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RS200 Winter Freezer Open Series Day 3 Races 5 To 7

  • The third round of the Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club RS200 mini series took place in glorious December sunshine.  The sub zero temperatures of the last few weeks were melted away by the warmth of the winter sun. 11 boats came to the club including 3 from surrounding clubs and a crew all the way from Canada.  Okay, Tom Winskell might have returned to the UK for a family Christmas but it was a pleasure to see him at the club and great that he took the time to sail with the RS200 fleet again.

    The morning started with a south westerly wind blowing about Force 3.  Not quite the 10 to 21 mph winds that were forecast on Saturday, but plenty of breeze for quality racing. However, that didn’t stop Race Officer Mike Storey fulfilling his promise on the Club’s Facebook page and setting a great course for the RS200 fleet.

    Race 5, 10.30 Start
    Sunny, SW, Force 3 - 86259F
    3 Laps

    A short beat from F to 8, a tight reach from 8 to 6, a dead run to 2, then a beat up to 5, a long beam reach down to 9 and finally a short reach from 9 to F… what more could we ask for in asymmetric spinnaker boats?

    The first of the day’s races saw Dan Goodman and Jo Lloyd take the lead on the first lap, a position that they would hold in the first race and throughout the rest of day.   Carl and Tim chased them but couldn’t find the extra speed to fill the 50 second gap between the boats.

    Behind them the fun started at mark 2.  The combination of the RS200 fleet arriving at the mark at the same time as the faster handicap boats saw us flanked by faster RS400 on port but leeward, RS300 sailing a dead run but on starboard and the Phantoms coming round the mark clearly on a starboard tack.  The inevitable shouts of starboard, windward, room to tack and water only added to the confusion and before you could complete any evasive manoeuvres boats were colliding.  I counted at least 3 crashes and I suppose the lesson learned will be December is not a good month for gel coat repairs!

    1st - Dan Goodman and Jo Lloyd
    2nd - Carl Mayhew and Tim Chandler
    3rd - Martin Vinson and Debbie Robertshaw


    Race 6, 12.15 Start
    Sunny, SW, Force 2 to 3 - 7631
    2 Laps

    It will come as no surprise that the course was changed for the shorter back to back races and that Dan and Jo were the winners . But, the second and third places saw a change to the usual podium places!

    It really shows what difference a good start can make to the outcome of a race and perhaps it also shows that the investment in the training is paying off.  Ian and Clare set off in second position leading the chase.  At the end of the first lap they were just 18 seconds ahead of Clare and Lucy but nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the fleet.  With no dramas at the marks Clare and Lucy chased hard eventually closing the gap to under 10 seconds but not enough to take second place so the podium places were

    1st - Dan Goodman and Jo Lloyd
    2nd - Ian Clever and Claire Overstall
    3rd - Clare James and Lucy Gibson


    Race 7, 12.45 Start
    Sunny, SW, Force 2 - 8X1F
    1 Lap

    A drop in the wind strength and a change in direction saw the race office set a new course for the second of the back to back races.  Also, with only 15 minutes to the start of the Mulled Wine and Mince Pies the course was shortened to just 1 lap.  After the change at the top in race 6 order was restored in the final race of the day.  Dan / Jo took the win, Carl / Tim were second and Julie / Fiona joined them to take the final podium place.  The mid order also saw new faces. Nick and Clare had their best result of the season coming in at the back of the leading pack, another example of the training sessions paying off.

    1st - Dan Goodman and Jo Lloyd
    2nd - Carl Mayhew and Tim Chandler
    3rd - Julie Harrison and Fiona Fardon

    Full Results of the day and the series can be found here