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12/10/2013
Gul UK Inland Championships

  • 2013 UK Inlands
  • 2013 UK Inlands
  • 2013 UK Inlands

A good turnout of 37 boats arrived at Grafham on Saturday for the RS400 GUL Inlands, with the forecast for a light 5-7 knots on Saturday and, following several changes through the week, settling on a forecast 12-15 knots for Sunday.

After bacon butties and,for some, a bit of boat bimbling, the fleet launched into the forecast light winds, and sharing the water with the RS300s, 600s and Vareos, a 3-2-1-Go start sequence. After a clean start the lead swung from right to left and back again as the fleet progressed up the first beat with Ben and Hannah Robertson rounding first from Lee Sydenham/Gerard Barron and Joshua and Patrick Metcalfe.

In a patchy breeze and 20-30 degree shifts the lead changed several times between this trio, with Nick Hunt and Martin Cooper also sailing the shifts well to work their way through and challenge. With the wind dropping on the last lap, the Metcalfes led around the final windward and, after a few nervy moments downwind, held on to win from Sydenham/Barron and Hunt/Cooper.

With the average wind below the required 5 knots a postponement was flown before the fleet then got away in a light and patchy breeze. As the wind died from the first windward to a struggling downwind and a drift back up towards the clubhouse the Race Officer was left with little choice but to abandon for the day.

The new caterers did a sterling job for those staying for the evening meal in the clubhouse as the fleet completed the AGM and relaxed in the luxurious surroundings of the Grafham top bar.

With rain testing the hardy campers overnight, Sunday dawned breezier than forecast with gusts over 30mph leading to a 1.5 hour delay and more good business for the caterers.

The postponement was dropped with the wind still averaging over 20 and gusting over 30. This turned out to be very well judged by the Race Office as, by the time rigging was complete, the fleet launched into a perfectly manageable 10-15 knots, catching many by surprise and leading to some last minute rig changes on the water.

After a General Recall, Race 2 was started under Black Flag. The Metcalfes rounded the windward with enough of a lead to extend downwind whilst the rest of the fleet fought to establish the running order. Sam Neal/Elaine Seymour, Sydenham/Barron, Jim Downer/Jon Price, Paul & Mark Oakley and Brett Aarons/Robbie Southwell fought hard in the still shifty and patchy conditions with positions changing at every cross. The Metcalfes maintained their lead to the finish line only to cross to silence having fallen victim of the Black Flag as they returned to the line having completed their rig changes moments before the start. Sydenham/Barron found good pressure on the downwind legs to gratefully accept the win with Aarons/Southwell and the Oakleys rounding out the top three.

Race 3 and it was the turn of Sydenham/Barron to extend on the first run and build a convincing lead they held to the end. Another battle ensued behind with Roger Carter/Ian Robertson joining in the action and Jon Heissig/Nicky Griffin sailing some great downwind legs in pressure to also challenge alongside the Metcalfes and Hunt/Cooper. With 4 boats converging on the final mark together, Carter Robertson nosed around ahead of Heissig/Griffin to complete the top 3.

A 4th and final race was started under Black Flag just before the stated 14:30 cut-off. With the virtual lead swinging from side to side up the first beat, Sydenham/Barron led around the first mark closely followed by Howard Fairbrother/Dan Martin and the Metcalfes. Fairbrother/Martin gybed early and looked to benefit from more pressure on the left as the pressure dropped on the run. As the pressure evened out across the course, Sydenham/Barron held on to round the leeward ahead and extend away. However, having benefited earlier in the day from the Metcalfes’ misfortune, it was their turn to cross the finish line to silence. After another close battle, the Metcalfes passed Farbrother/Martin on the last run to take the win with the Oakleys again taking 3rd.

This left Sydenham/Barron the overall victors and Inland Champions from the Metcalfes, with the consistent Hunt/Cooper taking third by a point from the Oakleys. Another great event, with thanks to Grafham Water Sailing club and class sponsors Gul for making things possible.

The RS400's round out the season with the Dalgety Bay Scottish Series event still to come next weekend and the combined RS Classes Crewsaver End of Season Championships at Datchet Water over weekend of 9th/10th November - one not to be missed!

1st RS400
861 Lee Sydenham Gerard Barron Brancaster Staithe SC 2.0 1.0 1.0 (37.0 BFD) 41.0 4.0
2nd RS400
1215 Joshua Metcalfe Patrick Metcalfe Y Felinheli 1.0 (37.0 BFD) 5.0 1.0 44.0 7.0
3rd RS400
1135 Nick Hunt Martin Cooper Scaling Dam SC 3.0 (13.0) 4.0 4.0 24.0 11.0
4th RS400
1384 Paul Oakey Mark Oakey Portchester SC (10.0) 3.0 6.0 3.0 22.0 12.0
5th RS400
1418 H Farbrother Dab Martin Queen Mary SC 5.0 (18.0) 10.0 2.0 35.0 17.0
6th RS400
965 Roger Carter Ian Robertson Wormit Boating Club (9.0) 7.0 2.0 9.0 27.0 18.0
7th RS400
1172 Barrie Thorton Alex Oyston Scaling Dam SC 7.0 5.0 (12.0) 8.0 32.0 20.0
8th RS400
1362 Brett Aarons Robbie Southwell Gurnard SC (18.0) 2.0 9.0 10.0 39.0 21.0
9th RS400
1161 Ben Robertson Hannah Robertson Royal FOrth YC/Scaling Dam SC 4.0 12.0 (37.0 DNC) 5.0 58.0 21.0
10th RS400
1407 Jon Heissig Nicky Griffin Llangorse SC (14.0) 8.0 3.0 11.0 36.0 22.0
11th RS400
1321 Jim Downer Jon Price Gunard 15.0 4.0 8.0 (37.0 BFD) 64.0 27.0
12th RS400
1088 Mark Chamberlain Rebacce Chamberlain Neyland Yacht Club 12.0 (37.0 DNC) 14.0 6.0 69.0 32.0
13th RS400
725 Bill Kenyon Ben Ditchburn Budworth SC (17.0) 16.0 7.0 12.0 52.0 35.0
14th RS400
1401 David Gamble Neil Cooney GWSC 13.0 11.0 11.0 (18.0) 53.0 35.0
15th RS400
1342 Jock Holden Ollie Miller Aryn YC (19.0) 14.0 15.0 7.0 55.0 36.0
16th RS400
1196 Peter Snowdon Joe Hartigan Scaling Dam SC 6.0 15.0 16.0 (19.0) 56.0 37.0
17th RS400
1131 Ben Williamson Charlie Ticehurst Welton SC (16.0) 10.0 13.0 14.0 53.0 37.0
18th RS400
1340 Sam Neal Alaine Seymour GWSC (30.0) 9.0 19.0 15.0 73.0 43.0
19th RS400
1403 Ed Bolton King   RAF Sailing Association 8.0 17.0 (37.0 DNF) 20.0 82.0 45.0
20th RS400
1390 Andy Hatch Dan Hawkins Queen Mary (23.0) 19.0 18.0 13.0 73.0 50.0
21st RS400
1325 John Cooper Becci Wigley Lymington Town 11.0 6.0 (37.0 DNF) 37.0 DNC 91.0 54.0
22nd RS400
1263 Rob Lennox Rith Lennox Barnt Green 20.0 (23.0) 20.0 17.0 80.0 57.0
23rd RS400
1245 Chris Symons Chris Hughes Gurnard SC 21.0 21.0 21.0 (25.0) 88.0 63.0
24th RS400
1228 Dave Goudie Andy Johnson GWSC 26.0 22.0 17.0 (37.0 BFD) 102.0 65.0
25th RS400
1051 Matt Sheaham Ellie Sheahan Netley SC (29.0) 20.0 23.0 22.0 94.0 65.0
26th RS400
1043 Ian Watkins Imogen Whittam GWSC (25.0) 24.0 22.0 23.0 94.0 69.0
27th RS400
926 Chris Banner Ellis Banner TSSC 28.0 (37.0 DNC) 26.0 16.0 107.0 70.0
28th RS400
228 Ewan Birkin-Walls Bill Knight GWSC 24.0 25.0 24.0 (27.0) 100.0 73.0
29th RS400
1101 Simon Baker Zoe Roberts Queen Mary 27.0 26.0 (28.0) 21.0 102.0 74.0
30th RS400
877 Phil Britton Jules Thorpe Dalgety Bay SC (33.0) 27.0 27.0 24.0 111.0 78.0
31st RS400
1031 Max Tosetti Laim Horgan Queen Mary SC 31.0 (37.0 DNS) 25.0 28.0 121.0 84.0
32nd RS400
478 Matt Bates Kevin Chapman Highcliffe SC (36.0) 28.0 30.0 29.0 123.0 87.0
33rd RS400
828 Simon Mossell Paul Walker Highcliffe SC 34.0 (37.0 BFD) 29.0 26.0 126.0 89.0
34th RS400
1289 Stuart Hulman Gill Greenacre Leigh and Lowton 22.0 (37.0 DNC) 37.0 DNC 37.0 DNC 133.0 96.0
35th RS400
1416 Norman Bell Barbara Bell GWSC 32.0 (37.0 DNC) 37.0 DNC 37.0 DNC 143.0 106.0
36th RS400
1092 Alan Cooke Michael Stone GWSC 35.0 (37.0 DNC) 37.0 DNC 37.0 DNC 146.0 109.0
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