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RS500 Rooster National Tour at Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club

by Ian Mairs 15 Jun 2022 14:46 BST 11-12 June 2022

The R500 fleet arrived for the Rooster National tour event at BCYC, encouraged by the forecast, but initially to the outlook over a calmer than anticipated Cheddar reservoir.

By the time we were ready to go afloat, and Arky was afloat with his black flag onboard the committee boat, the wind had picked up nicely.

5 races were packed in through the afternoon, with only minutes to wait between each which was great in allowing us to maximise our time racing, rather than letting the sails flap.

Conditions were great, with a fairly stable wind direction (other than race 1), although a fair numbers of holes when approaching the windward mark. Even the flat water of the reservoir couldn't help but get whipped up somewhat to show white horses mid afternoon.

Most teams started to fatigue through the day, and a few minor equipment failing issues experienced by some teams (namely some toe straps on one boat) made for some added entertainment, but the circa 20knots was enjoyed by all.

As the races progressed, a steady pattern of boat speed started to emerge, and it was the team of Ian Mairs and Abi Campbell from BCYC who claimed the win, with 3 bullets from the 5 race series.

After a debrief and discussion of video footage taken by Beth Mason and Aaron Geis during Saturday's racing the fleet headed out again on Sunday for some intensive peer training and boat-to-boat comparison work on Sunday, led by Arky.

All are eagerly awaiting the upcoming RS500 Worlds at Weymouth as part of the RS Games in early August, with only limited time left for some last minute practice and just the Rooster National Tour event at Lymington Regatta, 9/10 July on the calendar beforehand.

As was the common opinion at the end of the weekend, if you didn't enjoy the sailing on Saturday, then pretty much time to give up!

Thanks to all at BCYC for hosting a great event.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st1040Ian MairsAbi CampbellBristol Corinthian YC3111(RET)6
2nd710Simon HorsfieldKatie HorsfieldASA Thorney Island SC‑222217
3rd610John CooperAndy MawBurghfield SC1(RET)DNC3213
4th511Peter LockBen LockSlaughden SC‑5334313
5th783Nigel DavisAaron DavisDraycote Water SC44(RET)RETRET22
6th1746Hugh WatsonLuke WatsonEmsworth SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC28

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