South West Ugly Tour

Peters/Richards tied at the top in the first RS200 event at Bristol Corinthian

Tuesday March 31st 2009, Author: Pete Vincent, Location: United Kingdom
The new RS200 South West Ugly Tour, sponsored by West Country Boat Repairs, got off to an awesome start at Bristol Corinthian YC on 28 March with a bumper turnout of 39 boats and some very entertaining racing in very varied conditions.

Bristol Corinthian YC is a nearly round large reservoir in beautiful rural Somerset countryside on the Somerset levels right in the lee of the Mendips. Only snag is with location when the wind is in the north the wind comes over the Mendips and produces very interesting shifts. On Saturday the mean wind was 12-18 knots from the WNW but varied between due west and due north often at the same time on different parts of the lake giving PRO Rhys Lankester a nightmare. That four such good quality were held with relatively short delays was ample testimony to the superb work of the now slightly greyer Rhys and his constantly in action team of mark layers.

Generally it was a nice sunny day but frequent big black lumps from the Bristol direction kept on producing some very lively wind and rain although most crews did not spot the rain from the downwind spray. The leeward gate at times became a bit of an upturned hull grave yard; crew to helm which leeward mark are we going round? Answer the one with the less capsized boats around it. With such a high calibre fleet and such varied conditions there was some terrific close racing with constant place changing throughout the fleet on every leg; you never felt you were out of the race.

Race 1 and after a close tussle James Peters/Alan Roberts pulled clear to win comfortably after four laps from Pete Vincent/Tessa Nicholls who even by their admission had outrageous luck on the second beat and Ian Martin/Chris Martin. In race two Peters/Roberts, the Martins, Vincent/Nicholls, Ben Saxton/Kate Macgregor arrived at the second windward mark at the same moment resulting in Peters spinning and the Martins taking a handy lead. Vincent/Nicholls sneaked through on the third beat to win from the Martins and Saxton/Macgregor.

Race 3 and Ian Pickard/Karen Falcon got over their first race capsize while tacking to lead from Vincent/Nicholls but the Martins disappeared in a cloud of spray on the left to pull out a what looked like a race winning lead but right at the end of the final run Peters/Roberts found the new pressure first to just win from the fast James Stewart/Toby Lewis and the Martins third.

All to play for in race 4 and the Martins made no mistake this time again holding a handy lead with BCYC finest lardy boys Christian Humphrey and Chris “play pen” Bishop for company they at last won a race having led the previous three at some stage. Everything now depended on who finished in what order behind them, Saxton/Macgregor were second, Humphrey/playpen just held onto third with Peters/Roberts ahead of Stewart/Tobytastic. This left the Martins and Peters/Roberts both on 6 points with Peters/Roberts winning overall with one more first place.

Exe SC finest Rosie Sands/Andy Williams won the silver division in 10th place from Burghfields Ellie Martin/Katherine Lovering ahead of club mates Paul Whitbread/Neil Hayes. BCYC’s Stephen Woodward/Emma Yates won the bronze division in 15th ahead of Paul Smalley/Claire Usherwood and Neil/Lucy Chadborn from Saltash.

End of a great day, have a look at the terrific shots on Fotoboat.com. Next round of the Ugly South West Tour is at Starcross YC on Sunday 3 May.

Results:

Pos Fleet Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Net
1 gold James Peters Alan roberts Hayling island 1 -8 1 4 14 6
2 gold Ian martin Chris Martin Burghfield -3 2 3 1 9 6
3 gold Pete Vincent HRH Tess Nicholls BCYC 2 1 -13 6 22 9
4 gold Ben Saxton Kate Macgregor GWSC -8 3 7 2 20 12
5 gold James Stewart Toby Tastic Frensham Pond 5 -6 2 5 18 12
6 gold Francis Peters Dave Evans Hayling Island 4 5 5 -15 29 14
7 gold Rob Jenninigs Mariantyhe Evangelidid Wembley 6 4 6 -18 34 16
8 gold Christian Humphrey Magic Man Bish BCYC 7 -17 8 3 35 18
9 Gold Ian Pickard Karen Falcon -19 10 4 10 43 24
10 silver Rosie Sands Andy Williams Exe SC -16 9 9 9 43 27
11 gold Jane olive Darren Mcnamara BCYC 14 15 (40.0 DNS) 7 76 36
12 Silver Ellie Martin Katharine Lavering Burghfield -18 12 12 13 55 37
13 silver Paul Whitbread Neil hayes Burghfield 15 -22 10 14 61 39
14 Silver Johjn teague Lynn Billowes BCYC -22 7 17 16 62 40
15 bronze Stephen Woodward Emma Yates BCYC 12 -31 11 17 71 40
16 gold Jayne Johnson Nicola Mcilroy Starcross 9 19 14 -20 62 42
17 bronze Paul Smalley Claire Usherwood Weston SC 10 24 -26 11 71 45
18 bronze Neil Chadborn Lucy Chadborn Saltash -24 23 15 12 74 50
19 silver Jimmy Millar Iain millar BCYC 20 11 -24 21 76 52
20 bronze Wes Kangurs Jo Kangurs BCYC 17 16 19 -24 76 52
21 silver Lucy Matthews Stephen Glennie Royal Navy 26 21 (40.0 DSQ) 8 95 55
22 silver Paul Teague Pat Teague BCYC -28 14 22 19 83 55
23 bronze G Parks B Parks Mounts bay SC 11 -30 25 26 92 62
24 bronze Chris Appleton Bubbles BCYC 13 32 18 (40.0 DNS) 103 63
25 bronze Matt Dry Hanna sandsham BCYC 23 20 20 -27 90 63
26 bronze Ema Johnson Eve Williams SCSC 21 -26 21 22 90 64
27 bronze Julian Sawyer Lynn Sawyer BCYC 27 25 16 -32 100 68
28 silver Liz Teague Pete Cruickshank BCYC 25 13 (40.0 DNS) 40.0 DNS 118 78
29 bronze Chris Bower Paul Coates South Cerney/ Parkstone -35 18 31 29 113 78
30 bronze Jon Jenkins Sam Barker castle Cove (40.0 DNF) 29 27 25 121 81
31 bronze Charle Richardson Kerry Pinker BCYC 30 (40.0 DNF) 29 23 122 82
32 bronze Mike Riley Dave Martin BCYC 29 -33 23 31 116 83
33 bronze sarah Green David Green BCYC -32 28 28 28 116 84
34 bronze Tina Mackie Matt Buckle Torpoint Mosquito 31 27 (40.0 DNS) 33 131 91
35 bronze Will rhodes chris Chorlton BCYC -36 34 30 34 134 98
36 bronze John hibberd Sarah Tauwhare BCYC 34 35 (40.0 DSQ) 30 139 99
37 bronze Nic jefferis Trevor Baker 33 (40.0 DNF) 40.0 DNS 40.0 DNS 153 113
38 brionze Sally campbell Irene Griffih BCYC (40.0 DNF) 40.0 DNF 40.0 DNS 40.0 DNS 160 120
39 bronze John Havey James Grant Mounts bay sailing club (40.0 DNF) 40.0 DNF 40.0 DNS 40.0 DNS 160 120

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