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30/06/2001
GUL RS RACING CIRCUIT WEYMOUTH NAD PORTLAND SAILING ACADEMY

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  • RS400s in the sun at Lymington, 2015
  • RS400s in the sun at Lymington, 2015
  • Howard Farbrother & Dan Martin win the Gul RS400 Inlands 2015
  • JP Watersports RS400 Scottish Tour at Royal Findhorn, July 2016
  • Jon & Nicky enjoying the 2016 Inlands
  • RS400 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS400 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS400 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS400 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
GUL RS RACING CIRCUIT AT WEYMOUTH AND PORTLAND SAILING ACADEMY Ė JUNE 30/JULY 1. A total of 196 boats in five classes set a new record for numbers competing at a GUL RS Racing Circuit event at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy on June 30/July 1. This was the first event that the RS700ís competed in and what a performance, 16 boats with some major hot competition, the return of some old RS friends and spectacular action downwind on Saturday. Without doubt a very successful launch of a new class by any criteria. The 196 boats were split over three courses. The fact that Race Officers David Campbell-James, Frank Newton and Richard Stevens ran three good quality races each day in a relatively short space of time speaks volumes for their race management skills and the co-ordination work of the WPSA staff. Of course no event can be a success without the help of the weather gods and were they smiling on Weymouth at the weekend!! 16-22 knots of breeze all day on Saturday from the South West with sunshine all afternoon. Full on Monty sailing, crews going yahoo downwind and a yacht dismasting for good measure; what else could a self respecting dinghy sailor want. Ah yes, beer, Saturday night featured a very large party in one of the old hangers and the video of the Lions stuffing the Wallabies!!! After all this excitement there were many relieved people when Sunday started grey but with a very gentle 5-6 knots from the west. The breeze very slowly built to 10 knots during the day and by the end there was glorious sunshine. Whilst the results showed some people had a weekend of two halves the overall winners showed their true mettle by producing consistent results across some varied conditions. With the Nationals only one month away this weekend again proved that each class has many front-runners with many crews hitting form at the right time; I for one would not like to predict who the winners will be. The GUL RS Racing Circuit is now building very nicely to a really tight finish in all classes; the last two Circuit events of the season will see some major tussles. RS400ís 53 boats competed in perhaps the most open event the 400ís have ever had. The standard of the fleet was shown by the fact that 24 different boats had at least one result in single figures. Coming off the water on Sunday afternoon rumour control had at least three different boats winning overall and anything approaching five top ten results was going to put a boat well into the chocolates overall Yet on Saturday night there were clear leaders. Roger Gilbert and James Stewart had put in a majestic display to score 3.1.1 showing they are the standard in breezy conditions. Chris Jennings and Ed Nicklin were not far behind with 2.3.2 whilst Mark Needler/Simon Potts continued their impressive form with 4.3.1. Jon Gorringe/Toby Lewis did not grab the headlines but were well in contention with results of 5.5.4 as was Russ Gibbs/Jayne Singleton with 8.2.8. The change of conditions on Sunday saw a dramatic change in fortunes. Gilbert and Jennings were both black flagged in the first race on Sunday, race 4. Being more careful on the start line in race 5 they were both dumped well down the fleet and struggled to finish 20th and 21st, effectively destroying their chances of winning overall. Meanwhile the Parkstone pair of Duncan Glen and Jon Gorringe along with Craig Burlton were doing themselves a lot of favours. Duncan Glen yet again proved how well he reads fleet situations by scoring 1.2; Gorringe had scored a second in the first race whilst Burlton/Bonsey yet again were giving a rock solid performance with 3.4 to go with results of 4.6 on Saturday. This set up an intriguing last race, Gorringe (discarding an 18th), Burlton, Glen (discarding a 36th), Gibbs, Needler, David Giles and Gilbert could all still win with one race to go. It paid to go right up the first beat and Peter/Jo Allam led at the first mark closely followed by Gorringe. Most of the other leading contenders were towards the front but needed Gorringe to slip back. Jon was having none of it and settled the issue by taking the lead and staying there with the Allamís second, Gilbert third and Glen fourth. Gorringe thus claimed overall victory with Burlton second, Glen third and Gilbert fourth. Burlton is now leading the GUL RS Racing Circuit by a point from Gilbert. The only two boats that could now catch this pair are Gorringe and Glen but both will have to score top three overall positions in both the remaining GUL Racing Circuit events to have any hope. It of course goes without saying that Nick Craig was the fastest boat all weekend and was very unlucky not to win when he sailed to the wrong mark and the German/Belgium boats had outrageous luck on the run. Pete Vincent 1102 Jon Gorringe Toby Lewis 17 1 5 5 4 2 18 1 949 Craig Burlton Andrew Bonsey 23 2 4 11 6 3 4 6 771 Duncan Glen Tim Mitchell 26 3 6 36 13 1 2 4 873 Roger Gilbert James Stewart 29 4 3 1 1 54 21 3 1025 Russell Gibbs Jayne Singleton 31 5 8 2 8 10 5 8 781 Mark Needler Simon Potts 34 6 1 4 3 14 19 12 1072 David Giles Jared Halligan 40 7 16 7 5 11 1 17 735 David Brown Sheena Craig 52 8 13 17 9 4 9 20 1066 Peter Stratton Paul Newton 57 9 11 12 10 15 22 9 1006 Steve Venables Richard Brown 58 10 10 8 11 54 24 5 GUL RS Racing Circuit overall Ė counting four out of five races. 1. Burlton/Bonsey 11pts 2. Gilbert/Stewart 12pts 3. Vincent/Cruickshank 35pts 4. Duchesne/Sanders 37pts 5. Brown/Craig 40pts
Sail No Helm Crew Tally Series Points Series Place Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 1102 Jon Gorringe Toby Lewis 77 17 1 5 5 4 2 18 1 949 Craig Burlton Andrew Bousey 51 23 2 4 11 6 3 4 6 771 Duncan Glen Tim Mitchell 70 26 3 6 36 13 1 2 4 873 Roger Gilbert James Stewart 75 29 4 3 1 1 54 21 3 1025 Russell Gibbs Jayne Singleton 76 31 5 8 2 8 10 5 8 781 Mark Needler Simon Potts 91 34 6 1 4 3 14 19 12 1072 David Giles Jared Halligan 100 40 7 16 7 5 11 1 17 735 David Brown Sheena Craige 58 52 8 13 17 9 4 9 20 1066 Peter Stratton Paul Newton 93 57 9 11 12 10 15 22 9 1006 Steve Venables Richard Brown 82 58 10 10 8 11 54 24 5 1095 Ian Robson Alice Johnson 73 64 11 14 18 18 8 6 18 976 Alistair Clark Paul Horlock 86 67 12 17 14 23 16 7 13 921 Giles Chipperfield Heather Chipperfield 94 68 13 15 41 20 9 14 10 1014 Jeremy Entwistle Ian Fletcher 56 72 14 7 6 12 17 34 30 1097 Greg O'Brien Pete Rowley 79 75 15 12 10 15 19 31 19 641 Hywel Roberts Melissa Storey 50 76 16 29 15 14 23 10 14 896 Chris Jennings Ed Nichlin 53 81 17 2 3 2 54 20 54 467 Rob Martin Janet Martin 65 83 18 21 19 24 7 15 21 1098 Carl Mayhew Julie Mayhew 95 84 19 22 20 22 13 13 16 871 Steve MacQueen Lyn McQueen 61 85 20 18 26 17 30 17 7 816 Pete Allam Jo Allam 66 87 21 27 9 38 54 11 2 836 Jane Norris David Fewings 88 92 22 24 27 28 5 8 32 592 Malcolm Green Martin Green 60 95 23 23 22 16 54 3 31 848 Mike Palfreeman Jo Radmore 52 100 24 41 54 26 6 12 15 1039 Mark Reddington Samantha Byron 59 108 25 30 28 39 12 16 22 832 Phil Jackson Gerrard Barrow 54 108 26 25 16 19 54 25 23 1096 Matt Fairless Fiona Jubb 72 120 27 19 23 29 25 30 24 1058 Barney Goswell Pauline Mc Cracken 55 136 28 54 25 27 22 35 27 1007 Harry Reed Alan Woosey 87 138 29 28 31 30 20 29 33 942 Stephen Fulford John Fulford 49 139 30 54 13 7 54 54 11 602 Jeremy Stephens Denzil May 90 143 31 54 29 33 29 26 26 511 Mark Taylor Fiona Taylor 96 144 32 40 32 31 24 28 29 958 Jason Pyke Ian Gregory 83 145 33 9 54 54 21 33 28 1057 Martin Kersley Helen Morgan 64 151 34 36 35 32 27 32 25 1024 Mark Jardine Giles White 62 157 35 31 40 34 18 40 34 1073 Adam Oliver Clare Fowler 89 159 36 33 54 36 31 23 36 760 Matt Sargent Clare Varney 92 171 37 35 34 37 26 39 44 719 Martin Gunn Alex Harris 69 172 38 54 38 40 28 27 39 1106 Nick Fribbens Paul Armitage 97 181 39 32 42 54 32 37 38 426 Richard Stapley Carol-Anne Stapley 57 203 40 54 39 43 34 42 45 1090 Chris Ritchie Anne Somerset 74 203 41 54 37 45 37 41 43 946 Dan Sanders Richard Thoroughgood 68 204 42 54 21 21 54 54 54 572 Mark Matthews Mark Dean 81 204 43 37 54 54 33 43 37 726 Duncan Williams Oliver Straker 99 206 44 38 54 54 36 36 42 411 Richard Cain Phil Rowe 63 207 45 20 54 25 54 54 54 855 Jake Fairhead David Giles 48 209 46 54 54 35 35 45 40 502 Vicki Watling Neil Pasmore 98 212 47 54 30 42 39 47 54 656 Nick Miller Stu Southan 78 216 48 39 54 41 38 44 54 947 John Callaghan Darren Guerney 85 218 49 42 24 44 54 54 54 440 Ernie Hatton Rebecca Ching 71 222 50 54 54 54 41 38 35 886 Grahame Forshaw Paul Melon 67 229 51 34 33 54 54 54 54 717 Glen Smith Glen Cole 80 235 52 54 54 54 40 46 41 1093 Simon Sydenham Angus Gruguno 84 242 53 26 54 54 54 54 54 Sun 01 Jul 01 17:03:38
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