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07/11/2015
Gul Inlands and Last Shout Championship

    Bumper Turnout at Gul RS400 Inlands and Magic Marine Last Shout

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    With a rather spicy forecast on the cards it was fantastic to see a bumper turnout of 42 boats arrive for the last event of the Magic Marine 2015 RS400 championship tour at Queen Mary . The event was to be a triple whammy of Inland Champs, Last Shout Champs and (most importantly) a celebration to mark fleet stalwart Howie Farbrother’s arrival at a significant birthday milestone. Saturday was always looking borderline and after a sensible period of postponement the race officer decided to abandon for the day at 1330. This provided ample time for either some local sightseeing or to take advantage of the excellent windsurfing rental facilities available – and basically stay out of the pub until the party started.

    A local team led by Jenny “Duckhams Queen” Douglas and Lou Hosken did a fantastic job of transferring the rather functional QMSC bar into a venue worthy of such a significant birthday party and lined up a great evening of party games (think spiders, pin the head on the helm and adult twister) accompanied by a fantastic backtrack from Tim “wheels of steel” Garvino’s 21st century Dj Decks and fuelled by the now mandatory Dark and Stormy lubricant. A surprise announcement that “Howie and Lou”  were (very) soon to become Mr and Mrs Farbrother gave further incentive for celebration and silliness. It was only a select few that made it back to the now mandatory après-apres campervan party - at which it was unamiously agreed it was a good thing Bedborough didn’t have his guitar with him.

    And then the sailing. Sunday dawned grey with a meaty (and very shifty) F3-5 to blow away the cobwebs. After a general recall from the over-enthusiastic fleet, in Race 1 it was QMSC Spanish new boys Thomas da Silva / Fred Rabacal who led for 2 laps before eventually being overhauled with Jon Gorringe / Nikki Bass taking the win, from Josh Metcalfe / Jack Holden and Mark / Paul Oakey. Howie and crew Dan Lever-Martin opened the leader board with a lowly 10th deciding to get all their misdemeanours out of the way in the first race. Team Farbrother / Martin then had a serious inter-race discussion (or their hangovers lifted sufficiently to remember how to sail) and proceeded to storm the event with 3 bullets taking with it the Inland championships for 2015. Not far behind were Jon and Nikki taking 2nd on countback from the Oakeys. It was very tight at the top with 200-exile Josh Metcalfe crewed by Jack Aero Holden finishing only 1 point adrift of 2nd/ 3rd . The ever improving Ding Brown / Bex Witt proving they are a force to be reckoned with posting a very consistent set of 5th and 6th to take 5th , whilst Sprint Champion Sam I Am Knight crewed by John from Bartley SC sailed a blinder to finish 6th overall.  Ben Robertson and Martin Booth were another team with an ever improving scoreline (suggesting a heroic performance in the bar) leading the last race for the first 2 laps and finishing 8th overall.  It was great to see Andy Hatch back out in his 400 again suggesting he will be back in attendance near the front of the fleet next year. Further down the fleet with 42 boats on quite a tight racetrack and some vicious gusts to contend with the racing was fast and furious ,  with many spontaneous slot gasket inspections and some particularly impressive leeward mark / kite drop/ handbrake turn manoeuvres being performed.

    At the prizegiving Howard made special mention of the brilliant effort the Queen Mary 400 fleet collectively had put in to make the event such a success both on and off the water. With a very strong home fleet of over 30 boats QM is one of the premier clubs in the country and it’s great to see it going from strength to strength. As this was the last event of the season the overall 2015 Magic Marine Championships Tour prizes were then presented . In 3rd place were Ding and Bex Brown, 2nd were Jon Heissig and Nicky Griffin and in a special birthday bonus 1st place and winner of a brand new jib courtesy of RS Racing it was Howard and Dan ! This was also class Chairman Keith Bedborough’s final event , now at the end of his 2 year stint , and he took the opportunity to thank his committee who have been a brilliant support ensuring that the class continues to grow. He handed the supremo batton over to Queen Mary’s local hero Max Tossetti , who having been instrumental in the success of that fleet is the perfect choice to drive continued growth and development of the class overall.

    A great weekend , a great end to the season and a couple of months off now (for some) before the feast of events planned for 2016 - including our first ever trip to Travemuende week described by some as a cross between Ibiza and Cowes Week. What can possibly go wrong ?

     

    Final results below

     

     

     

     

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    Sailwave results for RS400 GUL Inlands & Last Shout 2015 at Queen Mary SC 2015

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    RS400 GUL Inlands & Last Shout 2015

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    Results are final as of 15:15 on November 8, 2015

    Overall

    Sailed: 4, Discards: 1, To count: 3, Entries: 42, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Class SailNo HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
    1st RS 400 1215 Howard Farbrother Dan Maximus Martin Queen Mary SC (10.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 13.0 3.0
    2nd RS 400 1414 Jon Gorringe Nicki Bass Parkstone YC 1.0 (4.0) 2.0 4.0 11.0 7.0
    3rd RS 400 1441 Paul Oakey Mark Oakey Portchester SC 3.0 2.0 (5.0) 2.0 12.0 7.0
    4th RS 400 976 Josh Metcalfe Jack Holden Arun YC 2.0 (3.0) 3.0 3.0 11.0 8.0
    5th RS 400 1290 David Brown Rebecca Witt Queen Mary SC 4.0 5.0 (6.0) 5.0 20.0 14.0
    6th RS 400 1202 Sam Knight John Knight Bartley SC 5.0 (8.0) 4.0 8.0 25.0 17.0
    7th RS 400 1447 John Cooper Becci Wigley LTSC 6.0 (13.0) 7.0 7.0 33.0 20.0
    8th RS 400 319 Ben Robertson Martin Booth Dalgety Bay SC (9.0) 7.0 9.0 6.0 31.0 22.0
    9th RS 400 755 Thomas Da Silva Fred Rabacal Queen Mary SC 8.0 9.0 (24.0) 11.0 52.0 28.0
    10th RS 400 1017 Sean Cleary Emily Campion Oxford SC 7.0 (14.0) 10.0 13.0 44.0 30.0
    11th RS 400 1390 Andy Hatch Dan Hawkins Queen Mary SC (19.0) 10.0 11.0 9.0 49.0 30.0
    12th RS 400 1203 Richard Gray Ronan Queen Mary SC (15.0) 15.0 8.0 10.0 48.0 33.0
    13th RS 400 1192 Jack Munnelly Liam Vass Arun YC 14.0 (24.0) 12.0 12.0 62.0 38.0
    14th RS 400 979 Oliver George-Taylor Toria Burton RNSA 12.0 17.0 14.0 (43.0 DNC) 86.0 43.0
    15th RS 400 932 Jonathan Lye Milly Hughes Notts County SC 13.0 16.0 (31.0) 16.0 76.0 45.0
    16th RS 400 904 Grant Blake Jessica Barker Oxford SC (18.0) 18.0 13.0 15.0 64.0 46.0
    17th RS 400 1051 Matt Sheahan Ellie Sheahan Netley SC (38.0) 21.0 16.0 17.0 92.0 54.0
    18th RS 400 1147 Sarah Allan Gavin Stanley RTYC 11.0 (27.0) 22.0 24.0 84.0 57.0
    19th RS 400 1450 Nick Eaves Greg Pace Bartley SC (34.0) 25.0 15.0 18.0 92.0 58.0
    20th RS 400 1393 Nick Zammit Nick Zammit Locks SC 28.0 (31.0) 17.0 14.0 90.0 59.0
    21st RS 400 1286 Keith Bedborough Jules Thorne Dalgety Bay SC 29.0 12.0 19.0 (43.0 DNC) 103.0 60.0
    22nd RS 400 813 Jono Ratnage Chris Grosscurth Medway YC (23.0) 19.0 23.0 20.0 85.0 62.0
    23rd RS 400 1392 Chris Stanton Louise Hosken Queen Mary SC 20.0 22.0 20.0 (43.0 DNC) 105.0 62.0
    24th RS 400 1448 Paul Englemann Ollie Perry Silverwing SC 25.0 11.0 (28.0) 27.0 91.0 63.0
    25th RS 400 1101 Simon Baker Zoe David Queen Mary SC 22.0 (26.0) 21.0 21.0 90.0 64.0
    26th RS 400 1131 Ben Williamson Charlie Ticehurst Welton SC 17.0 6.0 (43.0 DNC) 43.0 DNC 109.0 66.0
    27th RS 400 1342 Max Tosetti Jenny Douglas Queen Mary SC (27.0) 23.0 27.0 22.0 99.0 72.0
    28th RS 400 1228 Andrew Johnson Simon Plant Grafham Water SC 30.0 (36.0) 26.0 19.0 111.0 75.0
    29th RS 400 1252 James Alsop Simon Edwards Queen Mary SC (33.0) 33.0 18.0 26.0 110.0 77.0
    30th RS 400 680 Paul Browning Jemma Hughes TSC 26.0 (34.0) 25.0 31.0 116.0 82.0
    31st RS 400 934 David Swift Rob Burgess Warsash SC (43.0 DNC) 28.0 33.0 23.0 127.0 84.0
    32nd RS 400 1167 Robert Joce Isabel Joce Queen Mary SC 21.0 35.0 29.0 (43.0 DNC) 128.0 85.0
    33rd RS 400 1377 Jamie Pidduck Alex Lester Portchester SC 24.0 20.0 (43.0 DNC) 43.0 DNC 130.0 87.0
    34th RS 400 836 Adam Humphrey Jo Humphrey Thorney Island SC 31.0 (39.0) 36.0 25.0 131.0 92.0
    35th RS 400 566 Glen Smith Alan Harris Queen Mary SC 32.0 29.0 34.0 (43.0 DNC) 138.0 95.0
    36th RS 400 1270 James Cutler Alan Glanville Burghfield SC 35.0 30.0 30.0 (43.0 DNC) 138.0 95.0
    37th RS 400 677 Rhys Westcott Jamie Waterhouse GWSC (36.0) 32.0 35.0 30.0 133.0 97.0
    38th RS 400 1416 Norman Bell Barbara Bell Grafham Water SC (39.0) 37.0 32.0 29.0 137.0 98.0
    39th RS 400 910 Harry Houlding Hans Wehmayer Fowey Gallants SC 16.0 41.0 DNF (43.0 DNC) 43.0 DNC 143.0 100.0
    40th RS 400 1022 Andy Clark Lukasz Sieniawski Lancing SC 37.0 (38.0) 37.0 28.0 140.0 102.0
    41st RS 400 1399 William Lacey Angus Ball Locks SC 40.0 (43.0 DNC) 43.0 DNC 43.0 DNC 169.0 126.0
    42nd RS 400 918 Tim Hardy   Queen Mary SC (43.0 DNC) 43.0 DNC 43.0 DNC 43.0 DNC 172.0 129.0

     

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