.

Overall Results:

1. 'RMW Marine' Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Jonny Meers, 0 points
2. 'White Stuff' Victor Brellisford, James Fawcett and Dave Smith, 19 points
3. 'Gofish' Jon Bennett, Andy Jeffries and Nick Jerkins, 30.4 points
4. 'Base 1' Rob Dulson, Paul Constable and Alex McKinlay, 33.4 points
5. 'Total Recall' Ollie Holden, Ben Clothier and Will Clothier, 44.7 points
6. 'Helly Hansen' Toby Collyer, Stephen Holmewood and Keith Willis, 54.1 points
7. 'Celtic Fury' Ed Browne, Mark Tait and Lachian Torrance, 71 points
8. 'Bristol Panelformers' Dominic Bowns, Rich Edwards and Tom Edwards, 72.7 points
9. 'Onica' Gareth Robinson, James Chalmers and Alistair Clarke, 80.7 points
10. 'West Mersea Trailers' Andy Peake, Ian Martin and Andy Legrice, 84 points

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