Massive conditions

The RS200 fleet enjoyed 28 knot winds at Highcliffe SC

Monday June 30th 2008, Author: Pete Vincent, Location: United Kingdom
Round five of the RS200 Fat Face series saw the 200’s return to the very popular venue of Highcliffe who hosted a very successful Gul RS200 Nationals in 2005. True to form the club laid on a great event, Sunday's sailing will live in the memory for ever. Whilst it appears every other event on the south and east coast was cancelled no such thought entered the mind of the Highcliffe race team and the RS200/400’s completed three races with numerous swims but with no real problems but more of that later.

44 200’s arrived at the start line for race one on Saturday in ten-12 knots from the south. The first black flag of the day caught out nine boats and some leading contenders. Marshall King and Emma Clarke, Dave and Jane Hivey and Pete Vincent and Tessa Nicholls arrived at the first mark together and after two laps of a monster course finished in that order.

PRO Pete Bell and team did a neat job of shortening the course for race two in a building breeze. Geoff Carveth with guest crewing star Toby Lewis nailed the pin end and were well clear at the first mark. A navigation error towards the end of the race allowed Roger Gilbert and Jane Willan some hope but not enough, the Hiveys were third.

Roger and Jane, who had obviously decided they had enough of mucking around down the fleet and not being in their usual lead position, won the start in race three and disappeared into a rude lead, Nick Charles and Juliet Kingsnorth passed Geoff and Tobytastic on the final run to claim second. It had been a top day on the water.

Sunday was lovely and sunny but there did appear to be a lot of wind blowing through the dinghy park and there looked a lot of white out to sea. Most competitors went to the club house for breakfast expecting an abandoned go home early decision which the majority would not have disagreed with to find a race team busy preparing. Now lets be honest here, there were a lot of competitors thinking the race team had lost their marbles and there was a very apprehensive dinghy park but PRO Pete Bell was fully vindicated. The majority of the fleet launched and raced in mean winds of 23-28 knots with gusts on top; Highcliffe SC website has a great weather station log. There was some small scale breakages but not one boat had to be towed in showing how rugged these little boats are.

Race four and the second lightest helm out there led, Sarah Allan and Simon Haighton led for two laps before first Roger Gilbert and Jane Willan and then Nick Charles and Juliet Kingsnorth slipped by.

In race five Roger and Jane worked their way through to win from Marshall King and Emma Clarke and Geoff and Tobytastic. Roger and Jane and Geoff and Toby had an OCS so had to count whatever they scored in the race leaving the overall winner very open going into the last race which was just big as the sea increased with the tide now against wind.

Geoff and Roger were very close on the first run but Roger capsized on a gybe. Geoff and Toby went on to win the race from Andy and Jill Peters and Marshall and Emma. Roger and Jane finished ninth meaning that Geoff and Toby won overall by a point. 19 boats finished the last race, ashore there were so many broken bodies and so many stories to tell.

Well done to Pete Bell and the whole race/rescue team from Highcliffe SC for sticking to their guns and laying on such a huge day.

Hannah Yuill and Andy Robertson won the silver division completing most of race six taking the mainsheet from the boom after big brute of a crew fell over knocking off the mainsheet swivel base, ratchet and cleat! Simon Gillow and Adam Page were second and Katrina Gilbert and Jenny Rust third. Matt and Ellie Shearhan won the bronze completeing two of the races on Sunday from Wes Kangurs and Jo Munro.

Results:

Pos Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot Net
1st Geoff Carveth Toby Lewis Littleton SC (45.0 OCS) 1 3 5 3 1 58 13
2nd Roger Gilbert Jane Willan Fensham Pond SC (45.0 OCS) 2 1 1 1 9 59 14
3rd David Hivey Jane Hivey Merchant Taylor's SC 2 3 4 4 -8 4 25 17
4th Nick Charles Juliet Kingsnorth RYA (45.0 OCS) 4 2 2 9 5 67 22
5th Marshall King Emma Clarke Royal ST George SC/Army Sailing Associat 1 14 -16 6 2 3 42 26
6th Andrew Peters Jeraldine Peters King & Queen YC 6 5 9 -12 5 2 39 27
7th James Boyce Sarah Hornby Papercourt SC 7 8 5 10 6 -13 49 36
8th Steve Dunn Charlotte Cotter Wembley SC 10 9 8 9 7 -14 57 43
9th Edd Whithead Paru Edwards   9 -18 10 7 12 6 62 44
10th Sarah Allan Simon Kaighton Littleton SC 15 (45.0 OCS) 6 3 15 8 92 47
11th Hamish Walker Clare Stubbs RNSA 5 6 -21 8 13 15 68 47
12th David Steed Noelle Vidal Mengenhan Rythe SC 8 10 12 -13 11 10 64 51
13th Matt Jenkins Emma Jenkins Sheffield Viking SC -25 11 19 11 4 7 77 52
14th Hamish Calder Severine Rees-Jones RYA 13 7 13 15 (45.0 OCS) 16 109 64
15th Ian Pickard Nicola Groves RYA 11 13 15 16 10 (45.0 DNC) 110 65
16th Hannah Yuill Andy Robertson   -26 15 17 14 19 11 102 76
17th Sarah Taylor Lucy Matthews Locks SC (45.0 OCS) 20 18 22 16 12 133 88
18th Simon Gillow Adam Page Chipstead SC -20 17 20 19 17 17 110 90
19th Katrina Gilbert Jennifer Rust Fensham Pond SC 14 24 22 (45.0 DNC) 18 18 141 96
20th Rosie Brearley Tom Brearley Littleton SC 31 -36 32 18 14 19 150 114
21st Pete Vincent Tessa Nicholls Bristol Corinthian YC 3 12 11 (45.0 DNS) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 161 116
22nd Will Storey Gemma Taylor Parkstone YC 12 21 7 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 175 130
23rd Mike Chapman Simon Fell Bexhill SC 16 23 14 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 188 143
24th Trudie Fell Sheena Craig Burghfield SC 4 27 23 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 189 144
25th Matt Sheahan Ellie Sheahan Netley SC 36 34 35 21 20 (45.0 DNC) 191 146
26th Richard Neall Sara Terry Itchenor SC 17 16 24 (45.0 DNF) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 192 147
27th Steve Davis Kate Havill Parkstone YC 19 22 29 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 205 160
28th Roy McCubbin Kirsty McSeveney Strathclyde Loch SC 23 25 25 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 208 163
29th Phil Sowden Jim Sowden Highcliffe SC 21 28 27 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 211 166
30th John Teague Hilary Ross Watson Bristol Corinthian YC 32 35 40 17 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 214 169
31st Matt Findlay Jo Bailey Weston SC 18 19 (45.0 OCS) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 217 172
32nd Paul Teague Pat Teague Bristol Corinthian YC 28 26 31 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 220 175
33rd Wes Kangurs Jo Munro Bristol Corinthian YC 27 (45.0 DNF) 39 20 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 221 176
34th Toby Ashton Rachel Ashton Burghfield SC 24 31 33 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 223 178
35th Paul Lewis Felicity Pearson Royal Sydney YC 29 29 30 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 223 178
36th Charlotte Savage Helen Whightman Axbridge SC 22 (45.0 DNC) 26 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 228 183
37th Neil Chadborn Lucy Hall Saltash SC 33 38 (45.0 DNC) 23 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 229 184
38th Katherine Lovering Ellie Martin Burghfield SC 37 32 28 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 232 187
39th Andrew Boyce Clare Michelmore Papercourt SC 30 33 34 (45.0 DNS) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 232 187
40th Paul Whitbread Corrine Whitbread Burghfield SC 35 30 36 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 236 191
41st Julian Sawyer Lynn Sawyer Bristol Corinthian YC 38 37 37 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 247 202
42nd Peter Eyre Angela Pritchard Parkstone YC 39 39 38 (45.0 DNC) 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 251 206
43rd Tim Pearse Millie Parsons Stokes Bay SC 34 (45.0 OCS) 45.0 DNF 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 259 214
44th Elizabeth Teague Laura Hitchcock Bristol Corinthian YC (45.0 OCS) 45.0 DNF 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 45.0 DNC 270 225

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