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Rooster RS200 Summer Regatta at Hayling Island Sailing Club

by Lee Sydenham 25 Jun 18:53 BST

A good fleet of 41 boats and 81 sailors arrived at Hayling Island SC for the Rooster RS200 Summer Regatta GP on Saturday morning to sunshine and a light easterly breeze which built to a steady force 2-3 in time for racing.

Nerves were building for Olly Turner as his crew Sam Mottershead had not arrived but a quick call confirmed that he had just parked and would be there shortly. The subsequent call staked an early claim for Duckhams as it was revealed he had gone to Parkstone and was in fact an hour away; a friendly RIB driver was required to tow them out to the start on time.

With gate starts used at the RS200 Nationals, RS stalwart Pete Vincent provided a quick briefing on how everything works and Race Officer Mark Darling then ran gates across the weekend to provide some much needed practice for the fleet. Newcomers handled the change well and it was left to an a class veteran and former National Champion Tom Hewitson & Amelia Hewitson to attempt to sink the Guard Boat in Race 2.

Saturday saw three great races with a lot of place changing. Returning to the fleet after 13 years out, Lee Sydenham & Anne Sydenham took race 1 much to their surprise and with a 4,5 to accompany held a slim advantage overnight. However, with David Jessop & Sophie Mear having won two races, a 2,5 from Tom and Emma Morris and the ever consistent Matt Mee & Emma Norris with a 4,5,7 it was all to play for in more wind on Day 2.

Dave Spensley-Corfield ran a great games evening in the bar with the majority of the fleet taking part and much to the surprise of the fleet, the cream cracker challenge rendered Pete Vincent unable to speak for over 2 minutes.

Sunday dawned with more cloud and slightly more wind which then built to a good F3-4 in time for racing. The fleet got away well and the day provided some very challenging sailing with frequent shifts and gusts requiring a lot of decision making and downwind mode-changing. Tom and Emma Morris provided a masterclass in the conditions so secure a 1,2,1 for the day and take the overall win from Mee & Norris. The Sydenhams just held on for third overall on count-back from the consistent Cam Stewart & Tom Harrison. A late charge from Tom/Charlie Darling saw them finish with a 1,2 but Jessop & Mear held on to round out the top five on count-back.

Prizes were awarded for first Junior Crew, Endeavour for lowest overall finisher of every race and the Mid-Fleet heroes. With a full range of ages from Junior under-15s through to 60s, the RS200 is a great boat for all and again provided great racing and a fantastic atmosphere. Huge thanks to HISC, to Mark Darling for fantastic starts and courses, to Rooster and to everyone involved in organising the event. The next RS200 GP event is at Parkstone YC (remember that, Sam Mottershead) on July 13 and promises to be another great turnout and event.

Overall Results:

PosSail NumHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1686Tom MorrisEmma MorrisHISC2‑19512111
2nd1615Matt MeeEmma NorrisRed Wharf Bay SC54‑734319
3rd1540Lee SydenhamAnne SydenhamHISC1546‑13622
4th1634Cam StewartTom HarrisonHISC‑133645422
5th1347David JessopSophie MearQMSC‑2011716732
6th1391Tom DarlingCharlie DarlingHISC811‑13101232
7th1039Tom GoodeyRichard ThomasBroadstairs372169(DNF)37
8th1625Karen OldaleJo HewitsonHISC/Parkstone196358‑2041
9th1458Gus DixonBen ToddHISC4‑241211101249
10th864Matthew ShorrockSophie Heritage 1029‑26122558
11th953Owen BowermanWill WardUniversity of Bath SC1615‑171371162
12th1633Tom HewitsonAmelia HewitsonHISC17(DSQ)10262964
13th626Will TaylorFionaLymington Town SC2412‑26814866
14th880James HammettPaul HammettHISC2181512‑291066
15th1667Olly TurnerSamStarcross SC7‑25824111767
16th1645Paul LewisRosie LewisHISC‑3627111515573
17th1628Matt FowlerLynne RatcliffePBSC628‑319181677
18th629Mary HendersonEmma HornItchenor SC112016‑23201380
19th849Chris WittyClare WhitehillHISC9211917‑231884
20th1023Rheanna PaveyClaudia WilsonStour SC1414‑2218221987
21st1687Christopher JamesEllen StoreyHISC18929‑321927102
22nd1048Andrew SticklandBecky PearsonLeigh on sea2526‑32202115107
23rd1445Pete VincentVictoria UptonBristol CYC2217281925‑30111
24th1617Alex CurtisRaff GracieQMSC‑331818212826111
25th1235Peter BallantineJo KaldronISC(DNC)DNCDNC1439112
26th1614Charlie PoynerAlex PoynerEmsworth SC‑312324252714113
27th1635Andrew BarnettJo LloydIsland Barn SC1529‑30222423113
28th1383Chris TImmy Cage‑WhiteBroadstairs12(DNF)20293424119
29th1262Joshua AdamsJon CrawfordOxford SC‑353025281721121
30th1390Syd McleanStefan WardHISC26102331‑3833123
31st1676Paul CullenAlfie CullenWeirwood2916143431(DNF)124
32nd1684Amy BoyleRoisin O'HalloranSt Mawes SC283221‑362622129
33rd1605Kevin DruceAlastair WilsonBurghfield2722272732‑34135
34th719R HardingTristan HardingFPSC23133337‑3931137
35th1134Louise CarrPaul WalkerShoreham SC‑373135303332161
36th430Michael CalvetSophie HarrisNetley SC‑393638353528172
37th1371Doug LattaBlake LattaHISC3234(DNF)3330DNF172
38th407Francesca NealeWilliam FarrantSouth Cerney SC303534‑414037176
39th1162Russ CoggraveLucy MalloryStaunton Harold SC343336‑393736176
40th797Joe HowellCoral CrouchHISC/RNSA‑383737383635183
41st2Max Riley‑GouldFraje WatsonHISC40(DNF)39404138198
42nd1516M StubbsY SmithChew Valley Lake SC41(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNC213

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