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23/04/2016
Spring Championship

    RS200 Spring Championship at Itchenor SC

     

    Photos thanks to Mary Pudney, lots more here

     

    Thirty boats enjoyed classic sailing conditions at the RS Spring Championships this weekend. The venue was a sunny but chilly Itchenor Sailing Club, which was looking as beautiful as ever in the Spring sunshine. A loose slot gasket meant that one boat never made it to the start line, but for the rest of the teams race officer Bruce Grant did a fantastic job getting eight very efficient races away in a shifty Northerly.

    Think Chichester Harbour and you think tide. And it looked as though the current might be the order of the day as two thirds of the fleet was swept over in race 1, resulting in a fairly inevitable general recall. With that formality out of the way, the black flag kept most sailors in check for the rest of the day to get everyone back in time for tea.

    The positioning of the course across two channels meant there were a variety of routes to take up the beat and a multitude of different theories about which was best. But one race in particular showed that even the locals can be completely fooled, with almost all of the Itchenor members hitting the left on the first beat only to find themselves a hundred yards behind the visitors by the windward mark. There were clearly some gains to be made by local knowledge, though, as George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby won Race 2 and Andy Shaw and Pippa Horne won Race 4.

    But tactically there was plenty more than tide to think about. The breeze went steadily left for most of Saturday and oscillations (both regular and irregular) and gusts (both sudden and sustained) gave the harbour a reservoir feel. Will and Mary Henderson were the most consistent on Day 1 with four top fives, but it was Matt Mee and Emma Norris who held the lead overnight with two firsts and a second.

    Sunday was more or less identical to Sunday, with no particular side paying consistently and big gains (or losses) to be made on every leg. A few people misjudging the tide and dragging buoys down the run with them added extra drama to the mark roundings. The local chandleries may need to stock up on gel coat for the rudders that came off second best from their fights with the anchor chains. Matt and Emma again took command on the results sheet, winning the event with a race to spare. Second to ninth were separated by just 14 points, which is testament to the high quality close racing that are the trademarks of Itchenor and RS200 sailing in general.

    No report of an event at Itchenor would be complete, though, without a mention of the food and the hospitality. A delicious fish and chips and apple and blackberry crumble kept visitors and members merry on Saturday evening. Those that were quick enough were also treated to a hearty Sunday roast after sailing on Sunday. A huge thanks to the club staff for keeping everyone happy and to the race team for shortening the last race at the windward mark to get the sailors home in time!

     

    Rob Struckett

    RS200 Spring Championship - 2016

    Itchenor SC

     

    Results as of 15:14 on April 24, 2016

    Overall

    Sailed: 8, Discards: 2, To count: 6, Entries: 29, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank SailNo HelmName CrewName Club R1 23/4/16 R2 23/4/16 R3 23/4/16 R4 23/4/16 R5 24/4/16 R6 24/4/16 R7 24/4/16 R8 24/4/16 Total Nett
    1st 1566 (1615) Matt Mee Emma Norris Burghfield SC/Red Wharf Bay SC 1.0 2.0 1.0 (8.0) 1.0 2.0 1.0 (30.0 DNC) 46.0 8.0
    2nd 629 Will Henderson Mary Henderson ISC (5.0) 3.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 (11.0) 4.0 2.0 39.0 23.0
    3rd 1508 George Yeoman Sophie Ormsby ISC 3.0 1.0 6.0 (24.0) 4.0 5.0 (16.0) 7.0 66.0 26.0
    4th 1600 Frances Peters Claire Lasko HISC/ISC (10.0) 4.0 4.0 2.0 9.0 6.0 3.0 (11.0) 49.0 28.0
    5th 1458 Nick Charles Emma Hivey Datchet SC (13.0) 5.0 3.0 7.0 7.0 3.0 (11.0) 4.0 53.0 29.0
    6th 1488 Mark Heather Jackie Cockerill/Jo Hewitson HISC 8.0 6.0 (14.0) (12.0) 2.0 1.0 2.0 12.0 57.0 31.0
    7th 1467 Simon Potts Ally Martin Burghfield 4.0 (14.0) 2.0 5.0 (30.0 DSQ) 12.0 6.0 3.0 76.0 32.0
    8th 854 Andy Shaw Pippa Horne ISC 7.0 (10.0) (12.0) 1.0 6.0 9.0 5.0 6.0 56.0 34.0
    9th 1237 Dicken Maclean Hannah Young HISC 9.0 7.0 7.0 3.0 3.0 (18.0) (30.0 DSQ) 8.0 85.0 37.0
    10th 1617 Andy Hadfield Kate Davis Parkstone YC 12.0 (18.0) 13.0 10.0 8.0 4.0 (30.0 DSQ) 5.0 100.0 52.0
    11th 1559 Andrew Peters Jill Peters QMSC 6.0 15.0 11.0 6.0 14.0 (19.0) 8.0 (16.0) 95.0 60.0
    12th 1495 Tim Ellis Ed Cowell HISC 2.0 8.0 (22.0) 13.0 12.0 8.0 (30.0 DSQ) 19.0 114.0 62.0
    13th 1338 Morgan Peach Eve Gadd Royal Torbay YC (21.0) 13.0 8.0 9.0 16.0 13.0 (30.0 DNC) 14.0 124.0 73.0
    14th (Blank) 1325 Charlotte Wood Mike Wood   17.0 (19.0) 16.0 11.0 15.0 10.0 (30.0 DSQ) 15.0 133.0 84.0
    15th 1549 Tim Saxton Holly Scott ISC (30.0 DNC) (30.0 DNC) 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 10.0 7.0 7.0 1.0 145.0 85.0
    16th 772 Tom Hewitson Lucy Hewitson HISC 15.0 20.0 10.0 14.0 (30.0 DSQ) 17.0 10.0 (30.0 DNC) 146.0 86.0
    17th 1229 Rob Struckett Kate Robinson ISC/West Kirby SC (24.0) 11.0 (21.0) 19.0 17.0 20.0 14.0 9.0 135.0 90.0
    18th 1424 James Boyce Lisa McDanell Papercourt/ISC 14.0 9.0 9.0 16.0 13.0 (30.0 DNC) (30.0 DNS) 30.0 DNS 151.0 91.0
    19th 1178 Julian Bradley Helen Cafferata Wembley 19.0 12.0 17.0 (21.0) (20.0) 14.0 12.0 17.0 132.0 91.0
    20th 1481 Jack Holden Morgan Dibb The Royal Lewis 20.0 16.0 15.0 17.0 (21.0) 16.0 9.0 (30.0 DNF) 144.0 93.0
    21st 1004 Charlie Poyner James Duncalge Emsworth SC/Chew Valley Lake SC 11.0 23.0 19.0 (26.0) 19.0 15.0 (30.0 DSQ) 10.0 153.0 97.0
    22nd 1546 John McKelvie Sarah McKelvie Strangford Lough YC 18.0 17.0 18.0 (23.0) 11.0 21.0 13.0 (30.0 DNS) 151.0 98.0
    23rd 1299 Kelvin Matthews Kirsty Matthews HISC 25.0 21.0 (26.0) 18.0 18.0 22.0 (30.0 DNC) 13.0 173.0 117.0
    24th 584 Tim Freeman Hannah Freeman Warsash 23.0 (24.0) 20.0 20.0 22.0 (26.0) 15.0 18.0 168.0 118.0
    25th 1117 Jonny Olin Natalie Messingham Datchet Water SC (26.0) 25.0 25.0 15.0 25.0 25.0 17.0 (30.0 DNS) 188.0 132.0
    26th 1308 Nick Blevins Lily Kottsieper ISC 22.0 27.0 24.0 25.0 24.0 23.0 (30.0 DNC) (30.0 DNC) 205.0 145.0
    27th 1373 Rachel Wigmore Venetia Wingfield ISC/Rossbrin 16.0 22.0 23.0 (30.0 DNF) (30.0 DNC) 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 211.0 151.0
    28th 1175 Toby Straus Fraje Watson HISC (30.0 DNC) (30.0 DNC) 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 23.0 24.0 30.0 DSQ 20.0 217.0 157.0
    29th 1362 Greg Hall James Crook ISC 27.0 26.0 27.0 22.0 (30.0 DNC) (30.0 DNC) 30.0 DNC 30.0 DNC 222.0 162.0
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