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Bosun Bob's Frosty Series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club - Day 5

by Robert Hastings 3 Dec 14:35 GMT 2 December 2018

The crews gathered in the boat yard, scratching their heads considering if it was even worthwhile bothering to take the covers off as there wasn't a breath.

The 420s were out drifting about and it looked like a day to go home and do something else, but just before 1pm a westerly breeze started to fill in and everyone started to get ready. The breeze was lovely, a good F3-4 straight down the lough from Belfast.

Gerry and his team didn't waste time and they got the course set and the sequence under way. The first attempt resulted in a general recall and everyone returned to the start. The second start saw the fleet get away and the race course was evenly split. At the first mark it was between Bob Espey & Hammy and Stephen McLarnon & Ryan Wilson. The downwind leg was confusing as it looked like there was more breeze to the left but if you kept right and stuck to the lay lines you would make the gains and this really split the fleet up. There was enough breeze that a few boats capsized. At the end, Barry Mac snuck past Stephen and but couldn't get past Bob who took the win.

In race two the course had to be reset as the wind was turning more to the west. Everyone got away cleanly and it seemed best to stay to the shore side of the course both up and down wind. Trevor & Ginge in Heavy Load, previous winners of the series put in a good result and came second, with Bob & Hammy taking the win. Uncle Liam had a port starboard incident with Tom Purdon which resulted in him doing turns like a good sport, but it really didn't help his results.

By race three the wind started to fade away and the drizzle came in. Again the course had to be changed and thankfully shortened. It was frankly cold and miserable and the tail tails were sticking to the sails. Last week's leaders Paul & Owen got a bit too keen on the start line and got an OCS which for them wasn't ideal. The race got under way and this time feather weight Barry Mac & Andrew drifted around the course fastest and took the win with Bob and Liam not too far behind.

With some of the usual suspects not in attendance and some dodgy results, this week the leader board is all change. With only a small number of discards, it pays to turn up, sail well and not to get into any bother. Before discards, Uncle Liam & Skinny Rick would be leading but sadly for them it doesn't work that way. Last week's leaders Paul & Owen had a bit of a shocker this weekend so they have been kicked off the top so after 15 races, Bob Espey & Richard McCullough are in the lead, followed by Barry Mac & Andrew Penny in second, Paul & Owen in third, closely followed by Uncle Laim, D'Arcy, Kennedy. There are nine more races scheduled so there is plenty of time for others to get to the top of the table.

So far this series we have had 26 boats take part which is fantastic for any class of boat. Next week there are rumours that Ross Vaughan will be turning up with his rather fresh RS400.

Thanks as always to the race and rescue teams for sitting out in miserable conditions so we can have fun, it is greatly appreciated!

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club is hosting the combined UK & Irish RS400 Nationals from the 25th – 29th August 2019.

Results after Day 5:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15Pts
1st1006Robert Espey BYC(DNC)(DNC)DNC27113132111252
2nd1264Barry McCartinAndrew PenneyCSBC246(DNC)(DNC)DNC21271223160
3rd1406Paul McLoughlinOwen McKinleyCBSC4157126(DNF)11443415(OCS)67
4th1405Liam DonnellyRick McCaigCSC951‑1247‑1061053559372
5th815Trevor D'ArcyAlan McClernonCSC384954‑1245987112‑1279
6th578Peter KennedyStephen KaneSLYC/RNIYC‑1537529896‑1212985588
7th1376Oliver LougheadTiffany BrienRNIYC162335111972OCS4(DNC)(DNC)DNC112
8th1353Robert HastingsRory HigginsRNIYC7911610103718‑2115(DNF)747114
9th1004Tom PurdonRory FekkesSLYC523(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNF10465OCS968126
10th1188Stephen McLernonRyan WilsonCSC(DNC)(DNC)DNC1861175161011OCS3144153
11th1178Brian HolmesWendy SmythCYC67911916(DNF)1213161614‑171213154
12th515Ed Cody RNIYC(DNC)(DNC)DNC151117151115137126109168
13th484Shaun Ritson CBSC13108171214(DNC)(DNC)DNC1413DNF1086173
14th728Sam Pickering CSC(DNC)(DNC)DNC4864291DNC8DNCDNCDNC177
15th500Frank McFarlaneKyle MercerCSC1216151416‑18141414‑19913131314177
16th1001Woo KearneyAdam McCulloughRNIYCDNS17OCS8(DNF)(DNC)161312151010161811182
17th1379Neill StrainJohn FergusonRNIYC161513(DNF)17199161718(RET)11121616195
18th825Paul RobinsonS TolandCSC111412191913171519‑22RET(DNC)151110197
19th840Neil CalvinRoger PerrotCSC141114161515(DNC)(DNC)DNC17615DNF1717203
20th888Hammy Baker QYC(DNC)(DNC)DNC11331388DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC235
21st1440Simon HutchinsonBen WilliamsRNIYC10131013188(DNC)(DNC)DNC8DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC242
22nd877William Finlay SSC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC2014614715265
23rd941Fiona AtkinsonSteve AtkinsonCSC81216(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC11RET16DNCDNCDNC274

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