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    Gul RS100 Inland Championship at Grafham WSC 11-12 Oct 14


    The National Tour decider….


    The spotlight on David (smartie) Smart, Mark (Chairman) Harrison and Huw (the power) Powell……we were disappointed…..!

    Harrison had some excuse of an AGM at his home club…..He is the club Commodore so could have easily re-arranged.

    Smartie had some even weaker excuse of a holiday in the Galapagos…..weird….why go there when you could go to Grafham for a light wind thunderstorm fest.

    As a result Huw Powell is the new National Tour champion without even unpacking his boat. Some say he would have won it anyway but based on Saturday’s result the editor is not so sure.


    Anyway ten 100s travelled up or down the A1 with a poor weather forecast. Expectations were met as the fleet trickled slowly on to the water in a marginal 4 knots of breeze.

    New Boy Angus Jolly showed everyone a clean pair of heels as many boats succumbed to being over shadowed by RS500s who shared our start line. Chaos at the committee boat with Booth and Hall being forced to windward of the committee boat. Jolly extended to win by a large margin in what were marginally light sailing conditions, with Booth fighting back to second and Andrew Wilson third.


    Race two and lightweight Paul Luttman showed a turn of speed in the light shifty breeze to lead most of the race only to be cruelly robbed by some exceptionally fast downwind sailing by Wilson at the finish. Booth came through to third.


    Race three and the fleet were getting the hang of the light, very shifty breeze but lightweights Wilson and Luttman dominated after Hall and Booth tangled at the windward mark with some RS500s. Both completed 360 turns by which time the leaders were solid gone. Jolly hit right on the last downwind leg and was rewarded to finish third passing four boats on that leg.


    Thunderstorm had arrived by race four and with it some wind. Suddenly a huge grin on Huw Powell’s face and he stormed away to a convincing processional win in force 3-4 conditions with Booth hot on his heels and Wilson third. No overtaking to be seen as wind had shifted making it a fetch – broad reach race.


    Overnight seven points separate the top six boats…..forecast is not great but only two races needed…..


    Day Two


    The forecast materialised……as you were! Home early for tea and medals…..!

    Well done Andrew Wilson, Greg Booth and Gus Jolly.


    Report by Al Hall.


    Photographs thanks to Bobbie Jolly:

    The RS100 Inland Championship winner Andrew Wilson, flanked by 2nd place Greg Booth photo left and 3rd place Angus Jolly photo right.

    The RS100 Inland Championship fleet.

    The racing on Sat 11 Oct 14.

    RS100 Fleet

    Sailed: 4, Discards: 1, To count: 3, Entries: 10, Scoring system: GWSC Open Meeting (1 course/PY/3 starts)
    1st RS100   377 Andrew Wilson   DWSC (3.0) 1.0 1.0 3.0 8.0 5.0  
    2nd RS100   428 Greg Booth   Port Dinorwic SC 2.0 3.0 (6.0) 2.0 13.0 7.0  
    3rd RS100   288 Angus Jolly   Isle of Man YC 1.0 (6.0) 3.0 5.0 15.0 9.0  
    4th RS100   303 Paul Luttman   Weir Wood SC 6.0 2.0 2.0 (7.0) 17.0 10.0  
    5th RS100   240 Hugh Powell   Red Wharf Bay SC 5.0 (7.0) 5.0 1.0 18.0 11.0  
    6th RS100   480 Al Hall   N/A (4.0) 4.0 4.0 4.0 16.0 12.0  
    7th RS100   221 Martin Wilson   DWSC 7.0 5.0 (8.0) 8.0 28.0 20.0  
    8th RS100   309 Mostyn Evans   Restronguet SC 9.0 (10.0) 7.0 6.0 32.0 22.0  
    9th RS100   481 Tim Newton   Oxford SC 8.0 8.0 (10.0) 10.0 36.0 26.0  
    10th RS100   454 Gav Benbow   Leigh & Lowton SC (10.0) 9.0 9.0 9.0 37.0 27.0  
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