United Kingdom

22/06/2002
Gul RS Solent Grand Slam Lee-on-Solent

On 22/23 June, 26 RS600's visited Lee-on-Solent for the third Gul event of the year. The sailors were greeted with perfect force 4-5 winds and the accompanying Solent chop. Race one started with a starboard bias line. After the first beat Brian Greensmith had set the precedent for the weekend's racing. He led round the windward mark and never surrendered his lead. A similar set of events were repeated in races two and three to leave Greensmith with a perfect set of results for the first day. The race for second overall was more closely fought, with long time 600 sailor, Richard Smith, leading the charge. Day two dawned to much lighter winds and perfect sunshine. After a short postponement the sailors were released from the beach to make their way to the race area. As if on cue, the wind filled and held to a steady force 3-4. Race one saw the day one domination of Greensmith broken by Mike Bean. Bean had established a sizeable lead after two laps but was steadily caught down the final run by the chasing pack. He managed to defend his position and sailed home to take a much deserved victory - his first on the Gul circuit. In the second and third races, Greensmith showed that the first day wasn't luck by taking two more wins. He didn't however have everything entirely his own way and was pushed hard in both races by Sanders, Peake and Chapman. Notable performances of the weekend included Pete Sanders, who showed blistering pace downwind, Matt Chapman and Richard Smith. Ian Montague also sailed a consistent regatta to come home in fourth overall. There is however no doubting who dominated the event with an awesome display of boat handling, speed and tactics. Testimony to the time spent on the water this year by Greensmith and a warning to anybody with RS600 national championship ambitions.
1 734 Brian Greensmith Calshot SC 1 1 1 8 1 1 5 2 909 Peter Sanders Datchet Water SC 15 3 5 3 3 3 17 3 860 Richard Smith Stone SC 6 2 3 4 4 14 19 4 911 I Montague Stone SC 3 10 4 2 9 5 23 5 902 Andrew Peake Bough Beech SC 8 5 6 7 2 4 24 6 914 Colin Turner Stone SC 2 20 8 5 7 7 29 7 719 Alex Koukourakis Eastbourne Sovereign SC 4 4 7 26 8 10 33 8 654 Ian Marshall RAFSA & Oxford SC 5 6 10 6 6 13 33 9 631 Mike Bean Datchet Water SC 7 9 12 1 11 8 36 10 917 Matthew Chapman Chew Valley SC 14 15 9 14 5 2 44 11 967 Alex Newton-Southon HISC 10 11 2 9 17 12 44 12 826 David Nunn Datchet Water SC 11 13 16 11 16 6 57 13 944 R Emmans Weston SC 12 12 14 10 13 11 58 14 756 Neil Cooney GWSC 17 8 13 15 14 9 59 15 792 Adrian White Mount Batten SC 9 7 11 19 19 18 64 16 954 Jon Heissig Lymington Town SC 26 18 17 13 10 15 73 17 783 Paul Craig Thornbury SC 13 16 26 16 15 16 76 18 893 David Cummins Datchet Water SC 21 14 18 12 12 20 76 19 626 Richard French Island Barn SC 18 17 15 20 20 17 87 20 652 Graham Adamson Stone SC 20 19 26 18 18 19 94 21 930 Rob Chaplin Datchet Water SC 16 21 26 17 21 21 96 22 709 Andy Heissig Lymington Town SC 26 26 26 23 22 22 119 23 697 M Stanbury Stone SC 26 26 26 22 24 23 121 24 632 27 27 27 21 23 24 122 25 624 Paul Halliwell Queen Mary SC 19 26 26 26 26 26 123 26 921 Damon Bower RAFSA 26 26 26 26 26 26 130
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