RS200 Open

Bassenthwaite is today holding its first RS200 open meeting. It’s a glorious day, but only a light wind. There are 19 competitors.

The light and variable conditions made it difficult not only for the competitors  but the OD as well who had to change the line of the windward/leeward course for each race. This was not helped by the wind swinging around Sale Fell and giving two different winds for the beat in one of the races.

As ever, the best was saved till last in that the sea breeze came in and held to give good sailing conditions. The racing has been close at the front end of the fleet but Mike Saul and Meg Fletcher from Yorkshire Dales worked their way up the fleet a place per lap to win the final race and series overall

Our local heroes consisted of Andy and Emma Smith who were able to count a 2nd and 3rd to finish 5th overall

RS 200 Open

Overall

Sailed:5, Discards:1, To count:4, Entries:18, Scoring system:Appendix A
Rank SailNo Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett Notes
1st 1277 Mike Saul Meg Fletcher Yorkshire Dales 1.0 (3.0) 3.0 1.0 1.0 9.0 6.0
2nd 979 Graham Tinsley Caroline Fox Budworth SC 2.0 (5.0) 1.0 3.0 2.0 13.0 8.0
3rd 1199 Stephen Graham Danielle Graham Burwain SC 7.0 1.0 2.0 (12.0) 4.0 26.0 14.0
4th 1296 Chris Pickles Laura Westell Delph SC 6.0 4.0 (9.0) 2.0 3.0 24.0 15.0
5th 1003 Andy Smith Emma Smith Bass SC 3.0 2.0 (8.0) 4.0 6.0 23.0 15.0
6th 762 James Ricketts Susan Ricketts Ripon SC 4.0 8.0 (15.0) 8.0 5.0 40.0 25.0
7th 691 Phil Smith Naomi Darling Bass SC 5.0 (16.0) 6.0 5.0 10.0 42.0 26.0
8th 1036 Martin Parker Liam Parker Leigh & Lowton 10.0 7.0 (13.0) 6.0 7.0 43.0 30.0
9th 876 Keith Escritt Anne Saul Yorkshire Dales SC 8.0 10.0 5.0 (11.0) 8.0 42.0 31.0
10th 913 Joan Hardie Jack Hardie Bass SC (DNF) 6.0 10.0 14.0 12.0 61.0 42.0
11th 799 Jon Chapman Deb Sutcliffe Budworth SC 12.0 (DSQ) 14.0 7.0 9.0 61.0 42.0
12th 1015 Wayne Fletcher Deb Fletcher Scaling Dam 9.0 12.0 11.0 10.0 (DNC) 61.0 42.0
13th 821 Ross Crook Andrea Bailey Budworth SC (14.0) 11.0 12.0 9.0 13.0 59.0 45.0
14th 1150 Simon Davis Gemma Davis Upper Thames SC 11.0 13.0 4.0 (DNC) DNC 66.0 47.0
15th 915 Sam Thompson Nikki Stewart Wigtown Bay 16.0 9.0 7.0 (DNC) DNC 70.0 51.0
16th 574 Philip Benn Pippa Fletcher Ripon SC 13.0 14.0 (18.0) 15.0 11.0 71.0 53.0
17th 748 Matt Bromley Andrea Morgan Budworth SC 15.0 15.0 16.0 (DNF) 14.0 79.0 60.0
18th 1135 David Hopkins Patrick Manning Delph SC 17.0 17.0 17.0 13.0 (DNC) 83.0 64.0

Club racing comprised a pursuit race and long championship series. In the pursuit race, the course was set to suit a southerly breeze but with the wind swinging around  Sale Fell there was a shadow hanging over the windward mark, and the S and SW winds tended to fight each other, giving little opportunity for the later starters to catch up. With the committee boat opting to take the easy option and sit on station for the finish there was some confusion by less experienced sailors as to how they should finish and in fact they never made it!

In the second race, the sea breeze came in and turned the main beat into a fetch

Notable moment of the day must go to Commodore Shunty who managed to capsize briefly at the windward mark – well that was bad enough, but after righting, the boat went over again and into the mud requiring a pull out of the mud by son Chris, and of course the odd shriek of laughter from wife Elaine as she and William passed Steve and Ruth


 

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