Bristol Corinthian for RS 200s, 300s and Vareos

Reports and results of the racing

Wednesday March 19th 2003, Author: Heather Chipperfield, Location: United Kingdom
RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit at Bristol Corinthian YC – the summer heat wave in March.

The 2003 RS200 Fat Face Racing Circuit kicked off with a very healthy entry of 45 boats, lots of new boats and weather we would have been delighted to have in June. Saturday saw a puffy force 4 from the Northeast, which, unusually for BCYC, was quite stable, and bright sunshine. Sunday produced really strong sun and tans but the wind gave PRO Rhys Lankester nightmares as it could not make up its mind if it wanted to come from the south east or north east; at times it was coming from both directions on different parts of the lake with not a lot in between. With the RS300s and Vareos also racing the wind did not stay constant enough over the 15 minute start sequence for the start line and windward leg to stay true; the race teams did very well to get three decent races in under such conditions. Obviously the inventors of the snakes and ladders board game had sailed at BCYC on such days as wind strengths varied from force 2 and 4, and 90 degrees in direction at least twice each beat.

In Race 1 Pete Vincent/Louisa Fewtrell just led at the end of the first run closely followed by old crew Trudie Danbury/Laurie Dunn and Steve Sargent/Karen Garlick, part of the epidemic of new boats from Wembley. Vincent/Fewtrell liked the close reaches on the trapezoid second lap and pulled well clear to win with Danbury/Dunn very chirpy in second. Lee Sydenham/Anne Vaudrey then really found forward gear to win the next two races; the third by a huge distance. The Danbury/Dunn team showed Doris power had really arrived with an excellent second place in the third race to claim second place overall overnight ahead of the consistent Dave Giles/Fiona Clark and, far more importantly, Ugly Vincent.

First race on Sunday saw the overall situation really open up. Vincent/Fewtrell were given OCS by a blind race officer, both Sydenham and Giles had recorded their worst results and Jon Lewis/Camille Parsons came right into the frame with a convincing race win with Cliff/Bec Milliner second. Race 5 proved eventful and the turning point of the weekend. A big shift and drop in wind in the last 90 seconds before the start left the majority of the fleet too close to the committee boat unable to get down the other end. This was compounded 30 seconds after the start when any boat near the pin tacked onto port in two forces more wind. Sydenham/Vaudry were in exactly the right place at the right time and stormed away in fresh breeze from the NE. Any boat in the middle or right looked dead and buried including David Giles who was a dot in a whole world of trouble until he played his huge get out of jail card and suddenly tacked onto new breeze from the SE giving him a huge starboard lift and into the top ten at the first mark. Lee and Anne had already gone round the mark and had a race long big lead until the final run. Stuck in gentle breeze they had to fight hard to get across to new breeze bringing the chasing pack ever closer. A very relieved Lee just held on to beat Giles at the finish with the first 4 boats covered by less than 4 boat lengths. Giles scored a vital second with Josh Gebhard/Simon Evans an impressive third.

Race 6 and John/Chris Blundell in their first RS200 event topped an excellent day by leading at mark 1. Giles and Vincent in 6.7 gybed first into new breeze to move to 1.2 on the first run, positions they held to the finish in a close tussle. Blundell just got the better of Ollie Holden/Sarah Freestone to claim third.

Giles finishing salvo of 1.2 gave him overall victory despite Sydenhams three race wins. A very relieved Vincent just claimed third on discard from the Doris boat, the star performers of the weekend. Charlie Roome/Jodi Dyer, just back from his trip round the world, just pipped Paul Dorer/Ian Robertson for first youth. Perhaps the real story was that it’s only March and already the fleet has red faces, panda eyes and very strange tan lines on their necks from wearing drysuits.

Pete Vincent

Pos
Sail No
Helm Crew
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
Pts
1
753
David Giles Fiona Clark
5
2
3
13
2
1
13
2
854
Lee Sydenham Ann Vaudry
6
1
1
23
1
12
21
3
777
Pete Vincent Louisa Fewtrell
1
9
7
OCS
13
2
32
4
357
Trudie Danbury Laurie Dunn
2
13
2
9
6
16
32
5
754
Jonathan Lewis Mad Milly Parsons
8
3
13
1
18
10
35
6
809
Ralph Singleton Oliver Singleton
14
24
9
5
7
5
40
7
771
Marshall King Heather King
7
5
27
11
8
9
40
8
805
Cliff Milliner Bec Milliner
10
4
8
2
23
21
45
9
787
Charles Roome Jodi
16
11
14
12
5
8
50
10
695
Paul Dorer Ian Robertson
3
10
20
6
15
23
54
11
848
Ian Pickard Lucy Matthews
11
8
4
19
16
18
57
12
739
Jane Robertson Helen Rollinson
13
19
15
8
28
7
62
13
788
Andy Robertson Squirt
17
14
6
20
11
22
68
14
743
Andi Riley Julie Marsden
23
7
18
18
14
15
72
15
741
Oliver Holden Sarah Freestone
DNC
18
5
3
OCS
4
75
16
844
J Blundell C Blundell
38
35
32
4
4
3
78
17
820
Josh Gebhard Simon Evans
25
25
11
29
3
20
84
18
840
Martin English Bridget Cooke
18
6
19
27
33
14
84
19
535
Simon Gillow Tracey Hill
24
12
16
OCS
20
13
85
20
581
Mike Chapman Geraldine Marks
22
26
31
10
24
11
93
21
732
Sue Antonelli Jo Lloyd
29
15
28
15
10
26
94
22
839
Stephen Sergeant Karen Garlick
4
22
24
25
21
DNC
96
23
808
Sarah Taylor James Stewart
9
OCS
12
7
25
DNC
98
24
722
Ann Jackson Alan Skeens
15
OCS
10
17
12
DNF
99
25
846
Jeremy Stephens Jane Sutor
30
17
23
32
17
17
104
26
609
Chris Brann George Arkwright
26
DNF
21
28
26
6
107
27
345
Jaemi Gebhard Karen Baker
20
28
30
14
31
19
111
28
815
Matt Davies Melissa Pattison
12
27
26
26
36
27
118
29
392
Ben Alexander Liz Alexander
19
20
22
24
34
34
119
30
359
Christian Humphrey Michelle Maynard
21
16
17
21
DNF
DNC
120
31
702
Mike Dencher Anna Harding
27
21
29
22
30
28
127
32
744
Carolyn Doherty Joanne Wotton
37
DNC
25
OCS
9
24
140
33
498
Matt Ambrose Ruth Baker
31
31
33
33
19
DNC
147
34
780
Paul Teague Elizabeth Teague
40
29
37
35
22
25
148
35
863
Alan Perry Marcelle Newbold
34
32
40
16
32
37
151
36
383
Paul Goodwin Kate Gillow
28
23
34
OCS
37
32
154
37
464
David Sweet Jackie Ireland
33
33
38
30
29
31
156
38
420
Simon Howell Guiseppe
32
36
36
OCS
27
30
161
39
652
Mitch Webb Sam Rowe
35
34
39
31
35
33
168
40
826
Chris Reid Tess Reid
36
37
35
34
39
36
178
41
697
Toby Peacock Sarah Peacock
DNC
30
DNC
OCS
38
29
187
42
411
Will Rhodes
DNC
DNC
DNC
37
42
35
204
43
728
Competitor 59
DNC
DNC
DNC
36
40
38
204
44
842
John Callaghan Jules Haskell
39
DNC
41
38
41
DNC
204


RS300 Fat Face Racing Circuit at Bristol Corinthian YC

Ideal conditions greeted competitors for the RS300 Fat Face sponsored circuit event on 15/16 March.

The 3 races on Saturday were run in a force 3-4 in bright sunshine. In race 1, Steve Bolland picked the shifts up the first beat and was never headed. Steve Cook finished 2nd with Nick Bolland recovering well from an incident on the first beat to finish 3rd.
An extremely close second race saw a number of different leaders at various times, Nick Bolland eventually finishing ahead of Chris Mason and Steve Bolland. With the breeze piping up a bit for race 3, Nick Bolland let others make all the mistakes and won comfortably from Chris Mason and Steve Cook.

Sunday saw more sunshine and slightly less breeze. Steve Bolland started his comeback on brother Nick by taking both races 4 and 5 in some of the closest racing of the weekend. Nick kept the pressure on with a 2nd and 3rd with the consistent Chris Mason ever present. Race 5 also saw fleet newcomer Gavin Young showing some of the older hands a clean pair of heels.

With Nick Bolland trailing Steve by a single point going into the final race, a cat and mouse game between the two resulted in a thoroughly enthralling race. Steve initially led Nick and covered carefully before the latter overtook on the 2nd run, antics which meanwhile had allowed Chris Mason to draw clear. The penultimate beat saw Nick turn the tables on his brother with some initial close cover before a favourable shift allowed Steve to pull ahead of both Nick and Chris Mason, a lead which he held to the finish.

Special thanks should go to Commodore Rhys Lankaster who coped admirably with the shifty winds.

Pos
Sail No
Helm
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
Pts
1
411
Steve Bolland
1
3
4
1
1
1
7
2
380
Nick Bolland
3
1
1
2
3
2
9
3
481
Chris Mason
4
2
2
4
2
3
13
4
479
Steve Cook
2
4
3
6
5
4
18
5
395
Gavin Young
5
5
DNC
3
4
DNC
24
6
340
David Lapes
6
6
5
5
6
DNC
28


RSVareo Fat Face Racing Circuit at Bristol Corinthian YC

Two days of smashing spring weather awaited the Vareos at Bristol Corinthian YC last weekend, where the Fat Face circuit event was held on a large reservoir with the Mendip hills and Cheddar Gorge as a backdrop. Winds on Saturday were F3-4, with a few gusts for extra entertainment. Winds on Sunday were a more relaxing F2-3, with some big holes and shifts making the races something of a lottery.

Luke Fisher maintained his winning form, gaining first place overall. Martin Barrett deserved a prize just for travelling all the way from Yorkshire, taking around 5 hours; second place and some very close racing with Luke were some consolation. A new face in a Vareo, John Lapes of BCYC, steadily improved his form over the weekend, culminating in wins for races 5 and 6 and third place overall. Another new face was Tim Greenwood of Chew Valley SC who has come from sailing a Laser. His Vareo was easily identified by a striking all black spinnaker, skull and cross-bones are on order!

As Class Rep, it is very encouraging seeing new faces appearing at each event and also the amount of interest that the Vareo is continuing to generate. Pity that I disabled myself from sailing on Sunday by misjudging a port/starboard situation on Saturday and discovering that the corner of a Vareo transom is much harder than my skinny torso! Moral: if in doubt tack.

Graham Cooper

Pos
Sail No
Helm
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
Pts
1
210
Luke Fisher
1
1
2
1
4
3
8
2
142
Martin Barrett
5
2
1
2
3
2
10
3
239
John Lapes
6
8
5
4
1
1
17
4
208
Stephen Robertson
8
3
3
3
6
7
22
5
162
Christopher Froehlich
4
9
9
5
2
5
25
6
261
Tim Greenwood
DNC
5
6
8
5
4
28
7
221
Robin Sanders
7
4
8
7
7
8
33
8
161
Simon Chapman
3
7
4
DNC
DNC
DNC
36
9
193
Graham Cooper
2
6
7
DNC
DNC
DNC
37
10
154
Mike Sheehan
9
DNF
DNF
6
8
6
40

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