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Roadford Rocket at Roadford Lake Sailing Club

by Richard Willows 11 Mar 2015 10:18 GMT 8 March 2015

Just under 60 boats took the water for the inaugural Roadford rocket held at Roadford Lake reservoir near Launceston in South Devon. The day dawned as forecast with a brisk south-westerly and heavy drizzle, but with a forecast of the wind moving West then North West, the race committee opted for a committee boat start to guarantee a windward first leg and the event started 10 minutes late. The boats were divided into four flights with asymmetrics going first, then double-handers, lasers and remaining single-handers.

Clear starts were made by all and early GPS tracking by SailRacer showed that the Osprey and RS400 were already showing well. Further back there was a good battle amongst the Lasers with several local boats having a tough dogfight and amongst the single-handers, the early leaders were the Phantom, Blaze and RS Aero.

The course was quite complicated to allow for the across-lake wind, but fortunately nobody got lost, but with a combination of beats/runs/beam reaches there was plenty of opportunity for fast sailing and overtaking. At around the 90 minute mark, the sun came out and the wind started to fade and track further to the north, so boats on the last lap finished in a rather dying wind but pleasant conditions!

The Osprey of Terry Curtis and Peter Greig from Mounts Bay showed the best speed on a GPS tracking and took the winner's position, closely followed by the Hornet of Richard Garry and Sam Woolner of Starcross. Richard Cain and Steve Cockerill in RS400 and Rooster 4000 took the next two positions, then a little further down, there was a strong group of single handers led by Alex Hutchings from Roadford who sailed the last two laps extremely fast to win the lasers by a handsome margin, then the two Supernovas of Norman Halstead and Ian Porlock.

There were 12 juniors taking part, with Ben Hawkes from Wimbleball first in Laser Radial , Ellie Hutchings from Roadford second, followed by Harry Kennedy Stokes Bay in next place.

Most competitors completed the full course; commiserations to Mark Harold who unfortunately took a nasty knock just before the start and retired.

Many thanks to Sail Racer for their support in getting this event organised, with their excellent website and GPS live tracking, North sails and Volvo sailing for help with the prizes, and Roadford Lake Watersports Centre for organising the rescue facilities and trailer catering and BBQ. The race team of Alistair Wallace and Phil Murray got the starts and finish timings just right and thanks to the recorder teams, and other club members who helped on shore.

The Club must apologise for the delay and mix-up with the initial results and hopes that this did not detract too much from an excellent day's sailing.

Photographs, courtesy of SailRacer, are available on Google+.

The South West challenge series moves next Sunday to Starcross and hopefully many of the competitors will enjoy another good battle in a quite different venue.

Thanks to the excellent turnout, just over £200 has been raised for Sailability and will be presented to the Wimbleball group at the Beastie.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoClubHelmCrewR1Pts
1stOsprey1281Mounts BayTerry CurtisPeter Greig11
2ndHornet2154Starcross YCRichard GarrySam Woolner22
3rdRS400411SYCRichard Cain 33
4thRooster 40004190Stokes Bay SCSteve CockerillSarah Cockerill44
5thMerlin Rocket3656SalcombeOliver TurnerHamish Kilburn55
6thInt Canoe308RPCYCChris Hampe 66
7thRS400727RestronguetBob WarrenJack Warren77
8thLaser192498RoadfordAlex Hutchings 88
9thSupernova1061RLSCNorman Halstead 99
10thSupernova1092Stokes Bay Sailing ClubIain Porlock 1010
11thSolo5573Salcombe Yacht ClubChris Cleaves 1111
12th29er346RoadfordParis ThomasJacob Hutchings1212
13thHornet2160StarcrossNigel Scudder 1313
14thF/F3453RoadfordBill AndersonSally Farrant1414
15thRS Aero 71045RoadfordRichard Willows 1515
16thLaser radial203910WimbleballBne Hawkes 1616
17thLaser195030RoadfordMark Stitson 1717
18thLaser180229Paignton SCHal Sanderson 1818
19thLaser146660RoadfordKevin Reed 1919
20thIcon4BurghfieldMike BellCharlotte Bell2020
21stFinn603StarcrossSimmons 2121
22ndLaser radial198310RoadfordEllie Hutchings 2222
23rdLaser radial181920Stokes Bay SCHarry Kennedy 2323
24thMerlin Rocket3711RestronguetDavid LeeHannah Showell2424
25thLaser radial164939Paignton SCJames Ripley 2525
26thPhantom1405WimbleballAndrew Clear 2626
27thBlaze571WimbleballChris Dyer 2727
28thBlaze545Paignton SCNick Ripley 2828
29thLaser151521BeerMichael Taylor 2929
30thLaser radial195107StarcrossEleanor Poole 3030
31st29er2018Royal TorbayLuke RobertsonIzzie Berkley3131
32ndLaser 4.7197634RoadfordSally Bryant 3232
33rdAlbacore7508S CerneyDave WhittleSarah Lobo33.533.5
33rdFireball14708PortisheadColin JarvisDerek Jarvis33.533.5
35thSupernova631EXEBob Horlock 3535
36thLaser166336Paignton SCDrew Gibson 3636
37thD‑one420WimbleballPaul Birbeck 3737
38thRS100 8.4129StarcrossTony Blackmore 3838
39thLaser Radial5RLSCBilly Kindon 3939
40thRS4001069RoadfordChris MulhollandCatherine Mulholland4040
41stRS VISION  Michael CollingwoodEmilie Porter4141
42nd42053959RestronguetRebecca StevensNiamh O Neill4242
43rdD‑one105Sutton BinghamRoger Battersby 4343
44thSlender 201RoadfordNiall McLeodAdrian Spence4444
45thlaser rooster132173SidmouthAlastair Watson 4545
46thlaser rooster167783SidmouthSimon White 46.546.5
46thRS Vision280RoadfordDerek de GlanvilleRob de Glanville46.546.5
48thD‑one6Casle CoveRichard Cumberbatch 4848
49thIcon1   4949
50thD Zero141StarcrossDave Bartlett 5050
51stTopper13114Roadford LakeHenry Kingdom 5151
52ndInternational Moth3190StacrossTillbrook 5252
53rdRs Vareo244RoadfordMark Harold DNS60
53rdIcon18Starcross YCGreg BartlettPaul BartlettDNC60
53rdLASER 200022511Royal Naval SANatalie RoachtbaDNC60
53rd5059079WimbleballMark WestonSimon HawkesDNC60
53rdLaser radial189554StarcrossIzzy Stylianides DNC60
53rdLaser160521Exe SCIain Porlock DNC60
53rdLaser169898TobermoryBejamin Timothy Flower DNC60

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