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17/09/2010
National Championships Exe SC

  • RS500 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS500 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
 
 
 

Day one at the RS500 National Championships and Exe SC couldn’t have produced a better day’s sailing. Beautiful sunshine, clear water and, importantly, a good breeze – albeit coming off the land and creating shifty conditions.

 

The variable wind meant that no position was guaranteed and there were frequent place changes throughout the fleet. At least five teams led at some point during the two races, but it was recently crowned World Champions Tim Wilkins and Heather Martin who came through to win both despite frequent lead changes.

 

The event has attracted a good mixture of new faces and seasoned campaigners, but no one has travelled further than Paul and Geraldine Sexton, who took the overnight ferry from Dublin to be here. And already they feel it was well worth the journey having picked up some valuable downwind sailing tips.

 

First time 500 sailors Charlotte Savage and MJ Gifford made a good showing in their demo boat, racking up a second place in the second race, putting their 200 skills to good use.  Phil Highfield and Tamsin Butcher showed excellent downwind speed and after the first day’s racing are sitting in third position.

 

Close racing and exciting finishes in a beautiful setting…what more could we want? Bring on the weekend.

 

 
Rank Tally Sail No Helm Name Crew Name R1 R2 Total Nett
1st 59 625 Tim Wilkins Heather Martin 1 1 2 2
2nd 54 891 Charlotte Savage MJ Gifford 4 2 6 6
3rd 57 665 Phillip Highfield Tamsin Butcher 3 7 10 10
4th 53 550 Hamish Stewart Steve Hackett 9 3 12 12
5th 56 519 Simon Payne Hope Halstad 8 4 12 12
6th 50 512 Peter Knowlden Rupert Knowlden 7 5 12 12
7th 58 525 James Tanner Lucinda Blain 5 9 14 14
8th 61 826 Michael Clapp Mark Bond 6 8 14 14
9th 51 584 Andy Palmer-Felgate Emma Warner 2 13.0 DNF 15 15
10th 52 668 Michael Corney Gareth Danks 10 6 16 16
11th 60 824 Paul Sexton Geraldine Sexton 11 10 21 21
12th 55 620 Mark Hollings Carmela Burgis 12 13.0 DNF 25 25
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