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RS400 Rope4Boats Northern Tour at Notts County Sailing Club

by David Eberlin 10 Nov 21:24 GMT 9-10 November 2019

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. Competitors travelled from Shoreham on the south coast, Bassenthwaite, Lochaber, and many other areas in between.

The fog soon cleared, though the wind was calm. At around noon the wind was light but enough for the windward leeward racing. Three races were held back to back and racing was close and competitive, with Sean Cleary and Annalise Nixon (Oxford SC) taking the first race, and Michael Sims and Mark Lunn taking the next two races to lead after the first day. At least the threatened rain held off, though the water level was much higher than normal as the adjacent brook flowed into the lake.

Then it was a roast and sweet courtesy of Pauline, along with the odd pint or glass of wine and more as the evening social got underway.

Sunday saw a little more wind and that rare commodity blue sky and sunshine, lifting the spirits in spite of the cold. A race was started at 10am to allow all to come ashore, or hove to to observe two minutes silence in remembrance of the fallen. Soon after 11.02, the course was moved due to a shift and racing was off again with two back to back races.

Michael Sims and Mark Lunn took a first and a third to establish a clear lead after the discard, with Sean Cleary and Annalise Nixon scoring thirds and second to finish runner up, a point ahead of Richard Catchpole and Gary Coop from Leigh and Loughton SC. Fourth were Dave Exley and Izzy Reynolds from Leith and Loughton.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1488Michael SimsMark LunnCarsington SC2113‑718
2nd1377Sean ClearyAnnalise NixonOxford SC1332‑10312
3rd1396Richard CatchpoleGary CoopLLSC4221‑8413
4th1460Dave ExleyIzzy ReynoldsLLSC‑87451522
5th1283Chris PicklesMatt SharmanBassenthwaite SC65‑746627
6th1428Wayne FletcherMartin CooperRYA3‑135711228
7th1189Steve ResfallChris StubbsDowns SC566‑134728
8th1407Hamish GledhillSimon DowseWest Riding SC‑1341263833
9th1503Peter SnowdenLouise CarrShoreham SC9‑171185942
10th874Jon GayAmanda HendersonLochaber SC1189(DNF)21444
11th1465Ben WilliamsonCharlie TicehurstWelton SC1410‑161091356
12th1461Caroline ExleyJonny LimebearLLSC15118‑17121258
13th932Jonathan LyeAmy ClayNCSC10910‑20131961
14th1359Richard AshwellTrisha ClancyStarcross SC7(BFD)139142164
15th875Jacob AinsworthKayleigh RobertsSSSC12141514‑171570
16th1447Jon WillarsRichard BrameldWelton SC16191412‑221071
17th770Thomas BroachAncel DavisonGrafham2022(RET)11181182
18th1345John HobsonRebecca Ogden Lindsay OgdenNCSC(BFD)121819151882
19th1363Ross RyanOliver Ryan‑MooreNCSC1816‑2016161783
20th603Alex LeonardBen MurrelBassenthwaite SC/ YDSC17152218‑231688
21st1336John ParrRichard Mason aka BoggyNCSC19(BFD)1915202295
22nd1325James LoganPhilippa LoganNCSC22211722‑2523105
23rd1043Ian WatkinsImogen WatkinsOxford SC211823(DNF)1925106
24th950Alan ElkingtonJohn TailbyNCSC2524‑27242120114
25th1501Ken TwemlowKathryn Hinslif‑SmithNCSC23202125(RET)26115
26th866Paul ReynoldsCath ReynoldsNCSC‑262324232424118
27th1121Mark EhlersAsher EhlersNCSC2728252126(DNC)127
28th1048Martin HartMoira HartNCSC2425(DNC)DNF2729136
29th1122Jeremy CouplandMartin HayhoeNCSC282626(DNF)2928137
30th66Jake WillarsBradley Seaton / Nicola WillarsNCSC2927(DNF)262827137

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