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20/08/2006
Gul RS400 National Championships Mounts Bay S.C.

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Gul RS400 National Championships at Mounts Bay Sailing Club – Final Day Report Nick Craig/James Stewart wrap up the championship with two races to spare Going into the final day of the Gul RS400 National championships, Nick Craig/James Stewart held a commanding lead over Dave Jones/Mark Hogan in second place. With three races scheduled and a good breeze forecast it was set to be a cracking day of racing. Race one got underway in 10 knots and the traditional post-gate-start- wind shift seemed to be favouring the late starters, however Craig/Stewart hung in and hit the port layline to lead at the first mark, followed by Paul Hilliar/Stu Jagger and Steve Venebles/Rich Brown. The leading two extended down the first run, with Venebles getting dragged into the pack. By the end of the second downwind, second placed overall Jones/Hogan had pulled through to third and that was the way it stayed until the finish. The win for Craig/Stewart was enough to give them the national championship title with an amazing two races to spare and they promptly went in for some well deserved rest. Sally and Martin Styles won the silver fleet and Sam Parker/Anna Ludgate the Bronze fleet. After a short postponement, the second race started in slightly less wind and pathfinders Rick Peacock/Ian Dobson got into the lead and sailed a near-faultless race to win by a country mile. Behind them, Silver fleet sailors Malcolm and Andrew Ritchie got clear early on the same shift as peacock and held second place, followed by Sally and Martin Styles in third as the gold fleet sailors were given a lesson from the rest of the fleet! Chris and Matt Bailey won the Bronze fleet. Shortly after the start of the third race, the wind died to about 5 knots and shifted left big style. It then shifted left another 25 degrees and built, resurrecting the hopes of many who thought they were buried. However, Jones/Hogan still came out on top at the first mark and went on to their third race win to cement their second place overall. The big shifts kept coming and most of the fleet got caught out at some point but Jon Gorringe/Toby Lewis took second, to keep them in third overall. Nick Lowe/Elaine Marsh came in third, capping a rapidly improving performance. Howard Farbrother/Louise Hosken won the silver fleet and Parker/Ludgate again taking the bronze fleet. This leaves Nick Craig/James Stewart as the national champions for the second year in a row (third RS400 Nationals title for Nick, fifth for James) and Dave Jones/Mark Hogan second. Jones/Hogan looked like the most likely challengers after two race wins on day two but couldn’t match the consistency of Craig/Stewart. Gul RS400 National Championships - Day 4 report Snakes and Ladders in the rain-soaked South West at the Gul RS400 Nationals today. An early start was called to make up the lost race from Day 3, and the fleet prepared and launched in a steady F3, only to see it drop when they were metres from the shore. A good day not to be a Race Officer …. A couple of gate starts were attempted, but the wind just would not play. After a 90 minute wait, the wind at last strengthened and steadied and we were off. It was a race to watch for shifts and gusts, have worked out which way paid, and maintain concentration throughout. Today was Howard Farbrother & Louise Hosken’s day. They stormed out of the gate early, took the paying left hand side and, hanging on by their toenails in the occasional heavy seas and wind, led the race for the first 2 of 3 laps. Nick Lowe and Elaine Marsh, also sailing an absolute stormer, sailed past them on the final lap, and both boats were finally taken by a hard- working Craig/Stewart. The silver division was won easily by Martin Brown and Dinah Holmes in 6th place, and the Bronze ringers Sam Parker and Anna Ludgate just missed pathfinder position in 11th. The wind dropped to nothing almost immediately that the final boat had passed the finish line. A drift around was finally ended by the excellent race officer, giving us all time to get in for a cream teas and early beer. All to play for tomorrow, still a discard to be had, and a Championship which is most certainly not yet in the bag ….. Gul RS400 National Championships – Day three report Nick Craig/James Stewart win the day’s only race to put them back in the championship driving seat The fleet arrived on time for the third day of the Gul RS400 National championships but the wind did not! After a postponement for the wind to complete virtually a full 180, the race officer managed to sneak one race in, in 6-8 knots and a building sea. Things were initially looking rosy for those starting late out of the gate but eventually the wind came back left and Tom Halhead/Chris Bishop sneaked in front of Jon Gorringe/Toby Lewis and Nick Craig/James Stewart. Down the first run these three found clear wind and pulled away, Gorringe/Lewis took the lead downwind. Also significantly, second overall Dave Jones/Mark Hogan pulled through from mid-fleet to fourth. Down the second run, the leading three separated and last year’s champions Craig/Stewart took the lead, Gorringe/Lewis dropping to third. In the final lap, Craig/Stewart extended and Gorringe/Lewis snatched second to keep things very tight at the top of the leader board. Andrew Freeman/Emma Jones again won the silver fleet and Chris & Matt Bailey (aka the Brother Grimm) took the Bronze fleet prize. Gul RS400 Nationals Day two report. Dave Jones/Mark Hogan storm to double victory to slash the lead of Nick Craig/James Stewart Day two of the Gul RS400 Nationals at Mounts Bay S.C. didn’t look all that promising wind-wise but it all came good in the end. A shifty 8 knots northerly tracked round to north-west and built to 14 knots by the end of the day. Winners of both races from day one Nick Craig/James Stewart looked good out of the gate start and led early on but a big shift to the left brought Steve Middleton/Chris Rowland to the front. On the downwind, pathfinder Dave Jones/Mark Hogan picked the best line and extended throughout the race to win by a substantial margin. Colin and Tony Prince came from nowhere to storm through and head the chasing pack but eventually they were chased down. On the final lap the course was reconfigured to account for the persistent shift and Jon Gorringe/Toby Lewis eventually held for second place, followed by Craig/Stewart and Middleton/Rowland. After a postponement, the second race got underway and this time Jones/Hogan shot out of the gate start early and crossed the fleet on the first shift to again build a lead that would never be challenged. Middleton/Rowland rounded the first mark chasing hard but unfortunately a bit too close as they merrily trailed the windward mark with their rudder. With much place changing in the shifting and building conditions, Craig/Stewart eventually secured second, in front of Tom Halhead/Chris Bishop and Hywel Roberts/Richard Kenyon. After today’s results Craig/Lewis now only lead by a single point from Jones/Hogan. Four points separate third to sixth place with Gorringe/Lewis in the bronze position. Today’s winners in the Silver fleet were Andrew Freeman/Emma Jones and in the Bronze Fleet, the winners were Sam Parker/Anna Ludgate. Gul RS400 National Championship at Mounts Bay – Day one report. Nick Craig/James Stewart start their title defence in style The RS400 National championship at Mounts Bay started today in a fresh 14 knot breeze. Out of the gate start in the first race, Jon Gorringe/Toby Lewis made the most of the first shift to lead the fleet early on, followed by defending champions Nick Craig/James Stewart and Tom Halhead/Chris Bishop. The leading two pulled away, with Craig/Stewart eventually winning that battle but behind them, Dave Jones/Mark Hogan pulled through to third. For the second race, the wind had moderated to around 12 knots and was shifting. Halhead/Bishop came out smelling of roses and just led at the first mark. Craig/Stewart pulled through to second on the run and then passed to take the lead. As the leading two pulled away, places in the chasing pack were constantly changing, with Paul Hilliar/Stu Jagger eventually taking third from Hywel Roberts/Richard Kenyon. After day one, Craig/Lewis lead but four points separate second to seventh places. The championship is scheduled for 10 races and will conclude on Thursday 24th.
Pos Tally Fleet Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Pts 1 7 Gold 1 1237 Nick Craig James Stewart Frencham Pond SC 1 1 3 2 1 1 1 DNC DNC 10 2 30 Gold 10 962 David Jones Mark Hogan Port Dinorwic SC 3 10 1 1 4 18 3 4 1 17 3 38 Gold 7 1279 Jon Gorringe Toby Lewis Parkstone YC 2 7 2 6 2 4 7 5 2 23 4 2 Gold 4 1240 Tom Halhead Chris Bishop Bristol Corinthian YC 8 2 9 3 3 5 4 8 6 31 5 4 Gold 5 1121 Paul Hilliar Stuart Jagger Bristol Corinthian YC 9 3 6 5 7 9 2 9 5 37 6 31 Gold 3 1262 Hywel Roberts Richard Kenyon Parkstone YC 5 4 5 4 16 8 8 18 8 42 7 34 Gold 2 1059 Steve Venables Richar Brown Sutton SC 7 5 7 12 5 14 6 6 13 48 8 37 Gold 12 1082 Nick Lowe Elaine Marsh Port Dinorwic SC 12 15 8 17 13 2 5 11 3 54 9 36 Gold 8 1201 Rick Peacock Ian Dobson Bartley SC 6 16 14 16 14 7 12 1 12 66 10 35 Gold 20 1055 Colin Prince Tony Prince Weir Wood SC 27 29 11 8 6 16 16 14 29 98 11 1 Gold 16 1296 Giles Chipperfield Heather Chipperfield Lymington Town SC 17 14 25 15 11 21 14 7 25 99 12 17 Gold 13 1128 Steve Middleton Chris Rowland Burghfield SC 21 6 4 28 17 13 21 19 27 101 13 16 Silver 1 1129 Martin Browne Dinah Holmes Great Yarmouth & Gorleston SC 16 26 23 11 25 6 19 10 16 101 14 12 Silver 9 1170 Sally Styles Martin Styles Downs SC 25 33 15 31 15 26 9 3 11 104 15 20 Gold 6 1267 Ronan Kenneally Roger O'Gorman Royal Cork YC 11 9 26 34 18 10 10 21 DNF 105 16 9 Gold 9 735 Rob Jones Liz Jones Weston SC 10 11 16 25 22 23 23 DNC 4 109 17 43 Gold 18 1258 Andy Fox Ian Fletcher Leigh & Lowton SC 22 12 24 13 10 24 11 32 18 110 18 3 Silver 11 1251 Howard Farbrother Louise Hosken Queen Mary SC DNS 18 21 18 28 3 26 17 9 112 19 55 Gold 19 1219 Jonathon Sinclair Gary Howland West Lancs YC 23 20 28 7 9 19 34 12 24 114 20 23 Silver 7 1220 Andrew Freeman Emma Jones Parkstone YC 19 25 12 10 8 27 33 22 21 117 21 11 Bronze 17 1275 Sam Parker Anna Ludgate Weston SC DNS 30 13 24 30 12 18 16 7 120 22 44 Gold 14 1182 Phil Jackson Gerard Barron Parkstone YC 4 23 17 21 24 20 15 25 33 124 23 6 Gold 15 1047 Michael Adams David Steadman Bexhill on Sea SC 15 13 18 32 37 11 31 34 20 140 24 58 Silver 8 1215 Simon Pritchard-Jones Ellen Milner Port Dinorwic SC 14 35 36 37 12 15 17 42 14 143 25 5 Silver 15 1274 Bill Handley Lynda Handley St Mawes SC 52 53 32 20 26 17 13 27 15 150 26 42 Gold 17 748 Andrew Long Lou Asman Port Dinorwic SC 13 19 DSQ 19 23 32 25 37 23 154 27 47 Bronze 12 1205 Chris Bailey Matt Bailey Bartley SC DNC DNC 27 9 29 33 30 13 28 169 28 26 Silver 10 1046 Malcolm Ritchie Andrew Ritchie Hykeham SC 30 31 31 22 27 34 28 2 DNF 171 29 59 Silver 5 549 Ffion Jones John Jones Port Dinorwic SC 38 22 37 23 20 47 22 39 10 172 30 49 Silver 17 1173 Charlie Merchant Alain Sign Burghfield SC 26 40 19 27 34 29 24 29 19 173 31 46 Silver 3 1132 Andrew Leigh Hannah Burywood Burghfield SC 29 24 20 26 21 22 39 35 34 176 32 41 Silver 2 1276 Mark Reddington Wayne Hancox Bartley SC 24 17 29 30 36 28 27 23 30 178 33 40 Gold 11 1217 John Cooper Becci Wigley Lymington Town SC 18 8 10 14 19 DNC DNC DNC DNC 191 34 60 Silver 12 1177 Nick Barrett Sam McNamara Waverly & Oulton Broad SC 35 28 35 38 49 36 40 15 17 204 35 33 Silver 14 1254 Chris Jordon Gill Jordon Burghfield SC 31 32 22 35 44 31 36 26 31 208 36 48 Silver 4 1172 Alex Morrison Jen Morrison Port Dinorwic SC 20 21 38 29 45 35 38 31 35 209 37 51 Silver 13 680 Paul Browning Paul Armitage Thames SC 28 36 51 33 33 29 29 24 39 212 38 8 Bronze 18 1054 Patrick Keats Zoe Punne Parkstone YC 40 34 33 36 32 DNF 35 30 26 226 39 45 Bronze 3 484 Aled Bath Jo Bath Burghfield SC 41 44 34 39 31 25 37 20 DSQ 227 40 25 Silver 6 1058 Chris Goswell Alan Glenville Burghfield SC 36 27 41 42 38 40 20 33 42 235 41 29 Silver 18 1233 Nick Francis Simon Edwards Queen Mary SC 34 38 43 41 41 45 32 28 32 246 42 14 Bronze 13 1256 Chris Harris Tracy Harris Northampton SC 39 47 40 45 52 39 43 41 22 269 43 52 Silver 16 1287 Tom Peters Anna Louise Morrison Weston SC 33 37 52 44 50 41 44 44 37 280 44 27 Silver 19 623 Tim Cross John Sheather Mount Batten Centre 37 46 30 49 39 53 45 46 38 281 45 57 Bronze 2 1140 Simon Herriot Seamus Gilshinan Greystone SC 54 39 46 40 35 49 42 36 43 281 46 10 Bronze 15 1268 Alistair Rose Yv ette Rose Royal Windemere YC 45 43 47 48 40 42 41 43 40 294 47 28 Bronze 19 1163 Wayne Shirley Ben Biglin RNSA 42 42 39 50 55 48 48 50 36 305 48 53 Bronze 10 738 Stephen Shaw Daniel Shaw Rutland SC 48 48 44 46 43 37 52 40 DNC 306 49 39 Bronze 14 626 Jon Speake Ian Fitter RNAS Culdrose 43 52 49 52 46 38 46 38 49 309 50 50 Bronze 1 1174 Stuart Gurney Karen Armitage Thames SC 32 41 45 43 51 44 DNC DNC DNC 317 51 24 Silver 20 1218 Mark Bath Suzanne Phipps Bowmoor SC 44 DNC 42 55 42 43 51 48 47 317 52 15 Bronze 4 723 Ian Heijne Terry Young Bough Beech SC DSQ 45 48 47 48 DSQ 53 45 46 332 53 13 Bronze 11 843 Mark Steward Christine Steward Oulton Broad SC 50 DNF 55 51 47 46 49 53 41 337 54 18 Bronze 5 810 Richard Arthur Sue Arthur Queen Mary SC 46 DNC 53 53 57 50 50 49 48 349 55 19 Bronze 16 924 Simon Mathews Penny Atkinson Brighton SC 47 50 50 56 54 51 56 54 44 350 56 22 Bronze 20 1235 Christopher Horn Jane Horn Leigh & Lowton SC 49 49 54 54 56 54 47 55 52 359 57 21 Bronze 7 756 James Stuart Andrew Stuart Dalgety Bay SC 55 51 56 58 53 55 54 51 51 370 58 56 Bronze 8 1252 James Alsop Richard Dudley Queen Mary SC 56 DNF 57 59 59 52 55 52 45 376 59 54 Bronze 9 1092 Alan Cooke Mark Lodge Grafham Water SC 51 DNF 58 57 58 56 57 47 50 376 60 32 Bronze 6 1167 Steve Burywood Suzie Burywood Burghfield SC 53 DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC DNC 419
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