Rain and wind up North
The wind had eased to 15 knots by the start of race one and Matt and Emma Jenkins were fast out of the blocks at the pin end to lead. Robbie Burns and Vicki Simpson sailed low and fast on the run as the wind eased to lead. On the second beat the wind became light and patchy, those staying in the middle lost badly. As the wind became very light the race was shortened and the fleet limped to the finish, Burns and Simpson winning only two minutes inside the time limit with Luke Patience and Chris Grube second, Ronnie Millar and Liz Copeland third and Pete Vincent and Tessa Nicholls fourth. After two hours of bobbing around in no wind wondering what had happened to all the weather forecast the fleet was grateful to be taken ashore after watching a poor impression of an Albacore race.
Sunday was still grey but there was a decent breeze from due south and PRO Chris Hadden took full advantage to bash in two quick good races. The Jenkins again got a good start in 12 knots in race two and rounded mark one very close with Patience and Grube who went on to lead throughout to win from fast finishing Vincent and Nicholls with the Jenkins third and Loch Tummels Douglas and Kirsty Hamilton a very good fourth. The wind was eight to ten knots for race three and St Mary Lochs Dave Redpath and Graeme Henry were early leaders. Again Burns and Simpson sailed lower and faster than anyone despite the hangovers to win from Patience and Grube, Vincent and Nicholls and Millar and Copeland.
The wind now swung due west and increased as the sun came out (remember the sun?); after a short break race four started in a good 15 knots. Dave and Jane Hivey obviously had enough of all the mucking around after some not great results by their standards to win the start and lead throughout, the ultra consistent Patience and Grube were second, the Jenkins third and Roy McCubbin and Kirsty McSeveny fourth. Race five and the wind had picked up more so the 200’s celebrated with the first recall of the weekend. Patience and Grube were OCS in the second start along with three other boats but even with Burns and Simpson winning the final race they had a strong enough points advantage to win overall.
McCubbin and McSeveny won the silver division in sixth from Liz Jamie and Matt Toynbee in a very good eighth overall. Ben and Emily Robertson won the bronze division from Dougie Watson and P Jubb who led the last race in their first 200 event.
Many thanks to Largs SC who ran a really good event and were very friendly hosts. It’s off to Hayling next for the bumper GUL RS200 Nationals in 2 weeks, with 126 boats already entered its going to be huge.
|1||L Patience||C Grube||RN&CYC||2||1||2||2||24||7|
|2||R Burns||V Simpson||Largs SC||1||6||1||5||1||8|
|3||P Vincent||T Nichols||Bristol Corinthians YC||4||2||3||4||6||13|
|4||R Millar||L Copeland||Dalgety Bay SC||3||9||4||6||2||15|
|5||D Hivey||J Hivey||Merchant Taylors||11||5||5||1||7||18|
|6||R McCubbin||K McSeveny||Strathclyde Loch SC||8||7||16||3||5||23|
|7||L Jamie||M Toynbee||Oxford SC||6||10||7||9||10||32|
|8||D Hamilton||K Hamilton||Loch Tummel SC||16||4||19||7||8||35|
|9||D Redpath||G Henry||St Marys Loch||5||11||6||15||24||37|
|10||S Robertson||K Mitchell||Royal Forth YC||10||8||17||21||3||38|
|11||B Robertson||E Robertson||Royal Forth YC||7||17||14||14||4||39|
|12||S Thompson||N Stewart||Royal Navy SA||13||18||12||8||9||42|
|13||M Jenkins||E Jenkins||Sheffield Viking||9||3||10||24||24||46|
|14||D Watson||P Judd||RN&CYC||15||12||11||10||24||48|
|15||J Foulkes||F Foulkes||Dalgety Bay SC||12||16||22||12||12||52|
|16||K Masterson||S Redpath||St Marys Loch||19||13||9||19||15||56|
|17||S Meldrum||J McCaldin||Dalgety Bay SC||21||19||20||11||11||61|
|18||S Ross||K Ross||Loch Morlich SC||20||22||8||17||17||62|
|19||J Macklow||S Grummitt||Dalgety Bay SC||14||15||21||20||13||62|
|20||M Faulkener||C Alderson||Largs SC||18||21||18||13||14||63|
|21||C McCalum||T Macklow||Dalgety Bay SC||22||14||15||18||16||63|
|22||A Marshall||P Marshall||Dalgety Bay SC||17||20||13||16||18||64|
|23||M Bromford||A Morgan||Budworth SC||24||23||23||22||24||92|