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Rooster Zest RS400 Southern Tour Sprints at Queen Mary Sailing Club

by Sean Cleary 18 Apr 15:53 BST
Rooster Zest RS400 Southern Tour Sprints at Queen Mary © Sean Cleary

Day 1 of the Rooster Zest Southern tour sprints started off with quite light winds and some rain clouds popping around the course. A M-shaped course right up against the windward side of the reservoir to keep things interesting.

The round robin series got under way with good racing throughout the fleet. Six races were run with no place safe from front to back and the entire fleet finishing within a minute or so. The evening included a visit to a moderately priced curry house follow by a pint or five by the Thames river.

Day 2 got under way in much steadier conditions, so much so that the M-shaped course from the previous day was still true!.

Today the fleets were split into gold and silver and the scoreboard reset. In the gold fleet the battle for first was between the Sam/John Knight and Mike Simms/Jack Holden. Despite the Knights taking the first race, Mike/Jack found their form to take four straight bullets and win the gold fleet with Sam in second.

The battle for third was between Caroline Whitehouse/Tony and Sean Cleary/Richard Ashwell. Caroline showed improving pace throughout the day (including two second place finishes at the end) to take third.

In the silver fleet, newcomers Pete Mitchell and Sarah Newton showed great pace to take the win! It is widely expected this paring should be gold fleet contenders in the coming events. Andy Hatch and Lou Hosken also showed great pace taking three wins in the silver fleet. However, an OCS for them in race 5 meant they had to settle for second place.

QMSC and its race team did a great job getting a M-shaped course to work in very shifty conditions.

Many thanks to Rooster and Zest for their continued support and sponsorship of the RS400 Southern tour.

Next up is the Rutland RS Sprints on the 27/28 April followed by the highly anticipated Warsash RS400 open/party!

RS Southern Tour events: www.rs400.org/index.asp?Fleet=RS400&selection=Events

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGold1488Mike SimsJack HoldenCarsington SC / Itchenor SC2112118
2ndGold1202Sam KnightJohn KnightBartley SC12263418
3rdGold1414Caroline WhitehouseTony CliffBartley SC35342219
4thGold1377Sean ClearyRichard AshwellGreystones SC53435323
5thGold1399Richard GrayJules ThorneQueen Mary SC64514626
6thGold1220John CooperAndy MawBurghfield SC46656532
1stSilver1334Pete MitchellSarah NewtonWarsash21123211
2ndSilver1418Andy HatchLou HoskenQueen Mary SC1461OCS119
3rdSilver1078Pete JacksonDave PhillipsSilver Wings SC32461420
4thSilver1435Matthew SheahanEllie SheahanQueen Mary SC55242321
5thSilver1342Max TosettiIzzie MitchellQueen Mary SC43335523
6thSilver1233Nick FrancisSimon EdwardsQueen Mary SC66554632

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