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05/10/2019
Harken RS200 RS400 RS800 Inland Championship

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  • Harken RS Inland Champions 2019
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  • Harken RS400 Inland Championships
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  • Harken Inlands 2019 - Big Sunday
  • Harken Inlands 2019 - Big Sunday

It was a weekend of chalk and cheese, two days in which the conditions exceeded those of the forecast, albeit in opposite directions. 

On Saturday the weather underplayed its hand as the predicted breeze of 8-10 knots didn’t really hit the mark, at least not the 10 knot part. Instead, the three back to back races were run in 6-8 knots from the SE. Conditions were shifty throughout the afternoon where the only certainty seemed to be that the middle of the course wasn’t the place to be.

For a while there were some big names buried in the 33 boat fleet, yet many of them managed to fight their way to the front of the pack by the finish. 

In the first race, Hamish Gledhill and Simon Dowse (1407) took the win, while in the second Sean Cleary and Annalise Nixon (1377) demonstrated once again that their path to the top of the 400 fleet has been no accident. In the third race of the day it was Mike Simms and Jack Holden (1488) that took the bullet. They too have had their fair share of victories in the fleet this season and along with Steve and Sarah Cockerill (1489) were among the favourites to take the inland championships. Indeed, if the Cockerills had not been UFD in race two the evidence of two second places on the opening day would suggest that they could have been the hot favourites.

Sunday was drama filled. A punchy forecast of breeze in the high teens with gusts into the mid twenties had been doing the rounds for days and had cleared rattled some in the fleet. But when it came to the morning rig, the breeze was only in the low teens. Only the rain made it feel worse. Many who had decided to bend on their older sails were now wondering about the wisdom of such a call.

Even once out on the water and during the first beat the breeze was just 12-18knots and showed little sign of pumping into the mid twenties. But for Sims and Holden a full scale drama had already started.

Having rounded the windward mark in the lead they hoisted their kite on the tight reach across to the outer loop just as a gust came through. For reasons that are yet to be understood, their carbon bowsprit snapped. 

Disappointed, yet undeterred, they retired and headed for the shore where they ‘found’ a replacement alloy bowsprit and fitted it in time to get back out for the next start. This in itself was impressive.

But shortly before the start they realised that they had forgotten to rig the wing/wang lines so, having handed the helm to his crew, Simms led from the front and slid out on the foredeck to fix the problem.

“It was pretty tricky,” he said. “Having untied the lines in the cockpit I  had to get my hands down into the chute to try and re-thread them around the pole. I had my head over the side of the bow and kept getting submerged in the process. It was pretty stressful.”

Surely the understatement of the day given that the breeze had now hit a steady 20 knots with guts into 25 according to the club anemometer. 

Even more impressive was that he fixed the pole and then went on to win the second race. 

By now conditions were full survival for many as the wind was a solid 25knots with gusts hitting 34knots. With every gybe the fleet was thinning out rapidly. Yet for those that stayed upright the downhill sleigh rides were epic.

Consistency remained for the Cockerills throughout the lively conditions with a third and a second. But with the weather now having taken a serious toll on the fleet and the wind speed continuing to climb, the race officer binned the last race.

This left the Cockerills and Simms/Holden on equal points. But with Simms and Holden’s staggering first place comeback they won the event on a tie break. Meanwhile, Russ and Penny Clark (1309) took third overall.

The Inland Championships are well known as being a very social affair and this year’s was no different. But a special mention must be made of a Duckhams’ award on a level we haven’t had for some time in the class. Indeed, so good was the accidental foul-up by someone who has done a great deal for the class recently that it’s recipient Andy Powell should remain anonymous. 

Keen to ensure that a group in the class had a good night out at the Wheatsheaf pub, a large table for 20 or so was booked. But when we all turned up our host was told no such table had been booked and the pub was full. A period of embarrassment on both sides ensued as the pub’s helpful staff tried to find a way of accommodating us, which they did.

As this was going on, a call came through on our host’s mobile from the Wheatsheaf in Rutland asking him where his party of 20 were.

 

Matthew Sheahan (1435)

 

Wonderful photos thanks to Tim Olin - link to gallery to follow soon

 

RS400 Class

Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 33, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Class Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st RS400 1488 Mike Simms Jack Holden Carsington/Avon YC 4.0 3.0 1.0 (34.0 DNC) 1.0 43.0 9.0
2nd RS400 1489 Steve Cockerill S Cockerill SBSC 2.0 (34.0 UFD) 2.0 3.0 2.0 43.0 9.0
3rd RS400 1309 Russ Clark Penny Clark RNSA/Stokes Bay (8.0) 8.0 3.0 1.0 3.0 23.0 15.0
4th RS400 1377 Sean Cleary Annalise Nixon Greystones SC (9.0) 1.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 24.0 15.0
5th RS400 1407 Hamish Gledhill Simon Dowse West Riding SC 1.0 9.0 (11.0) 5.0 4.0 30.0 19.0
6th RS400 1396 Richard Catchpole Gary Coop Leigh & Lowton SC 5.0 6.0 (12.0) 7.0 7.0 37.0 25.0
7th RS400 874 Jon Gay Amanda Henderson Lochaber 3.0 11.0 8.0 (15.0) 8.0 45.0 30.0
8th RS400 1189 Steve Restall Chris Stubbs Downs 12.0 4.0 4.0 10.0 (17.0) 47.0 30.0
9th RS400 1465 Ben Williamson Todd Reaeld Welton SC 6.0 5.0 10.0 9.0 (11.0) 41.0 30.0
10th RS400 8 Wayne Fletcher Martin Cooper RYA (25.0) 13.0 6.0 2.0 13.0 59.0 34.0
11th RS400 1418 Mark Oakey Louise Hosken Itchenor/QMSC 10.0 2.0 9.0 14.0 (34.0 DNC) 69.0 35.0
12th RS400 1399 Richard Gray Jon Dyas QMSC/Broadwater 14.0 10.0 (16.0) 6.0 6.0 52.0 36.0
13th RS400 1414 Caroline Whitehouse Adam Whitehouse Bartley SC 19.0 7.0 14.0 13.0 (34.0 DNC) 87.0 53.0
14th RS400 770 Thomas Broatch Ancel Davison Grafham Water SC 13.0 (20.0) 7.0 18.0 15.0 73.0 53.0
15th RS400 1425 Mike Green Sophie Green Eastbourne Sovereign SC (26.0) 16.0 25.0 8.0 10.0 85.0 59.0
16th RS400 1479 Mick Whitmore Sarah Whitmore Eastbourne Sovereign SC 16.0 14.0 18.0 11.0 (34.0 DNC) 93.0 59.0
17th RS400 1345 John Hobson Rebecca Ogden Notts County SC (20.0) 12.0 20.0 20.0 12.0 84.0 64.0
18th RS400 1503 Peter Snowdon Louise Carr Shoreham SC 7.0 17.0 21.0 21.0 (34.0 DNC) 100.0 66.0
19th RS400 1435 Matt Sheahan Ellie Sheahan Netley SC 22.0 (24.0) 23.0 12.0 9.0 90.0 66.0
20th RS400 1292 Christopher Eames Henry Morley Royal Thames 11.0 (19.0) 19.0 17.0 19.0 85.0 66.0
21st RS400 1447 Jon Willars Richard Brameld Welton SC 23.0 15.0 13.0 (34.0 UFD) 16.0 101.0 67.0
22nd RS400 951 George Kennedy Hebe Hemming Parkstone YC 15.0 23.0 15.0 16.0 (34.0 DNC) 103.0 69.0
23rd RS400 971 Simon Kitchen Abbi Hooper Grafham Water SC 18.0 22.0 17.0 (34.0 DNC) 14.0 105.0 71.0
24th RS400 1493 Geoffrey Holden Bernice Holden Locks SC 21.0 21.0 24.0 19.0 (34.0 DNC) 119.0 85.0
25th RS400 880 James Le Couilliard Tim Le Couilliard Aldenham SC 17.0 25.0 27.0 22.0 (34.0 DNC) 125.0 91.0
26th RS400 1101 Simon Baker Chris Hopkins QMSC (27.0) 27.0 26.0 23.0 18.0 121.0 94.0
27th RS400 1363 Ross Ryan Amy Hinsliff-Smith Notts County SC 24.0 18.0 22.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 132.0 98.0
28th RS400 527 Andy Powell Ian Verso Warsash SC 28.0 (34.0 UFD) 30.0 24.0 34.0 DNC 150.0 116.0
29th RS400 1342 Max Tositi JulesThorne QMSC 29.0 26.0 28.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 151.0 117.0
30th RS400 676 Michael Marriott Maurice Barnes THorpe Bay YC 31.0 29.0 29.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 157.0 123.0
31st RS400 1382 Andrew Hunt Matt Hunt Eastbourne Sovereign SC 32.0 28.0 (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 162.0 128.0
32nd RS400 1203 Johnny Limebear Abi Morgan West Riding SC 30.0 (34.0 UFD) 31.0 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 163.0 129.0
33rd RS400 1437 Barrie Thornton Nick Hunt Scaling Dam SC (34.0 DNC) 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 34.0 DNC 170.0 136.0
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