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Rockshore / Bosun Bobs RS400 Winter Series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club - Day 5

by Gerry Reid 8 Dec 2021 14:11 GMT 5 December 2021

The Rockshore/Bosun Bobs RS400 Winter series continued to thrive with 14 boats out on a sunny Sunday at RNIYC.

As the fleet set off to the race area, a steady 10 knots started to fade and by the start of Race 1 the breeze dropped off and half the fleet were being swept across the line with what seemed like an extra strong tide.

As the pin end bunch battled for that killer start unfortunately there were two OCS casualties in Trev D'Arcy and Ginge and Brian Homes and Wendy Smith. As the majority of the fleet headed left off the start, they seemingly sailed into a hole which gave the struggling windward end boats battling to make it round the committee boat a much-needed chance.

First to escape the committee boat chaos were Ross and Jane Kearney who managed to tack right and find some pressure which got them into a comfortable lead at the windward mark. Once the wind filled in, the pecking order remained very steady throughout the fleet with Peter Kennedy/Stevie Kane and Liam Donnelly/Rick McCaig chasing hard right to the finish.

Star performer last week Neil Calvin sailing with RNIYC's Leah McCleave had a great 4th place with Leah stepping back into Dinghy sailing after a few years sabbatical.

Race 2 kicked off with a favoured pin end being fairly crowded, with the fleet getting away cleanly and with the wind going slightly left the leaders came in from this side of the course. The first run saw various place changes, Stephen Nelson/Brian Conway gybing off early into clear breeze along with Andrew Vaughan/Peter Todd working out the left side had paid well but it was Bosun Bob and Rory Higgins who carried on down the right side of the run and judged the lay line perfectly to jump into a nice lead by the leeward mark.

This leeward mark during race 2 saw plenty of action, if there was an action camera attached it would be prime time reality tv viewing! Between 3 boats trying to squeeze into the same spot to PK and Stevie deciding to do some fishing and then mount the leeward mark it had it all.

Rob and Rory sailed off into the distance thankfully on the lookout as the wind had shifted 40 degrees they had spotted the new windward mark position way out left.

Andrew and Pete managed to keep Rob and Rory honest and chased them hard to the finish with PK and Stevie pulling off a rescue mission to get back into 6th.

With the rescue crew looking cold, race 3 started very quickly, Gerry not holding back to enable us to get 3 great races completed. With some members of the fleet using smoke signals to identify subtle wind shifts pre-start along with the strong tide they managed to get caught out and miss the start.

With the line lying more committee boat biased this time, the leaders worked right and continuing their form from race 2, Bob and Rory, Steven and Brian, Uncle Liam and Rick had led the fleet round the first lap.

Liam and Rick managed to build and hold a good lead with Ross and Jane, Bob and Rory chasing hard.

Notable performance was from wind shift guru Woo Kearney and Nick Thallon recovering from a late start to finish in 6th.

Thanks again goes to Gerry and the race team, mark and rescue crews for managing such quick-fire racing to ensure we were off the water before the toes realise how cold it is.

Following 15 races, Peter Kennedy and Stevie Kane are sitting in pole position with a pack of 3 chasing hard behind.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week in the lead up to the grand finale Christmas race.

Results after Day 5:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15Pts
1st1339Peter KennedyStephen KaneRNIYC41(10)3183(9)141226440
2nd1405Liam DonnellyRick McCaigRNIYC(10)53(9)4321574534147
3rd1438Andrew VaughanToby McCulloughRNIYC1(8)16(7)572326462550
4th815Ross KearneyJane KearneyRNIYC(DNC)(DNC)275163852613251
5th1366Trevor D'ArcyAlan McClernonCSC5442(DNF)104571(OCS)12OCS5781
6th1264Neil CalvinSharon DohertyCSC76(DNF)8(DNF)9127633148983
7th1353Robert HastingsRory HigginsRNIYC1239424(DNC)(DNC)DNC98751388
8th1245Luke McIlwaineHenry GreerNewcastle YC/SLYC2255671410(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC126
9th1004Tom PurdonSam PurdonSLYC(DNC)(DNC)713281448143DNCDNCDNC127
10th500Frank Macfarlane CSC69611812(13)101313(15)971213129
11th1440Simon HutchinsonBen WilliamsRNIYC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC56210511898148
12th728Steven NelsonBrian ConwayNewtownards SC87(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC981411101010OCS14158
13th1178Brian HolmesWendy SmithColeraine YC91111121214(16)15111213(DNF)OCSOCS12162
14th941Steve AtkinsonFiona AtkinsonCSC310DNF1010614DNF(DNC)141613(DNC)DNCDNC170
15th1001Charles KearneyNick ThallonRNIYC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC10131215789106174
16th888Stephen DonnellyTim LeonardCSC(DNC)(DNC)DNFDNF111315121516171611711174
17th1179Ben MartinPhillip MartinBYC1112813911(DNC)(DNC)DNC18915DNCDNCDNC190
18th1188Stephen McLernonRyan WilsonCSC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC11119612DNFDNCDNCDNC215
19th1379Neill StrainJohn FergusonRNIYC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC171114121110222

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