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RS400 Northerns and RS200 Northern Tour, Sept 5 & 6

RS400 Northerns and RS200 Northern Tour, Sept 5 & 6

Chris Pickles and Jack Hopkins of Delph SC won the RS400 Northern Championships at Ullswater Yacht Club on September 5 and 6. At the same time the RS200s were racing in the seventh of eighth Northern Tour events. The RS200 winners were Martin and Barbara Smith, also from Delph SC.

A total of 20 boats from all over the North took part in the weekend’s racing. Three races were held on Saturday round the corner from the clubhouse, the bright sunshine giving a magnificent view of the Cumbrian hills towards Helvellyn. But the winds were not so magnificent, with a light and shifty North-westerly.

Overnight, Pickles and Hopkins were easy leaders with three firsts. In the RS200s, racing was closer with three different teams taking first places. Race winners were - Jon and Heather Ward of Budworth SC; Matt and Andrea Bromley of the RYA and Martin and Barbara Smith.

As forecast, Sunday dawned with more bright sunshine and an unpromising lack of wind. The start was delayed and the RSs again raced round the corner from the clubhouse. Race three got away in very challenging conditions in which the wind shifted in all directions. The RS400 winners were Andy Dawson and Bill Kenyon of Budworth SC and Keith Escritt and Andrea Clough of Yorkshire Dales SC crossed the line first in their RS200.

Despite the tricky conditions, race five got under way but the wind shifted so much that the race was abandoned. With no sign of more wind, the race officer decided to call it a day and the results were calculated on four races, all to count.

With three firsts and a fourth on Sunday, Pickles and Hopkins won the RS400 Northerns and despite coming fifth in the final RS200 race, Martin and Barbara Smith’s first and two second from Saturday were enough for them to win the event. The final RS200 Northern Tour meeting is at Budworth SC on October 10.

RS400 winners:
1 Chris Pickles and Jack Hopkins, Delph SC, 7 points
2 Paul and Michael Allen, Leigh & Lowton SC, 10
3 Bill Kenyon and Andy Dawson, Budworth SC, 13
RS200 winners:
1 Martin and Barbara Smith, Delph SC, 10 points
2 Phil and Naomi Smith, Bassenthwaite SC, 12
3 Keith Escritt and Andrew Clough, Yorkshire Dales SC, 14

Posted on 07 September 2015 (Archive on 05 October 2015)
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