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

by Neil Bevington 15 Jun 09:38 BST
Rooster West Country Boat Repairs RS400 Southern Tour at Warsash © Richard Jarman

Thrills and spills galore at the RS400 open at Warsash. There seems to be a theme developing in the Rooster West Country Boat Repairs Southern Tour that the writer of the race report capsized twice, in our case once before racing started, and once during race one.

Race 1 was lively to say the least. Force 5 gusting 6 is always going to be tricky, but the spells of 6 seemed to be quite sustained. Having come up for air from our second capsize we were surprised to find that many of the usual front of the fleet were not that far in front, so I assume we were not alone in testing the water temperature.

From the trail of devastation, but only one sinking, Jon Heissig & Nicky Griffiths came out on top followed by Jack Munelly & Jack Holden, then Christopher Eames & Rachel Tilley.

As to what happened in Race 2, I would be lying if I said I wish I knew, as I was perfectly happy enjoying the sunshine back at the club along with a significant number of other competitors who had come to the conclusion that you can have too much of a good thing.

Gybing onto port early to achieve large gains seemed to be a feature on both days, but two-sail gybing at the top in high wind strengths can be a delicate affair and I gather that Jack Munelly & Jack Holden were reminded of this with a capsize while in second place.

Christopher & Rachel continued the superb form they have demonstrated in all wind strengths at Arun and Carnac, followed by Steve & Sarah Cockerill in second and Jon & Nicky in third.

Day two we were all reminded of what a difficult job being race officer is. Peter Knight and his team did an excellent job in very difficult circumstances. With sudden swings of around 70 degrees in wind direction the course had to be reset a number of times before racing could finally get under way. With wind gusting fairly strongly, but at last reasonably settled in direction, again Christopher & Rachel led the field, closely followed by Jon & Nicky, and then Steve & Sarah.

Race four was more of the same with the repeat of Christopher & Rachel leading, followed by Steve & Sarah, but somehow Alan Skeens & I managed to claw our way in to third.

The exertions of the combination of several tough races were proving too much for many and so a diminished field started race five. Jon Hessig managed to move up from around third or fourth to develop an astonishing lead by taking that early gybe on to port again on the first downwind leg, and then continued in first place leaving Christopher & Rachel to closely fight it out with Steve & Sarah, who ultimately finished this race in third.

Thanks to all at Warsash for yet another superb and very well-managed event.

Next stop the RS400 Southern Championships at Parkstone, 16/17 July, a Rooster National Tour event as well as on the Rooster West Country Boat Repairs Southern Tour - qualify for two series in one weekend!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st1528Christopher EamesRachel Tilley ‑311125
2nd1502Jon HeissigNicky Griffithsllangorse SC132‑417
3rd1515Steve CockerillSarah CockerillStokes Bay‑4232310
4th1377Neil BellingtonAlan SkeensLee‑On‑Solent8DNS)43520
5th568Rob JonesPaul Caiger‑WatsonWarsash5DNS)66421
6th1521andy powellrobert baileyWarsash10DNS)127837
7th1481Howard FarbrotherLou HoskenLymington YC6DNS)58DNS39
8th1532Steve NorburyAndy HillWarsashDNF)DNS85740
9th1007Nick DanielsMark AitkenWSCDNF)DNS99644
10th1422Bruce MillsAndrea JarmanWarsash SC9DNS)1011DNS50
11th1489David SwiftRob BurgessWarsash SC74DNF)DNSDNS51
12th1503Peter SnowdonLouise CarrShoreham SailingDNC)DNC712DNS59
13th1192Jack MunnellyJack HoldenChichester YC2DNF)DNCDNCDNC62
14th1479Mick WhitmoreSarah WhitmoreEastbourneDNC)DNCDNF10DNS70
15th1312Ian ClarkAnna WarrenWarsash SailingDNF)DNS11DNSDNS71
16th1345Richard CandlinMark TurnerWarsashDNF)DNSDNF13DNS73
17th1321Mark CockrillLizzi BlackwellNetley SCDNC)DNCDNFDNSDNS80
17th1519jenni LewisJenni LewisLymington TownDNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC80
17th527William ApplebyJacqui TripperWarsash SCDNF)DNSDNCDNCDNC80

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