A new racing season is up and running – and how! The RS Fevas do their season as per the school calendar year so that those moving in and out of the class can get a full GP series under the belt and qualify for the prizes! The GP at Stokes Bay, sponsored by Ronstan, certainly looked good with wind, waves and perhaps the emergence of a new pecking order?

Saturday was almost exactly as per the forecast but with perhaps a steady 3kts more than forecast. That gave a hard work day with an average 12kts just 8 miles or so from where the Lasers were having their dramas at their worlds. Tight racing between Jovian Short & James Barlow, Owen Bowerman & Charlie Darling , Morgan Peach & Herbie Harford plus new pairing Robert & Alice Masterman meant that scores were tight. A pretty good night’s sleep was had by most as a result after 3 tough races. Some slept better than others having developed a good temperature over the course of the day!

Forecast was that it would be a little windier than Saturday but much the same direction – NE. First race would allow the discards to kick in.

Pre-launch good news for the Oliver boys was that the Jury had given them redress for Saturday’s last race when they got t-boned and holed.

So all on and the wind was indeed building. Having said that it then also softened in the middle of the first 3 lap race. Bowerman and Darling looked to have found their sailing boots again and quickly established a nice lead. The Royal Torbay crowd had other ideas and after some intensive training recently at home they displayed their newfound expertise to very sharp effect. Short and Barlow gradually reeled them in and then shot off. Peach and Harford weren’t letting someone else from home have it all their own way -after all they have been Torquay’s toast for some time now. A gust at the bottom of the final reach ensured a photo finish. Short & Barlow taking first with Peach & Harford 2nd whilst Tom & Debbie Darling (Debbie stepping in at the last minute) screamed through to take 3rd.

At this point whilst nobody knew it at the time Jovian & James didn’t actually need to complete the next race as they had won already. This wasn’t known as nobody knew that there would ultimately only be 5 races overall. So what Jovian & James did was to show great speed up the second beat to establish a clear lead and then with formidable style kept in the gusts (which had built considerably now) and scooted home in plumes of spray. Meanwhile, and I’m not sure quite how they did it, Morgan & Herbie recovered from an abysmal first beat to overtake boats not in ones and twos but whole fistfuls to round the last windward mark in 3rd and then just fizzed along to nab another 2nd.

Package of the day – well the weekend to be honest, were Ben & Tom Oliver whose worst counting result was a 5th!

Ronstan were very generous with their prizes and the Spot Prizes went to: Ruby Griffin & Harriet Winbush, Jordan & Benjamin Cook, and as top Stokes Bay boat in their first regatta together and 10th overall – Joshua Belben & Freddy Clampett. Stokes Bay were as ever first class in their hospitality and organisation. Next event – RYA Zone champs and then the 2nd NJS/CNS qualifier at the beginning of October at Queen Mary.

Overall Results:

 

Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts
1 1250 Jovian Short James Barlow Royal Torbay YC 1 -2 1 1 1 4
2 3066 Morgan Peach Herbie Harford Royal Torbay YC -9 1 2 2 2 7
3 1664 Owen Bowerman Charlie Darling Hayling Island SC 3 3 3 4 -10 13
4 3341 Ben Oliver Tom Oliver Calshot SC 4 5 RDG -7 3 16.8
5 2416 Robert Masterman Alice Masterman Hayling Island SC 2 7 -20 5 7 21
6 3818 Anna Prescott Jess Eales Lymington Town SC 5 6 6 -15 5 22
7 2995 Gemma Bird Guy Wilkinson Hayling Island SC -16 4 7 9 8 28
8 3307 Robert Baddeley James Taylor Hayling Island SC 10 8 5 -16 11 34
9 3458 Hugo Tucker Tim Collino Emsworth SC 6 9 9 -14 14 38
10 2191 Joshua Belben Freddy Clampett Stokes Bay SC 8 10 -36 11 9 38
11 3537 Phoebe Warren Lily Summers Emsworth SC 7 11 11 13 -21 42
12 3105 Tom Darling Tabby Peel Hayling Island SC -27 16 21 3 4 44
13 3672 Sarah Hussey Hannah Harvey-Trott Royal Torbay YC 15 -21 8 8 20 51
14 3938 Finbar Preston Ed Shelley Emsworth SC 13 (DNF) 12 10 27 62
15 870 Joe Winbush Jamie Pearson Draycote Water SC 12 18 17 -21 15 62
16 3815 Molly Gilbert Mollie Lippett Emsworth SC 14 12 -25 18 24 68
17 3003 Emma Scourfield Jessica Scourfield Royal Torbay YC 18 23 10 (DNC) 18 69
18 3357 Matilda Dolin Will Dolin Burghfield SC 11 13 19 (DNC) 26 69
19 3746 Toni Duffy Sam Barson Rutland SC 24 (DNC) 13 19 13 69
20 2617 Jacob Barnett Emma Barnett Royal Torbay YC 20 15 -24 22 16 73
21 3001 Hugo Andrews Elliott Spensly-Corfield Hayling Island SC 17 (DNC) 4 17 37 75
22 3184 Emily Peters Annie Sibthorpe Hayling Island SC -28 25 22 20 12 79
23 1251 Chay Taylor Stirling Taylor Burnham SC 21 -24 15 23 22 81
24 3908 Molly Griffin Dominic Hall Draycote Water SC 23 -26 18 25 17 83
25 2936 Jack Hawkes-Smith Harry Ashworth Royal Torbay YC 25 14 23 -31 25 87
26 3788 Tom Mitchell Oliver Scott Docklands SWC 19 -33 16 26 30 91
27 3792 Rebecca Morris Islay Grant Shropshire SC -34 19 29 12 33 93
28 843 Cameron Webber Joseph Fenwick Hill Head SC -29 22 27 28 19 96
29 626 Tim Palmer Nick Palmer Stokes Bay SC 26 20 14 (DNC) DNC 109
30 1641 Ben Binmore Luke MacDermott Royal Torbay YC (OCS) DNF BFD 6 6 110
31 3939 Liberty Askew Katy Prescott Burghfield SC 22 36 (DNF) 30 23 111
32 2153 Jane Furness Immil Slinn Draycote Water SC 31 28 (BFD) 29 29 117
33 1883 Sophie Ward Will Ward Ogston SC (DNF) 17 28 27 DNC 121
34 2046 Matt hill Joe Reeve Burghfield SC 32 32 33 24 -36 121
35 2920 Angus Inman Jake McCagney Rutland SC -35 31 32 33 28 124
36 2215 Max Griggs Cody Griggs Royal Torbay YC 30 29 -35 35 32 126
37 3424 Imogen Scott Courtney Bilbrough Docklands SWC 37 38 26 32 (DNC) 133
38 3000 Dalanie Rutter Evie Townsend ???? 39 27 31 37 (DNC) 134
39 2582 Bruce Thomas Christian Thomas Stokes Bay SC -40 37 30 36 31 134
40 2828 Millie Gibbons Isabella Halsor Chipstead SC 36 34 34 -39 34 138
41 2937 Jordan Cook Benjamin Cook Draycote Water SC -38 30 37 38 38 143
42 1308 Will Frost Alex Frost Rutland SC 33 35 (DNF) DNC DNC 166
43 2546 Charley Cunningham Harry Kennedy Stokes Bay SC (DNF) DNC DNC 34 35 167
44 3181 Joshua Tierney Jack Charles Dabchicks SC (DNF) DNC 38 DNC DNC 185
45 56 Ruby Griffin Harriet Winbush Draycote Water SC (DNF) DNC DNC 40 DNC 187
46 2915 Joe Hills Henry Neve Rutland SC 41 (DNF) DNC DNC DNC 188
47= 3030 Emily Proud Evie Stamp Chichester YC (DNC) DNC DNC DNC DNC 196
47= 576 Annie Acres Issy Gilbert Emsworth SC (DNF) DNF DNF DNC DNC 196

 

© Tom Barnett / www.tombarnettphotography.co.uk

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