The RS800 inland championship was held over one day at Hayling Island this Saturday
Due to the low water level at Datchet Water SC, the RS800 Inland Championship was moved to Hayling Island SC on 26-27 October. The Just-Inland Championship only managed one day’s racing as the UK was battered by storm force winds over the weekend.
Richard Lovering and James Dates of HISC were the eventual winners from the small but exclusive field, holding off the strong challenge from Mike Lennon and Nicky Griffen to take the title.
With wind conditions causing some damage onshore, Chris Howarth and Stuart Aston from Bristol started the series in flying mode, taking second to Lovering and Dates in the opening race and then winning the second ahead of Lennon and Griffen.
Alan Olive and Mike Warren from Stokes Bay SC claimed the third race, with Lennon and Griffen shutting out Lovering and Dates, while Matt Adams and Mark Rhodes from Bexhill-on-Sea took fourth place to set-up a close final race.
Lovering and Dates finished the first day with another win ahead of Lennon and Griffen with David and Fiona Sayce of HISC taking third ahead of Olive and Warren.
With Sunday reaching even greater wind strengths, all racing was cancelled and the event decided on the overnight scores.
1 Richard Lovering and James Dates, HISC
2 Michael Lennon and Nicky Griffin, HISC
3 Alan Olive and Mike Warren, Stokes Bay SC
4 David Sayce and Fiona Sayce, HISC
5 Matt Adams and Mark Rhodes, Bexhill-on-Sea SC
6 Chris Howarth and Stuart Aston, BCYC