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UK Inlands 2010

26/10/2010 1 comment


The inaugural RS100 Inlands took place over the weekend 23/24 October at Queen Mary alongside the RS800’s. The forecast for 12 knots of breeze with some big gusts proved to be on the money.

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Saturday proved to be the windier day. After a delay launching due to the onshore winds, most people were on the course to start the outer loop course in a solid force 3. Half way through the race a huge squall with rain and hailstones came through and with the wind gusting F5-6 and little visibility, it turned out the race was abandoned, much to the disappointment of those that continued the 4 laps and only found out as they sailed to the committee boat to finish. Mark Harrison (8.4) leading was the major casualty, while Paul Childs having given up after a swim in the squall the beneficiary!

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You can be my wingman anytime…

19/10/2010 5 comments

… bullshit; you can be mine!



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Categories: club sailing, RS100 photos

Photo Gallery from St Raphael


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Parkstone Photos- indexed by Sail Number

09/09/2010 1 comment

Just a quick note to remind you that you can search David Harding’s photos from the Nationals by sail number.

Simply type your sail number (forget the country code GBR etc) into the lower search box:

click here to go to the RS100 Nationals gallery on www.sailingscenes.co.uk

David has put in a lot work physically indexing each photograph.  This saves you the trouble of going through all the thumbnails just to find those ego boosting shots of you either:

a) capsized
b) blasting it downwind, kite up and happy
c) looking a little knackered and past it upwind

These photographs are for sale in a variety of formats, from straight prints to canvas to screen resolution digital jpegs.

If you see what you like, then please buy one; without mutually supporting great photographers all you will be left with is the grainy images that Junior and I can muster up on a cheap camcorder!

RS100 DAKINE UK National Championship – Event Report


The weekend of the 4th and 5th of September 2010 saw the inaugural RS100 DAKINE UK National Championship get underway at Parkstone Yacht Club with a surprising 43 entries- not bad for a class that’s only been going for six months!

A free pre-event training session courtesy of RS Sailing followed by a trip to the local fleet’s favoured curry haunt proved a successful confidence boost and nerve settler for many of the travellers.  Entries came from as far as afield as Cornwall, Merseyside and the Blackwater, all arriving with the same aims: to pitch their skills and learn some more about these new toys.


a few clips from Saturday


Saturday got underway with a steady F3-4.  It would be nice to say the Parkstone Team had some local advantage, however with the neaps and a racecourse around their unfamiliar side of Brownsea Island, it was abundantly clear that the only advantage they pressed was some pretty handy core skills and plenty of time on the water racing other RS100s.


close racing at the first ever RS00 Class Event in Parkstone, UK

The top of the fleet was settling in to some familiar patterns, Hywel Roberts from Parkstone taking the first ever RS100 class event race win in his 8.4 rig.  Huw Powell was in hot pursuit finishing second in a 10.2 rig with Neal Freeman taking his only hit outside the top two grabbing an eventually discarded third place.

Nick Peters and Clive Eplett fought it out for 4th and 5th respectively, opening up another can of worms on the whole 8.4 / 10.2 debate.  Which is quicker on a championship windward / leeward course… it’s yet to be settled.  Many of us put this down to Clive’s speed downwind which was simply astounding throughout the training event and Day 1.

Further down the fleet there was some noticeable talent coming up through ranks. Simon Childs with dominating pace upwind, guest helmsman Tim Garvin posting an impressive 6th from his first ever ride in a production 100 and David Thomas proving the transition from a Laser sailor to a more than competent RS100 pilot is about 4 days on the water with a bit yoof n’ talent on your side.

Guest competitor, Tim Garvin teaches the RS100 fleet the Port/Starboard Rule

Race 2 & 3 followed similar patterns, same names at the top of the list.  In race 2 Neal took the win from Nick Peters, Clive drag-racing into 3rd downwind.  Fourth and Fifth places ‘stayed local’ with Hywell Roberts and Phil Jackson respectively.  Again four 8.4s in the top five, this class is ever-evolving into something very interesting!

Race 3 also saw the return to form of Chris Larr, the former RS Vareo National Champion who was grossly infringed by a port tacker on the first beat of Race 1 leaving him out of the line up for the first two guns of the day.   Chris notched up a 3rd in his 10.2 rig, although the slimmed down man owned up to saying it was bit too much like hard work.   Another ex-Vareo boy, Mick Church from South Cerney SC got around this course unscathed and posted an impressive 7th – a clear indication that careful, consistent sailing can bring home the chocolates.

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a few cheeky fotos before the report comes out…


… I couldn’t resist sharing these, courtesy of fotoboat.com, more media and comments to follow tomorrow!


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Categories: regattas, RS100 photos

Wednesday night WINDY sailing

08/07/2010 10 comments

I had a good blast last night and 20+knots and had Ian Baillie watching on and shouting some tips like ‘More kicker!’ and More downhaul!’ I think I need to re adjust everything to let me pull more on as I was block to block. Great blast but upwind was hard work in alot of chop and like the 200’s I was struggling to stop the nose burying and scooping over the bow heading into the chop. Downwind was a different story and was superb.
Heres a piccy although it never looks that windy in the pictures the next day????