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Rooster 8.1 Nationals at Weston Sailing Club - Overall

by Steve Cockerill 20 Oct 2008 12:54 BST 18-19 October 2008

The final day was to be the test for the Rooster 8.1 Rig. Was it manageable in 20 knots of wind? Would the heavyweights be the only ones to handle the power - or would the lightweights understand what overpowered was and how to handle the rig?

Race Four

Greg Carey was a match for the power off the start-line in race one and cheekily crossed the fleet tacking at the pin. By the first mark however Steve Cockerill was also in strong contention. His Cunningham pulled to the max and sailing with no kicker tension and the boom lightly pulled to block to block it looked like the rig was doing all the work for him. Steve(81) rolled Greg(197) into mark one and took the early lead, both followed closely by Ian Morgan (111). Steve's set up seamed to be the easiest to sail and he was able to tack on every shift up the next beat to have a handsome lead by the next windward mark. Greg rounded this mark and subsequently broke his boom. This was the 7th boom Greg has broken this season while sailing his Laser so no real surprise! Ian Morgan was then leading the chasing group and was able to hold off Simon Barrington despite a late capsize to take 2nd. Simon had his own battle holding Andy Gordan from Stokes Bay who took 4th.

Between races Steve sailed around the fleet explaining his set up so others could benefit from the easy sail he had - claiming - I had no weather helm and it was easier to sail than a Laser Radial.

Race Five

Steve took control from the start and did not look under any pressure until Simon Barrington hooked into a big left hand shift on the last lap to the windward mark. This shift also cost Ian Morgan and he slipped to 4th behind Andy Gordan. Neil Peters top mast collar had slipped so he missed this race.

Race Six

Perhaps now the heavyweights had the stamina for the final battle. The left side of the course seemed to hold the key to a fast windward leg, sailing on Starboard in the weaker outgoing flow and port in the stronger flow to get the best out of the lee bow effect into mark one. Simon Barrington passed Steve on the last trip to mark one on yet again another large left shift but on the downwind run Steve re passed Simon and to take the gun at the finish. Neil Peters had his best result of the weekend having returned to the course taking 3rd from Andy Gordan. Chris Fyans had learned from the max cunningham system and also posted his best result taking a 5th in the final race. Jenn Botterill was a fantastic 6th in this race still sailing with a smile on her face!

Steve's last three race wins added to his two second places on the first day to take the title again from an improving Simon Barrington and Ian Morgan. Commiseration's to Greg Carey for his gear failure as he would certainly have finished in the chocolates. First Lady went to Kerry Tucker who once again showed the versatility of this rig finishing 6th overall and never outside the top 9.

Overall Results:

Place Sail Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Gr Pts Nt Pts
1 81 Steve Cockerill Stokes Bay 2 2 (9) 1 1 1 16 7
2 92 Simon Barrington Weir Wood 4 (10) 2 3 2 2 23 13
3 111 Ian Morgan Stokes Bay 3 1 4 2 4 (18) 32 14
4 106 Andy Gordon Stokes Bay 6 4 (10) 4 3 4 31 21
5 175 Neil Peters Weir Wood 7 5 7 5 (18) 3 45 27
6 249 Kerry Tucker Weston 9 7 5 6 7 (18) 52 34
7 267 Alistair Glen Lancing 10 9 3 9 5 (18) 54 36
8 197 Greg Carey Royal Lymington 1 3 1 (18) 18 18 59 41
9 125 Chris Fyans Weir Wood 11 (17) 14 8 6 5 61 44
10 199 Jenn Botterill Sutton Bingham (14) 14 11 10 9 6 64 50
11 378 Valentin Nedyalkov LCSC 5 6 8 (18) 18 18 73 55
12 238 Alastair Stagg Bowmoor 12 13 15 7 8 (18) 73 55
13 380 Simon Riddle Stokes Bay 8 8 6 (18) 18 18 76 58
14 157 Paul Webb Weston 15 11 12 (18) 18 18 92 74
15 240 Mark Phillips Felpham 13 12 13 (18) 18 18 92 74
16 384 Jamie Foot Bosham 16 15 (18) 18 18 18 103 85
17 193 Jonny Foot Bosham 17 16 (18) 18 18 18 105 87

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