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Rooster Laser Masters' Nationals at Pevensey Bay Sailing Club - Overall

by Neil Peters 22 Jun 2015 17:06 BST 19-21 June 2015

Three days, 8 races, conditions ranging from flat calm to 25+ knots

A record turnout of 139 boats with visitors from 7 countries from as far afield as Australia, made this a truly unforgettable Rooster National Laser Masters Championships.

The final results have now been posted for both the standard and Radial Fleets.

Day 1 (continued from day 1 report here)

Following a protest by the lead three boats on day 1 the race officer and protest committee agreed to re-instate the abandoned race 1 for the Standard fleet only.

However, as the reason for abandoning the Standard race was due to a merging of tail end of the standard fleet with the front of the Radial fleet; making it impossible to read and differentiate both fleets sail numbers. A compromise position was reached with the results standing for the first 46 boats standard boats and all standard boats finishing after this place being awarded equal points, scoring 47 points each.

Day 2

The day started with a light 5 knot gradient breeze from the South West resulting in both fleets being held ashore until midday.

By midday The South Westerly gradient breeze had built to 8 knots which allowed the first race of the second day to start. With a 7 metre tidal range, 2.1 metre high waves, and variable pressure, starting throughout the day proved challenging for both competitors and race officer.

Race 4 - A heavily biased pin end and tide pushing the boats down resulted in many not able to cross the line on starboard tack. The conditions required maximum power settings to get over the rolling waves, with those taking advantage of the lee bow effect to the first mark benefiting most.

The battle in this race was between Gledhill, Davis and Howard, finishing in this order.

Race 5 - The South Westerly gradient breeze had now built to 11 knots and the tide had turned to make a confused sea state. Keeping the boat moving was everything. The same three front runners emerged and this time Davis secured the win from Gedhill and Howard.

Race 6 - Maximum hiking conditions prevailed for race three with the breeze having built to 15 knots.

Three general recalls later the standard fleet still couldn't get a start away. Many of the top boats had become victims of the black flag through over aggression at the heavily biased pin end with tide pushing them over. The race officer operated the three strike rule and sent the standard fleet off to cool down whilst the Radial fleet got away first go.

It took two further recalls before the decimated standard fleet got away minus most of the front runners. This let the International visitors get a look in on the leader board for a change with a strong Dutch dialect detected at the sharp end of the fleet. Cnossen and Sierhuis took the line honours from May representing the home nation in third.

Day 3

Race 7 - With a freshening 15 to 20 knot south westerly gradient breeze combining with a building sea breeze, a flooding tide from the West and large sea state the race officer was immediately facing significant challenges laying any form of course.

The committee boat was unable to make anchor in the usual race course area so moved closer inshore to find a shallower anchorage. Three anchors and an anchored vessel holding the committee boat into the wind finally secured the start line.

The closer inshore position exaggerated the shifts caused by the contending sea and land breeze, resulting in the first start being abandoned after a 30 degree shift kicked in immediately after the start The restart proved successful and the fleet were flat out in ever strengthening breeze. Making the triangle reaches exhilarating and extremely physical. Howard showed the best technique and read the shifting breeze best with Gledhill and Davis fighting it out for the next top spots, Gledhill got the better of Davis on this occasion.

Race 8 - Sadly Howard was out of contention for the championship as he was carrying a black flag and DNF from the previous day. This meant that Gledhill had to win and beat Davis by two clear boats in the final race to secure the National title. Davis just had to stay in contention with Gledhill and keep upright to win. Easier said than done with the breeze peaking over 25 knots and a rising tide causing some fantastic surfing conditions down wind.

The race got away cleanly and Davis Gledhill and Howard were the main contenders with reigning Grand Master World Champion Nick Harrison giving an impressive heavy airs downwind lesson.

The breeze shifted on the second lap making the first reaching mark (which was by now dragging it's anchor) so tight that any boats taking a down tide course had to tack to make it. Rounding the gybe mark sent the fleet on a very broad reach back down towards the committee boat, surfing down some amazing waves. When the lead boats closed in on the committee boat they looked puzzled as the leeward mark had disappeared having been swept off its anchor. The leaders made a lame attempt at rounding an orange rib clutching onto a large inflatable mark, leaving the race officer little option other than to hoist the abandon race flag.

To be fair to the race team they made a great job with the equipment provided. With the benefit of hindsight ribs could have been deployed to keep station on all of the marks. However, with safety cover paramount and a 25 knot plus breeze, the on water safety resources would have been badly compromised if this decision had of been made.

Everyone returned to shore exhilarated and exhausted after some fantastic sailing conditions. The Pevensey Bay Sailing Club Rooster Laser Masters goes down as one of, if not the best ever nationals!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st198156Alan DAVISOxford SC15221(BFD)314
2nd202549Orlando GLEDHILLQMSC32513(BFD)216
3rd174621Nick HarrisonStokes Bay SC6147104‑2432
4th208993Denzil MAYMounts Bay SC‑13381353436
5th174403Lennart CNOSSENDE Doordrijvers9103‑35171646
6th178808E.c. SIERHUISWV DE Doordrijvers571318162‑2361
7th192532Simon BARRINGTONWeir Wood SC(BFD)161011819569
8th200843Tony WOODSQueen Mary SC‑20171149131771
9th206186Gareth GREENFIELDOxford4142254(BFD)2877
10th195867Tim LAWSalcombe YC‑2222791252277
11th204644Stuart HUDSONKeyhaven YC7(DNF)12211181978
12th206878Matt HowardSBSC(BFD)4132DNF180
13th190794Mac COURTSStokes Bay SC23112312‑27121293
14th201891Neil PETERSPevensey Bay SC‑298211519201396
15th197150Charles CAMPIONWYC241524‑481861198
16th198091Stuart HOLDSWORTHRoyal Prince Alfred YC172517‑462011898
17th206716Peter SHERWINChew Valley Lake SC14246202510‑3199
18th192585Paul SCULLIONRestronguet(BFD)262010141521106
19th203313Michael HICKSQueen Mary SC1021‑433221916109
20th185326Matt HARTShotley SC1229142315(BFD)18111
21st197596Chris ELLYATTQueen Mary SC3018919‑372115112
22nd185730Rupert BEDELLQueen Mary SC230331423(BFD)14116
23rd200875Peter YOUNG (1)Weir Wood SC366282624(BFD)9129
24th202123François MEESEMAECKERC N Wimereux82315283127‑32132
25th201942Bob CUDMOREParkstone YC + Pagnton SC28121633‑391829136
26th196329Richard PrattRutland SC35313216‑44167137
27th184753Stephen BIRBECKRoyal Torbay Y C161931‑4236734143
28th197693Sergio MessinaChipstead SC25323782224(DNC)148
29th176290Andrew CARTERLancing SC11202727(DNF)2637148
30th206433Michel MAJONCN Altea1913184335(BFD)20148
31st207090David GODDARDWeir Wood SC213429303329‑36176
32nd188783Nick STOTENMounts Bay SC323525‑39292535181
33rd147122Craig PalmerLancing SC2627352542(DNF)27182
34th203157Dave FREEMANQueen Mary(BFD)9BFD67BFD33193
35th201939Ashley DEAKINOSC4141192234(BFD)40197
36th197921Roger O'GORMANQueen Bloody Mary31282624(DNF)BFD26204
37th189082Stuart BELFIELDLeigh and lowton SC40‑463829323830207
38th181047Charles PORTERChichester YC1540(RET)37522341208
39th183200Graham IRELANDRoyal Harwich YC273339‑47383044211
40th207089Peter YOUNG (2)Queen Mary3736(BFD)53261448214
41st176568Jim FIFIELDPevensey Bay SC4144(RET)176BFD39216
42nd201511Richard ARGALLRestronguet SC3443(BFD)34461743217
43rd201601Chris SPENCER‑SMITHWeir Wood SC1852(BFD)31283158218
44th180600Mark KALFWV Braassemermeer(BFD)423456562210220
45th191077James BaxterQueen Mary SC413840414128‑49229
46th208687Simon HARDIMANBartley SC38453040‑553445232
47th204678Mark SanckenQMSC395136‑54304247245
48th194879Mark RAHNDovestone SC41‑544538433653256
49th203319Chris FYANSWeir Wood414744‑55453942258
50th166550Ian PAYNEChichester YC41394150‑584452267
51st2043Thomas GYRCVLL335542‑60474150268
52nd204966Colston NICHOLSParkstone YC4137(BFD)444037RET268
53rd43414Daniel HARTShotley414947‑61533351274
54th206487Richard BENSONPennine41(RET)DNS49503238279
55th196535Ronan KENNEALLYMonkstown Bay SC(BFD)RETDNS3613DNF25281
56th179852Martyn BARRETTRutland SC415048514946(RET)285
57th195251Evan WILLIAMSRutland SC414849‑59514754290
58th190529Duncan LAWSONWeir Wood SC4156(RET)524840RET306
59th184206Damon WESTWOODRutland SC4157(RET)45594956307
60th201853Dominic BARNESPennine SC415851585745(RET)310
61st186256Mark SCOTTParkstone41(RET)DNS62544346315
62nd186160Hugh ASHFORDHastings & St Leonards415950‑63604857315
63rd201747Elias OTTRSV4153465761(BFD)DNC327
64th195225Michael PryerQMSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC3555366
65th164667Martin KONINGWSV DE Doordrijvers(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC414
65th191114Nick STEPHENSWhitstable Y.c.(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC414