Glanfield and MacGregor chase RS200 glory at Looe.

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:40 10 June 2010

THE RS200 national championships are taking place at Looe this week, writes Mike Rice

THE RS200 national championships are taking place at Looe this week, writes Mike Rice.

Although this is a popular class at Exe SC, other commitments (such as helping with the Comet Trio nationals) have kept most of the club's RS200 sailors at home.

One exception is Olympic double silver medallist Joe Glanfield, who is sailing a 200 for the first time, with Kate MacGregor.

Considering Joe won his medals sailing at the front of a 470, on a trapeze, it is good to see he has not forgotten how to steer a boat.

He led the 130 boat fleet for most of the first race, only to be beaten into second place on the final leg. The event continues until Thursday.

l Father and son Neil and Sam Matson crossed the Plymouth finshing line in the Fastnet race five days and fifteen hours after leaving Cowes, to take 47th place in the IRC3 class.

The only record broken in this year's running of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial 608 nautical-mile classic was one relating to competitor patience, as light winds at the start and end, combined with powerful spring tides, made for a 'tactically challenging' race, and one of the longest in recent years.

l Entries are now being taken for the next major event to be run by Exe Sailing Club - the Champagne Challenge, taking place on Saturday, September 12.

The event, open to all River Exe clubs, takes the form of a race to Brixham, followed by a champagne reception, prizegiving and dinner at Brixham Yacht Club and a gentle cruise back to the Exe on the Sunday.

Racing will be organised into two classes: Class 1 (Racy) and Class 2 (Comfort).

The race is traditionally started off Orcombe Point by the Exmouth Lifeboat with the slower classes starting at 11:00 and the faster ones half an hour later.

This year's event is sponsored by two local businesses: Aqualine Bathrooms and Kitchens, and Graham Sykes Insurance.

l For full details and online entry go to the website at

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