Straight bullets for Wilson and Sign
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.”
|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|
|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|