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15/06/2002
Itchenor Open Itchenor

  • Crewsaver EOS Champs
  • 2012 RS EOS Champs
  • Llandegfedd Open 2013
  • RS 10th Anniversary Ball
  • RS200 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS200 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
17 visitors joined 16 boats from the host club to make a total of 33 competitors in the RS 200 open meeting at Itchenor Sailing Club over the weekend of 15/16th June. The first three races on Saturday were held in a steady force 3-4 south westerly breeze. The conditions presented flat water and demanding beats against the tide. Chris Creak, the race officer, set excellent windward leeward courses as well as keeping the fleet fully up to speed on the progress of the England/Denmark match – a means of keeping a number of competitors out of the bar and out on the water! The start of the first race saw the fleet split with boats short taking up either side of the channel to the first windward mark. The first boat round the windward mark was Ian Pickard and Sarah Taylor in 728. They were followed by Hamish Calder and Severine Rees Jones in 756 and then the Itchenor class captain Barnie Hartley crewed by his lovely wife Amanda in 485 –all had correctly chosen the right hand side of the beat. Downwind was a difficult choice between heading for the tidal advantage in the middle of the course or the stronger breeze on either side of the channel. 728 held on to the lead to the finish and though 485 managed to pass 756 to move into 2nd on the following round the result was reversed by the finish. The emphasis in the second and third races was getting a clean start and picking a clear lane on the ensuing beat. The whole fleet beating up the right hand side of the course was a spectacle. Many places were won and lost in the tight and exciting battles that took place. In the second race a closely contested last beat saw 756 winning, followed by 728 in second with Phil Sowden and Anne Cooke third in 773. The third race saw more of the same close competitive sailing where even small mistakes were costly. The finishing order of the race being 728, 773 and 616 sailed by Chris Darling and former National Champion Helen Toms. The real race of the day was home for the famous Itchenor Sailing Club tea followed by the highlights (first half) of the football and dinner in the club. Sunday dawned with the arrival of further familiar faces – old and new to the fleet including Mark and Sam Littlejohn, Tim and Katie Peters and Hayling 200 Class Captain Harry Roome. Those who prised themselves away from the football were in for some close and challenging racing. The race officer got the fourth race off in similar conditions to the previous day apart from a slightly lighter force 2-3 south westerly breeze. The race was led from start to finish by 753 helmed by David Giles and crewed by Fiona Clark. Second was 756 followed by 728 in third. The second race of the day saw the arrival of the sun and with it a tactical change with the left-hand side of the beat paying for the first time during the weekend. 773 took advantage of this to gain a number of places and round the windward mark first on the second windward leg. 773 was unable to hold on to the finish, the race being taken once again by 753, followed by 756 and 482 which was well sailed all weekend by one of Itchenor’s future young stars Rachel Wigmore and crewed by her father Mike. The sixth and final race of the weekend saw the fleet split. Those who took the left hand side of the course gaining a significant advantage by the windward mark. 756 led round the windward mark closely followed by 753. A close battled ensued with 753 sneaking ahead to win followed by 756 in second with 355 Paul Griffiths and Lynne Ratcliffe in third. After allowing for one discard the top five results were as follows:- 1) Hamish Calder and Severine Rees Jones (756) 2) Ian Pickard and Sarah Taylor (728) 3) Paul Hammett, Jane and Sarah (653) 4) Tim Oldham and Katy Nichol (481) 5) Phil Sowden and Anne Cooke (773) The closeness of the racing is reflected by the fact there were 3 points separating 5th and 9th places overall. Bully (ISC)
1st 756 Hamish Calder Severine Rees Jones Royal Highland YC 9 1 2 1 5 2 2 2 2nd 728 Slipper 1 Ian Pickard Sarah Taylor Bristol Corinthian YC 13 2 1 2 1 3 7 6 3rd 653 Little RS's Paul Hammett Jane and Sara Frensham Pond SC 32 3 7 5 6 8 6 10 4th 481 E Boat Tim Oldham Katy Nichol ISC 32 4 8 11 4 6 10 4 5th 773 Cool Runnings Phil Sowden Anne Cooke/Andrew Lambert Highcliffe SC 36 5 11 3 2 34 5 15 6th 616 Rocket Science Chris Darling Helen Toms ISC 37 6 4 4 3 11 15 34 7th 767 Funny Feet Martyn Jones Clare Rowbottom Locks SC 37 7 9 8 10 4 8 8 8th 482 Sonic Rachel Wigmore Mike Wigmore ISC 38 8 5 6 34 12 3 12 9th 646 Mavis Richard Bullock Milly Bullock ISC 39 9 10 7 8 9 17 5 10th 485 Rstrocrat Barnie Hartley Amanda Hartley ISC 43 10 3 14 12 5 9 34 11th 651 Charlie's Angels Charles Roome Prue Roome HISC 51 11 6 9 7 15 21 14 12th 729 Nigel Masding Russell Masding Bough Beech SC 55 12 12 13 9 10 11 17 13th 753 David Giles Fiona Clark Weir Wood 71 13 34 34 34 1 1 1 14th 540 Fiona Jacklin Nigel Pyke HISC 71 14 17 12 16 19 13 13 15th 426 Anne Vaudry Suzie Creak HISC 78 15 14 15 13 17 20 19 16th 520 Mark Littlejohn Sam Littlejohn Lancing SC 86 16 34 34 34 7 4 7 17th 449 Purple Tug Vanda Young Jon Jowett Littleton SC 87 17 18 17 17 16 19 34 18th 605 Skibo Steve MacQueen Alexander MacQueen ISC 92 18 13 10 19 34 34 16 19th 355 Paul Griffiths Lynne Ratcliffe Bough Beech SC 101 19 34 34 34 18 12 3 20th 666 Sixy Devil Iain McGregor Olivia McGregor Salcombe YC 101 20 21 34 18 22 22 18 21st 654 Light Relief Ann Jackson Alan Skeens Burghfield SC 106 21 34 34 34 13 14 11 22nd 618 2 Roos Harry Roome Karen Staniforth HISC 107 22 34 34 34 14 16 9 23rd 369 Happy Harry James Leaver Francesca Leaver ISC 107 23 20 18 15 20 34 34 24th 582 Hot Toddy Ian Senior Jane Allison ISC 108 24 22 20 20 23 23 34 25th 736 Another Rumpus Guy Knight Andrew Shaw ISC 113 25 15 16 14 34 34 34 26th 484 David Leach Tom Kenny ISC 114 26 16 19 11 34 34 34 27th 523 Early Mist Nick Leach Juliet Leach ISC 134 27 34 34 21 34 25 20 28th 679 RSJ John Start Charles Prescott ISC 142 28 19 21 34 34 34 34 29th 315 Mike Bond Betine Bond ISC 147 29 34 34 34 21 24 34 30th 585 Kate Mehmood Susie Jerwood ISC 147 30 23 22 34 34 34 34 31st 596 Silver Fox Tim Peters Katie Peters Stoneham 154 31 34 34 34 34 18 34 32nd 363 Sweet P Julian Hantrais G Blair ISC 160 32 34 34 34 24 34 34 33rd 527 Red Oktober Richard Smyth Debbie Gardner ISC 161 33 34 34 34 25 34 34
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