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2015 RS 200 Ladies Day - 4th July 2015

The 2015 RS 200 Ladies Day Open Meetings will take place on Saturday 4th July 2015.

Pre-registration is available until Thursday 2nd July with pre-registered boats benefitting from a reduced entry fee. Entry fee is £20 if pre-registered (no requirement to pre-pay), £25 on the day.

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Burghfield RS200 Open Meeting 2014

Saturday 11 October 2014
Briefing 10.15, first start 11:00 am

Calling all 200 sailors. This is the penultimate event in the friendly and competitive South East Area Series and the only event of the 200 calendar where you have the chance to win a bottle of Sailor Jerry's in it's own hand crafted oak trophy.

This year we'll be running four windward / leeward races followed by afternoon tea.

Entry £17 pre entered or £19 on the day (£2 of this goes to SEAS).

Please do pre-enter to give us an idea of numbers for catering and possibly flights.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please see the Open Events page for directions and other information.


Ladies RS200 Open, Saturday 7 June 2014

Are you a girly 200 helm or a girly crew with designs on the back of the boat? Do you fancy open meeting racing without quite so much testosterone around and a little bit of help between races… in which case get this date in your diary now!

The Burghfield SC ladies RS200 open (affectionately known as Ladies Day) is an open event especially for female helms... crews can be boys or girls we’re not fussy! We’re running short course racing and will have experienced 200 sailors on hand for coaching on and off the water during the day and videos and photos of the sailing. There will be a glass of prosecco after sailing to accompany the debrief, then either a barbecue or afternoon tea afterwards depending on weather.

Please pre-enter to give us an idea of numbers and to save yourself £2 on the day

Saturday 7 June 2014
First start 11 am, briefing 10:15
Entry £15 in advance or £17 on the day

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200s In Race 2, with the wind slightly further left the fleet had to decide which side of the island to go on the beat. It looked as if Andy and Gill Peters on the right had called it perfectly, until at the 11th hour the wind flicked back and the boats on the left snuck in, with Chris/Ally and Ian/Ellie rounding ahead. This time Ian and Ellie took the win after gybe-setting and splitting from Chris/Ally at the windward marks. Maria/Pinner took third and Andy/Gill fourth. A close battle behind saw Chris and Katharine Martin sneaking past Phil and Lucy on the final mark.
200s The wind, as forecast, dropped slightly for race 3. Steve and Katie Restall won the start, leaving the rest of the fleet looking like they were standing still, but they were pipped to the windward mark by Phil and Lucy. Ian and Ellie pulled through on the run and it looked as if they were home and dry. But, as the wind dropped lighter Katharine Martin/Chris Martin and Caroline Martin/Jan Martin turned on the speed and sailed past the entire fleet. On the final run Ian/Ellie caught back up to Katharine/Chris but Steve/Katie came storming down on a gust so that all three boats converged on the line for a photo finish (Katharine/Chris got it).

Reigning SEAS champions Andy and Gill, led race 4, chased by James/Sarah and Chris/Ally. The rest of the fleet struggled with a sizeable hole on the run, letting the leaders sail off into the distance. Chris/Ally sniggled past Andy/Gill on the second beat to take the win and the event.
cake The Burghfield 200 fleet had been baking all week, so after sailing the sailors enjoyed tea and a lot of cake. Chris and Ally won the big bottle of rum and the prestigious handcrafted oak trophy, James and Sarah won the silver fleet (and some Crabbies) and Peter and Oscar Watts in their first 200 open won bronze fleet.

Thanks to everyone at Burghfield for a very enjoyable event. The next and final SEAS event of the year is at on 27 October at Wembley SC. See you there for the series prize giving.

Full results are here: Burghfield website.

Burghfield at Carnac

Carnac in Brittany was the venue for this years big RS European event. It was a four day event from May 30th to June 2nd. Burghfield was well represented in both the RS200s and the RS400s.

In the 200s we had Kevin Druce/Kate Fitzsimmons, Toby Ashton/Rachael Ashton, Ian Sharps/Ellie Martin, Chris Catt/Ally Martin, Chris Martin/Katharine Martin and finally Ian Martin/Chloe Martin. In the 400s we had Nick Martin/Caroline Martin and Rob Martin/Jan Martin. (A lot of Martins especially when you add Chloe's parents John and Pam who were also in a 400.)

Carnac is a friendly club which provides excellent race management in a lovely setting. Many people took the full week holiday to make best use of the locality. The weather was generally sunny but with northerly winds all week it was quite cold. Fortunately the dinghy park is a sun trap!

The event started with a very windy day and became gradually lighter as the days passed.

In the 200s Ian/Ellie set Burghfield on its way by winning the first race while Ian/Chloe took an uncharacteristic swim before winning the second race from Ian/Ellie with Chris/Ally third in both. It is easy to forget that there were other competitors, notably Jonny McGovern/Sarah Williams who took a second.

Day 2 started to see pattern as the wind decreased a little. Ian/Chloe, Chris/Ally and Ian/Ellie all had race wins but Ian/Chloe and Chris/Ally were showing most consistency. After race 5 these 3 boats filled the top 3 with Jonny/Sarah 4th and Chris/Katharine in 5th.

Then disaster struck for a few people. The club provided a fine buffet in the evening but a few people were ill the next day. It was unfortunately the end of Ian/Ellie's regatta and Kevin became a crew for hire; for Jonny McGovern on day 3 and an 800 on day 4.

Day 3 belonged to Ian/Chloe with 3 firsts. Chris/Ally consolidated second with a couple of seconds and Chris/Katharine climbed to third.

The final day had just 2 races. In the lighter conditions Ian/Chloe got a 4th just pipping Chris/Ally in 5th. Chris/Katharine got their first race win. With first and second assured for Ian/Chloe and Chris/Ally respectively, Ally and Chloe both helmed the last race and both got themselves 'black flagged' at the start! Jonny McGovern won the race but Chris/Katharine were 3rd to get 3rd overall.

In the 400s things started more slowly. In the big wind on day 1 Nick/Caroline started with 6,5 and Rob/Jan with 13,6. Day 2 was better. Rob/Jan showed some consistency with 7,5,4 while Nick/Caroline showed that they are settling in the boat with 10,4 and then a very impressive win.

Day 3 was a day of consolidation. Rob /Jan got 4,12,4 and Nick/Caroline got 11,5,8 leaving Nick in 5th and Rob in 6th overall with 2 races to go. At this point Nick/Caroline found the go button. In race 9 they led for a while before getting 2nd and in race 10 they made 3rd to climb up to finish 3rd overall. Meanwhile Rob/Jan, despite tracking Nick in 3rd for much of race 9 dropped to 5th at the finish and closed the event with a not so good race to drop to 9th overall.

It was a good regatta. A pleasant club, sunny weather, variable wind conditions and success for Burghfield in both the 200s and 400s.

RS 200 - Club Racing

RS200s race in the Fast Handicap Fleet and are the fastest growing class at the club at the moment. Designed for those who want the excitement of fast, close asymmetric racing but without the need for as much bulk and muscle as some other classes, the RS200 has broad appeal to couples, family and friends who want to sail together. The RS200 looks set to be one of the main racing classes in the club in the near future.

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If you would like to keep up with news, developments and discussions within the RS200 fleet at Burghfield, please join our mailing list.

To do this, send a mail introducing yourself (to ensure we don't get any spammers) to or visit the mailing list's web page.

For more details on the RS200 visit the class association or contact .

Created on 28/12/2005 09:37 PM by Burghfield Admin
Updated on 18/06/2015 01:14 PM by Sharon Bullock
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