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11/10/2014
Gul Inland Championships

    Gul RS400 Inland Championship at Grafham WSC 11-12 Oct 14


    The 31 boat RS400 fleet travelled to Grafham Water Sailing Club (GWSC) for the 2014 Gul Inland Championships. A lot of work has been going on at GWSC in the past year or so and the club did not disappoint. For the weekend there was great sailing, great food, great fun, and goose poo free lawns! 


    With the light forecast in mind all fleets were set for four races on Saturday, with two left for Sunday. In very challenging conditions the always slick and efficient race team headed by Peter and Sue Saxton got four fair and perfect length races away. I'd love to be able to write more about the first race but the race team’s efficiency caught me out so I can't tell you what happened at the front too much! Three boats shot off into the distance up the first beat into an unassailable lead. Race one was won by Mike Sims and Richard Brown from Carsington SC. Close on their heels were Hamish Gledhill and Simon Dowse followed by David Brown and Rebecca Witt. Josh Metcalfe sailing with the famous Tobytastic Lewis sailed a great race to consolidate 4th place just ahead of the chasing bunch and remind everyone of why they were one of the pre-race favourites. 


    Race two saw even lighter winds and a shift to the left. After a close fought first beat myself and my super crew Izzy Hamilton, who was taking weekend off from her windsurfing Olympic campaign to do her third and fourth days of what she calls "boat racing", extended into a safe lead. There were many large place changes behind in the incredibly tight pack. For the majority of the race Jack Holden and Alex Lee after a great couple of decisions out of the leeward marks were leading the chase. Unfortunately Jack and Alex found a sizeable hole in the wind down the last run and Sims / Brown slipped past them to continue their impressive start and finish second. Metcalfe / Lewis who were there or there abouts during the whole race too showed great skill down the last run to once again put a great counting result on the board and finish third. 


    Race three once again saw light winds. After a very close first lap with some close boat on boat racing Izzy and I managed to escape from Metcalfe / Lewis to gain the lead. The whole 31 boat fleet was so close for this race though. It was great! Half way down the third and last run Sims / Brown were closely fighting for second with Richard Gray and Jon Dyas, with Metalfe / Lewis a length behind the two. All three were ten lengths above the port downwind layline after going down the outside of the run. Metcalfe / Lewis showed the importance of downwind speed as they were able to skilfully soak lower than the other two in order to beat them around the leewards and finish second on the water. Unfortunately I had started too early so was scored a black flag meaning Metalfe / Lewis won the race. Sims / Brown came in second with Gray / Dyas third, and Dave Exley and Jonny Limebear fourth. 


    The fourth race was set for a very interesting battle between Metcalfe / Lewis and Sims / Brown for the overnight lead. Unfortunately there was an black flag general recall in which Metcale / Lewis were called over and got to head to the bar early. Many other top boats were caught out too with Brown / Witt and Gledhill / Dowse caught over too. I hate to say this to them but they missed a thrilling race with the leading few boats coming from the pin end of the line after the restart, and many caught out by this, leading to some great comeback attempts and almost 10 boats within as many seconds rounding the first windward mark. Izzy and I snuck into a very narrow lead for a few legs before being left behind on the last downwind by the chasing three boats. Caroline Whitehouse and Tony Cliff from Bartley SC won the race from Sims / Brown in second and, Exley / Limebear in third. 


    Also a special mention should be given to Pete Vincent and Sara Jackson for speedily getting to the windward mark as leaders in the first attempt of race four before it was abandoned due to a large wind shift. 

    A great dinner was served by the club on Saturday night and the bar was alive for many hours in the late afternoon and evening. One of the benefits of being in well before dark after 4 races and only starting at midday! It was also great to see five boats from GWSC competing within the fleet with Alisdair James and Andy Johnson leading the charge in 11th overnight.


    Mike Sims and Richard Brown clearly sailed a excellent day leaving them overnight leaders, and only discarding a 2nd. Melcalfe / Lewis were second despite their black flag. In third with consistency proving king it was Gray / Dyas, with Izzy and me fourth, and Whitehouse / Cliff fifth. 


    Sadly the wind forgot to get out of bed on Sunday so we were all left eating bacon sandwiches and drinking tea ashore. Over my sandwich I was left pondering over my weekend. I have done a lot of RS200 racing before and lots of racing in a million other classes but never before at a RS400 class event. I had a great weekend and really enjoyed the competitive racing and friendly atmosphere. From the very beginning I was welcomed into the fleet. Throughout the day people were giving me advice on RS4000 setup tricks and basic settings. Whether you want to race to be in a highly competitive fleet, or just enjoy the motion of sailing I cannot recommend enough travelling to these events or similar ones and getting involved. I'd like to say a huge thanky ou to the RS400 fleet for letting me have such an enjoyable weekend. Also I think it would be great to see RS400 sailors jump into RS200s etc for big events which don't clash - and visa versa . I know Josh Metcalfe is thinking of turning up on the RS200 circuit soon so watch out all you RS200 competitors... he is fast! 


    Once again congratulations to Mike Sims and Richard Brown for dominating the weekend. I'm sure all the prize winners will thankfully invest their generous Gul vouchers into some winter gear to keep them going through into 2015. 


    Report by Ben Saxton.

    Photo by Ela Miller.

     

    The 31 boat RS400 fleet traveled to Grafham Water Sailing Club (GWSC) for the 2014 Gul Inland Championships. A lot of work has been going on at GWSC in the past year or so and the club did not disappoint. For the weekend there was great sailing, great food, great fun, and goose poo free lawns! 

     

    With the light forecast in mind all fleets were set for four races on Saturday, with two left for Sunday. In very challenging conditions the always slick and efficient race team headed by Peter and Sue Saxton got four fair and perfect length races away. I'd love to be able to write more about the first race but the race teams efficiency caught me out so I can't tell you what happened at the front too much! Three boats shot off into the distance up the first beat into an unassailable lead. Race 1 was won by Mike Sims and Richard Brown from Carsington SC. Close on their heels were Hamish Gledhill and Simon Dowse followed by David Brown and Rebecca Witt. Josh Metcalfe sailing with the famous Tobytastic Lewis sailed a great race to consolidate 4th place just ahead of the chasing bunch and remind everyone of why they were one of the pre race favourites. 

     

    Race two saw even lighter winds and a shift to the left. After a close fought first beat myself and my super crew Izzy Hamilton, who was taking weekend off from her windsurfing olympic campaign to do her third and fourth days of what she calls "boat racing", extended into a safe lead. There were many large place changes behind in the incredibly tight pack. For the majority of the race Jack Holden and Alex Lee after a great couple of decisions out of the leeward marks were leading the chase. Unfortunately Jack and Alex found a sizeable hole in the wind down the last run and Sims / Brown slipped past them to continue their impressive start and finish second. Metcalfe / Lewis who were there or there abouts during the whole race too showed great skill down the last run to once again put a great counting result on the board and finish third. 

     

    Race 3 once again saw light winds. After a very close first lap with some close boat on boat racing myslef and Izzy managed to escape away from Metcalfe / Lewis to gain the lead. The whole 31 boat fleet was so close for this race though. It was great! Half way down the third and last run Sims / Brown were closely fighting for second with Richard Gray and Jon Dyas, with Metalfe / Lewis a length behind the two. All three were ten lengths above the port downwind layline after going down the outside of the run. Metcalfe / Lewis showed the importance of downwind speed as they were able to skilfully soak lower than the other two in order to beat them around the lewards and finish second on the water. Unfortunately I had started to early so was scored a black flag meaning Metalfe / Lewis won the race. Sims / Brown came in second with Gray / Dyas third, and Dave Exley and Jonny Limebear fourth. 

     

    The fourth race was set for a very interesting battle between Metcalfe / Lewis and Sims / Brown for the overnight lead. Unfortunately there was an black flag general recall in which Metcale / Lewis were called over and got to head to the bar early. Many other top boats were caught out too with Brown / Witt and Gledhill / Dowse caught over too. I hate to say this to them but they missed a thrilling race with the leading few boats coming from the pin end of the line after the restart, and many caught out by this, leading to some great comeback attempts and almost 10 boats within as many seconds rounding the first windward mark. Myself and Izzy snuck into a very narrow lead for a few legs before being left behind on the last downwind by the chasing three boats. Caroline Whitehouse and Tony Cliff from Bartley SC won the race from Sims / Brown in second and, Exley / Limebear in third. 

     

    Also a special mention should be given to Pete Vincent and Sara Jackson for speedily getting to the windward mark as leaders in the first attempt of Race 4 before it was abandoned due to a large wind shift. 

     

    A great dinner was served by the club on Saturday night and the bar was alive for many hours in the late afternoon and evening. One of the benefits of being in well before dark after 4 races and only starting at midday! It was also great to see five boats from GWSC competing within the fleet with Alisdair James and Andy Johnson leading the charge in 11th overnight.

     

    Mike Sims and Richard Brown clearly sailed a excellent day leaving them overnight leaders, and only discarding a 2nd. Melcalfe / Lewis were second despite their black flag. In third with consistency proving king it was Gray / Dyas, with myself and Izzy fourth, and Whitehouse / Cliff fifth. 

     

    Sadly the wind forgot to get out of bed on Sunday so we were all left eating bacon sandwiches and drinking tea ashore. Over my sandwich I was left pondering over my weekend. I have done a lot of RS200 racing before and lots of racing in a million other classes but never before at a RS400 class event. I had a great weekend and really enjoyed the competitive racing and friendly atmosphere. From the very beginning I was welcomed into the fleet. Throughout the day people were giving me advice on RS4000 setup tricks and basic settings. Wether you want to race to be in a highly competitive fleet, or just enjoy the motion of sailing I cannot recommend enough traveling to these events or similar ones and getting involved. I'd like to say a huge thankyou to the RS400 fleet for letting me have such an enjoyable weekend. Also I think it would be great to see RS400 sailors jump into RS200's etc for big event which don't clash - and visa versa . I know Josh Metcalfe is thinking of turning up on the RS 200 circuit soon so watch out all you RS200 competitors... he is fast! 

     

    Once again congratulations to Mike Sims and Richard Brown for dominating the weekend. I'm sure all the prize winners will thankfully invest their generous Gul vouchers into some winter gear to keep them going through into 2015. 

    Gul RS400 Inland Championship at Grafham WSC 11-12 Oct 14

    The 31 boat RS400 fleet travelled to Grafham Water Sailing Club (GWSC) for the 2014 Gul Inland Championships. A lot of work has been going on at GWSC in the past year or so and the club did not disappoint. For the weekend there was great sailing, great food, great fun, and goose poo free lawns! 

    With the light forecast in mind all fleets were set for four races on Saturday, with two left for Sunday. In very challenging conditions the always slick and efficient race team headed by Peter and Sue Saxton got four fair and perfect length races away. I'd love to be able to write more about the first race but the race team’s efficiency caught me out so I can't tell you what happened at the front too much! Three boats shot off into the distance up the first beat into an unassailable lead. Race one was won by Mike Sims and Richard Brown from Carsington SC. Close on their heels were Hamish Gledhill and Simon Dowse followed by David Brown and Rebecca Witt. Josh Metcalfe sailing with the famous Tobytastic Lewis sailed a great race to consolidate 4th place just ahead of the chasing bunch and remind everyone of why they were one of the pre-race favourites. 

    Race two saw even lighter winds and a shift to the left. After a close fought first beat myself and my super crew Izzy Hamilton, who was taking weekend off from her windsurfing Olympic campaign to do her third and fourth days of what she calls "boat racing", extended into a safe lead. There were many large place changes behind in the incredibly tight pack. For the majority of the race Jack Holden and Alex Lee after a great couple of decisions out of the leeward marks were leading the chase. Unfortunately Jack and Alex found a sizeable hole in the wind down the last run and Sims / Brown slipped past them to continue their impressive start and finish second. Metcalfe / Lewis who were there or there abouts during the whole race too showed great skill down the last run to once again put a great counting result on the board and finish third. 

    Race three once again saw light winds. After a very close first lap with some close boat on boat racing Izzy and I managed to escape from Metcalfe / Lewis to gain the lead. The whole 31 boat fleet was so close for this race though. It was great! Half way down the third and last run Sims / Brown were closely fighting for second with Richard Gray and Jon Dyas, with Metalfe / Lewis a length behind the two. All three were ten lengths above the port downwind layline after going down the outside of the run. Metcalfe / Lewis showed the importance of downwind speed as they were able to skilfully soak lower than the other two in order to beat them around the leewards and finish second on the water. Unfortunately I had started too early so was scored a black flag meaning Metalfe / Lewis won the race. Sims / Brown came in second with Gray / Dyas third, and Dave Exley and Jonny Limebear fourth. 

    The fourth race was set for a very interesting battle between Metcalfe / Lewis and Sims / Brown for the overnight lead. Unfortunately there was an black flag general recall in which Metcale / Lewis were called over and got to head to the bar early. Many other top boats were caught out too with Brown / Witt and Gledhill / Dowse caught over too. I hate to say this to them but they missed a thrilling race with the leading few boats coming from the pin end of the line after the restart, and many caught out by this, leading to some great comeback attempts and almost 10 boats within as many seconds rounding the first windward mark. Izzy and I snuck into a very narrow lead for a few legs before being left behind on the last downwind by the chasing three boats. Caroline Whitehouse and Tony Cliff from Bartley SC won the race from Sims / Brown in second and, Exley / Limebear in third. 

    Also a special mention should be given to Pete Vincent and Sara Jackson for speedily getting to the windward mark as leaders in the first attempt of race four before it was abandoned due to a large wind shift. 

    A great dinner was served by the club on Saturday night and the bar was alive for many hours in the late afternoon and evening. One of the benefits of being in well before dark after 4 races and only starting at midday! It was also great to see five boats from GWSC competing within the fleet with Alisdair James and Andy Johnson leading the charge in 11th overnight.

    Mike Sims and Richard Brown clearly sailed a excellent day leaving them overnight leaders, and only discarding a 2nd. Melcalfe / Lewis were second despite their black flag. In third with consistency proving king it was Gray / Dyas, with Izzy and me fourth, and Whitehouse / Cliff fifth. 

    Sadly the wind forgot to get out of bed on Sunday so we were all left eating bacon sandwiches and drinking tea ashore. Over my sandwich I was left pondering over my weekend. I have done a lot of RS200 racing before and lots of racing in a million other classes but never before at a RS400 class event. I had a great weekend and really enjoyed the competitive racing and friendly atmosphere. From the very beginning I was welcomed into the fleet. Throughout the day people were giving me advice on RS4000 setup tricks and basic settings. Whether you want to race to be in a highly competitive fleet, or just enjoy the motion of sailing I cannot recommend enough travelling to these events or similar ones and getting involved. I'd like to say a huge thanky ou to the RS400 fleet for letting me have such an enjoyable weekend. Also I think it would be great to see RS400 sailors jump into RS200s etc for big events which don't clash - and visa versa . I know Josh Metcalfe is thinking of turning up on the RS200 circuit soon so watch out all you RS200 competitors... he is fast! 

    Once again congratulations to Mike Sims and Richard Brown for dominating the weekend. I'm sure all the prize winners will thankfully invest their generous Gul vouchers into some winter gear to keep them going through into 2015. 

    Report by Ben Saxton.

     

    RS400 Fleet

    Sailed: 4, Discards: 1, To count: 3, Entries: 31, Scoring system: GWSC Open Meeting (1 course/PY/3 starts)
    RankFleetRankingSailNoHelmNameCrewNameClubR1
       
    R2
       
    R3
       
    R4
       
    TotalNettNotes
    1st RS400   1435 Michael Sims Richard Brown Carsington SC 1.0 (2.0) 2.0 2.0 7.0 5.0  
    2nd RS400   1215 Josh Metcalfe Tobytastic Lewis Y Felinheli SC 4.0 3.0 1.0 (32.0 BFD) 40.0 8.0  
    3rd RS400   1203 Richard Gray Jon Dyas Queen Mary SC (14.0) 5.0 3.0 5.0 27.0 13.0  
    4th RS400   1401 Ben Saxton Izzy Hamilton GWSC 9.0 1.0 (32.0 BFD) 4.0 46.0 14.0  
    5th RS400   1175 Caroline Whitehouse Tony Cliff Bartley SC 11.0 6.0 (14.0) 1.0 32.0 18.0  
    6th RS400   1290 David Brown Rebecca Witt Queen Mary SC 3.0 4.0 13.0 (32.0 BFD) 52.0 20.0  
    7th RS400   574 Steve Restall Chris Stubbs Downs SC 6.0 (9.0) 6.0 9.0 30.0 21.0  
    8th RS400   1186 Dave Exley Jonny Limebear Leigh & Lowton SC (16.0) 16.0 4.0 3.0 39.0 23.0  
    9th RS400   1418 Howard Farbrother Superlou Hosken Queen Mary SC (17.0) 11.0 8.0 6.0 42.0 25.0  
    10th RS400   1014 Hamish Gledhill Simon Dowse West Riding SC 2.0 17.0 7.0 (32.0 BFD) 58.0 26.0  
    11th RS400   1228 Alisdair James Andy Johnson GWSC 10.0 10.0 (16.0) 8.0 44.0 28.0  
    12th RS400   1202 Sam Knight John Knight Bartley SC 5.0 (14.0) 12.0 12.0 43.0 29.0  
    13th RS400   1296 Howard Eeles Anna Eeles Bartley SC 8.0 (19.0) 10.0 11.0 48.0 29.0  
    14th RS400   1385 Jim Downer tbc Gurnards SC (18.0) 18.0 5.0 7.0 48.0 30.0  
    15th RS400   1356 Peter Vincent Sara Jackson Chew Valley LSC 7.0 (21.0) 9.0 16.0 53.0 32.0  
    16th RS400   725 Bill Kenyon Andy Dawson Budworth SC (23.0) 13.0 11.0 10.0 57.0 34.0  
    17th RS400   1342 Jack Holden Alex Lee Arun YC 12.0 7.0 20.0 (32.0 BFD) 71.0 39.0  
    18th RS400   1216 Caroline Exley Pete Snowdon Leigh & Lowton SC (19.0) 8.0 17.0 14.0 58.0 39.0  
    19th RS400   1131 Ben Williamson Charlie Ticehurst Welton SC 21.0 12.0 (32.0 BFD) 13.0 78.0 46.0  
    20th RS400   1340 Sam Neal Neil Cooney GWSC 13.0 (20.0) 18.0 17.0 68.0 48.0  
    21st RS400   7228 Ben Longstaff Graham Thomas GWSC (22.0) 15.0 19.0 15.0 71.0 49.0  
    22nd RS400   1201 Neil Peacock Guy Mason Bartley SC 15.0 25.0 (32.0 BFD) 22.0 94.0 62.0  
    23rd RS400   564 Jacob Ainsworth Kayleigh Roberts Derwent Reservoir 25.0 23.0 15.0 (32.0 BFD) 95.0 63.0  
    24th RS400   1051 Matt Sheahan Ellie Sheahan Netley SC 24.0 (26.0) 21.0 18.0 89.0 63.0  
    25th RS400   1275 David Hearsum Gareth Fay Hickling Broad SC (26.0) 24.0 22.0 21.0 93.0 67.0  
    26th RS400   1414 Jon Gorringe Nicki Bass Parkstone SC 20.0 22.0 (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 106.0 74.0  
    27th RS400   1031 Max Tosetti Ian Craig Queen Mary SC 27.0 28.0 (32.0 BFD) 20.0 107.0 75.0  
    28th RS400   628 Bob Peak Barry Garrad Alton Water SC 29.0 (30.0) 23.0 23.0 105.0 75.0  
    29th RS400   1416 Norman Bell Barbara Bell GWSC (28.0) 27.0 24.0 24.0 103.0 75.0  
    30th RS400   1220 Andrew Creighton James Davies Cardiff Bay SC 30.0 29.0 (32.0 BFD) 19.0 110.0 78.0  
    31st RS400   923 Darren Horton Stuart Philbey King George 31.0 31.0 (32.0 BFD) 32.0 DNC 126.0 94.0  
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