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Rooster 8.1 Nationals at Weston Sailing Club - Overall

by Steve Cockerill, Rooster Sailing 15 Oct 2007 13:06 BST 13-14 October 2007

Day two of the Rooster 8.1 National Championships and again light winds greeted the competitors. Discussions took place and the sailors agreed that we should wait for 14:00 to see if the winds could make some racing. Almost on cue the wind filled in a good 9 knots and racing began.

Race 4 - Once again it was local knowledge that won the first beat, with Ian Morgan rounding the first mark clear of Greg Carey closely followed by Simon Barrington and Kerry Tucker. Bt the end of the first triangle, Greg, Ian and Steve were in the frame. The racing was close throughout the race, with Ian taking line honors having spotted the biased end of the line with Steve finishing 2nd just inches from Greg with Larry Lawrence once again finishing closely in 4th – commenting afterwards that he had mastered the rig with the controls upwind, just now needed to work harder downwind to beat the best.

Race 5 - With the winds increasing to 11 knots Greg Carey was coming into his own taking a lead into the first mark, closely followed by Steve Cockerill just rounding inside Simon Barrington. Ian Morgan had for the first time found himself on the wrong side of the first shift rounding in the pack was able to pull himself up to a comfortable 3rd at the finish. Steve was close to taking Greg on the last triangle – but took a 360 penalty after hitting the top mark which meant that he spent the off wind re catching up the 10 boat lengths he had lost spinning finishing behind Greg.

Race 6 – Mathematics on the water is always fun. Greg and Steve could both still win. If Greg won the last race he would equal Steve’s points and wind on more firsts. Steve could however try to hold Greg up or even win the race to win with a comfortable margin. The Race Officer was keen to get a short race in and the sailors were aware it might only be a couple of laps. Steve started close to Greg and they rounded the top mark overlapped. Greg getting the advantage on the first reach. With current taking the sailors high on the second leg it might have seemed faster to sail lower and trying to sink down to the right. Steve opted to heat the reach up, going for height and speed, hoping that Greg would come and defend his air. Greg tried to sail a good line but was finally temped to defend giving Steve the chance to really sit on his wind from close and risking others the chance to take them both to leeward. Steve managed to get overlapped with Greg, so Greg sunk off by the lee to sail back to the optimum line. Steve took the waves better and rounded inside in the lead. The next beat they definitely used the Aussie phrase WORK – for the beat. Both hiking to the max in 10 knots. Steve sailed Greg to the port tack layline before tacking. On the way to the top mark – Greg had an overlap on Steve. Steve then luffed Greg to head to wind – they both waited almost stationary before Steve bore away to remove the overlap at the mark. Steve rounding first. The next leg Greg opted for a slightly risky course in the less favorable current, but picked up some good pressure. Steve was still slightly faster and drew ahead a few boat lengths. Greg lost a little ground after responding to a possible downwind finish that he thought was about to happen as he sailed rather quickly back to the rhum line. Steve then had a comfortable short beat to the finish with Ian Morgan again finishing seconds behind them both at the finish.

Overall there had been some remarkably close racing. The rig, although designed for the heavier weights had been sailed incredibly well by many very lightweights – Kerry Tucker is well under 70kg and she was regularly in the top 7, having sailed very smartly. The winds had not been favorable on the heavyweights, many are looking forward to next years windy Championships with relish. Winning the Championships had not been part of the script for Steve Cockerill, although perhaps the Class as a whole are the winner rather than the sailor who conceived the new Rooster 8.1. 19 at its first National Championships is a real coupe representing 8 sailing clubs from as far away as Cardiff and Derbyshire. Many are looking forward to events next season, a new class website and more sailors across the county to add to the 139 so far.

One of the sailors who had hired a rig for the event said "it's five times better than a Laser". All the class need now are these sailors taking their renewed enthusiasm back to their clubs and the class should go from strength to strength. Next years Nationals will again have a free training day ran by Steve Cockerill and closer competitive racing in the Rooster 8.1 Class. Rigs will always be available to hire, once you have tried one, you might not be able to put it down!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st81Steve Cockerill11-22217
2nd197Greg Carey-4213129
3rd111Ian Morgan2-3313312
4th92Simon Barrington355-64421
5th213Larry Lawerence-134846830
6th178Gavin Sharp7-104105531
7th158Kerry Tucker5695-131035
8th195Steve Marshall676-117935
9th127James Hewitt1197128(20 DNC)47
10th157Cliff Shaw15-161099649
11th196Gareth Norton98-151510749
12th125Chris Fyans8-141113111255
13th212Paul Webb1415(20 DNC)7121361
14th186Dennis Fisher121317815(20 DNC)65
15th205Andrew Meek101113-17171465
16th84Grant Blake-18121216161167
17th194Alan Hoy-17171614141576
18th199Gavin Eadie161914(20 DNC)20 DNC20 DNC89
19th193Johnny Foot1918(20 DNC)20 DNC20 DNC20 DNC97

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