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RS800 Rooster National Tour at Oxford Sailing Club

by Ed Dyer & Claire Lasko 7 Jun 10:29 BST 21-22 May 2022
RS800 Rooster National Tour at Oxford © Oxford SC

It was great to be back out in the RS800 again! Now it is with our 8 month-old shore crew Iona and her obliging grandparents to help!

Luckily everything went back together OK and we were able to enjoy some fantastic conditions on Saturday. Despite the known shifty conditions, there was the expected consistency from Luke and Emma McEwen. Conditions were marginal twin wiring throughout the day, but with a windward mark that did well to balance both sides of the course and give everyone their moment to potentially convert a lead.

In race one we apparently got the bullet (we'd love to see this photo finish?!). Race two followed suit and we watched from third as a very competitive Ian Brooks and Martin Orton battled it out with Luke and Emma to claim the win. Race three was a tight affair with all four boats having their share of getting the bow out in front and hoping the wind would be kind and stable to convert it into a position at the top. With the breeze easing and constant mode changes, time in the boat was paying off. Along with Anna Prescott and Bryan Ormond, we were finding our feet again whilst the McEwens and Martin/Ian battled it out.

Sunday was forecast to be light, but a few more knots came on top and we picked up in similar conditions to Saturday. Results for races four and five had the same 1st, 2nd, 3rd and race six became our downfall, when a hasty early tack out to the right after the start struggling to keep a lane with Anna and Bryan saw us double down the wrong way and finish in fourth losing 2nd overall in the process.

The races were extremely well run, fair courses and punchy turnarounds with an incredibly well organised forecast by Oxford SC. Our sincere thanks to them and their perseverance despite the small turn out. Thank you also to Rooster for generously sponsoring our RS800 National Tour. Winners of the coveted 2022 national tour branded aquafleece neck gaiters were Luke and Emma, Ed and Claire, and Anna and Bryan.

Our next RS800 Rooster National Tour event is Lymington Regatta 9-10 July. Online entry is here...

Then it's our Noble Marine RS800 Nationals at the RS Games 28-31 July. Info at

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
11220Luke McEwenEmma McEwenLymington2211116
21204Martin OrtonIan BrooksChichester3123328
31045Edward DyerClare LaskoHayling Island13322410
4820Anna PrescottBryan OrmondQueen Mary44444315

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