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Noble Marine Rooster RS400 National Championships at East Lothian Yacht Club - Day 3

by Andy Powell 11 Aug 18:51 BST 8-13 August 2022

Wow as days on the water go, day 3 of the RS400 Nationals can only be described as "WACKY RACING" and quite probably the thing of race officers' nightmares.

The day started with a solid 12 kts of breeze from the NW and after a lovely sail from shore the fleet lined up for race 1, much as we had the day's proceeding, that's when it all changed.

Eager to get racing the fleet pushed over the line leading to general recall 1. The fleet once again lined up and once again the fleet was recalled.

At this point the sea breeze started to kick in and, just as discussed at the tack ticks talk, it continued to veer around a full 180 deg to the east before stabilising.

After a lengthy postponement, the fleet once again lined up in a solid 10 kts of see breeze this time in the shadow of Bass Rock! This turned out to be general recall 3 of the day.

Finally, we got a race away cleanly on a race course that was covered in wind holes but this provided close tactical if not at times frustrating racing with even the very best sailors wondering into patches of almost now wind.

As a result, the racing was close and at the leeward mark roundings sometimes too close with shouts echoing over the water, "Windward", "starboard", "water", "overlap".... Often I think from the same boats as boats arrived at the same time from every conceivable angle.

The racing was close at the top of the fleet and the leaders of the regatta changed for the first time this week. So great sailing from Chris and Rachel in 1528.

Following two races the RO signalled a third was on the cards before the sea breeze turned off like a switch, leaving most of the fleet stranded.

A huge thank you to the ELYC RIB crews for towing in many after a very long and difficult day on the water and to the amazing beech team for helping to drag the boats through the sand; such a wonderful sight to be greeted by.

What better way to finish a day like that with a lively AGM... I wonder what Day 4 will hold in store?

Results after day 3:

PosFleetSail noHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stGold1528Christopher EamesRachel TilleyQMSC1232‑1519
2ndGold1376Sam KnightChris BownesBartley Sc2119(UFD)316
3rdGold1515Steve CockerillSarah CockerillStokes Bay Sailing Club39(OCS)11418
4thGold1449Jamie CalderKeith BedboroughDalgety Bay Sailing Club4‑6452520
5thGold1463Stewart RobertsonSarah RobertsonRoyal Forth YC65563‑1325
6thGold1502Jon HeissigNicky GriffinLlangorse SC108284‑1632
7thSilver1319Brendan LynchThomas GoodmanEast Lothian YC9‑1284101142
8thGold1398Philip MurrayNeil SchofieldTynemouth SC84‑161016846
9thSilver1316Mike SaulOliver KentYorkshire dales SC14187‑2311252
10thSilver1410Jacob AinsworthKayleigh RobertsTynemouth57111619‑2058
11thSilver844Ronald MillarFraser MulfordRoyal Forth YC16169‑1971260
12thGold1491Jon GayAmanda HendersonLochaber111513129(BFD)60
13thSilver968Kevan GibbRoo PurvesLargo Bay SC1521(DNC)135761
14thGold1522John MacKenzieAndy BoxDalgety Bay Sailing Club1811101113‑2263
15thGold1511Hamish GledhillRoss SouthwellWest Riding Sailing Club(DNC)1067UFD665
16thGold1523Neil McLellanHannah RobertsonDBSC(RET)314312BFD68
17thSilver1460Charlie ExleyDave ExleyLeigh and Lowton SC171917‑206968
18thSilver1370Peter TaylorRuary WilliamsonDalgety Bay SC713181418‑2170
19thSilver768Angus MarshallEllen ClarkDBSC12‑171215171571
20thBronze1311Michael GorzkowskiSam RoomQueen Mary SC13141517‑201776
21stSilver1483John WilsonLaura GloverEast Lothian YC‑3020232181082
22ndBronze612Rory FerrierBenEast Lothian YC19‑272126141494
23rdSilver1467Martin SpencerVanessa EvansLeigh and Lowton SC21‑2519222118101
24thSilver1073Jamie RogersNeil McLarenHLSc2222221822‑23106
25thBronze1435Matt SheahanEllie SheahanWarsash sc202420‑292524113
26thSilver1427Carl WhiteheadCarol MilnerFiley S C2426‑28282719124
27thBronze1148Hester RobertsonRichard HopeDalgety Bay Sailing Club27‑3230252425131
28thBronze877William FindlayTom McMeekinStrangford Sailing Club23‑3124273028132
29thBronze1195Doug Laurie‑PieBruce MillarEast Lothian YC282825‑312626133
30thBronze1521Andy PowellRobert BaileyWarsash2523(OCS)243329134
31stBronze1445Phil BrittonMichael AtkinsonRoyal Findhorn YC263026‑343131144
32ndBronze370Martin BoothAlan McleanRFYC3129293028‑32147
33rdBronze762Paul McMeekinJane McMeekinStrangford Sailing Club32‑3431322330148
34thBronze1252Emma PalmerMichael WilkinsonDBSC33‑3527332927149
35thBronze1294Mike GrantAlan BirseLargs SC2933323532(DNC)161

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