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Rooster Super Series Radial Masters at Oxford Sailing Club

by Andrew Byrne on 27 Sep 2016 24-25 September 2016

The final Rooster Super Series Radial Masters event of the year took place at Oxford on the 24/25 of October. The fleet was greeted with warm sunshine, friendly hospitality and gusty conditions.

Race one started with a strong pin-end bias. Rob Cage was to dominate the race but unfortunately was black-flagged, Ian Gregory picking up the win instead. Short, powerful gusts were to be the dominant feature throughout the day and large wind shifts as we approached the weather mark.

Race two went to Cage who again demonstrated excellent speed. The final race started in a more moderate breeze but remained very shifty. Steve Smith sailed very well to take the win.

The overnight lead was held by Richard Mason who had sailed extremely consistently with a 2, 3, 3 scoreline. After day one, we had three different race winners and a different overnight leader!

Sunday dawned with sunshine but a cooler breeze. The conditions were moderate compared to Saturday but connecting the pressure and managing the gusts would be the key to the day.

Race 4 opened with a seemingly strong pin-end based but a large right shift saw guys from the right scream across the top of the course. Cage again managed to connect the shifts early on and took the lead from Smith followed by local ace Pete Allsop.

The start to race 5 start was similar to race 4 with a pin-end bias and a large shift to come from the right side of the course. Gregory would sail an excellent first lap to take a large lead only to be informed he was black-flagged. David Binding pulled through to take the lead from Smith followed by Andrew Byrne.

Whilst the end of race 5 saw sunshine and a lightening breeze, race 6 would start with a strong cold breeze and heavy rain. Again, the right side of the course provided large shifts and those at the front connected it well. Smith, Cage and Gregory were to dominate and pulled away from the fleet. Garth Edwards finished ahead of the chasing pack in 4th.

Overall Results:

1st Overall (1st Apprentice) – Steve Smith
2nd Overall (1st Grandmaster) – Rob Cage
3rd Overall (1st Great-Grandmaster) – David Binding

PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stApprentice209926Steve SmithChew Valley lake SC3(DSQ)12219
2ndGrandmaster206504Rob CageThames SC(BFD)1214210
3rdGreat Grandmaster208671David BindingWeir Wood SC5‑6461521
4thMaster200510Ian GregoryFrensham SC12145(BFD)325
5thMaster8Richard MasonNotts County SC23310(BFD)927
6thApprentice189184Andrew ByrnKing George SC85573(DNF)28
7thMaster133641Pete AllsopOxford SC415(DNC)38636
8thGreat Grandmaster203323Kevin PearsonThames SC9774(BFD)1239
9thMaster203320Gareth EdwardsQueen Mary SC12‑146145441
10thGrandmaster210262Chris JonesSutton Bingham SC64816(BFD)741
11thGreat Grandmaster204967Rick PlummerBowmoor SC‑1481196842
12thGrandmaster208686Max HuntWhitstable SC1099‑1891653
13thMaster204654Neale FarrBroadstairs SC71213‑19141056
14thLegend197703Ninian EadieQueen Mary SC111016‑17111159
15thMaster210357Robert BloisMaidenhead SC‑13131212101360
16thGrandmaster201073Glyn PurnellLeigh and Lowton SC‑16111013121561
17thGrandmaster191426Lesley HotchinOxford SC171615‑24161882
18thApprentice184133Mark JonesOxford SC(DNF)DNSDNS871485
19thGrandmaster201870Simon CumminsChew Valley Lake SC181717‑22181787
20thGreat Grandmaster204714William SteanWeir Wood SC15(RET)DNS2015DNF106
21stGreat Grandmaster179663John MastersChipstead SC(DNF)DNSDNS151719107
22ndGreat Grandmaster210360David KilleyMaidenhead SC(DNF)DNSDNS211320110
23rdMaster173510Charlie ShearnKing George SC(DNF)DNSDNS231921119
24thGrandmaster190738Chris PinnerOxford SC(DNF)DNSDNS11BFDDNS123
25thGrandmaster204124Alison TaylorChelmarsh SC(DNF)DNSDNSDNSDNSDNS140
25thGreat Grandmaster198911Hilary ThomasLock SC(DNS)DNSDNSDNFDNSDNS140
25thGreat Grandmaster Geoffrey BushWeir Wood SC(DNF)DNFDNSDNSDNSDNS140

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