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02/10/2004
GUL National Inland Championships Draycote SC

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24 Vareos travelled to Draycote Water Sailing Club for the Gul Inland Championships on 2/3rd October 2004 to be greeted by a stiff breeze and the promise of exciting sailing. The first race saw probably the windiest conditions of the weekend, and there were many capsizes. Chris Larr set the scene for the rest of the weekend winning, whilst National Champion Jon Lewis managed to break the kicker on a borrowed boat (sorry Eddie) and had to retire. Carl Whitehead finished second, with Robin Saunders third. In the second race Jon regained his form winning with Chris Larr second and recent returnee Luke Fisher third. The third race saw many capsizes and a number of retirees, Chris Larr again taking first place with Carl Whitehead second and Jon Lewis third. With the promise of gales on Sunday the fleet returned ashore having had spectacular and closely matched racing - certainly the standard of the fleet has improved markedly. A lively class meeting and a discussion of rules, events and tips - with Jon Lewis imparting some of his wisdom - meant the fleet left happy - one of our number even braved the conditions and opted to sleep in a tent! Sunday started with very light winds and the lightweight (and younger) members of the fleet relishing conditions that should have been very much to their liking. With the lightest competitor weighing somewhat under half that of the heaviest competitor it was extremely interesting to watch the variety of sailing (and hiking) styles on offer! The first race, in light winds, saw Tim Greenwood take a flying port-end start and lead the fleet by a mile to the first mark, but he was soon overtaken to finish third behind Jon and Chris. Race 5 saw slightly increased wind - and the fleet keeping very tight upwind - the skill was in getting downwind deep enough and quick enough - again with different styles - but no definite conclusions. In Race 6 the promised increase in wind strength materialised and the conditions became quite testing. With a slight shift it seemed to pay to go as near the dam as one dared - watching out for shoreline obstacles, before almost having a single gybe downwind. Chris Larr proved that he was as human as everbody else and managed to capsize just before the finish to let Luke Fisher take line honours and fourth place overall. However, with 3 firsts and 2 seconds, Chris Larr had an emphatic victory - Jon Lewis with 2 firsts coming second, and Carl Whitehead with 2 seconds and 2 thirds coming third overall. Very many thanks are due to Draycote Water Sailing Club, and especially Chris Smith - drafted in as PRO only the night before - who proved to be an extremely able race officer, and an excellent barman as well! Andrew Trigg was awarded the merit prize - not only the lightest and youngest competitor - he showed many of the old stalwarts a thing or two by managing to finish every race. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Northampton. Tom Smith

Pos Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts Notes
1 361 Larr Chris Grafham Water 1 2 1 2 1 DNF 7  
2 179 Lewis Jonathan Burghfield DNF 1 3 1 2 2 9  
3 215 Whitehead C B Filey 2 9 2 5 3 3 15  
4 210 Fisher Luke Milton Keynes 4 3 DNF 4 6 1 18  
5 261 Greenwood Tim Chew Valley 7 5 8 3 4 5 24  
6 354 Barrett Martin Craven 5 6 12 6 5 7 29  
7 315 Sanders Robin Chase 3 8 7 12 9 6 33  
8 313 Frossatt Dennis Covenham 13 4 10 9 11 4 38  
9 206 Machin Dave Netley 12 7 5 14 7 8 39  
10 260 Manders Steve Covenham 10 15 6 10 12 9 47  
11 239 Craft Paul Teignmouth 15 16 9 7 10 13 54  
12 252 Smith Tom Grafham Water 19 13 4 17 13 10 57  
13 305 Harker M J Eastbourne Sovereign 14 11 DNS 8 15 11 59  
14 162 Froehlich Christopher Burghfield 6 10 DNS 13 8 DNF 62  
15 172 Wray-McCann Hugh Teign Corinthian 16 17 11 11 18 12 67  
16 199 Cooper Josh Draycote Water 18 14 DNS 15 14 15 76  
17 375 Small Peter Langstone 8 19 13 20 20 17 77  
18 156 Trigg Andrew Burghfield 17 20 15 16 17 16 81  
19 197 Faulkner Ian Leigh & Lowton DNF DNS 14 18 19 14 90  
20 243 Clark Gavin Chichester DNS 18 16 19 16 DNS 94  
21 346 Shaw Geoff Roadford 9 12 DNF DNS DNS DNS 96  
22 278 Williams Steve Bala 11 DNF DNF DNS 21 DNS 107  
23 369 Dyer Rutland Water DNS DNS DNS 21 DNF DNS 121  
24 148 Norris R R Burghfield DNF DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 125  
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