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05/05/2001
East Lothian East Lothian

  • 49 RS400s at the Irish Nationals!
  • RS400s in the sun at Lymington, 2015
  • RS400s in the sun at Lymington, 2015
  • Howard Farbrother & Dan Martin win the Gul RS400 Inlands 2015
  • JP Watersports RS400 Scottish Tour at Royal Findhorn, July 2016
  • Jon & Nicky enjoying the 2016 Inlands
  • RS400 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS400 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS400 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS400 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
GUL RS RACING CIRCUIT HEADS TO SCOTLAND AND HAS A STORMING EVENT. The GUL RS Racing Circuit event has seen some remarkable events but it is difficult to remember a better event then the one held at East Lothian YC, North Berwick on May 5/6. Glorious sunshine, not a cloud in the sky, great sailing water, spot on race management, good sea sailing, a really sociable clubs, good breezes, no gap at all between races, stacks of accommodation within staggering distance of the club, a prize giving held very quickly after racing, picturesque scenery, no silly licensing hours, Puffins and free ice cream as you pulled your boat up the ramp!!! Add in RS sailors enjoying themselves to the full and it was difficult to work out what could be improved on. On both courses the race officers laid excellent courses and managed the great feat of causing very mild discomfort for the competitors by turning races round so quickly that no one had enough time to get the Mars bars out!! Saturday saw good sunshine and light winds in the morning but Race Officer Jim Sinclair was spot on with his predicted sea breeze from Bass Rock, which slowly built all day so the majority of the racing was held in a force 3-4 from the east with some good waves. Sunday saw totally clear blue skies, again a sea breeze set in although staying down around a force 2-3. RS400's The 400's produced the largest fleet and most competitive fleet with action packed racing to a high standard. A relatively short course gave some spectacular leeward marks!! Nick Craig and Keith Bedborough gave an absolute master class in boat handling, up wind speed and tactics to convincingly win five races. Always in the first five at every first windward mark, even when Keith was calling the tactics, the pair showed good speed on the run in the lighter airs; not always their greatest strength. The only boat to beat them was Tony Woods and Amanda Pierpoint who led the first race on Sunday at the first mark and sailed with great determination to hold off Craig in the later stages of the race. Several other boats sailed well to push Craig and Bedborough but the pair always had the answer. Former Enterprise World Champion Stewart Robertson, with his 14 year old son Ben crewing, was very consistent with results of 3.2.5 on both days. Ian Ellis and Clare Buchan, from four hours north of North Berwick, showed true boat speed all weekend, almost catching Craig on the final run of the first race, to claim third overall. They also kept the fleet entertained with some very interesting mark rounding manoeuvres!! The power boat of Charlie Duchesne/Dan Sanders scored 5.3.3 on Saturday but were having a poor Sunday until a final race third rescued fourth overall. Bill and Lynda Handley were a touch erratic but two fine second places gave them sixth overall and unusually a prize for the couple who are almost always finish one place out of the prizes. Next weekend the GUL RS Racing Circuit moves to the other end of the country with the 300/600/800's at Stokes Bay and the 200/400's at Lee on Solent. It should be a monster event.
1 Nick Craig Keith BedBorough Frensham Pond 1038 2 Stewart Robertson Ben Robertson Dalgety Bay Sc 1044 3 Ian Ellis Clare Buchan Royal Findhorn 977 4 Charles Duchesne Dan Sanders RORC 946 5 Tony Woods Amanda Pierpoint Leigh +Lowton 775 6 Bill Handley Lynda Swanage SC 1046 7 Robbie Wilson Jenny Dick Dalgety Bay Sc 1052 8 Gavin Fleming David Milroy RYA 1003 9 John Robertson Sarah Robertson Dalgety Bay Sc 842 10 Pete Vincent Doris Bristol Corinthian YC 802 11 Mark Fearnley Chris Spicer Royal Windermere 1001 12 Jamie Hilton Ben Schooling Dalgety Bay 586 13 John Hookway Mike Alexander East Lothian YC 829 14 Keith Cuthbert Catriona Dalrymple Dalgety Bay Sc 448 15 Ross Watson Chris Annan Loch Tummel 494 16 Phil Britton Susan Britton Dalgety Bay SC 877 17 Alec Stevenson Grant Abrams Dalgety Bay Sc 546 18 John Patrick McCaldin Paul Rigg Dalgety Bay Sc 1061 19 Hugh Marston Tom Watson East Lothian YC 658 20 Charles Willoughby Stella Livingstone St Marys Loch SC 414 21 Neil Morrison David Gardiner East Lothian YC 608
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