RMW stay in control

Tim Robinson does effective job filling Rob Greenhalgh's shoes at final 18ft Skiff Grand Prix

Saturday July 13th 2002, Author: Steve Arkley, Location: United Kingdom

The final 18ft Skiff Grand Prix took place the weekend of 13/14 July at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.

On the 13th in a westerly Force3, three races were sailed, two in Portland Harbour and a long distance race of 12 miles across Weymouth Bay.

RMW Marine has dominated the series to date but were again without helmsman Rob Greenhalgh who is currently taking part in the Tour Voile.

Tim Robinson not a stranger to skiff sailing took over helming duties with crew regulars Jonny Meers and Dan Johnson and quickly showed their dominance
of the rest of the fleet by leading to the windward mark in Race 1.

They were followed by Computacenter (Jon Bennett, Andy Jeffries & Nick Jerkins) and Ernst & Young (Jarrod Simpson, Grant Rollerson & Chris Cleary) the race was somewhat processional after the first leg with RMW extending her lead and those behind consolidating theirs. After three circuits RMW finished in a comfortable lead followed by Computacenter and Ernst & Young.

Race 2 saw Computacenter leading at the windward mark followed by Ernst & Young and Base1 (Rob Dulson, Paul Constable & Alistair), RMW was down the pack in sixth place. By the leeward mark the leading positions remained the same but RMW had climbed to fourth, at the next windward mark Computacenter still lead but RMW was now second followed by Ernst & Young and White Stuff (Victor Brellisford, James Fawcett & Dave Smith). With RMW closing in on the leader it was only a matter of time before they took the lead which they duly did on the next downwind leg splitting gybes with Computacenter. At the finish it was RMW, Computacenter followed by Ernst & Young.

The final race of the day was the long distance race comprising a beat across Portland Harbour, downwind back across the harbour and across to the east side of Weymouth Bay then a beat to a turning mark off Weymouth pier followed by a beat across Portland Harbour and a downwind leg to the finish.

At the windward mark White Stuff lead followed by RMW and Helly Hansen (Toby Collyer, Stephen Holmewood & Nicky Griffin). White Stuff delayed gybing after rounding the windward mark as did RMW resulting in a very tight reach for them to the harbour entrance whilst the Skiffs who gybed early sailed
over them and reached the entrance first lead by Computacenter. After getting into the bay most boats gybed onto starboard whilst RMW continued on
port then worked their way down a fairly central course to the leeward mark finding themselves in the lead followed by White Stuff, Computacenter and
Helly Hansen.

On the upwind leg Computacenter overtook White Stuff and for a while started to challenge RMW however once inside Portland Harbour RMW extended their lead again. At the finish it was RMW, Computacenter and White Stuff in third.

Results Day 1
1st RMW Marine... Tim Robinson, Dan Johnson, Jonny Meers 0pts
2nd Computacenter ...Jon Bennett, Andy Jeffries, Nick Jerkins 9 pts
3rd White Stuff ........Victor Brellisford, James Fawcett Dave Smith 21.7 pts
4th Ernst & Young ....Jarrod Simpson, Grant Rollerson, Chris Cleary 23.1pts
5th Base1 ...........Rob Dulson, Paul Constable, Alistair 37pts
6th Ovington Boats ...Dave Ovington, Martin Goodlad, Roy Goodlad 38.7pts

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