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13/11/2004
Gul Championship Weymouth and Portland SA

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GUL RS Pursuit Race at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy. OK, let's get the football commentators clichť book out; this was a game of two halves. Never has an event more clearly shown why a more comprehensive Portsmouth Yardstick system needs to be developed where PYís change according to wind strength and sea state. The GUL RS Pursuit race had attracted helms right at the front of their respective classes nationals fleets all capable of sailing their class to its full potential in the given conditions. WPSA race team did a good job of setting good true courses over the weekend, same course shape and length of legs. The only thing that changed between the two days was the wind strength. Saturday In relatively good weather for November the fleets enjoyed excellent conditions of a puffy force 3-4. The 200ís had the largest fleet with a high calibre roll call and it was new team of Ian Pickard and Sarah Taylor that blobbed their way down the first tight reach into the lead, the only boat able to carry their kite. Pickard/Taylor successfully held off Jon Lewis/Katy Nichol and Geoff Carveth/Jane Willen but could do nothing about 400 National Champion Nick Craig, with Toby Lewis crewing, cruising through with plenty of time left. The 400ís catching the 200ís was totally academic though as the 800ís were totally powered up doing a lot of twin wiring and the 700ís were equally efficient down wind. Brothers James and John Date in an 800 took the lead with 15 minutes to go to win with 800ís Ollie Page/Tom Odell second and soon to be married Spod Olive/Jane Norris third. Seven 800ís were in the top ten, Jerry Wales and Jon Hessig were 6th and 9th in their 700ís whilst Nick Craig/Toby Lewis were the only hiking boat to break into the top ten. In fact only two other hiking boats, both 400ís, made it into the top twenty with Pickard/Taylor the first 200 at 24th. Sunday. Lovely clear blue skies but much less wind at around 8 knots, which was also very patchy over Portland Harbour with quite large flat areas. Once all the fleets had started it soon became obvious that the trapeze boats were not going to get to the front. The only thing that was going to stop the hiking boats was if they fleet raced too hard and slowed each other down. The leading ten 200ís were having a really hot race whilst the leading 400 trio of Craig/Lewis, Paul Hillier/Toby Ashton, Mark Littlejohn and son Sam were having a battle royal. At two thirds point James Stewart/Lucy Loopy Matthews broke clear in the 200ís with Colin Staite/Emma WMD Clarke not far behind. These two stayed clear and it became a question of could the 400ís catch the 200ís. There was not quite enough wind on the final run for the 400ís, Stewart/Matthews comfortably won from Staite/Clarke, the big clump of 200ís just finished ahead of the rapidly approaching 400ís to fill the top 8 places. Craig/Lewis just beat Hillier/Ashton with the Littlejohnís in very close company filling the next 3 places. The first trapeze boat was Andy Hessig in his 600 in a very credible 15th whilst the first 800 of Olive/Norris limped home in 24th place. Ashore and no one had a clue who had won overall with all the leading boats in one race having a cricket score to count from their other race. The 400ís relative consistency across wind strengths rather than star turn proved conclusive. Nick Craig and Toby Lewis were the only boat to score two top ten results and won by 7pts with an 8th and 9th. The Littlejohnís finished second overall, a surprised father Mark commenting that results of 11th and 13th usually gave a shocking overall finish rather than second. Pete Vincent
1 1173 400 Nick Craig Toby Lewis 30 17 8 9 2 1174 400 Mark Littlejohn Sam Littlejohn 55 24 13 11 3 888 700 Jerry Wales 23 25 6 19 4 1057 800 Spod Olive Jane Norris 39 27 3 24 5 882 700 Jon Heissig 12 27 9 18 6 901 200 Ian Pickard Sarah Taylor 63 28 24 4 7 858 200 Jonathan Lewis Katy Nichol 62 30 27 3 8 845 200 James Stewart Lucy Matthews 56 31 30 1 9 1054 800 Justin Deal Sarah Marriott 4 31 4 27 10 1240 400 Tom Halhead Ruth Johnson 44 31 18 13 11 1010A 800 Ollie Page Tom Odell 33 34 2 32 12 751 200 Geoff Carveth Jane Willan 22 34 28 6 13 984 600 Andy Heissig 15 34 19 15 14 976 400 David Lenz Vicky Lenz 34 37 23 14 15 1010 200 Colin Staite Emma Clarke 46 40 38 2 16 864 800 Adrian Coatsworth Julia Jenkins 5 40 10 30 17 1217 400 John Cooper Becci Wigley 35 41 29 12 18 880 200 Sarah Allan Elaine Turner 43 42 34 8 19 1055 800 Rory Sharvill James Cooke 36 42 16 26 20 966 200 Richard Edwards Paru Edwards 58 44 39 5 21 777 200 Pete Ugly Millie Parsons 54 44 37 7 22 964 800 Ian Martin Chris Martin 7 45 11 34 23 7 600 Alex Knight 51 45 20 25 24 1201 400 Bill Handley Lynda Handley 53 46 26 20 25 885 700 David Evans 60 48 17 31 26 826 600 David Nunn 52 50 22 28 27 861 700 Eddie Gatehouse 26 52 15 37 28 1000 800 Simon Smith Dom Simon 45 54 7 47 29 1213 400 Paul Lewis Sam Parker 25 56 33 23 30 879 700 Joe Turnbull 3 58 14 44 31 916 200 Sarah Covington Helen Clarke 27 58 42 16 32 1080 800 James Date John Date 1 65 1 DNF64 33 903 200 Rick Newcombe Rosie Sands 41 66 44 22 34 898 200 Martin Lilley Alice Morgan 47 67 50 17 35 1007A 800 Simon Geyman Rosie Geyman 59 69 5 DNF64 36 1063 800 Stuart Swan Robert Holdway 20 69 31 38 37 1121 400 Paul Hilliar Toby Ashton 24 74 RET64 10 38 989 800 Ben Schooling Ian Smyth 6 74 41 33 39 876 700 Ben Cooper 49 76 12 DNF64 40 809 800 Bill Smith Phil Hodgkins 11 81 46 35 41 907 800 Mark Ampleford Jon Fish 37 83 43 40 42 405 200 Alan Tarrant Dale Phillips 42 85 DNF64 21 43 413 300 Richard Gould 16 85 21 DNF64 44 848 600 Diana Shanks 29 86 45 41 45 887 600 Matthew Smith 50 87 48 39 46 479 300 Steve Cook 8 89 25 DNF64 47 434 300 Phil Underwood 17 89 47 42 48 145 K6 Jonathan Cameron Rob Chaplin 38 92 49 43 49 143 K6 Paul Wallis Tom Wallis 64 93 DNC64 29 50 815 200 Micky Wright Howie ? 48 96 32 DNF64 51 1007 200 Paul Goodwin Anna Row 21 97 51 46 52 172 Vareo Hugh Wrat-McCann 18 99 35 DNF64 53 124 K6 Fraser Elms Matt Davies 19 100 DNF64 36 54 491 200 John Greenland Pippa Williams 28 100 36 DNF64 55 853 Feva XL Holly Watson Fraje Watson 31 103 55 48 56 102 K6 Martin Wadhams Amanda Davies Claire Upton-Brown 14 104 40 DNF64 57 349 Feva XL David Watson Jordan Watson 32 105 56 49 58 930 800 Paul White Andy Lloyd 61 109 DNF64 45 59 126 K6 Peter Kirkby Richard Barker 40 116 52 DNF64 60 929 200 Gael Pawson Harriet Prest 57 117 53 DNF64 61 127 K6 Alex Willard Becca Willard 9 118 54 DNF64 62 212 200 Melissa Heppell Bex Marriott 10 128 DNF64 DNF64 62 849 800 Matt Critchley Ryan Crawford 2 128 DNF64 DNF64