Three out of three for Stewart and Lewis

A report from the latest round of the RS 200 Racing Circuit at HISC

Wednesday July 22nd 2009, Author: Debbie Darling, Location: United Kingdom
Trying to remind themselves that this was actually July - 56 RS200s gathered at Hayling Island, along with the RS400s and RS800s, for round 8 of the National Racing Circuit. The last big event before the real major event of the summer, the GUL RS200 Nationals (3 spaces left). The big breeze of the morning had eased so the race teams were happy to take the fleets out into Hayling Bay.

After the now compulsory starting practice, Race 1 started in 18-21 knots of breeze with a confused sea that made upwind hard work with no distance to work with between the steep chop. Whatever James Stewart/Toby Lewis had for breakfast everyone should have it; once they got past just Rob/Jan Martin they just disappeared, Nick Charles/Helen Wightman won the fight with David/Jane Hivey for second. Although 39 boats finished and the 200 fleet clearly were coping with the conditions the race team signalled they were taking the fleet ashore. It soon became clear why as we sailed past many 400/800s being towed in with very sad looking masts, the poor flowers had capsized a lot and the rescue boats were stretched.

With significantly more wind forecast for Sunday the race team decided to bring the start time forward to 10.00 so they had the option to race inside the harbour on the top of the tide. This of course did not stop the RS family partying hard.

Sunday and that rare thing the sun, did say hello but there was already 20-24 knots out in the bay with more expected, so the alternative plan was put into action. Luckily because of the poor weather and forecast there was very little other boating activity in the harbour, which was just as well, as approx 80-90 asymmetrics now filled the main channel, not always fully in control! The race team kindly placed the windward & spacer marks in the lee of the club house giving the spectators a great view. The trick was to hoist & gybe before the big gusts got you. In 20-22 knots James Stewart/Tobytastic again took control of race 2 to win with the same second and third places behind them. The last run became very lively and gybe corners became a graveyard. Race 3 and the wind had become a tad feisty at a steady 25/26 knots with some real long periods of extra wind on top. Most crews who took part will talk about downwind for a very long time; half the fleet did finish. The Hivey’s led but went splat on a gybe leaving James and Tobytastic to score their third win with James Boyce/Sam Tozer second and Sam Littlejohn/Marianthe Evangelidis third.

And that was wisely it with the wind still rising and sandbanks rapidly appearing.

John Teague/Ali Lucas just won the silver division from the Martins scoring glorious sixth and seventh overall. Emma Johnson/Paul Weeden won the bronze division in 24th overall from Matt Sheahan/Kim Tipple.

So it is off next weekend to Carnac for the RS Eurocup followed a couple of weeks later by the GUL RS200 Nationals at Looe. There are now 127 entries and there are only 3 spaces left, we will hit the 130 boat limit before the late entry surcharge even becomes a factor. The only way you can now enter is to ring RS Association Administrator Debbie Darling.

Results:

Pos Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 Tot
1 James Stewart Toby Lewis RYA 1 1 1 3
2 Nick Charles Helen Wightman Littleton 2 2 4 8
3 James Boyce Sam Tozer Papercourt 4 7 2 13
4 David Hivey Jane Hivey WLYC 3 3 7 13
5 Steve Dunn Sheena Craig RYA 6 4 9 19
6 John Teague Ali Lucas Bristol 12 5 6 23
7 Rob Martin Jan Martin Burghfield 5 12 10 27
8 Sam Littlejohn Marianthe Evangelidis Lancing 15 10 3 28
9 Chris Martin Juliet Charles Burghfield 7 6 19 32
10 Ian Pickard Vicky Fairhurst RYA 8 29 5 42
11 Alan Roberts Chris O'Neil HISC 9 18 18 45
12 Frances Peters Eilidh McIntyre HISC 11 9 26 46
13 Colin Smith Alice Masterman HISC 14 20 12 46
14 Clive Eplett Alex Young Frensham Pond 17 19 11 47
15 Ian Sharps Katy Nichol Burghfield 16 24 8 48
16 Katrina Gilbert Jenny Rust FPSC 25 16 15 56
17 Roy McCubbin Kirsty McJeveney Strathclyde LSC 22 21 16 59
18 Ian Dobson Hannah Yuil Burwain SC 19 35 20 74
19 Simon Gillow Kate Gillow Chipstead SC 27 26 22 75
20 Fiona Hall Lina Haines Littleton 33 27 17 77
21 Ian Mairs Tally Watson PYC 37 23 23 83
22 Maia Walsh Peter Bentley Cardiff YC 24 37 24 85
23 Paul Rigg Claire Booth ELYC 13 17 56.0 DNC 86
24 Emma Johnson Paul Weeden South Cerney 30 33 27 90
25 Tim Ellis Charlotte Cotter Broadstairs SC 56.0 DNF 22 13 91
26 Steve Restall Judy Restall Downs SC 21 15 56.0 DNC 92
27 Pete Vincent Tessa Nicholls Bristol Corinthian YC 23 14 56.0 DNC 93
28 Claire Walsh Jasmin Husband BCYC 35 36 25 96
29 Elliott Pason Peter Matthews University Exceter 36 11 56.0 DNC 103
30 Caroline Martin Nick Martin Burghfield 39 13 56.0 DNC 108
31 Trudie Fell Rachel Dunn Burghfield 56.0 DNC 38 14 108
32 Andrew Boyce Sue Michelmore Papercourt 56.0 DNC 34 21 111
33 Henry Maxfield Lucy Preston HISC 34 25 56.0 DNC 115
34 Charlotte Savage Darren Mcnamara BCYC 56.0 DNF 8 56.0 BFD 120
35 Andrew Peters Jeraldine Peters Queen Mary SC 10 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 122
36 Matt Sheahan Kim Tipple Netley 38 32 56.0 DNC 126
37 Edward Fitzgerald Katy Jones HISC/ISC 18 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 130
38 Russell Peters Suzy Peters HISC 20 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 132
39 Paul Lynch Jo Brown Lancing SC 26 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 138
40 Steven Greaves Sarah Hamly Rickmansworth SC 56.0 DNC 28 56.0 DNC 140
41 Matt Coleman Debs Coleman Weston 28 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 140
42 Chris Gould Alice Moore Stokes 29 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 141
43 Ellie Martin Katharine Lovering Burghfield 56.0 DNC 30 56.0 DNC 142
44 Tracy Jacobs Katie Restall HISC 56.0 DNF 31 56.0 DNC 143
45 Wes Kangurs Jo Kangurs BCYC 31 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 143
46 Andrea Ralph Colin Ralph HISC 32 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 144
47 Matt Greenfield David Rolfe Littleton SC 56.0 DNF 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 168
47 J-P Snelling Charlie Williams HISC 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 168
47 Paul Teague Patrica Teague Bristol CYC 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 168
47 Cameron Davis Carolyn Davis Papercourt 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 168
47 Rob Struckett Sophie Knight Itchenor SC 56.0 DNF 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 168
47 Peter Bunch Eddie Glennie 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 168
47 Ossie Stewart Cameron Stewart HISC 56.0 DNF 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 168
47 Sarah Green David Green Llandegfedd 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 168
47 Chris Appleton Naomi Pound BCYC 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 56.0 DNC 168

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