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Rooster RS300 Inland Championship at Burghfield Sailing Club

by Martin Harrison 23 Oct 06:33 BST 17 October 2020
Rooster RS300 Inlands at Burghfield © Nigel Rolfe

Burghfield SC generously stepped in as change of venue for the 2020 Inland Championship.

Race One

The course was to windward then spreader marks with a buoy halfway down the run. Next was a beat up to a buoy on the East side of the two islands then a run down to a leeward gate to complete a lap. Two laps were displayed. On the first beat boats were spread out either side of the race course. At the top of the course Harry Mcvicar was leading followed by Steve Bolland and Martin Harrison. The lead changed many times. The wind was not constant in strength allowing those behind to slowly catch up. The race officer decided to do a grand prix finish as the wind had dropped to nothing. The top three were Harry, then Steve, Peter Mackin then Martin Harrison.

Race Two

The course was shorter with leg to windward and spreader marks, with a leeward gate. Again it was two laps. Peter had the best start and sailed to a commanding lead. The wind went light again and veered to the West making the beat a close reach. Then the wind swung back again.

Race Three

After lunch the wind dropped off again so the PRO moved the committee boat as the wind filled in from the South. A windward leeward course was set. The RS300s watched the RS400 start. As they sailed away the wind dropped. It was funny watching them roll tack to make headway forward. Possibly a RRS 42 breach? But who cares when everyone is doing it! Well all the RS400s anyway. The wind at the committee boat veered to the North. That wind did not arrive at the windward marks. So there was a race course with opposite wind directions on it with a doldrums area in the middle. Two boat were unlucky and called OCS. Harry Mcvicar had the best start. The key to this race was avoiding the wind shadow of the RS400s and breaking through the doldrums.

Race Four

This course was around the club marks in a square box shape leaving the buoys to starboard. The PRO moved the committee boat as the wind was changing direction and strength again. Peter had the best start and just fetched the first buoy with two others following close behind. The leading RS400 was going to complete a lap when the start happened. So not only were we RS300s racing our own class but also trying to keep clear wind was the key for doing well. All the races were hard on the knees when trying not to capsize on top of you. The Inland Championship winner was decided on the last race. Well done Peter.

At the prize-giving everyone was wearing a mask and socially distanced. Thank you to the event sponsor Rooster for supplying lots of great prizes. Thank you to the race management for getting all four races in very testing conditions. And the biggest thank you to Burghfield Sailing Club for stepping in and running the RS300 Inlands.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoR1R2R3R4Pts
1stPeter Mackin5563rd1st2nd1st 4
2ndHarry McVicar5231st 2nd 1st 2nd 4
3rdMartin Harrison4814th4th5th 3rd11
4thBen Heppenstall3956th6th3rd4th13
5thTom Moore5195th 8th 4th5th 14
6thPete Davies5089th 7th 6th DNC22
7thRob Ford3518th 11th7th7th 22
8thSteve Bolland4112nd 5thDNCDNC23
9thPete Horn4267th TH 8th DNC25
10thCheryl Wood53212th12th9th 6th 27
11thGraham Cooper520TH 3rd DNCDNC27
12thKeith Willis433TH 9th DNCDNC36
13thJosh Wilce512DNCDNCDNCDNC48
13th Richard Packer503DNCDNCDNCDNC48
13th Richard Le Mare525DNCDNCDNCDNC48

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