The RS200 Irish National Championship and final leg of RS Fat Face Eurocup took place at Greystones YC on 10-12 October
The Data and Record Management RS200 Irish National Championship and final leg of RS Fat Face Eurocup took place at Greystones YC on 10-12 October.
Greystones is a town 15 miles south of Dublin centre; the sailing club is small but full of characters, dead friendly, with a huge desire to run a great event.
A total of 12 RS200s from the UK including two from Cornwall travelled on various ferries from Holyhead to join 10 Irish 200s.
Friday saw erratic westerly Force 1-3. Sarah Taylor/Claire Upton Brown went into a good early lead, taken by first Matt Davies/Jessie Gebhard then Andrew Hartley/Eve Hartley. However, Jon Lewis/Millie Parsons and Dave Giles/Fiona Clark took the race on the final reach.
The second race saw Giles leading from start to the finish. Lewis took second with locals Marshall and Heather King claiming third.
Saturday saw a better south-westerly breeze and in race three Lewis stormed off into a huge lead. Ian Pickard/Laurie Dunn and Vincent won the start of race four. Giles again took and held the lead to the finish with Lewis second, although his disqualification took Vincent to second place. Giles flattened the fleet in race five with the Kings second. Race 6’s light wind saw real tussles, with Colin Staite/Chris Nolan finally taking the win from the Ian Pickard/Laurie Dunn and Jeremy Stephens/Adam Poole.
A good Force 5 with huge sea greeted the fleet on Sunday. Martin English/Katie Zabell led at the first mark, then Lewis/Parsons surfed into the lead. After four rounds it was really a case of last 200 standing; Lewis won from the Kings and English, these were the only three not to have capsized.
1st David Giles/Fiona Clark
2nd Jonathan Lewis/Milly Parsons
3rd Marshall King/Heather King
4th Pete Vincent/Louisa Fewtrell
5th Ian Pickard/Laurie Dunn