Glass out in Bristol

Conditions were less than perfect at the start of the RS200’s Bristol Corinthian Open

Tuesday May 13th 2008, Author: Pete Vincent, Location: United Kingdom
It might have been a glorious warm sunny spring day but the total flat calm that greeted the RS200 fleet at Bristol Corinthian on Sunday was not promising and did not bode well. To many’s surprise the light northerly that filtered across the lake at 10:30 quickly built into a very decent 10-14 knots, even more surprising for a north easterly coming down the gorge it was very steady in direction.

Hannah Yuill and Andy Robertson led race one but once Pete Vincent and Charlotte Cotter took the lead they steadily pulled away to win from Andy and Jill Peters and Liz Teague and Pete Cruickshank. Julian and Lynn Sawyer and Toby and Rachel Ashton had brief bursts in the lead in race two before Dave Steed and Noelle Vidal scored a comfortable victory from Teague and Cruickshank and Vincent and Cotter.

After a brief lunch break another two races were held in a far more erratic easterly with some big shifts. PRO Arky Wainwright and team also were more erratic with their flags after lunch, perhaps they had enjoyed too much scrumpy with lunch! Andy and Jill Peters looked to have a secure lead in race three but Vincent and Cotter and Jimmy and Ian Millar caught them on the third run. Millar caught the others napping and went round what appeared the un favoured leeward gate mark; got the new wind first and disappeared to win, Charlotte Savage in her first RS200 open did the same to claim second with Vincent and Cotter third. With four possible winners going into the final race Vincent and Cotter appeared to have settled things by taking a good early lead but was swamped by the fleet on the second run. Jayne Johnson led for a good period to be passed on the final beat by Steed and Vidal who had been making steady progress through the fleet.

Steed and Vidal and Vincent and Cotter ended up tied on points with Steed and Vidal winning with one more first.

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