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Ripon open meeting & GUL series penultimate event
National 12 Gul open meeting at Ripon sailing club
4th October 2014
Twenty boats travelled to Ripon Sailing Cub for the
penultimate event in the National 12 Gul series. Luckily for
the competitors the heavy rain cleared before racing began
and the fleet
Race 2 saw much lighter winds and a start in the bottom half of the lake. Tom Stewart, this time sailing with son Robbie, was first to tack off on to port on the right hand side. On the left hand side Phil David and Emma Hampshire were also quick to tack off and got into second place. Graham and Zoe followed in third. After battling Phil and Emma for several legs, they finally overtook them but by then Tom and Robbie were too far ahead to catch.
In Race 3, the wind strengthened and shifted, resulting in an initial general recall. Finally the fleet got away cleanly. Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart and the Gores had a good start on the committee boat end but Graham and Zoe, starting further down the line, got ahead up the first beat, maintaining their lead to the finish. The pack of boats following behind changed places regularly but it was Ian and Alex who held on to second place, followed by Jon and Charlotte in third and Ed and Henry Storey in fourth.
1. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne
2. Tom and Isobel/Robbie Stewart
3. Ian and Alex Gore
4. Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart
1st Admirals Cup boat
Bernard and Ellie Clark
Photo courtesy Jennie Clark