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Report by : Stacey Bray 

 

A good fleet of 39 boats contested the Inland Champs at Rutland SC.

 

Bright sunshine and a moderate breeze greeted competitors for this end of season extravaganza.

Race one got underway with the on form Matt Aston showing his up wind speed and intention of stamping authority on the regatta. The fleet split shortly after the start and boats coming from both sides of the course converged at the windward mark where the wind was much shifter. Coach Mussell led with Aston, Tim Holden, Richard Gimmler & Geoff Bettle all heading the fleet down the reach to the wing. The next windward leg proved to favour the left with Aston and Holden managing to overhaul Mussell sailing up the centre of the beat. This was how it remained to the finish with Aston taking the Gun from Holden, Mussell & Gimmler.

Race 2 and Gary Langdown had discovered that staying in his boat was much quicker than falling out of it, showing a clean pair of heels to his club mate Bettle who was now finding some great boat speed to hold off the challenges of Gimmler, Holden & Aston. Langdown was not to be beaten and used his super downwind speed to win from Bettle, Gimmler, Holden & Aston. 

Race 3 the last race of day one, with a favourably port bias line Holden shot out of the blocks into the left hand corner with Stacey Bray, Mussell, John Browett and Gimmler. Holden blasted to the top mark with Bray & Mussell rounding close behind. The next round saw Langdown sneak up the beat unnoticed to enable a challenge for the second spot with Mussell and Bray. Mussell was unable to hold him off and Langdon steamed to the finish in third behind Holden and Bray. The end of the day saw Holden at the top of the table with Langdown, Aston, Gimmler and Bettle all presenting themselves as serious challengers for the regatta. 

Day 2 a glorious morning with a building breeze.

Race 4 saw Aston again springing to life in the lighter breeze with Allan Orton also finding that these conditions were to his liking. Langdown and Holden had ventured further to right hand side of the course and had to watch as Aston sailed himself to a massive lead that no one was going to be able to compete with. Orton who had sailed a really good race was now having to face Langdown’s downwind onslaught which was proving difficult to defend and Langdown managed to pass him at the wing finishing second with Orton, Rodger White & Bray following them home.

Race 5 and Aston, Langdown and Holden all had a chance of taking the regatta and the now very light shifty breeze was going to provide a nail biting finish. The race started with a very tricky upwind leg with many falling by the wayside in the fickle breeze. The top mark saw Aston taking the lead with Langdown & Holden well down, however this was no time for complacency as in the now rapidly dying wind anything could happen. Aston held his nerve and took the win from Browett with Peter Dives and Richard Buttner unable to be separated taking equal 3rd with Langdown eventually finishing 6th and Holden 9th .

The regatta had been evenly contested with the depth of quality now showing within the fleet. A serious British challenge can be expected at the worlds in Holland next year.

RankSailNoHelmClubG/S/BR1R2R3R4R5TotalNett
1702Matt AstonDatchetGold15-711158
22373Gary LangdownHighcliffe Gold-913262112
32318Tim HoldenHalifax SCGold2417-92314
4694Stacey BrayPorthpeanGold7825-234522
5713John BrowettDatchet Gold8104-1423824
6674Richard GimmlerWhitefriarsGold436-17144427
7589Keith PaulWeston SCGold6-1610854529
8709Geoff BettleHighcliffeSilver521311(DNC)7131
92372Simon MussellHighcliffeGold37520(DNC)7535
102376Nick NoblePortishead Silver11996(DNC)7535
11707Peter DivesEastbourne Gold-3211121237038
122361Allan OrtonPorthpean Silver1512-163105640
132348Paul RossShotley SCGold136818(40 OCS)8545
142314Rodger WhiteKing GeorgeSilver2513-294128354
15659Martin MetcalfeKillingtonGold10151515(40 OCS)9555
16678Bill HootonBurton SCGold12-201716137858
17684Sandy ClaphamYorkshire DalesSilver141718-29118960
18643Gareth HumphreyWestonSilver2318-271378861
192315Ben HoldenHalifax SCGold19141910(40 OCS)10262
20647Mark RobinsonGurnard SCSilver182111-24169066
21622Richard ButtnerRoyal Cinque PortSilver16-27232549568
22696Tony WhiteLancing SCSilver-31242091810271
232347Martin JonesWilsonianSilver2028-3419810975
24697Chris HoweOxfordSilver212314-271910477
25652Neil FergusonYorkshire Dales Silver24(40 DNF)22261512787
262359Tony CookDowns SCBronze27-3024231712191
27536Peter NelsonNorthampton Bronze-352521222412792
28675David GautierWestonSilver222232-352113297
29685Chris MitchelOxfordBronze171926(DNC)DNC142102
30615Stuart BakhouseBurton SCBronze29-33332120136103
31567Matt JacksonScaling DamBronze262925-3327140107
32692Colin GatesEast BourneBronze30-31283122142111
33682Ginge LincolnRoyal Navy SailingBronze28263134(DNC)159119
34535Matthew LoveWilsonian SCBronze-3332303028153120
35579Jerry HoneLancing SCBronze-3735362825161124
36303Chris BoshierThorpe Bay YCBronze34-36353229166130
37627David GouchStarcrossBronze(DNC)34DNC3726177137
38604Phil AlisonGYGSCBronze36(40 DNF)DNC3640 DNF192152
39625Malcolm HallCarsington SCBronze(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC200160

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