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2012 Calendar

So, after a successful first full year of open events the calendar for 2012 has been released.

After taking note of peoples view at the AGM and across the year we have revised where we are off to this year and will hopefully see a very well represented season.

2012 also will see the first European championships for the RS100 (We have delayed the ISAF class submission till the next ISAF meeting, as we didn’t quite reach the required numbers of boats that we thought we would).

To see the full 2012 calendar of events click here.

Stokes Bay Open Gul GP

08/09/2011 6 comments

Hi All

The 2011 season isn’t over yet & hopefully by September 17/18 these storms
will be over & the Indian summer will have arrived !

Stokes Bay SC is hosting the final GUL Grand Prix of the season.

For full information see the website or click

Looks like Stokes bay have a great social lined up for the 17th Sept.

A Mount Gay Party, Curry and a series of events including Sumo wrestling
and Bungee running (prizes will be awarded for overall performance).

In these days of excessive fuel prices, costly B&B’s, driving, missing
out on a big night because you and your crew are staying at a friend’s
house in Southampton. Fear not – At Stokes Bay Sailing Club you simply
bring a tent, pitch it and enjoy the fun. Camping is free…

Curry Feast from 6pm (£6 per ticket)
Mount Gay Happy Hour – 6.30-7.30pm
RS – Gladiator Games – 7.30 – 9.30pm
Looks like we are going to have to use the Mount Gay Happy hour as
practice for the Boom of Doom!!!!

RS Nationals

22/08/2011 6 comments

Day 1

With 25 knots on the way to the start, the RS100s blasted down to their start with a few swims.

Race 1 was port biassed with a clean get-away. Paul Childs tacked early and headed right to take first, followed by Neal Freeman and Huw Powell. Childs had a few swims, knocking him to 3rd. Down the last run it was Ian Turnbull, Freeman, Powell and Childs all very tight. Turnbull capsized as did Childs, leaving Freeman to win.

In race 2, Childs messed up a port flyer, but after a tough beat Jon Holroyd led from Childs and Sam Vaughan. Childs managed to take the lead down the run and hold to the finish. Vaughan finished 2nd, followed by Powell.
Day 3

The rain fell hard on Weybiza today, prompting many people to rig in very wet wetsuits and full ff-shore gear. 15-20kts from the NE provided some challenging & close racing.

Race I began finally under a black flag wih committee boat bias. At the windward mark, Paul Childs led from Alex Morrison and Neal Freeman. Childs managed to miss the spreader mark of the outer loop (unaware), Morrison went for a dip, so Freeman took the bullet.

In Race 2, another black start saw no victims. Childs led at the windward mark, followed by Olympic 470 hopeful, Stu Bithell and Freeman. The race was very tight with Bithell going for the final reach with his kite up before capsizing just after finishing. Freeman took 3rd.

Rob Jones had a blinding beat in race 3, taking the lead at the windward mark, followed by Freeman and Turnbull. An epic race took place, and, with fatigue taking victims, Freeman proved to be the man, taking the bullet, followed by Jones and with Simon Bennett in 3rd.

After an eventful day, the evening too saw an epic Sprint Champs, with Giles Scott, Paul Goodison, Luke Patience, Hugh Styles, Nick Craig, and Peter Barton taking on the mortals in an epic event close to the shore. If only the sun was out, it would have made for a perfect day!
Day 4

The final day of the RS100 Nationals dawned with Neal Freeman having won the 8.4 series, with two races to spare. Despite this he started tied on the overall leader board with Paul Childs (10.2) on 17 points. Both sailors knew that a bad day on the water would give the overall lead to the other person.

The first race was started in a shifty 6kts. After a couple of re-starts the fleet finally got away under black flag. The line was heavily biased to port which allowed Rob Jones and Steve Lee to get away cleanly and round the windward mark first and second. Neal Freeman was 9th and Paul Childs 15th. This looked like Freeman had taken the overall series, when he had a storming run to get to third, while Childs struggled to make his way up the fleet.

On the final lap Freeman had managed to get into the lead and was holding off Jones but sailed to starboard of marks 5 and 6. Six of the top 10 followed, which meant that Steve Birbeck was gifted the win by sailing the correct course, followed by Childs and Richard Keynon in third.

The final race the breeze picked up a little to 8kts. With another heavily biased port line Jon Holroyd took the pin and tacking early to clear the fleet. Childs was next away clearing everyone else. At the windward mark Holroyd led from Huw Powell and Childs. These three held their position until the last run, where Neal Freeman came from fourth to first. Childs followed him all the way and managed to take second place.

After a very challenging week with a mix of conditions the results were decided. With Childs taking the overall first position and the first 10.2 and with Neal Freeman 2nd overall and 1st 8.4.

8.4 Overall
1st Neal Freeman
2nd Jon Holroyd
3rd Steve Birbeck

10.2 Overall
1st Paul Childs
2nd Huw Powell
3rd Ian Turnbull

Gravedono Euro GP Day 2

Gravedona Day 2.

Another glorious day here on Lake Como was started by a very slow drift to the start line. Half way there it was looking like it would be a long day with little breeze. However as soon as the keen RS100 sailors made it to the start line the wind appeared, blowing about 12 knots.
Andrew Beynon took the job of setting the pace for the first lap of race four, with Paul Childs hot on his heels biding his time to pounce. David Gorringe was lurking in the background ready to punish any mistake by either Beynon or Childs. The breeze increased up the second beat which saw Childs manage to squeeze through into first. Childs held to the finish with Beynon second and Gorringe never out of contention.

Race 5 started with another pin biased line, which Childs spotted and flew across he line on port at the gun to then head left into where the breeze looked strong. Half way up the beat with Childs and Sam Vaughan out left saw a right hand shift, which for a moment made it look like Giles Chipperfield, Marcello Brioschi and Michel Rotach would be miles ahead at the first mark. To the Delight of Childs and Vaughan Chipperfield was heading to the 49ers mark and overstood, meaning that Childs led Chipperfield and then Vaughan around the windward mark. After this Childs extended on the run as Chipperfield and Vaughan battled it out for second. Little did they know Gorringe was making a charge for them and timed it to perfection down the final run to snatch second with Chipperfield third and Vaughan fourth. There was the smallest of margins at the finish, with 3 seconds separating the three boats and only 5 further seconds before Rotach finished.

Coming into the final race, heads were getting warm, legs beginning to ache but the hunger to take the final bullet of the day was still burning.
Another pin biased start saw Childs attempt another audacious port flyer to be stopped by a rampant Dave Gorringe, who stromed across the pin on starboard. Fortunately Childs had enough room to cross the line and thundered out on port to the middle of the course. Vaughan silently worked the left of the beat and at the windward mark it was Childs from Gorringe and Vaughan.
This was the start of an almighty battle, the likes of which may never have been seen on the RS100 racecourse before. This battle of the REALLY-HEAVY weights that would rival Tyson vs Lewis and certainly put David Hayes performance last night to shame. (Apparently it was wasn’t great…) Two further punishing laps continued. (To the distress of my legs!!) and places changed frequently. However It was Childs to lead at the last windward mark after a tight rounding with Vaughan. Childs managed to hold the lead to the finish (JUST) and Gorringe thundered down the final run, like a man possessed to take second, leaving Vaughan livid that he had dropped a place at the dying moments!
There is now one discard in place and the places are so tight that anything could still happen!! Three races are scheduled to take place tomorrow and if they are all completed we will have 2 discards, it is shaping up to be a very close finish, with all of the places still undecided!!
Tonight will see the regatta dinner (Which smells amazing) at the club. I am sure many bottles of vino will be finished off and there may be some sore heads tomorrow!

Informal RS100 training and racing: HISC???

Hi guys,

there’s a bit of chatter here about a informal training/racing session for RS100s at HISC on Bank Holiday Monday.

CLICK HERE: Monday 30th – where to sail

Anyone interested should contact Paul or Clive to pressurise them into making this happen!

All the best,


Calendar 2011 – RS100 Events Section Update


We’re pleased to announce the EVENTS section has been updated with the main dates and locations.

More will follow to each individual event page, including information like hotels & camping, number of races, local curry house recommendations etc; however in order to start your planning now please see:

There are three main class related sections:

UK Championships– including the Nationals at WPNSA & the Inlands at Rutland

The Euro Tour– organised by the International RS Class Association

The Gul Grand Prix Series– class open meetings from the UK Owners Association

Last Shout Championship: 13th & 14th Nov 2010, Rutland SC

A great opportunity come and have fun at this new All RS Class Championship.  Hosted by Rutland SC, probably the best inland sailing venue in the UK, this event is set to become a legend in its own right; bringing together every contingent of the RS family under one championship regatta.

photo credit: Martin Hollingshead, Tiger Trophy, Feb 2010

Saturday 13th November 2010

3 races (windward-leeward courses) | Back to Back | First start at 12:00

19:30hrs – Sailing Supper & RS Gul prizegiving, followed by a DJ, flashing lights, dodgy dancing and the legendary RS party spirit at the bar!

Sunday 14th November 2010

Round Rutland Pursuit Race

First start RS Fevas at 1100hrs, RS800s at 1134hrs

Entries on the day including one day entries for those that can’t do both.

So who’s brave enough / mastered their craft enough to sail in November then?

For further information, please see the class association website here.