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Straight bullets for Wilson and Sign

RS 800 Nationals conclude at the RS Games in Weymouth

Thursday August 25th 2011, Author: Debbie Darling, Location: United Kingdom

The 2011 RS800 National Championship was hosted by Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. Portland Harbour & Weymouth Bay delivered fantastic days racing for the 60 boat fleet for five days of the RS Games.

Stevie Wilson teamed up with 49er ‘hot shot crew’ Alain Sign and they dominated day one with straight wins in the 10-15 knot breeze. Ian Martin & Jonny Clegg came in second overall with a 4th & 2nd while RS200/400 guru Dave Hivey crewed by James Stewart had a good day with a 3rd & 4th.

Day two saw fresh breezes of 18-22 knots with gusts as much as 27 knots. Combined with the flat water of the harbor this is what RS800 sailing is all about - big speeds without fuss.

Stevie Wilson & Alain Sign ‘LDC’ continued their dominance with a 1,1,1 to have a clean sweep of firsts in an impressive display of speed and control. It is looking like Stevie may break his duck of 3 times runner up this year. He is going to have go some if he is going to miss winning this one but carelessly he does have a bright green spinnaker so anything might happen!

Second best performer of the day was Peter Barton and Paul Davis ‘Harken’ with a 3,2,2 reveling in the windy conditions with some great pace upwind. This moves them up to 3rd place overall behind Ian Martin and Jonny Clegg who recorded a 2,3,7.

“My best days racing this year” said Russell Clark of the nip and tuck racing in strong breezes.

“I just put my arm behind my head and went on tippy toes like” explained Paul Davis of the discovery of their upwind pace.

Allyson Oddy is top girl crewing for class chairman Andy Jeffries. On the influx of girls into the fleet as a result of the RS800 being the chosen training boat for the newly formed Womens Skiff Squad “It is great seeing so many new girls in the fleet, but the changing rooms are certainly getting more crowded!”

Day 3 brought a new wind direction and racing out in Weymouth Bay, it would be a day or 'snakes and ladders' as the shifty NE breeze was rolling off the west cliffs of Weymouth.

Race 6 started in 6 to 7 knots but as the fleet split it became apparent that the boats on the left were sailing into more breeze as they approached the cliffs and the left hand lay line, this localized breeze dominated the whole race with huge difference in pressure between the windward and leeward marks resulting huge place changes throughout the race. Stevie Wilson/Alain Sign took it all in their stride to take another win, followed by Justin Deal/Ollie Page in 2nd and Ian Martin/Jonny Clegg in 3rd.

As boats struggled to finish the race the AP was hosted and the wait for wind began, in a search for more breeze, James Gollop moved the course area away from the cliffs and closer to Weymouth town, after a relatively short wait, the breeze filled in to give a shifty 12-15 knots. Race 7 got underway and again the dash to the left lay line began, plenty of place changes ensued behind the now familiar sight of Stevie and Alain’s green spinnaker, with the final results being Stevie Wilson/Alain Sign, Dave Hivey/James Stewart 2nd and Tom Halhead/Stu Jagger 3rd.

A fantastic sail in from the course brought the fleet back through the harbour and past the other fleets providing a beautiful spectacle for the now very busy WPNSA.

Thursday was a breezy harbour blast & the win in race one meant that Wilson & Sign could go home & shower early with the champs in the bag. Simon Hiscocks & Mary Rook held on to 2nd in front of Barton & Davies.

One final race on the last day in a pleasantly sunny medium airs breeze was enough to iron out the last few shuffles in the results card. Noteworthy performers were Hugh Shone & Hannah Tattersall and Matthew & Mike Chapman who scored a 2nd and 4th respectively in the last race to bolster their overall scores in the 60 boat fleet.

Andy Jeffries & Allyson Ody dropped to 8th overall after a bad last race start. Simon Hiscocks & Mary Rook had an unfortunate drop to 7th when the unwelcome Mr Gear Failure came visiting. Justin Deal & Ollie Page took 6th with a consistent series just loosing on a tie breaker for 5th to fleet newbie’s David Hivey & James Stewart who have proven that RS200 sailors can trapeze in a breeze despite what they say.

The movers of the day were Russ & Penny Clark ‘Rooster’ elevating to 4th after they recorded their second successive bullet to jump to 4th overall. “I just did what my wife (Penny) told me”, exclaimed a delighted Russ Clark. Back seat drivers! Penny claimed the top girl prize having overtaken both Mary Rook and Ally Ody on the last day.

Peter Barton & Paul Davis ‘Harken’ held on to 3rd from a chasing pack. A position they were delighted with as after snapping their mast in Lymington the afternoon before the champs they wondered if they would make the start line. However, a bit of carbon, epoxy and a passionate boat builder willing to come to work on a Sunday evening and she was as good as new the following morning – many thanks to Simon Maguire of maguireboats.com . Ian Martin & Jonny Clegg survived their big Thursday night hangovers to keep 2nd overall. After a jittery start they cleared their heads and very cleverly nailed a big righty on the 2nd beat. Genius.

Stevie Wilson & Alain Sign didn’t survive their hangovers but they had already done more than enough for an unchallenged 1st overall. They counted straight 1sts demonstrating a complete repertoire of quality skills; Great starts, speed, tactics and boat handling. Fantastic to watch and very hard to beat but a good show of how much more we may all be capable of. After a string of 2nds in recent years it was definitely Stevie’s turn and he made it stick - emphatically!

First all Womens team was Francis Peters and Nicola Groves, and Sophie Singleton helped Dad Ralph around the course to win him the Masters trophy.

The 800 fleet is on a high at the moment with both new faces joining and old faces returning.. The Women’s Skiff Squad is gathering momentum and continuing throughout next year in the RS800s. These are exiting times for the class especially as 2012 sees another two premier championship destinations to look forward to; The fleet’s bi-annual pilgrimage to the windy cliffs of Lake Garda (they were made with the RS800s in mind!) in July for their Europeans before returning to a UK Nationals at Hayling Island, deservedly one of the UKs most sought after championship venues. Bring it on!

“I enjoyed contributing more to tactics when racing the RS800 as the helm trims the main upwind”, commented winning crew and 49er ace. Alain Sign.

Class Chairman, Andy Jeffries, summed up a great week’s racing, “Personally it was a very proud feeling to sail in a fleet with so much talent from other classes, including Olympic medallists and campaigners. It was a huge challenge for both RS Admin and the RS Association to arrange such a big event and it has been a real success from the RS800 point of view. The social atmosphere was very open and I’m sure that everyone who competed in the event will have come away buzzing about the class. There are plenty of sailors now considering the 800 for their next challenge.”

Results:

Pos Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Tot Net
1 Stevie Wilson Alan Sign 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 DNC DNC 130 8
2 Ian Martin Jony Clegg 4 2 2 3 7 3 -9 DNC 5 3 99 29
3 Peter Barton Paul Davies -19 6 3 2 2 -15 13 3 3 9 75 41
4 Russell Clark Penny Clark -27 7 5 9 12 -13 10 6 1 1 91 51
5 David Hivey James Stewart 3 4 -31 11 4 -17 2 5 12 11 100 52
6 Justin Deal Olie Page 5 9 -14 7 6 2 -15 9 7 7 81 52
7 Simon Hiscocks Mary Rook 6 10 -13 10 3 11 4 2 8 DNC 128 54
8 Andy Jeffries Allyson Ody 10 3 6 4 11 6 -26 7 9 -14 96 56
9 Tom Halhead Stuart Jagger 7 13 7 -17 -22 7 3 14 2 8 100 61
10 James Date Toby Wincer 12 8 11 5 -14 10 12 4 -15 5 96 67
11 Nicholas Charles Chris Martin 11 12 10 6 9 4 -19 8 BFD 19 159 79
12 Matthew Chapman Mike Chapman 17 -18 8 13 8 -24 7 12 10 4 121 79
13 Ben Schooling George Kingsnorth 9 17 9 DNC DNC 25 5 10 6 12 215 93
14 Hugh Shone Hannah Tattersall 8 14 -34 12 24 18 14 -25 16 2 167 108
15 Ralph Singleton Sophie Singleton 14 11 -19 16 13 8 17 -26 17 13 154 109
16 Dan Kilsby Bart Bridgen 15 16 12 15 -25 DNC 6 23 4 25 202 116
17 Alex Grove Will Davies 2 21 23 -33 5 -33 20 22 23 18 200 134
18 Hugh Watson Susanna Bickford 23 -35 15 14 10 22 -40 13 22 16 210 135
19 Russell Gibbs Will McGrath 13 15 18 22 19 26 11 -28 20 DNC 233 144
20 Sarah Martin Ed Champ -29 27 24 -30 15 21 23 11 21 6 207 148
21 Frances Peters Nicola Groves 18 20 (26.0 RDG 23 -29 20 18 21 11 17 203 148
22 Phil Poyner Charlie Poyner 24 -29 16 21 DNC 12 8 15 26 29 241 151
23 Joel Walker Sarah Crossman 20 -25 -29 24 17 23 24 18 19 10 209 155
24 Luke McEwen Emma McEwen -31 24 21 -25 23 16 16 19 14 24 213 157
25 Anthony Chapman Edward Langford 22 -50 17 8 34 -40 21 17 13 26 248 158
26 Paul Rigg Fiona Hall -33 -32 27 29 18 5 31 16 18 20 229 164
27 Anthony Harvey Michael Stone 21 19 20 20 20 -46 -42 30 30 30 278 190
28 Oli Woods Anna Woods -38 30 DNC 18 16 34 34 24 27 23 305 206
29 Mick Whitmore Sarah Smith 26 22 22 19 31 -32 27 27 32 -35 273 206
30 Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes Daniel Allin 16 5 4 DNC DNC 14 29 20 DNC DNC 332 210
31 Alistair Hodgson Susan Ogg 32 -44 -41 28 37 19 38 33 24 31 327 242
32 Jan Kuhlmann Daniel Gheorghiu 35 28 25 26 28 38 DNC DNC 31 32 365 243
33 Samuel Seddon Joshua Seddon 28 26 -43 DNC 27 39 28 37 37 27 353 249
34 Katie Nurton Amy Cartwright 25 33 33 -40 30 -44 32 34 28 40 339 255
35 Chris Gould Sophie Pickford -43 36 -45 41 33 31 33 29 25 28 344 256
36 David Hand Georgina Hand 44 -56 35 37 36 28 -45 40 35 21 377 276
37 Christian Smart Chris Holman 36 31 28 34 DNC 37 35 41 34 DNC 398 276
38 Sarah Hickman Emma Clarke -46 -46 38 45 40 27 30 38 44 15 369 277
39 Chris Bailey Matt Bailey 34 23 26 32 35 42 25 DNC DNC DNC 400 278
40 Tim Norris Tom Hill 42 -47 36 36 DNC 41 36 36 29 33 397 289
41 Michael Andrew Mark Kudlinski -51 45 30 DNC 32 50 37 32 33 34 405 293
42 Antony Mee James Penty 37 37 32 27 21 36 43 DNC DNC DNC 416 294
43 Andrew Pickrell Alex Le Gassick 30 39 42 DNC 26 29 39 DNC DNC 41 429 307
44 Barnaby Woods Matthew Woods 41 -49 40 31 DNC 45 44 31 41 36 419 309
45 Ally Martin Claire Cumming DNF 43 DNC 35 DNC 9 22 DNC BFD 22 436 314
46 Simon Pryor Jamie Dawson 39 38 39 39 DNC DNC 47 35 38 DNC 458 336
47 Andy Howard Alex Howard 45 34 DNC 38 DNC DNC 46 39 36 38 459 337
48 Neil Farmer Haley Bouma DNC -54 37 43 38 43 49 46 40 43 454 339
49 Peter Lock Ben Lock -54 53 DNC 44 39 51 52 45 45 45 489 374
50 Michael Seymour Josh Blair DNF 48 48 42 DNC DNC 50 43 42 44 500 378
51 Libby Greenhalgh Helen Farr 56 55 DNC DNC DNC 35 DNC 44 43 37 514 392
52 Hannah Diamond Nicola Boniface 53 52 47 DNC DNC 30 41 DNC DNC DNC 528 406
53 Andrew Smith Simon Hedley 49 57 44 DNC DNC DNC DNC 42 39 DNC 536 414
54 Kate Devereux TBC 52 51 DNC DNC DNC 47 51 DNC DNC 39 545 423
55 Thomas Glanfield Richard Mayo 48 40 46 DNC DNC 49 DNC DNC DNC DNC 549 427
56 Jon Rix Ed Wilton 40 41 DNC DNC DNC DNC 48 DNC DNC DNC 556 434
57 Ian Paterson Carol Paterson 55 DNS DNC DNC DNC 48 DNC DNC DNC 42 572 450
58 Ian Jubb Connie Moody 47 42 DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 577 455
59 Max Richardson Amy Price 50 DNF DNF DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 599 477
60 Rob Watson John Clifton DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 610 488

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