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Rooster 4000 National Championship at Mumbles Yacht Club - Days 1 & 2

by Richard de Fleury 24 Aug 2015 08:30 BST 22-25 August 2015

This year the Rooster 4000s have headed to Mumbles in the Wales for their Nationals. Despite a number of notable missing boats due to clashing commitments we still have a turn out of 15 boats including a good mix of old and new faces.

Day 1

The Welsh weather did not fail to disappoint, with heavy rain greeting the fleet and no wind. Things did not seem hopeful until the clouds parted, the sun shone and some wind appeared. We were released onto the water and managed to sail round a shortened race before the wind disappeared completely and we had to return to,what was now, dry land for a well deserved ice-cream.

Day 2

Again the weather was not the glorious sunny summer that we had ordered, yet there was the added advantage of some wind. We had three races on the water with some very close racing from the fleet. The front runners of Steve and Sarah have been able to maintain a winning streak throughout the event so far, although they have had to fight off strong competition. Battles throughout the fleet have meant that positions were changing constantly throughout all of the racing, with both new-comers and old-timers alike moving up and down the field.

With such competitive racing, it can be the smallest mistake or the right tactical move that can make all the difference to the final results. Although the rain seems to be inevitable, there is the promise of more wind to keep the sailors on their toes.

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Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st4562 Stephen CockerillSarah CockerillStokes Bay‑11113
2nd4546 Tim LittHarry LittRutland2‑8226
3rd4682MANJohn ReynoldsFran HowellGrafham Water‑52338
4th4400JulieNeil DaviesSarah EdwardsDatchet34‑5411
5th4862 Anna FerrariAndrea CavaglieriAVAL ‑ CDV Gravedona Italy434‑1011
6th4343 Neil HeffernanJo MorrisonQueen Mary‑957719
7th4572STROMARichard de FleuryJo de FleuryYorkshire Dales‑868620
8th4309 Richard WoffindenAlex ShawMumbles6‑96820
9th4281 Calum TerryAlex LittRutland(DSQ)710522
10th4600 Ales CrampDavid HaughtonGrafham Water7‑109925
11th4467 Martin BurgessTBDBough Beech10‑13111334
12th4197BrianRyan CaseyBen AshleyTata Steel‑1212121135
13th4269HoniAlistair RamsdenSteve AceMumbles111115(DNF)37
14th4569PPSATaff OwensRosy MyersASA/PPSA13(DNF)131238
15th4368Red OctoberJo MussonMeg BoormanSaundersfoot/Chase‑1414141442