Result Details

Event name: Racing Circuit
Date: 27 June 2009
Type: Open
Club: Beer Sailing Club
Classtype:RS800 , see more results

Blue skies and a steadily increasing sea breeze provided fantastic racing for the RS800s’ annual pilgrimage west to scenic Beer in Devon.


In the varied UK Circuit locations this was the fleets first real test on the open sea with the challenge of maintaining maximum speed through the waves upwind and whilst catching a few surfs downwind to dig deep on the run. With Saturday looking peachy and Sunday light, wise Chairman Schooling agreed with the PRO to utilize the SI allowing 4 races on Saturday which turned out a very smart move as the wind failed to materialize on Sunday.


The day belonged to Rob Watson and John Clifton of Royal Lymington who after opening with a 2nd cruised home with 2 big lead 1sts in the next 2.


Watson & Clifton have gone from strength to strength this year showing fantastic pace in their new boat. Quizzed on his successful formula Rob felt ‘keeping the boat flat and footing for speed rather than trying to point was key upwind’. Downwind he ‘kept it heated up to gain enough speed ready to catch the next good wave and then surfed deep whenever possible’. John added from his shower, ‘our speed was good so we focused on a clean exit from the start lines’. Sure enough, if you can master those two elements it makes life a whole load easier!


Race 4 provided the best breeze of the day with twin wiring downwind. But by this stage Mr Black Flag had woken from his box and snuck up the PRO’s mast. Five boats were binned from a recalled start and a further 6 dragged off the course in the last start. As if geniously masterminded by the PRO this led to a staggered queue for the winch up the shingle with the ‘usual suspect’ bad boys and girls congregating at the shorebreak for an early tow and shower. With only half the fleet left on the race course there was a fantastic opportunity to make comebacks with good counters.


Ben Schooling and George Kingsnorth held their nerve to capitalize on this winning race 4 and taking 2nd overall from Justin Deal and Ollie Page in 3rd.


A fantastic time was had by all enjoying the beautiful village beach and hospitality provided by the members of Beer SC not to mention the glorious weather and the fleet looks forward to returning again next year.


Next stop on the RS800 UK circuit is Lymington this weekend, 4/5 July, where a total of 5 RS fleets will be competing in the Western Solent for no less than 15 prizes of luxury Spanish holiday accommodation courtesy of www.muciatastic.co.uk complimented by sailing in the sun courtesy of www.pro-vela.com . 

This exciting initiative will extend to Silver Fleets so be there for a chance of winning.

Rank SailNo Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Nett Silver
1 1153 Rob Watson John Clifton Royal Lymington 2 1 1 OCS21 4
2 1121 Ben Schooling George Kingsnorth Hellensburgh 3 2 5 1 6
3 1133 Justin Deal Ollie Page Lancing 1 3 3 OCS21 7
4 1158 Charlie Roome Tom Jeffcoate Gill Race Team 4 5 2 OCS21 11
5 955 Andrew Smith Micky Boughton Stokes Bay 7 4 6 3 13
6 1016 Peter Barton David Ellis Royal Lymington 8 6 4 OCS21 18
7 943 Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes Daniel Allin Dittisham 6 12 15 2 20
8 1144 Andy Jefferies Adam Broughton 5 7 10 OCS21 22
9 1136 David Pike Fiona Lockwood Eastbourne 10 11 11 6 27
10 907 Ed Whitehead Karen Baker Parkstone 13 13 8 7 28 1st Silver
11 1134 Jamie Stevenson Jamie Oaten RTYC 16 16 9 4 29
12 1101 Russ Gibbs Megan Fileman Starcross 12 10 7 OCS21 29 2nd Silver
13 1127 Derek Buchanan Elaine Buchanan Oxford 9 9 12 OCS21 30
14 1113 Alastair Shires Penny Shires Stokes Bay 14 15 13 5 32
15 1072 Brett Ellway Jay Bick Stokes Bay 11 8 14 OCS21 33
16 1124 Daniel Azzopardi Dan kilsby Stokes Bay 18 19 18 8 44
17 858 Miles Roebuck Heath Oxford 19 17 19 9 45
18 1005 Andrew Gould Gael Pawson 17 14 16 OCS21 47
19 810 Liam Stacpoole Tom Stacpoole Restronguet 15 18 17 OCS21 50
20 1065 Anthony Mee Clare Rickard DWSC 20 20 20 OCS21 60
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