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

by Mick Whitmore 22 Jun 18:44 BST 19-20 June 2021
Ian Walker and Chris Fox win the Rooster West Country Boat Repairs RS400 Southern Tour event at Warsash © WSC

The Warsash event held over the weekend 19-20 June attracted 31 boats from as far afield as Notts County and Carsington, and a guest appearance for a helm from New Zealand (welcome back Sean Cleary, albeit temporarily). A light wind forecast for the weekend saw the first three races held over two laps.

Slightly favoured pin end starts saw local Olympian Ian Walker & Chris Fox and Nick Craig & Toby Lewis at the front with others including Jon Heissig & Nicky Griffin and Jack Holden & Mark Oakey. Race 1 saw a win for Ian & Chris just ahead of Howard Farbrother & Louise Hosken with Jon & Nicky third.

Nick & Toby unfortunately snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by sailing the wrong side of the finish mark.

Race two and the same group again at the front; though in the light winds the whole fleet were very close together and finishing anywhere from fourth to 24th was a real possibility. Race 2 was won by Jon & Nicky from Ian & Chris, with Jack & Mark third.

Race 3 and a big bunch of boats down the favoured end saw a general recall, to the relief of some who were buried.

This race saw a lot of place changes throughout the fleet with Nick & Toby taking the win, Ian & Chris second and Steve Restall & Chris Stubbs in third.

Saturday evening at the club - despite a few remaining Covid restrictions - was very enjoyable. For those that didn't eat at the club you missed a real treat: top class food served up by the clubs caterers, "toomuchspinach".

The Race officer's briefing Sunday morning predicted more of the same light shifty wind and the possibility of it dying completely. However, they did well to get in two more races.

Race 4 got away after a general recall with the usual suspects at the front; Ian & Chris followed by Nick & Toby with Mick & Sarah Whitmore third after a really close finish with four other boats.

Race 5 got away with the wind beginning to shift round to the west. Steve & Chris led round the first mark to the finish for well deserved win followed by Ian & Chris, with Nick & Toby third.

After floating around for 15 minutes or so the RO decided that was it for the day so we headed home for a well-earned beer and prize-giving.

So very close racing all weekend with an overall win for Ian Walker & Chris Fox who discarded a second place result; he might have a future in sailing if he works at it!

Thanks to event sponsors Rooster and West Country Boat Repairs and also to all the volunteers at Warsash Sailing Club for a great weekend; it almost felt like normal and it was lovely to catch up with others we haven't seen for a while, also nice to meet some new faces to the 400 fleet. Hopefully we will be back next year if you'll have us!

Next stop the Southern Championship at the Salcombe Gin RS Summer Regatta, Torbay, an event which is part of the Rooster National Tour as well as the Southern Tour.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st1516Ian WalkerChris FoxWarsash1‑22126
2nd1500Nick CraigTobytastic LewisWarsash‑6412310
3rd1502Jon HeissigNicky GriffinLlangorse SC3144(OCS)12
4th1479Mick WhitmoreSarah WhitmoreEastbourne Sovereign4563‑718
5th1481Howard FarbrotherLouise HoskenLTSC28‑175621
6th1189Steve RestallChris StubbsDowns1173(OCS)122
7th1505Jack HoldenMark OakeyArun yacht club1035(OCS)422
8th1113Dan WealthyAndrew LeGriceWarsash515‑198533
9th1377Neil BevingtonAlan SkeensLee‑on‑Solent SC12‑1777834
10th1312David SwiftRob BurgessWarsash SC711116‑2035
11th1292Christopher EamesRachel TilleyQMSC1469‑161140
12th1175Fred LordLouise GaleCarsington SC8‑131391343
13th148Ivan BurdenKieran ShrimptonPortchester‑19128121749
14th568Rob JonesAmelia CammWarsash1391215(DNC)49
15th1487Andrew BraySarah KingstonLee OnThe Solent SC‑25211014954
16th1509Robin KirbyTrisha ClancyStarcross YC18‑2514131055
17th779Sean ClearyConor ClearyWakatere9182011(OCS)58
18th1444Nick MartinClaire DarchLee on the Solent151615(OCS)1258
19th1043Ian WatkinsImogen WatkinsOxford SC16102410(OCS)60
20th1519Steven BroomfieldJenni LewisLymington Town‑232016181569
21st1192Jack MunnellySarah MitchellArun Yacht Club2019‑21191472
22nd1173Joe GallivanSarah BurridgeLymington Town SC‑291429172181
23rd1358Stephen CarverGeorge JacksonWarsash SC22‑2422221682
24th1109Tris TurnerMark TurnerWarsash SC2422‑27201985
25th1345Bradley FieldLaurence ShellWarsash SC28‑2918231887
26th527Andy PowellPaul Caiger‑WatsonWarsash SC2126‑30212290
27th1007Nick DanielsMark AitkenWarsash SC172325(DNC)DNC97
28th1355Paul ReynoldsIsobel ReynoldsNotts County Sailing Club273023(DNC)DNC112
29th1030Chris YellandNicki YellandLee On Solent262826(DNC)DNC112
30th431William ApplebyJason FosterWarsash SC3027(RET)DNCDNC121
31st976Jeff MaidmentHarris MaidmentMaidenhead313128(DNC)DNC122

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