Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - LEADERBOARD

RS100 Sprint Championship & Rooster National Tour Event at Rutland Sailing Club

by David Smart 1 May 2019 13:09 BST 27-28 April 2019
RS100 Sprint Championship & Rooster National Tour Event at Rutland © Peter Fothergill / www.fothergillphotography.com

This is the event that blows away the Winter blues. The theory is twelve races over two days with no discards. However Saturday did more than blow away the Winter blues, with Storm Hannah blowing away any chance of sailing. The Rutland Water team took the easy decision to abandon by midday, much to the delight of all the classes. The RS100 fleet decided the best option for the day was a catch up over a few pints, with a threatened nine races (gulp!) on Sunday.

Saturday rolled out a perfect, if chilly, force four with some traditional inland gusts to be negotiated. With so many races happening, and almost no break from finishing one race to the next warning gun, I'll just summarise the critical moments:

1. Robert Richardson would have been a contender for the event, but a gentle gust in race one snapped a shroud. He thought of carrying on for about five seconds but on looking up at the banana shaped mast, felt an early shower was safer - and a new set of shrouds.

2. Seven races were completed, with five separate winners. Clive Eplett greedily (and undemocratically) won three, with the other race wins going to Greg Booth, Nick Heather, Mark Harrison and David Smart.

3. Greg Booth started fast and was well in front of the pack after three races. However he tumbled down the order as he seemed to lose his marbles as the day went on. This was best shown when David Smart tried to take the lead in race three by passing to windward of Booth on a close reach. Booth luffed hard because he thought it was Clive Eplett above him. Eplett was delighted to pass the two luffers and take the lead while shouting a cheery "Thanks!" In the next race, Eplett tacked hard on what he thought was Booth up the first beat, then had to apologise to a bemused John Richardson. Are Specsavers available to sponsor the RS100 fleet?

4. All eleven boats had their moment at the front. That's the delight of so many short races and closely matched helms. After five races, nobody really had a clue who was in the lead or what point differences there were.

5. The event was won by Eplett who showed great consistency, along with those three race wins. However he finished a mere one point ahead of Smart who had finished on the podium in all bar one race. Eplett later announced that if he'd know the points between him and Smart were so close, he'd have tried a bit harder in the final race. Yeah, right, like he wasn't trying as it was.

6. Mark Harrison, Nick Heather and Booth had experienced more yo-yo style performances, but finished with only three points separating them, with Harrison in third, Heather fourth and Booth in fifth.

7. Simon Geyman received a Rooster aeromesh cap for sixth (mid fleet master, not for tipping it in on the final gybe for what would have been a well-earned third place) with Aidan Skinner receiving the Endeavour trophy of another Rooster aeromesh cap.

Rutland Sailing Club deserve massive thanks and congratulations for turning around seven great races with no significant hanging about between each one. 56 starts in one day across all the fleets!

Clive Eplett took the honours on this occasion, but the fleet will be looking to peg him back a notch at Paignton in two weeks' time at POSH 11-12 May 2019, which will be RS100 Rooster National Tour event number two.

Peter Fothergill's great event gallery is here: fothergillphoto.shootproof.com/gallery/RS-Sprints-2019

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st509Clive EplettFrensham Pond SC441161219
2nd277David SmartChew Valley Lake SC263233120
3rd379Mark HarrisonGurnard SC357315428
4th503Nick HeatherRoyal Windermere SC524582329
5th523Greg BoothPort Dinorwic SC132657731
6th154Simon GeymanDatchet Water SC676446639
7th441John RichardsonRoyal Windermere SCRET85824544
8th147Aidan SkinnerPort Dinorwic SC998778957
9th122John CharlesLeigh‑on‑Sea SC81DNC9DNC9859
10th208Darrell SleepStaunton Harold SC710DNC109101068
11th140Robert RichardsonRoyal Windermere SCRETDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC84

Related Articles

Salcombe Gin sponsor RS Summer Regatta
The perfect sundowner after a thrilling day's racing We all know that there is nothing better after a thrilling day's racing on the water than a perfectly mixed gin & tonic sundowner whilst looking out to sea, and thus a perfect partnership has formed. Posted on 16 Mar
RS Summer Regatta pre-entry registration
Opens at 09.00 on Sunday 14th February The RS Summer Regatta, incorporating the RS400 Summer Championship and RS500 Noble Marine UK National Championship to be held on 26th-27th June, will open for pre-entry registration at 09.00 on Sunday 14th February. Posted on 13 Feb
Adrian Finglas - unending smile and passion
After all these years, and the number of times I've written his name, you still simply type in, Aidz You know it's still funny. After all these years, and the number of times I've written his name, you still simply type in, Aidz. The nickname is as synonymous with the man, as that smile, and his faultless dedication to task. Posted on 14 Dec 2020
Rooster RS100 open at Paignton
Keith Willis shows off the new pink foredeck to great effect While we band of sailors wander round clubs on our Open meeting circuits, it is the support of the clubs and sponsors that make our sport, but even more so when having to deal with the added challenge of a viral pandemic. Posted on 9 Sep 2020
RS Classes Strava Distance Challenge concludes
27,087km logged by RS classes, with the 200s winning overall Wow it is clear to see some people have become dedicated Strava users in the past week and have been putting some serious miles down on their bikes, boats or shoes. Posted on 26 May 2020
RS Classes Strava Distance Challenge begins
Fundraising for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation As a sailing community, we are currently limited by the amount of competition we have, there is virtual racing but this can become repetitive over time. Posted on 17 May 2020
RS100 Rooster Virtual Sprints 2020
Once again, the RS100 Class Association has knocked it out the park! Once again, the RS100 Class Association has knocked it out the park! Six upwind/downwind races in ideal conditions in exotic locations such as Sydney Harbour, San Francisco and of course, Portsmouth. Posted on 25 Apr 2020
RS100 class Virtual Regatta test event
A success (for some) - further humiliation awaits... One of the many great things about the RS100 is the craic within the fleet. Many of us may be far older than we used to be, but that does not mean we really have to have grown up completely does it? Posted on 6 Apr 2020
RS Sailing Newsletter
Still open and ready to make a splash on the day you get back on the water! The last few weeks have been unprecedented for RS Sailing. We wanted to let you know that we are still open and we're ready to make a splash on your day if you are pining to get back out on the water! Posted on 2 Apr 2020
In conversation with Jon Partridge
From Swallows & Amazons to RS Sailing's co-MD From Swallows & Amazons style sailing on the Norfolk Broads to become the co-Managing Director of RS Sailing, Jon Partridge has risen through the ranks and is deeply passionate about sailing, and in particular the RS Feva class. Posted on 19 Mar 2020