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    Datchet Water Sailing Club

    RS500 Training and GUL Grand Prix Circuit Event

    Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 May 2011





    Tim Wilkins, RS500 class rep, held the second in a series of training workshops aimed at improving sailors of all levels in the RS500 fleet. Complete lack of wind in the morning gave the group a welcome chance to spend some time on the shore discussing the fine tuning of an RS500. Every one had a chance to study their set up before the wind filled in right on time after lunch. The fleet enjoyed a variable, fresh force 3 - 4 as they practised gybing, concentrating particularly on downwind lay lines and keeping the crew on the wire. All teams were able to analyse their performances in the de-brief session as they took to the classroom to see their video clips filmed from the safety boat.




    The following day a challenging, but exciting wind breezed in and all the teams were able to put their training in to practice, along with an extra six boats that turned up for the racing. The race team at Datchet Water SC hosted four races back to back in gusty conditions. 30 knot gusts blowing across the course provided some high-adrenaline downwind legs. Upwind sailing was particularly challenging with the helms needing to work extra hard to proactively predict and prepare for the major gusts. All teams took at least one swim.


    Father and son team Peter and James Curtis (Island Barn SC) were consistently strong in all the races, giving leaders Tim Wilkins and Heather Martin (Hickling Broad SC) a run for their money. In the second race they were able to stay ahead of the pack to take their first win of the series.


    Another consistent team were Scott Room and Ian Preedy (Broxbourne SC) whose efforts in challenging conditions didn’t go unrewarded. They finished third overall with all places in the top five of the fleet. 


    Emily Talbot and Annabelle Larkin (Weirwood SC) gave an impressive performance and were the first all-women crew, finishing fifth overall in very demanding conditions. With 12 boats starting the day and only seven completing race four, the girls’ determination was rewarded.


    The next event in the RS500 Gul circuit will see the fleet visit Great Yarmouth and Gorleston SC in Norfolk for some sea sailing and barbecuing on the beach – all good practice for the main event at Weymouth in August!

    Tim Wilkins Heather Martin 972 1.0 (3.0) 1.0 1.0 6.0 3.0
    2nd RS 500 659 Island Barn Sailing Club Peter Curtis James Curtis 972 (2.0) 1.0 2.0 2.0 7.0 5.0
    3rd RS 500 616 Broxbourne Sailing Club Scott Room Ian Preedy 972 3.0 (5.0) 3.0 4.0 15.0 10.0
    4th RS 500 678 Datchet Water Sailng Club Tom Crockford Fenella Williams (6.0) 4.0 5.0 5.0 20.0 14.0
    5th RS 500 575 Datchet Water Sailng Club Ben Wells ? 8.0 (14.0 DNC) 4.0 3.0 29.0 15.0
    6th RS 500 538 Weir Wood Sailing CLub Emily Talbot Annabel Larkin 972 7.0 2.0 7.0 (14.0 DNC) 30.0 16.0
    7th RS 500 550 Datchet Water Sailing Club Hamish Stewart Richard Walker 972 (10.0) 6.0 6.0 6.0 28.0 18.0
    8th RS 500 826 Datchet Water Sailing Club Michael Clapp Sue Risbridger 972 4.0 7.0 (14.0 DNC) 14.0 DNC 39.0 25.0
    9th RS 500 624 Datchet Water Sailing Club Alan Fraser Linda Fraser 972 5.0 (14.0 DNC) 14.0 DNC 7.0 40.0 26.0
    10th RS 500 884 Finlay Curran George Jorgensen 972 9.0 8.0 (14.0 DNC) 14.0 DNC 45.0 31.0
    11th RS 500 636 ASSC Will Summers Sam Delo 972 (14.0 DNC) 9.0 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 51.0 37.0
    12th RS 500 748 Gorleston Anna Zmura Keith Sykes 972 (14.0 DNC) 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 56.0 42.0
    12th RS 500 517 Burghfield SC Richard Morley Sue Morley 972 (14.0 DNF) 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 14.0 DNC 56.0 42.0
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