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RS200 Rooster Virtual Sprints 2020

by Will Taylor 28 Apr 11:25 BST 25-27 April 2020
RS200 Rooster Virtual Sprints © Will Taylor

With over 20 entries at the beginning of the weekend, it was decided to run the racing in two flights. This worked well with smaller fleets and tight racing where everyone had a moment at the front of the fleet.

Racing in J70s the fleet quickly learnt how to skilfully control the boats without the use of navigational aids. At the end of the six races on Day One, it was the Taylors leading the pack with Chay Taylor in first, Chris Taylor in second and Will Taylor in third (must be something to do with the Taylor surname).

Day Two saw the flights reassigned so you would race more of the fleet. With more beautiful sailing conditions, where even helms could enjoy dry feet sailing, another six races were completed for each fleet. Leading the pack after 12 races was Chay Taylor, followed by Will Taylor in second, with Ben Rolfe in third. At the end of the weekend, the top 20 qualified for the medal racing on Monday morning where positions were carried forward and three medal races would take place.

Unfortunately, not all competitors were able to compete in the medal racing most notably leader Chay Taylor. Racing in the medal races was furious with racing hard but fair like normal RS200 racing. With no discards every race was important. The first race saw Charlie Whittaker take victory from Ed Harris and Stephen Videlo. This brought both Ed and Charlie into contention after finishing the weekend in 5th and 4th.

The second race saw a turn in fortunes for the leaders all counting results outside the top three. The meant going into the final race there were just five points separating the top four with any one of them capable of winning the series. As cliché as it sounds it all came down to the final run with all four inside the top run and a difficult run to contend with as the gusts had disappeared. Crossing the line first was Charlie Whitaker - would it be enough? In second was Ed Harris, followed by Will Taylor. Unfortunately for Ben Rolfe he got a penalty on the final gybe pushing him down to 6th.

With the points calculated the winner of the RS200 Rooster Virtual Sprints is Ed Harris (aka "Calypso_2"). Congratulations to Ed and all other competitors for competing over the weekend.

Thank you to Rooster for sponsoring this virtual event in place of our real sailing Sprint Championship. Ed Harris wins a 10 litre signal blue dry bag emblazoned with the special Rooster RS National Tour logo. The next event will be hosted as soon as safely possible. Check out the RS200 website to keep up-to-date and follow the RS Class Association on facebook.

Medal Races Results:

PosBoatSail NoClubHelmQM1M2M3Pts
1stCalypso21340Waldringfield SCEd Harris426214
2ndcharliewhit1358Budworth SCCharlie Whitaker519116
3rdWillyT626626Lymington Town SC/PUBESWill Taylor268319
4thBenrolfe1252Burghfield SCBen Rolfe3103622
5thMartin R 127721383Covenham SCMartin Redmond9112830
6thGreggo999Starcross SCGreg Bartlett887730
7thTRI‑WillyB9961242Royal Southern YCWill Birchall1175932
8thRoosterJames719Porthpean SCJames Dowrick16410434
9thKlye2Brown322Restronguet SCKyle Brown12941136
10thsisi189607845Papercourt SCSimon Hamment7DNC11039
11thChrisTaylor1527WPNSAChris Taylor105DNC541
12thSWV14471447Waldringfield SCStephen Videlo143DNCDNC59
13thchaytaylor985Burnham SCChay Taylor1DNCDNCDNC64
14thCana2001642East Lothian YCJohn Wilson6DNCDNCDNC69
15thJames14151415HISCJames Hall13DNCDNCDNC76
16thFredSutt11253Broadstairs SCFreddie Sutton15DNCDNCDNC78
17thCatman728Leigh and Lowton SCMartyn Catlow17DNCDNCDNC80
18thStevie1710RS SailingStevie Wilson18DNCDNCDNC81
19th0LI920WessexOli Aldridge19DNCDNCDNC82
20thChrisT987Broadstairs SCChris Thomas20DNCDNCDNC83

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