Please select your home edition
Marine Resources 2019 - Leaderboard

Rope4Boats RS400 Northern Tour at the Bala Sailing Club Long Distance Race

by Caroline Exley 26 Jun 21:45 BST 22-23 June 2019
Caroline Exley and Andy Dawson downwind in the Bala Long Distance Race 2019 © Tim Olin /

"Catch us if you can!"

The RS400 Northern Tour ventured to Bala SC in North Wales for the first time as entrants in the Long Distance Race, part of the Great British Sailng Challenge. This was a combination of a mammoth long distance race on the Saturday and three races on the Sunday - it made for a great event.

Saturday came and brought light, fickle and challenging conditions for the Long Distance Race. Richard Catchpole & Gary Coop (Leigh and Lowton SC) set established a good early lead up the first leg but as the race went into the second lap there were several changes of lead - Caroline Exley & Andy Dawson (Leigh and Lowton SC) and John Heissig & Nickky Griffin (Llangorse SC), followed by Dave Exley & Nigel Hall (Leigh and Lowton SC) who snook down the windward bank in the light airs and held off the Heissigs to the end to take the eventual first place honours.

There were lots of place changes with close racing and a few impressive 360 degree turns in the changing winds - tacking and gybing with the kite up by a few of the boats on several occasions! After 3 half hours of racing, the top 6 places were separated by no more than about 5 minutes.

Saturday evening's entertainment was a great BBQ hosted by Bala SC followed by a band 'FaceValue' who got the dance floor moving with most of the 400 fleet dusting off their dancing shoes for some fun.

Sunday racing again saw a good, and more consistent, force 2 gusting 3. Catchpole & Coop combo winning races 2 and 3 with Pickles & Lunn second in race 2, Exley & Dawson second in race 3. Before the final race anyone of four boats could have come out as the overall winner; however Catchpole and Coop had made it too difficult to be caught, with an impressive net point score of 5 points across the four races.

Overall results were first Catchpole & Coop (5pts), second Pickles & Lunn (8pts), third Heissig & Griffin (9pts) The Rope4Boats £20 voucher was won by Chris Pickles and the £10 voucher was won by Graham Tullett.

The next event on the Rope4Boats Northern Tour is the Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy at Ullswater YC on 6/7th July, which already has 34 RS400s entered!

Great British Sailing Challenge:

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1396Richard CATCHPOLEGary COOPLLSC311‑75
2nd1283Chris PICKLESMark LUNNBassenthwaite SC42‑628
3rd1454Jon HEISSIGNicky GRIFFINLlangorse SC23‑749
4th1460Dave EXLEYNige HALLLeigh and Lowton SC145‑610
5th1461Caroline EXLEYAndy DAWSONLeigh and Lowton SC653.5‑814.5
7th1191Louise MCKEANDMartin SPENCERLeigh and Lowton sailing club5138‑1426
11th1277Graham TULLETTNatasha LISTERRoyal Windermere YC21‑1210940
15th505Richard BRAMELDTodd BRAMELDWelton2215‑161552
16th1306Julian MECKLENBURGHClaudio MECKLENBURGHLeigh and Lowton Sailing Club201421‑2555
53rd1467Paul RIDGWAYBronwyn RIDGWAYLeigh and LowtonDNC(DNC)DNCDNC186

Related Articles

Leigh & Lowton Revett Series overall
Closely fought with all fleets finalising series results only on the last day This year 51 boats took part in the Leigh & Lowton Revett Series - five Sundays from early November to early December. This was despite a very challenging series with no weather with the "normal" range of wind conditions throughout the series. Posted today at 2:37 pm
Chichester YC Frozen Toe Series day 3
A beautiful day with sunshine and brisk force 4 to 5 northerly wind A beautiful day with sunshine and brisk force 4 to 5 northerly wind greeted the 50 competitors who arrived at Chichester Yacht Club for their winter series. Posted on 2 Dec
First Season in the RS400
Steve Cockerill reflects on crew weight, rig settings and more So our first season of the RS400 is almost over. We had never looked at an RS400 as an option for us as we considered ourselves to be too small. At 143Kg (22.5 stone) we thought we fell between the RS200 and the RS400. Posted on 30 Nov
Chichester YC Frozen Toe Series day 2
Two more dates to go, and all are welcome to join in CYC held the second of its Frozen Toe winter series on Sunday. The tide times allowed the competitors a good lie-in as racing started at 1245. The temperatures were notably cooler than the week before, with a northerly direction to the wind. Posted on 19 Nov
RS400 Rooster National Tour overall
Light winds, heavy winds, inland, sea; Mike Sims won all variations Congratulations to Mike Sims and Jack Holden/Keith Bedborough/Mark Lunn, RS400 Rooster National Tour Winners 2019. Posted on 19 Nov
RS400 Rope4Boats Northern Tour Finale
Fleet undetered by flood warnings, cold weather, fog and light winds Flood warnings, cold weather, and on the morning fog and light winds - nothing seemed to put off the 30 boats that arrived at Notts County Sailing Club on 9/10th November for the RS400 Open, part of the RS400 Rope4Boats Northern Tour. Posted on 14 Nov
RS400s at Notts County
Nothing seemed to put off the 30 boats Flood warnings, cold weather, and on Saturday morning fog and light winds – nothing seemed to put off the 30 boats that arrived at Notts County Sailing Club on 9th / 10th November for the RS400 Open, part of the RS400 Northern Championship. Posted on 10 Nov
Bosun Bob's RS400s Frostie Series day 1
Dragging off the covers at Royal North of Ireland YC Sunday 3rd November saw the resumption of the Bosun Bob's Frostie Series for the RS400s at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. This was the first time that many boats had their covers dragged off since the UK & Irish Nationals back in August. Posted on 6 Nov
RS400 End of Season Regatta at Rutland
23 teams for the final event on the 2019 RS400 Rooster National Tour A total of 23 teams had entered the RS End of Season Regatta at Rutland Water, many of them leaving home much earlier than normal in order to get to the club in time for the 9am kick off of the Rugby World Cup final. Posted on 5 Nov
Win £250 at the RS End of Seasons Regatta!
Simply enter online by 2359hrs on Tuesday 29 October to be part of the draw The RS Class Association and Rutland SC invite all RS100s, RS200s, RS300s, RS400s, RS500s, RS600s, RS800s and RS Vareos to the RS End of Seasons Regatta 2-3 November. Posted on 24 Oct