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15/09/2012
GUL Grand Prix Parkstone YC

    The final round of the 2012 RS 100 Gul Grand Prix was hosted by Parkstone YC over the weekend of 15/16 September.

    15 boats made it to the start line with a number of notable visitors topping up the local fleet. All 6 races were sailed in the superb setting of Poole Bay off Sandbanks and Bournemouth. Saturday presented cloudless sunny conditions and a movable F3. Local legend Neal Freeman won the first with other local talent Hywel Roberts 2nd and Huw Powell 3rd. The same faces cropped up at the front in Race 2 with Huw winning from Hywel with Neal in 3rd. Race 3 neatly opened up the event with Huw, Neal, Hywel and the equally over-enthusiastic David Smart all OCS. Only Neal went back, but not far enough. In the end Greg Booth sailed round the fleet to win from the ever-consistent Clive Eplett, and Mark Harrison.

    Sunday dawned light but with confidence that the breeze would fill. The fleet was again sent out into Poole Bay to face a variable and bouncy F2-F4 breeze coming over the land. Huw won Race 4 from Hwyel and Phil Jackson. In the increasing breeze Mark Harrison found his form to win Race 5 from Huw with bigger-breeze-supremo Greg in 3rd. Going into the final beat of Race 6, the breeze flicked right leading to some nervous faces on the left; in the middle Huw hung on to win from Neal, with Hywel in 3rd.

    Next for the 100s is the RS Inland Championships at Grafham on 6/7 October.


     

    1st

    RS100

    240

    Huw Powell


    Red Wharf Bay

    3

    1

    (13 OCS)

    1

    2

    1

    8

    21

    2nd

    RS100

    181

    Hywel Roberts


    Parkstone YC

    2

    2

    (13 OCS)

    2

    4

    3

    13

    26

    3rd

    RS100

    183

    Neal Freeman


    Parkstone YC

    1

    3

    (13 OCS)

    4

    5

    2

    15

    28

    4th

    RS100

    119

    Phil Jackson


    Parkstone YC

    5

    6

    4

    3

    (12)

    4

    22

    34

    5th

    RS100

    428

    Greg Booth


    Portdinorwick SC

    8

    7

    1

    5

    3

    (9)

    24

    33

    6th

    RS100

    134

    Mark Harrison


    Gurnard SC

    (9)

    8

    3

    7

    1

    6

    25

    34

    7th

    RS100

    233

    Clive Eplett


    Frensham Pond SC

    4

    4

    2

    (11)

    7

    8

    25

    36

    8th

    RS100

    184

    Paul Freeman


    Parkstone YC

    6

    5

    6

    9

    8

    (13)

    34

    47

    9th

    RS100

    377

    Andrew Wilson


    Datchet Water SC

    (11)

    10

    7

    8

    9

    10

    44

    55

    10th

    RS100

    298

    Al Hall


    Netley SC

    10

    11

    5

    10

    10

    (12)

    46

    58

    11th

    RS100

    421

    Chris Cunningham


    Paignton SC

    (15 DNC)

    15 DNC

    15 DNC

    6

    6

    5

    47

    62

    12th

    RS100

    277

    David Smart


    Chew Valley Lake SC

    7

    9

    (13 OCS)

    12

    13

    11

    52

    65

    13th

    RS100

    147

    Gareth Ayre


    Parkstone YC

    12

    12

    8

    13

    14

    (15 DNF)

    59

    74

    14th

    RS100

    182

    Richard Kenyon


    Parkstone YC

    (15 DNC)

    15 DNC

    15 DNC

    14

    11

    7

    62

    77

    15th

    RS100

    265

    Robert Timmis


    Parkstone YC

    13

    13

    9

    (15 DNF)

    15 DNF

    15 DNS

    65

    80

     

     

     

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