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04/11/2006
Gul RS Sprint Champs Rutland SC

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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
  • Largo Bay Games
Great pics on www.chunkypics.co.uk Gul kindly sponsored the last large RS Association event of 2006, the RS Sprint Championships at Rutland SC on 4th November. The event was a departure from the standard two-day six-race format: - fifty-one boats across six RS classes all racing on a single course - single-class flights of up to eight boats each - crash-and-burn fifteen minute races - high-points scoring with no discards - a qualification series in the morning followed by class finals in the afternoon This was a challenging format for organisers and the sailors alike, not least running 45 separate starts on one of the shortest days of the year! The course consisted of beat-reach-run-reach-beat (in the shape of an “S” on its side) with a separate start and finish. The RS800s performed an additional beat-run in the middle to give everyone similar length races. Rolling starts were at three minute intervals with the slower boats starting first. Once the last fleet was away, a short postponement permitted the race committee to reset before starting the entire sequence over again. This challenging format was a resounding success, due largely to the hard work and enthusiasm of Rutland’s PRO Ralph Tingle and his team, and the pre-event preparation and liaison led by Jon Lewis from the RS200 fleet. A three-race qualification series took place before lunch and, while the sailors enjoyed Rutland’s excellent hospitality, the fleets were re- seeded for the afternoon three-race finals series. The new format proved to be a great success and will surely be repeated sometime next year. The top two boats in each flight of each fleet received prize vouchers from sponsors Gul: The Gul RS Sprint Championships was followed by the RS Ball at the Barnsdale Lodge Hotel on the northern side of Rutland Water. This was a great venue for the Ball which included a fine meal, prizegivings and giveaways from circuit sponsor Fat Face, and dancing until the early hours to a live band. This successfully rounds off another fantastic year for the RS Association, with record-breaking turnouts in many fleets, some great new venues visited along with old favourites, a welcome resurgence in the RS300 fleet, and the addition of the new RS500 to the RS Association fold. With circuits and championships being finalised for next year (and beyond) we look forward to a bumper 2007!
Gold Fleet 1. RS 400 1240 Tom Halhead Chris 400/5 1 0 3 3 6 2. RS 400 1237 Roger Gilbert James Stewart 400/5 2 3 2 1 6 3. RS 400 1296 Giles Chipperfield Heather Chipperfield 400/5 3 2 0 2 4 4. RS 400 1088 Richard Kenyon Alan Kenyon 400/5 4 0 1 0 1 5. RS 400 1251 Howard Farbrother Louise Hosken 400/5 5 1 0 DNC 1 6. RS 400 1121 Simon Cox Ruth Johnson 400/5 6 DNC 0 0 0 Silver Fleet 1. RS 400 1275 Sam Parker Anna Ludgate 400/6 1 3 3 3 9 2. RS 400 1256 Chris Harris Tracy Harris 400/6 2 1 2 2 5 3. RS 400 1287 Tom Peters Anna-Louise Morris 400/6 3 2 1 1 4 4. RS 400 826 John Barraclough Mike Guy 400/6 4 0 0 0 0 5. RS 400 693 Jon Smith Debbie Smith 400/6 4 0 0 0 0 6. RS 400 1267 Ronan Kenneally Roger O'Gorman 400/6 4 DNC DNC DNC 0
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