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  • 49 RS400s at the Irish Nationals!
  • 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 RS400 Racing Circuit at Mumbles YC - July 14/15 The GUL RS400 Racing Circuit visited Wales this weekend - with light winds & rain forecast the turnout was unusually low after the huge turnouts at Lee on Solent, Torquay and Weymouth. The weatherman was wrong and the racing was held in force 3- 5 breezes, sunshine also helped keep a smile on everyone's faces! On Saturday, it looked like it was going to be a long day in the bar as the wind span in circles until at 2.30pm a force 3 appeared from nowhere. The wind though was from the North west coming straight off the hills of Swansea and was pretty unstable leading to some massive place changes downwind. The wind did slowly build during the day giving some good bursts of performance downwind. The Race Officer did a good job in getting three races in and it was a very happy fleet who left the water in the early evening struggling to believe such a turn around in the weather. Nick Craig/Richard Brown, sailing together for the first time won all three races on Saturday, though the wins were all pretty close. GUL Circuit leaders Craig Burlton/Andrew Bonsey were unlucky not to win the last race - they led all the way round but tried to hold the kite on the tight reach into the finish only to have to perform a rapid drop to lay the finish line allowing Craig/Brown to just get over the top of them. A typically consistent score of 5,2,2 put them in 2nd place overnight. Chris Jennings/Ed Nicklin have had a topsy-turvy season but returned to the consistency for which they are renowned with a solid 3,3,5. National Champions Roger Gilbert/James Stewart had some shocking 1st beats but showed their pace to stage some impressive comebacks and still be in the running with 2,6,3. New to the class, Chris Hogan/Neil Hughston led race 2 for a couple of laps but eventually lost out downwind to their more experienced rivals to finish 5th. Sunday dawned with clear blue skies and almost no wind. Just when everyone thought the 10.30 start would be delayed, giving them a chance to recover from visiting a dodgy Swansea nightclub in the early hours, a force 3 from the North west rapidly filled in again. Although the wind remained at this strength all day there were massive shifts and holes giving everyone a snakes and ladders day; everyone could safely say they saw every part of the fleet, often in the same race. A massive shift right in the opening race made for a procession race with a 1 tack beat. Greg O'Brien/John Blundell enjoyed this as they took an early lead on the 1st run, which was a close reach, and then were the only boat to have clear wind on the beats! Craig/Brown moved through to 2nd on the last run to just beat rivals Jennings/Nicklin and Burlton/Bonsey, whilst Gilbert/Stewart had to sit out as their main fell down up the 1st beat! After several general recalls, race 2 saw Gilbert/Stewart open up an early lead but it was clearly not their weekend as a huge shift on the 1st run dumped them 15 places. Burlton/Bonsey came planing in from the left corner to take 10 places and the lead with huge grins! A close battle between them and Craig/Brown and Jennings/Nicklin saw Craig/Brown pick up a big gust downwind to win and seal the event with a race to spare. Jennings/Nicklin just squeezed into 2nd ahead of Burlton/Bonsey. Gilbert/Stewart returned to form in the last race by leading from start to finish. A force 5-6 blasted in on the last run during which Jennings/Nicklin picked up 3 places to finish 3rd, just 2 boatlengths behind Burlton/Bonsey, which would have got them 2nd overall. Just to rub things in Craig/Brown swapped over for the last race and Brown impressed many by finishing 4th despite Craig performing the slowest ever kite hoist in front of the whole fleet! Ex-Laser sailors Jason Pyke/Ian Gregory won best improvers with 6th overall and are going to be strong contenders in the future - they are already among the quickest upwind and are improving fast downwind. Phil Jackson/Gerard Barron had their best Circuit event yet with a 5th place - lots of training and a new boat have paid off for them. With just 1 event left on the GUL RS400 Racing Circuit, Burlton/Bonsey almost have it in the bag with a 3 point lead over Gilbert/Stewart. Third to Eighth overall is wide open and positions could still change significantly at Halfway YC. With the GUL Nationals just 3 weeks away, Gilbert and Stewart must be hoping in a change of fortune. Nick Craig will miss the Nationals, competing in the OK Worlds in Sweden but there are plenty of quality performers ready to take Gilberts/Stewart title. Burlton, Jennings, Jon Gorringe and Duncan Glen must all have a chance and the form of the returning Masters Mike Budd/Mark Greaves will be watched with interest. Overall results: 1st Nick Craig/Richard Brown Frensham Pond 6 points 2nd Craig Burlton/Andrew Bonsey Northampton 13 3rd Chris Jennings/Ed Nicklin Burghfield 14 4th Roger Gilbert/James Stewart Frensham Pond 20 5th Phil Jackson/Gerard Barron Parkstone 32 6th Jason Pyke/Ian Gregory Stokes Bay 32 7th Greg O'Brien/John Blundell Sutton 37 8th Hywel Roberts/Melissa Storey Queen Mary 44 9th Pete Vincent/Pete Cruickshank Bristol Corinthian 48 10th Tony Woods/Amanda Pierpoint Leigh & Lowton 48 11th Dave Brown/Sheena Craig Island Barn 49 12th Charlie Duschesne/Dan Sanders RORC 53 13th Robin Kenyon/Keith Bedborough Yealm 56 14th Malcolm & Martin Green RYA 59 15th Chris Hogan/Neil Hughston Port Dinorwic 61 16th Jeremy Stevens/Robin Row Penzance 71 17th Barney Goswell/Louise Heal 74 18th Dave Giles/Jared Halligan Weirwood 82 19th Hugh Botterell/Dan Bleasdale RNSA 85 20th Andy Williams/Lucy Marriott Datchet 91 21st Adam John/Sharkey Massey Tewkesbury 91 GUL RS400 Circuit standing, 1 round remaining: 1st Burlton/Bonsey 8 points 2nd Gilbert/Stewart 11 3rd Jennings/Nicklin 27 4th Craig/Bedborough 32 5th Vincent/Cruickshank 34 6th Jackson/Barron 36 7th Brown/ Craig 38 8th Giles/Harrard 42
Mumbles Yacht Club
RS Classes Open
Final Results

PosFleetBoat NameSail NoCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6PtsNotes
RS 300 Fleet
1stRS 300 4Jerry WalesQueen Mary1111115 
2ndRS 300 443Matt Sargent 22222210 
3rdRS 300Rocket Science407Howell Davies 33344417 
4thRS 300Winnie's Wish381Matt ThursfieldChelmarsh SC4DNCDNC33319 
5thRS 300 413Graham CooperB on ADNCDNCDNCDNFDNS529 
RS 400 Fleet
1stRS 400RSwipe1038Nick Craig / Richard BrownFrensham Pond1112146 
2ndRS 400Ronstan949Craig Burlton / Andrew BonseyNorthampton52243213 
3rdRS 400 896Chris Jennings / Ed NicklinBurghfield SC33532314 
4thRS 400 873Roger Gilbert / James StewartFrensham Pond263DNC8120 
5thRS 400The other half1090Phil Jackson / Gerard BaronParkstone YC1347741032 
6thRS 400 958Jason Pyke / Ian Gregory 671267632 
7thRS 400Gul1097Greg O'Brian / John BlundellSutton12194191137 
8thRS 400 641Hywel Roberts / Melissa StoreyQMSCDNC129810544 
9thRS 400The artist formerly known as the secreta802Pete Vincent / Pete CruickshankBristol CYC71561115948 
10thRS 400 1100Tony Woods / Amanda PierpointLeigh & Lowton91381211848 
11thRS 400Sheena is a bad crew735David Brown / Sheena CraigIBRSC / RBYC1191955DNF49 
12thRS 400Rule 26 Racing Snake946Charlie Duchesne / Dan SandersRoyal Ocean Racing Club / Hamble River88101413DNC53 
13thRS 400Proctor Winning Masts1077Robin Kenyon / Keith BedboroughYealm Yacht Club151118914756 
14thRS 400 592Malcolm Green / Martin GreenRYA1814111361559 
15thRS 400Curb Crawler956Chris Hogan / Neil HughstonPort Dinorwic1051410DNCDNC61 
16thRS 400Ready RS602Jeremy Stevens / Robin RowPenzance SC14201615121471 
17thRS 400 1058Barney Goswell / Louise Heal 17101717181374 
18thRS 400 1072David Giles / Jared HalliganWeir Wood SC418DSQ16DNCDNC82 
19thRS 400Welsh Saviour983 (946 Purple)Hugh Botterell / Dan BleasdaleRNSA19212018161285 
20thRS 400 941Andy Williams / Lucy MarriottDatchet /Branchester StaitheDNC1713DNC17DNF91 
21stRS 400 412Adam John / SharkeyTewkesbury161615DNCDNCDNC91 
RS 600 Fleet
1stRS 600 876Anthony YorkNorthampton5112329 
2ndRS 600 954Matt HumphreysPortchester22312410 
3rdRS 600 917Matthew ChapmanChew Valley132DNF5516 
4thRS 600Skal610Mark Sempers 36634117 
5thRS 600 826David NunnDatchet Water SC64756324 
6thRS 600Good Ship Venus808Ian RhodesNorthampton1011441827 
7thRS 600 676Alex DaviesPortchester48569DNF32 
8thRS 600 707Nicholas Mountford 95887634 
9thRS 600 792Adrian WhiteMount Batten77998738 
10thRS 600 632Elaine TurnerDatchet Water SC8911710943 
11thRS 600Julie Mango875Steven HermansonDatchet Water SC111010DSQDSQDSQ55 
RS 700 Fleet
1stRS 700Bigger Stonger Faster Harder712Gareth MorganTenby SC121DNF13888
2ndRS 700 716Carl VinnyDatchet Water SC2463221386
3rdRS 700 741Andrew WhiteStokes Bay4651511699
4thRS 700 708Steve StubbsTenby SC5124741684
5thRS 700Loopster707Paul LewisBritish Steel / Mumbles YC73454DNC2384
6thRS 700 727Paul Bartlett 6537652585
7thRS 700 744Neil RobinsonHayling Island SC3DNCDNC23DNC3290
8thRS 700LDC Racingsailboats.co.uk704Alex Southon 89DNF6DNCDNC47100
9thRS 700Flying Turtle709Anthony ReesMumbles YCDNF88DNF8DNF4881
10thRS 700Big Boy II721Neil SandersCardiff Bay9107DNCDNCDNC5090
11thRS 700 725Chris Kirk 1079DNCDNCDNC5082

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