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Rooster Solo National Championship 2021 - Day 4

by Will Loy 25 Aug 23:36 BST 21-27 August 2021
Launching on day 4 of the Rooster Solo National Championship © Will Loy

Wednesday, and with another high carb/high fat/high cholesterol breakfast just over my belt I set off for Mounts Bay SC, my expectations of a pulsating day's racing, given my intake were... high.

Two RIB transfers and we were blasting out to the race area, just south of Penzance. There was some initial drama, my triple salchow with pike into 'Deep Sea' (or rescue boat 1 as they say), did alarm the team, but once recovered from the bottom of the RIB I soon convinced them I meant it.

The breeze was a healthy 9-10 knots and holding at around 110 with a slight swell and some kickers to negotiate. The August sunshine beat down on us and jury man Steve Watson was quick to apply sunscreen to the appropriate areas of his lily white skin. I did explain that there was a lady on board but to no avail. Fortunately she averted her gaze out to sea while the real men aboard stood defiant against the harmful rays.

Race 8 and Olli Davenport would be pathfinder, a pretty handy sailor, you would think that the fleet would let him do the hard work for a few minutes before they passed behind him. There was though, still a considerable number of competitors who decided left was the way to go and Paul Ellis was so enthusiastic that he started early.

Just winding back a few minutes, the first start was aborted as there were a number of competitors hindering the pathfinder. There were also a few Solos on the course side as the start gun fired and they would be OCS but I am unsure if they could be reinstated for the second start.

We motored up the right of the course, noting that Doug Latta and a few others, including the pathfinder had a pretty hot angle on port as the main body of the fleet went left on starboard. By the top mark it was indeed Doug Latta who claimed the bragging rights in the bar, rounding with a healthy lead over the fleet. Olli Davenport rounded second from Geoff Holden and Jarvis Simpson who was suitably chuffed.

The top guys had something to find, Davis was in the low teens but had actually recovered from deep after bailing out from the left early. Likewise, Tom Gillard was twenty something and with Paul Ellis unknowingly OCS, the championship was being blown wide open.

Latta continued to impress, Solo 6000, still the newest Solo in the fleet and it must be three years old now, and led into the bottom mark from Davenport. There was a blur of boats as they rounded the gate marks, Holden, Simpson and Davis were able to stay ahead of the wind shadow that was sucking the life out of anything in front of it.

Gillard was improving too and was in the top ten with one lap to go. The right seemed favoured once more and Latta just managed to hold Davenport off as they reached the top but as they both rounded, Davenport caught a ripper of a wave which catapulted him inside of the ex president and the deal a was sealed. Davis shortened the distance between him and the top two but had to settle for a three to add to his impressively consistent scorecard. Jarvis Simpson held his nerve and took fourth ahead of fast finishing Gillard.

We then sat and awaited the start sequence for Race 9 with the wind holding at around 8-10 knots. I ferreted around in my kit bag for nourishment, pulling out a distorted pack of almond fingers and a bottle of Lucozade Energy; calorie intake is so important in a long Championship.

I was transferred to the guard boat for the start of race 9, I do feel there was some malice from my crew as I had after all, scoffed the cakes with no thought for their diminishing waistlines. There would be good opportunity for close up and personal photos as the fleet crossed behind us so there was some justification in their thought process, I just felt walking the plank across was a step too far.

PRO Peter Jelliss stood forward on the bridge, his eyes fixed on the thin thread of wool atop a stick he held up to the breeze. Without everting his gaze he ordered the relevant wind strength and direction from his infantry men and processed the information, only a faint murmur escaping his lips indicating life.

"The wind's playing silly buggers" were his first words and, with hindsight we should have taken that as gospel and all gone home, but instead we sat, contemplating our life decisions as the minutes ticked by.

Red Admirals flicked past us, making their way no doubt to the Butterfly Mecca that is The Gardens of St Michael's Mount. I wondered at their beauty and skill and resolve in flying into the North Easterly breeze when it would have been far easier to have planed South West but then again the next stop would have been Mexico.

After two hours and the knowledge that the wind was indeed playing silly buggers the fleet were sent home. An added sweetener for the competitors was the 400 metre hike up the soft sandy beach.

So with eight races completed (on paper and subject to any legal complications) Andy Davis leads the Championship with Tom Gillard his nearest rival. The forecasts are mixed but the gossip is it may get lighter over the next two days.

Today's racing is sponsored generously by P&B and Powerworks EVC so there will be plenty of prizes on offer to some lucky competitors tonight.

Results after day 4:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st5967Andy DavisSouth Staffs2342‑121315
2nd5675Thomas GillardSheffield Viking SC51‑10323519
3rd5574Paul EllisSalcombe YC2182142(DSQ)38
4th5954Oliver DavenpportNorthampton/Redesmere182‑5011110143
5th5831Richard LoveringHayling Island SC712‑404552154
6th5781Alex ButlerHayling Island SC1‑225610221256
7th5868Andy TunnicliffeBurwain SC91918977‑3769
8th5918Chris BrownGrafham Water SC12139‑1614141072
9th5966Tim LawSalcombe YC14152114321‑2388
10th5914Paul DavisLymington Town SC1611‑41132813788
11th5691Guy MaygerFelpham SC36‑51179282992
12th5942Richard PepperdineStaunton Harold SC1192012‑31232499
13th5835Dave LucasGWSC‑414081011625100
14th5911Nigel DaviesDraycote Water SC6206‑32292715103
15th5407John ReekieBassenthwaite SC32726‑5681718108
16th5406Jarvis SimpsonBrightlingsea SC8‑46123818324112
17th4951Olivier VidalPenzance SC‑3333112215266113
18th5879Chris CleavesSalcombe YC34‑71178191232122
19th5780Nigel ThomasHill Head SC154164530‑5116126
20th5130Mark LeeLymington Town SC2323‑823013931129
21st5956Tom LonsdaleWest Oxford SC1024‑7550241111130
22nd5749Michael HicksSalcombe YC4358‑8856417133
23rd5652Michael GiffordStaunton Harold SC13538‑5532369133
24th5369Andy RitchieHykeham SC25(DSQ)2429201619133
25th5923Jamie MorganRutland SC4510‑8920251535150
26th5850Vince HoreyKing George SC193022183933‑42161
27th5938James GoodfellowArdleigh SC22273036418‑47164
28th5897Ian HopwoodNantwich3718‑565134198167
29th5964Paul BartlettStarcross‑80294337162914168
30th5744Iain McGregorSalcombe YC‑6348257271849174
31st5905Isaac MarshNorthampton SC56141424.526‑7545179.5
32nd5887Steve DennisonRYA3537715‑625336183
33rd5837Richard InstoneChase SC20‑642324.5493140187.5
34th5421Andy BaylissHykeham SC313414447‑5733190
35th5898Simon DobsonSalcombe YC426‑6419425257200
36th5909Andy FoxLeigh & Lowton‑72313421173067200
37th5524Kev HallNorthampton SC244531‑53213544200
38th5792Dave GreeningSalcombe YC47162939‑482448203
39th6000Doug LattaHayling Island SC‑6059322845442210
40th5393Simon DerhamLittleton SC582519335237‑59224
41st5601Simon YatesSalcombe YC26493949‑653428225
42nd5925Robin MilledgeLymington Town SC6428‑7631223846229
43rd5836Mark HarperDell Quay SC4244‑6523445622231
44th5755Graham Cranford‑SmithSalcombe YC513247(DSQ)373939245
45th5804Steve EdeArdleigh‑65424626234564246
46th5941Simon ForbesStaunton Harold SC27363741‑604958248
47th5968Nick HornsbyHollingworth Lake SC68392765‑752526250
48th5901Lawrence Cavill‑GrantGrafham Water SC8217‑8634354638252
49th4317Charlie NunnFowey Gallants SC55‑706948402027259
50th5779Mark MaskellBlackwater SC2835524650(DNC)55266
51st5801Willie ToddLargs SC54213‑85666560269
52nd5604Roger GibbTorpoint Mosquito SC304133527243‑74271
53rd5900Andy HylandLymington Town SC4960‑6227366243277
54th5818Mike DrayLittleton SC‑81515760554041304
55th5876Patrick BurnsRYA1752608183(DNC)20313
56th5747Roger LumbySalcombe YC38‑736142646354322
57th4851Geoff HoldenTorpoint Mosquito SC7453‑8159685813325
58th5644Paul BottomleySouth Staffs SC5378287959(DNC)34331
59th4005Kim FurnissFowey Gallants SC6647‑7967386152331
60th5734Adrian GriffinSalcombe YC57505547‑636062331
61st5778Shaun WelshTorpoint Mosquito SC‑88761373544773336
62nd5926John SteelsStarcross YC‑76637443464271339
63rd5547Peter WarneNorthamptom SC626915547169‑79340
64th5771Tim JacksonPapercourt SC77‑883561535561342
65th5889David ParkinAberdeen & Stonehaven44‑864564437870344
66th5950Phil KilburnLymington Town SC‑78617762335466353
67th5819Phil SturmerBrightlingsea SC(OCS)544270585080354
68th5865Stephen RobertsTorpoint Mosquito70385972‑796453356
69th4999Harry LucasGWSC5280‑9235746650357
70th5786Siimon GreensladeStarcross YC2983‑9058694875362
71st5721Graham WilsonNorthampton SC36‑873663817385374
72nd5902Ian BartlettSouth Cerney SC59438069‑865968378
73rd5815Tom KeyPapercourt SC465649767774‑81378
74th5164Anthony WheatleyWest Riding SC‑75556666737051381
75th5927Alistair BanksWest Riding SC718448406180(DNC)384
76th4903Alex McKayFowey Gallants SC9179445757(DNC)56384
77th5724Terry PalmerUpper Thames SC48755471‑856877393
78th5331Andrew SquireSalcombe YC406870747072‑86394
79th5570Malcolm BuchananLymington Town SC7382(DNF)77674172412
80th5921Stephen WaiteHighcliffe SC6965‑9182566776415
81st5544John SewellMounts Bay‑83745368807765417
82nd5479Bill ChardChew Valley Lake395758(DNF)DNSDNC69425
83rd5044Alastair FraserGrafham Water SC6762837878(DNC)78446
84th5410Huw ReynoldsWhitstable SC7989728051(DNC)84455
85th5904Patrick OversPaxton Lakes SC866684837679‑90474
86th4527Paul HoadClub Hwylio Aberdyfi‑84727184828383475
87th5731Vernon PerkinsSouth Cerney SC‑92778775847187481
88th5844Nick FisherTMSC(OCS)8168DNSDNCDNC30482
89th5888Geoff GrittonBrightlingsea SC616795(DNF)DNCDNC63488
90th4208Peter HampshireAttenborough SC5090939090(DNF)89502
91st4635Simon JohnsonLittleton‑93858587898193520
92nd5913Steve HaggettLymington Town SC8794(DNF)86887691522
93rd4006Sal Erskine‑FurnissFowey Gallants SC8991789187(DNF)88524
94th5313Jonathon ReynoldsSalvo be YC90937388(DNS)DNC82527
95th5648Simon StrodeRollesby SC859567(DNF)DNSDNC92541
96th5088Tristram SquireSalcombe YC959694899182(DNF)547
97th5838Michael WildeSpinnaker949263(DNC)DNCDNCDNS552
98th5880Martin HonnorOgston SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC606

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