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BURNHAM RS ELITE REPORT 2014

The undoubted highlight for the Burnham RS Elite fleet this season was hosting the Nationals and the absolute icing on the cake was getting 3.5 Burnham boats in the top four with the Browns taking the overall Championship in some style.

Held between 17 to 20 July it is hard to imagine four better days of sailing on the River Crouch. For the first three days a steady easterly breeze enabled the Race Officer to get a full complement of nine races away and the true windward - leeward courses gave the competitors a series of tough decisions to make about the optimum beats and runs and the racing was ultra-competitive. Early on in the regatta a pattern emerged with three top boats, Aeolus sailed by the Brown family, KISS (the RS Sailboats works boat) sailed by Paul Fisk (the half Burnham boat), and Outlaw, helmed by Chip Cole, taking the top three slots, and indeed going into the final day the Championship had already been won by Jono Brown. The final race of the Championships was sailed on the Sunday in a light and shifty westerly breeze that frustrated the Race Officer and competitors alike, but with real competition for 2nd and 3rd places between Paul Fisk and Chip Cole, and with a mere handful of points between places five to nine, the racing was still full on. In the event, Jono Brown and Paul Fisk sailed away from the fleet, making the most of the wicked shifts and eventually finished in that order. Chip Cole was buried at the start and although he worked his way up to fifth, it wasn't enough to secure second place. The organisation by the RBYC, in particular Angus Bates and his team of helpers, the excellent Race Officer and all other members of the race team made for an absolutely superb four days racing and socialising!!!

Turnouts for club racing though were disappointing in terms of numbers this season with only four boats regularly coming out to play. However the racing itself was very competitive with all four boats able to take line honours. Oink Squeal sailed by Dave and Fran Wood and Simon Wakefield took most of the club trophies with the exception of the Clyde Cooper Trophy, the most prestigious of all the Royal Burnham's RS Elite trophies, which was won by Excalibur sailed by Adrian Olsen, Mick Lovell and Trevor Greenway, who also won Burnham Week. Oink Squeal and Excalibur also shared the trophies for Burnham Sailing Club's Wednesday evening series. Flo sailed by Angus Bates with various of his daughters and their friends crewing would have picked up more silver-ware had he sailed just a few more races in the Elite rather than succumbing to the temptations of big boat sailing on the East Anglia Offshore Racing Association circuit.