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Rooster 4000 Series at Stokes Bay Sailing Club

by Steve Cockerill 23 Apr 2016 17:38 BST 16-17 April 2016
David and Matt in Quiberon last year © Gandrey Kevin

The first of the 4000 series got underway at Stokes Bay with some notable runner and riders missing. Perhaps the drive to the South Coast or the poor forecast held them at home.

The 6 teams that started were treated to some of the best (or worst) of Stokes Bay fickle light offshore breeze with strong cross tide could throw at them.

The Race Committee did the sailors and themselves proud by keeping the windward mark to windward and at the same time setting a course that was both safe for the many fleets taking part and challenging for those who could not count.

With more than just some local knowledge, Steve and Sarah retuned from injury to take all the races bar the one in which they could not count. The winter weight loss program had taken them from rack 5 to rack 7 and from 2 weights to 3 weighs. Their performance was in line with last years so once again, the weight and leverage equalisation continues to work.

Richard and Joe had some sparking form in the sub 10 knot conditions taking some strong second places, but are looking for the extra gear in over 12 knots. Watch out when they do.

John and Fran, the experienced ones in the fleet managed to borrow Steve's spare boat 'Skippy' and overcame the other contenders to take second overall despite finding that the 'wing wang' setting was back to front to the normal way. opps Steve should have warned them. tee hee.

Neil and Joe were once again consistent to hang onto third, picking up a string of seconds and thirds.

David and Matt - the heavy weights - (well they are currently off the scale) found themselves quick in the stronger breezes, rounding 1st in a couple of races. They are remaining positive with Garda on the horizon; after all we will be sailing at the windy end this year. Despite that, Matt is keen to get his weight down to help improve their light wind performance. Happy dieting Matt.

Martin and Jack were a new team up. Martin will be going to Garda with his normal line up. His determination to improve his sailing is a credit to him.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Nt Pts
14862Steve CockerillSarah CockerillStokes Bay SC1111‑515
24682John ReynoldsFran HowellGrafham Water SC3‑5251213
34343Neil HeffernanJo MorrisonQueen Mary SC43‑522415
44572Richard de FleuryJo de FleuryYorkshire Dales SC24333‑515
54568David MarchantMatt ReynoldsGrafham Water SC‑52444317
64467Martin BurgessJackBough Beech SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC35

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