Five different winners

Pete Vincent reports on round five of the RS800s held at Stokes Bay

Thursday June 18th 2009, Author: Pete Vincent, Location: United Kingdom
Another great turnout of 35 RS800s descended on a warm and sunny Stokes Bay for the fourth round of the UK Circuit. Typical of a testing Stokes weekend’s racing was the challenge to evaluate the importance of the tide and wind variances across the race area which presented some difficult strategic decisions.

With the weekend coinciding with the legendary annual RS ball, the 8s were joined by another 6 RS fleets sailing at both Stokes and Lee for a night of catching up with friends and hard partying into the early hours at Gosport’s Submarine Museum causing a few sore heads and late starts in the morning!

With no less than five different race winners from the five races there are currently an abundance of very talented teams on the circuit this year all capable of producing the goods on the day.

After racing, much head scratching and maths was occurring between the main contenders. The challenging conditions produced a high scoring regatta and it was a close call as to who would be the weekends champ. As it turned out only two points separated the top three and it was Webber/Baldwin who emerged triumphant from Fitzjohn-Sykes/Allin 2nd and Singleton/Singleton in third.

Chris Webber, now in his 2nd RS800 season was delighted with their first RS800 event win. “It was clear from the outset that it was going to be a high scoring weekend. We just kept chipping away at it. Never giving up when it looked bad and always trying to shave any points we could off our score line” said Webber. Definitely a team to watch with the Eurocup and Nationals just around the corner. “If only I had maintained my 2nd place in the last race!” joked Ralph Singleton, now back sailing with his daughter Sophie.

Silver fleet champs were Mick Whitmore and Sarah Smith and another notable achievement were class newcomers Theo Galyer and Jack Spencer running away with a bullet in the last race.

The next stop on the circuit is one of the class’s favourite venues, big Beer in Devon on 27/28 June, to relive the fond memories of the big rolling waves, a pretty bay and friendly little sailing club.

Results:

Pos Helm Crew Club R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot Net
1 Chris Webber Jim Baldwin OUYC 4 3 7 1 -9 24 15
2 Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes Daniel Allin Dittisham SC -19 2 1 6 7 35 16
3 Ralph Singleton Sophie Singleton Chew Valley Lake SC -36 1 6 5 5 53 17
4 Neil Baker James Hughes Thorpe Bay YC 3 6 9 -10 4 32 22
5 Spod Olive Guy Fillmore Stokes Bay SC 9 -36 5 7 2 59 23
6 Rob Watson John Clifton Royal Lymington YC -10 7 8 2 6 33 23
7 Ben Schooling George Kingsnorth Helensburgh YC 1 9 15 9 -36 70 34
8 Justin Visser Ryan Visser Royal Lymington YC 14 5 4 12 -36 71 35
9 Steve Wilson Jamie Stewart Hayling Island SC 17 -36 2 3 15 73 37
10 Mick Whitmore Sarah Smith Eastbourne Sov SC -13 4 13 13 8 51 38
11 David Sayce Fiona Sayce Hayling Island SC 16 -36 3 8 12 75 39
12 Paul Rigg Claire Booth East Lothian YC 12 10 -36 17 3 78 42
13 Richard Clampett Grace Clark Stokes Bay SC 7 12 11 -23 17 70 47
14 Charlie Roome Tom Jeffcoate RYA 5 -18 16 18 11 68 50
15 Ed Whitehead Karen Baker Parkstone YC 6 11 -36 22 14 89 53
16 Theo Galyer Jack Spencer Emsworth Slipper SC 22 13 -36 19 1 91 55
17 Ant Harvey Mike Stone Mumbles YC 11 15 10 -36 19 91 55
18 Simon Grundy Guy Whitby Homeless 8 17 -36 14 20 95 59
19 Andy Smith Allyson Ody Stokes Bay SC 18 -19 17 15 13 82 63
20 Alastair Shires Richard Nieveen Stokes Bay SC 21 16 18 -36 10 101 65
21 Russell Gibbs Megan Fileman Starcross YC 2 8 -36 36 23 105 69
22 Richard Marsden Emma Toman Hayling Island SC 20 -21 14 20 18 93 72
23 Joel Walker Sarah Crossman Grafham Water SC 25 14 19 -36 22 116 80
24 Dan Azzopardi Dan Kilsby Stokes Bay SC 23 23 20 24 -36 126 90
25 David Pike Fiona Lockwood Homeless -36 36 36 11 16 135 99
26 Derek Buchanan Elaine Buchanan Oxford SC -36 36 12 16 36 136 100
27 Antony Mee Clare Rickard Homeless 26 22 -36 27 25 136 100
28 Peter Barton Roz Allen Royal Lymington YC -36 36 36 4 36 148 112
29 Andrew Gould Michael Frogley Emsworth Slipper SC 24 20 -36 36 36 152 116
30 Miles Roebuck Graham Heath Oxford SC -36 36 36 21 24 153 117
31 Jon Bennett Wayne Coote Stokes Bay SC -36 36 36 25 21 154 118
32 Justin Deal Ollie Page Lancing SC 15 -36 36 36 36 159 123
33 Mark Duckworth Emma Clarke Hamble River SC -36 36 36 26 36 170 134
34= Ian Martin Adam Broughton King & Queen YC -36 36 36 36 36 180 144
34= Ben McGrane Olivier Vidal Homeless -36 36 36 36 36 180 144

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