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

by Trisha Clancy 21 Sep 2021 13:35 BST 18 September 2021

The penultimate event on the 2021 Rooster West Country Boat Repairs Southern Tour took place at Exe Sailing club last Saturday where the 200s joined the 400s for a one day Open.

The Devon weather played its part brilliantly in welcoming the visitors and despite the light conditions forecast we sailed out of the Estuary in sunshine and decent breeze.

After a brief postponement, race one got under way and true to their impressive form this year Steve and Sarah Cockerill showed the fleet how it's done by leading from start to finish. Having enjoyed the chance to hike out and stretch our legs on the first lap, a decrease in wind prompted the RO to shorten the course. Sam Knight/Chris Bownes battled it out with Kevin Podger/Heather Chipperfield for second with Kevin/Heather eventually taking 3rd.

Race two saw a shift to the right but again the Cockerills secured a first with Podger/Chipperfield in second followed by Starcross locals Richard Cain/Barney Dearsley in 3rd.

The wind shifted back again in race 3 which resulted in a tight first beat. Strong tides and light winds prompted the RO to shorten the leg but again the Cockerills tucked another win under their belts. Knight/Bownes showed their fighting spirit and took Podger/Chipperfield on the last run to secure a well deserved 2nd.

The wind picked up slightly for race 4 and Caroline Whitehouse/Trisha Clancy's pin end start paid off dividends as they rounded the windward mark ahead of the fleet. The Cockerills, determined not to let anyone deprive them of four wins, managed to take Whitehouse/Clancy on the first downwind leg and went on to secure another first. Whitehouse/Clancy held their second place followed by Podger/Chipperfield in third.

Happy faces all round as we made our way back to the clubhouse for the very welcome tea, delicious cakes and prize-giving. All in all, a fantastic day out on the water. The race officer did an excellent job running the four races in some tricky conditions. Many thanks to Exe Sailing Club for another successful event. The efforts made by the boat park marshals, registration and galley team were very much appreciated by all the fleet.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1515Steve CockerillSarah CockerillStokes Bay SC‑11113
2nd1376Sam KnightChris BownesBartley SC2‑4248
3rd1439Kevin PodgerHeather ChipperfieldLymington Town‑32338
4th1509Caroline WhitehouseTrisha ClancyBartley/Starcross4‑65211
5th1356Richard CainBarnet DearsleyStarcross‑534512
6th1280Stewart BrownHarriet CrosbyChew Valley‑656617
7th1287James BowmanAndrew GladstoneStarcross‑777721
8th1326Frankie UptonDebbie WoodcockESC‑1088925
9th1097Paul RavenMark SwanESC899‑1026
10th1435Matt SheehanEllie SheehanWarsash/QMSC9‑1010827

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