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Rooster West Country Boat Repairs RS400 Southern Tour at Burghfield Sailing Club

by Jon Heissig 19 Oct 16:48 BST 17 October 2020

The forecast wasn't looking too good for Burghfield. However, any time in the boat is a bonus at the moment and a race would give the sails a chance to dry out after Grafham so we headed off down the M4 (plus detour).

There was an early physics lesson in electrical conductivity; if you park your boats under the high voltage electricity lines it charges up the metal boat parts. This didn't just affect visitors, as Nick Craig demonstrated while looking up his mast to check it was straight. This obviously galvanised him into action off the starts and although the lead was occasionally alternating, current national champions Nick Craig and Toby Tastic conducted a masterclass charging ahead in each race leaving the rest of the fleet static in their wake.

The wind was even lighter, shiftier and more fickle than forecast. Occasionally non-existent. The racing was however extremely close and tense, with 15 committed teams (and another rigged on the beach) engaged in slow motion sprints around the course. The lake had islands and 300s to navigate around - at one point the 400s were beating back down "the run" towards the beating 300s off their start.

Race 1 had a congested start but a group broke free and led an ever-changing order of 400s. The direct route was not always the quickest as Jon Heissig/ Nicky Griffin showed when arriving at the windward mark with the spinnaker up. This eventually got them up to second behind Nick and Toby with the group finishing close after, headed by Andy Hadfield.

Race 2 started off in optimistic spirits and there was just enough of a zephyr to get round to the finish. We did get overtaken by some swimming beetle near the island. Nick and Toby led the fleet into lunch, followed by Mike Simms / Mark Lunn and Sam Knight / Chris Bownes.

Lunch was sociably socially distanced. Race 3 was again variable, the only consistency being Nick and Toby. They were chased by Sam and Chris, followed by Jack Holden / Rob Henderson and Richard Ashwell / Trisha Clancy who had used lunch to recover from a dizzying spell of turns in Race 2.

Race 4 was relocated and changed to a square from windward-leeward(ish). There were opportunities to overtake entire groups of becalmed boats, or sit frustrated as a boat sailed past in their own socially distanced wind a couple of metres away. From a tricky start Steve and Sarah Cockerill quickly got clear into second behind a still highly charged Nick and Toby who threatened to lap the fleet. Sam and Chris held on to third.

There was little doubt about the overall winners who received a blast of "We are the Champions" from the club tannoy as they landed. Behind was harder to determine, but Sam and Chris got second followed by Steve and Sarah in third.

Many thanks must go to Burghfield Sailing Club and race team for running such a positive and friendly socially distanced event. There was also much appreciation from the competitors for the circuit sponsors Rooster Sailing and their generous contribution to the prizes.

Hopefully see you at Rutland, circuit breaker permitting!

Overall Results:

PosHelmCrewSail NoR1R2R3R4Pts
1stNick Craig 15001st1st1st1st3
2ndSam Knight 12356th3rd2nd3rd8
3rdStephen CockerillSarah Cockerill14895th4th6th2nd11
4thJon Heissig 15022nd8th5th5th12
5thJack Holden 15058th7th3rd4th14
6thAndy Hadfield 14803rd5th7th6th14
7thRichard Ashwell 15099th11th4th8th21
8thJames Anderson 4147th6th9th10th22
9thSimon Kitchen 97110th10th8th11th28
10thIan Watkins 1043DNC13th10th7th30
11thChris Brown 85413th12th11th9th32
12thJeffrey Maidment 97612th15th12th12th36
?Ben RolfeLiam Willis136911th9thDNCDNC 
?Mike Sims 14884th2ndDNCDNC 
?Chris Rowland 1400DNCDNC DNC 
?William Ormerod 123414th14thDNCDNC 

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