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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

Stadium Sprints for Cancer Research

03/08/2011 4 comments

Hi Guys,

I’ve not posted here for a while, it’s good to see the site is still going strong!

Parkstone photos look awesome-  Phil I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… you guys are seriously blessed to have such an exceptional local spot!

Anyway, the reason for the post, I noticed Paul Childs is coordinating a one-off showcase event during the RS Games- the RS100 Stadium Sprints- all to raise money for Cancer Research.

It’s a good cause and  the 100 is a pretty spectacular boat for some flamboyant freestyle racing over short courses, so it sounds like a great idea to me.

Paul’s running a campaign page here, please donate something if you can- you’ll be supporting Cancer Research and helping continue to raise the profile of the RS100!

Have a great time in Weymouth and happy sailing to all.


ex RS100 107

RS100 Nationals

With the early entry discount closing soon, we have had a jump in numbers of entries to the RS100 National Championships.

Looking down the list there are some top sailors in there, so the battle at the front will be very tight, but as we have come to expect from the RS100. No matter your ability you are certain to have fun! Everyone in the class is really friendly and open to questions, so come along and enjoy the sailing as well as the great socials that we are sure to have, being part of the RS games!

With entries still to come in (between 5 and 10 that I know about,and hopefully more on top of that) it should be a brilliant event.

Lets break that 50 boats barrier.

Parkstone Yacht Club Open Events

Hi all,

We would welcome any visitors to join in some great sailing in Poole Harbour during two club events this year…

We have 7 100’s at the club with 2 others at Poole Yacht Club round the corner so there will be good fleet racing at both of these events.

We have an Easter series from 23rd to 25th April with two races a day.

The week after the Nationals we have our annual regatta week ‘Poole Week’ which runs from the 21st through to the 26th of August. This is a great week with two back to back races a day in the afternoon leaving the mornings to go down the beech/recover from the night before.

In addition to these, we obviously also have the RS100 open meeting on 30/31st July.




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