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RS400 Rope4Boats Northern Tour finale at Notts County Sailing Club

by James Logan 24 Sep 2018 15:42 BST 22-23 September 2018

The RS400 Rope4Boats Northern Series had its final event at Notts County's RS400 Rooster Open event over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd September. Storm Ali and friends had made the forecast frightening at times. Thankfully, the extreme winds predicted didn't appear. In their place Saturday saw much calmer conditions, the first cold spell for some time and, not only that, it rained!

This didn't stop the 31 boat entry, some travelling from afar, launching on time to commence a day of tense, tactical sailing. The first race was held in a light breeze. The Race Officer, Nadina Lincoln, set a trapezoid course to suit the lake. After an inevitable general recall the fleet set off and had a good hour long race before lunch. The course, well briefed beforehand, was still a mystery to most even as they launched, but the beat, reach to a leeward windward leg before reaching back to the gate soon made sense with only one (who shall remain nameless) managing to miss a mark in the first race.

After lunch it was two back-to-back races in a fading wind, and rain. With no one dominating in the fickle wind the scores were all very close for the top positions. The competitors were happy to get under hot showers and have a cup of tea and a doughnut before moving seamlessly onto the gin, the odd pint or two and Pauline's roast dinner followed by a rules quiz run by Nadina. High scores in the quiz were not apparent, even though the posed situations were all typical for RS asymmetric racing and those at the top of the sailing leader board maintaining their low scoring runs! A late bar, a Chinese game – thanks Kathryn – and quite a lot of dodgy shots – made for a good social, all in all.

Sunday's forecast was for a shift round to the North and an increasing breeze. The early start saw light winds for the first race, but at least the sun appeared taking the chill off the day. The breeze did fill in as predicted and two final, longer, races were held around the RO's preferred trapezoid course, which we had all managed to master by now, with tight racing across the whole fleet. Very little, points wise, separated the top 4 but in the end Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman held on, even having to do penalty turns after the last gybe mark, for a win in the last race and overall victory.

The smooth operation put on by the race team meant that the scheduled three races for the day were completed in time for everyone to get ashore to enjoy a late lunch before the Rooster sponsored prize giving, Chris and Matt taking home the Notts County RS400 Open trophy for a second successive year. Full results can be seen below.

So, the final event of the Rope4Boats Northern Tour. A really well supported series that has seen 85 boats take part over seven events hosted across the region. Dave Exley presented a set of prizes to the top 5 boats in the series – the full results will be available to see on the RS400 Class Association website. Matt Velamail and Dave Exley won Rope4Boats vouchers in the fleet raffle. Conveniently, Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman were the final overall winners – that result only due to them winning the Notts County event – earning them some very nice Rope4Boats tapered jib sheets and also meaning they could do a joint acceptance speech to thank all the clubs involved, the series sponsors, Rope4Boats, and the Notts County team for hosting the concluding event.

We all look forward to another competitive and well supported 2019 Rope4Boats RS400 Northern Tour.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1283Chris PicklesMatt SharmanDelph31‑534112
2nd1396Richard CatchpoleGary CoopLLSC1236‑7214
3rd1202Sam KnightJohn KnightBartley SC2‑10222614
4th1460David ExleyMark LunnLLSC(RET)4141515
5th1407Hamish GlodhillSimon DowseWRSC‑75416723
6th1377Sean ClearyAnnaliese NixonOxford SC/Tauranga93‑1273325
7th1189Steve RestallChris StubbsDowns6695‑15834
8th866Michael SimsRobert StevensonCarsington(BFD)96135942
9th1150Matt VelamailTim BrownellUlley13(BFD)810101051
10th1465Ben WilliamsonCharlie TicehurstWelton SC‑181116813452
11th1363Ross RyanOliver Ryan‑MooreNCSC812‑1512111255
12th1262Jon WillarsRich BrameldWelton5141314‑181157
13th1461Caroline ExleyAndy DawsonLLSC(BFD)7141881461
14th1414C WhitehouseTony CliffBartley48181517(DNS)62
15th932Jonathan LyeRebecca OgdenNCSC1016‑219141564
16th1345John HobsonLindsay OgdenNSCS1513101712(DNF)67
17th1122Matt PotterSimon HibbertNCSC11201116(DNC)1775
18th770Thomas BroatchAncel DavisonPort Dinorwic SC12‑261721161379
19th1336John ParrKim ParnhamNCSC171871921‑2482
20th971Tom HaslamKaren HaslamNCSC(BFD)15232291988
21st1029John CunninghamNicky CokayneCarsington SC2117261119(DNF)94
22nd950Alan ElkingtonGoizeder Aspe‑JuaristiNSCS1919(DNF)252018101
23rd1354Ken TwemlowKathryn Hinsliff‑SmithNCSC14‑2520232422103
24th1325James LoganPhilippa LoganNCSC1623‑25242521109
25th1009Tim HarrisonChloe WilliamsNCSC22‑2822202223109
26th1272Andy WilcoxHannah WilcoxGrafham WSC20‑2919262720112
27th1342Max TosettiJules ThorneQM2324‑27272616116
28th1203Johnny UmebearAbi MorganWest Riding SC2527243023(DNF)129
29th1121Mark EhlersAsher EhlersNCSS2421282928(DNF)130
30th1048Martin HartMoira HartNCSC2722302829(DNF)136
31st1346Geoff CottamJo CottamNCSC263029(DNC)DNCDNC149

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