RS monster

Ben Saxton and Kate MacGregor dominate the 200 racing at the RS Eurocup

Monday August 3rd 2009, Author: Pete Vincent, Location: United Kingdom
The combined 130 boat fleet of RS200s, 400s, 600s, 700s and 800s descended on Carnac YC for the RS Eurocup from 27- 31 July. Located in the beautiful bay of Quiberon, this venue is an old favourite of the RSs, but this is the first time they have attended for their summer Eurocup event. They will be back ….

Afloat for Day 1 (Monday) and conditions were as close to paradise as could be imagined; as one sailor put it I thought I had died and gone to heaven. With wall to wall blue skies, glorious sunshine and 16-20kts the term champagne conditions was particularly apt.

The quality 37 boat 200 fleet had an incident packed day. Nick Charles/Helen Wightman led race 1 but headed for the 400 leeward mark. Ian Pickard/Karen Falcon were the only leading boat to get the gybe angle right into the first proper leeward mark as many over cooked it but they lost out to Ric/Liz Peacock on the second run. With James Peters/Alan Roberts in close company the Peacocks then lost the race win at the end of the third run heading for the wrong finish mark. In race 2 Charles/Wightman showed the fleet what could have happened if they had altered their GPS to French timing by sailing a faultless race and winning by a big margin from the Peacocks.

Tuesday again saw wall to wall sunshine and 10-12 knots of breeze from the south which was to the liking of some and gave everyone a slightly easier day. Ben Saxton/Kate McGregor were so dominant on Tuesday, leading both races from the first mark to win both comfortably. Pete Vincent/Tessa Nicholls surprised many to claim second in both races with Clive Eplett/Bryony Gregory equally secure with their two thirds. The racing was a lot closer than these results would suggest.

After majestic Monday and terrific Tuesday it clouded up for the racing on Wednesday but no one cared as there was an awesome 18-20 knots from the south west with some classic wave action downwind. As all the fleets finished the wind really picked up and within an hour of coming ashore there was 30 knots and the odd scud of rain.

After a not good Tuesday by their standards James Peters/Alan Roberts were fired up for Wednesdays racing. After an immense battle with Ben Saxton/Kate McGregor in race 5 they won by two boat lengths after the lead changed hands frequently on the last run. Race 6 and Peters/Roberts led throughout with the consistent Ric/Liz Peacock second and Saxton/McGregor third.

Thursday was an almost carbon copy of Tuesday with a slightly firmer breeze as the day progressed but it was back to total sun bloc. Ben/Kate led race 7 from start to finish with James Ross/Ian Robertson and Pete Vincent/Tessa Nicholls equally secure in 2nd and 3rd. Race 8 was a much closer affair, Ben/Kate again led but Harry/Prue Roome showed the old codgers could still sail by having the audacity to overtake them down wind, normal service was resumed by the finish whist 2nd to 6th all changed places in the last 100 yards to the finish.

Friday and the wind let us down; after an hour’s wait on the water a promising looking 7-8 knots set in from the south. Charlotte Savage/Darren McNamara led for a lap but as the wind became soft Ben/Kate pulled through to take their fifth bullet along with overall victory with the impressive Goss/Robertson second to secure 4th overall.

With the wind now very light PRO Tony O Gorman wisely sent the fleet home to round off a very impressive week from the Yacht Club of Carnac race team. The club as a whole had been most excellent hosts and very friendly, what a setting, what a club and what immense fun; when can we do it again.

Results

Pos Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Tot Net
1 SAXTON Ben MACGREGOR Kate  7 3 1 1 2 3 1 1 1 20 10
2 PEACOCK Rick PEACOCK LIZ  2 2 4 OCS 3 2 4 8 5 68 22
3 PETERS James ROBERTS Alan  1 4 6 8 1 1 8 2 8 39 23
4 GOSS James ROKERTSON Ian  10 6 OCS 10 4 5 2 3 2 80 32
5 CHARLES Nicholas WIGHTMAN Helen  6 1 17 7 10 4 6 7 12 70 41
6 ROOME Harry ROOME Prue  5 16 7 4 9 11 5 4 24 85 45
7 VINCENT Pete NICHOLLS Tessa  9 23 2 2 6 19 3 5 20 89 46
8 EPLETT Clive GREGORY Bryony  14 5 3 3 16 6 11 13 19 90 55
9 PICKARD Ian FALCON Karen  3 7 14 6 7 8 19 18 13 95 58
10 CHAPMAN Mike RATCLIFFE Lynne  4 14 9 9 12 14 17 6 9 94 63
11 PETERS Frances ANDREW Georgie  15 15 10 21 8 12 12 9 6 108 72
12 DAVIS Steve HAVILL Kate  11 8 5 17 11 9 16 16 21 114 76
13 BREARLEY Rosie BREARLEY Tom  12 10 26 16 13 13 7 24 10 131 81
14 SAVAGE Charlotte MC NAMARA Darren  17 12 15 12 21 15 14 10 4 120 82
15 STRUCKETT Rob KNIGHT Sophie  13 28 11 14 24 7 13 11 18 139 87
16 PASONS Elliott MATTHEWS Pete  8 11 19 27 27 10 9 17 15 143 89
17 MARTIN Caroline MARTIN Nick  16 13 22 18 5 17 15 12 26 144 96
18 MILLS Ian STOPPS Claire  32 17 OCS 13 15 25 10 22 7 179 109
19 WALSH Claire HUSBAND Jasmine  24 19 30 15 19 23 20 14 3 167 113
20 WALSH Maia BENTLEY Peter  18 20 13 5 22 20 18 34 23 173 116
21 TEAGUE Liz CRUICKSHANK Pete  19 9 8 23 BFD 21 25 19 30 192 124
22 CORBY Steve CORBY Alex  20 32 25 30 17 16 21 15 17 193 131
23 CHADBORN Neil CHADBORN Lucy  25 29 21 11 20 22 28 30 11 197 138
24 GREENFIELD Matt ROLFE David  22 18 27 25 14 DNS 27 20 16 207 142
25 GILL John FAULDS Judy  30 22 12 20 31 29 22 23 25 214 153
26 JOHNSON Emma JOHNSON Penny  26 21 23 29 25 24 32 27 14 221 160
27 LEWIS Paul PEARSON Felicity  21 27 20 24 26 26 24 25 29 222 166
28 GILL Andrew GILL Ian  28 31 16 22 23 27 26 26 28 227 168
29 HARDWICK Robert PRESTON Lucy  29 33 28 26 18 18 23 28 33 236 170
30 MARTIN Chloe RUSSELL Suzy  33 24 24 28 32 28 33 21 22 245 179
31 SHEAHAN Matt SHEAHAN Ellie  23 25 18 31 28 30 31 32 27 245 182
32 PORTWAY Jessica PAVEY Holly  27 30 31 32 29 31 30 29 35 274 207
33 PORTWAY Collette HUNT Joe  DNF DNF 29 19 33 33 29 33 32 284 208
34 MAXWELL Douglas KILLWICK Sheridan  31 26 32 33 30 32 37 31 31 283 213
35 MANNING Patrick STEPHENSON Gary  DNF 34 34 36 34 34 34 35 34 313 239
36 AMPHLETT Nigel TANKARD Jennifer  DNF DNF 33 34 DNF DNS 36 36 BFD 329 253
37 YOUNG Peter COLLINS BENT Nolan  DNF DNF 35 35 DNF DNF 35 37 DNF 332 256

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