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Noble Marine Rooster RS400 National Championships at East Lothian Yacht Club - Day 4

by Steve Cockerill 12 Aug 10:11 BST 8-13 August 2022
Chris Eames and Rachel Tilley - Noble Marine Rooster RS400 Nationals day 4 © Steve Fraser

With a steady westerly blowing through the morning, we waited for the 13:00 start and the release from the beach. What WAS going to happen with the wind. Would it stay in the West - or swing to the East as it had the previous day.

The RO was keen to try and run three races - but two would give the fleet the elusive second discard - so calculators were at the ready

Just as we thought the east wind was going to win, the west came good. The short delay also worked in everyone's favour as now we had the ebb holding us back from the line.

First around the top mark was Jon Gay and Amanda Henderson from Roo Purves. Both had worked the left pretty hard. In fact, any tack to the right was costly on the first beat. LEFT WAS BEST.

The second lap proved tricky. 'There were some major gains to be made - but the writer was oblivious to them. The Robertson's appeared from no-where, whilst Chris and Rachel had worked the percentages moving slowly through the fleet. Jamie Calder and Keith were mixing it with the Cockerill's. Not so much as a chocolate wrapper between them. However, the final lap was a super place changer. If you took the left gate - you were going to make some major gains as the wind started to clock right. A slow and progressive shift to the right meant for some great circle routes for those looking for the pot of gold on the left. I can promise it WAS painful.

On the last downwind the leaders took the long starboard aiming to gain the most from the header coming back to the left as the wind continued to shift left (looking downwind) but slightly overcooked the lay line which enabled Chris and Rachel to take a shortcut, soaking over them to take second from Roo with Jamie Calder in third which raised them to third overall.

As the West wind died completely we chased East towards Bass Rock, looking for the new Eastly breeze which did not quite materialise. AP over A and we had a long sail home against the current. As it happens the West wind filled back in nicely and we were hiking again by the time we hit the beach, just in time to enjoy some local Stewart Brewing beers and impromptu music.

Results after Day 4:

PosSail NoHelmCrewFleetClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st1528Christopher EamesRachel TilleyGoldQMSC1232‑151211
2nd1376Sam KnightChris BownesGoldBartley Sc2119(UFD)3622
3rd1449Jamie CalderKeith BedboroughGoldDalgety Bay Sailing Club4‑64525323
4th1515Steve CockerillSarah CockerillGoldStokes Bay Sailing Club39(OCS)114725
5th1463Stewart RobertsonSarah RobertsonGoldRoyal Forth YC65563‑13530
6th1502Jon HeissigNicky GriffinGoldLlangorse SC108284‑16941
7th1319Brendan LynchThomas GoodmanSilverEast Lothian YC912841011‑1454
8th968Roo PurvesCallum GibbSilverLargo Bay SC1520(DNC)1357161
9th1398Philip MurrayNeil SchofieldGoldTynemouth SC84‑16101681561
10th1316Mike SaulOliver KentSilverYorkshire dales SC14187‑221121163
11th1491Jon GayAmanda HendersonGoldLochaber111513129(BFD)464
12th1511Hamish GledhillRoss SouthwellGoldWest Riding Sailing Club(DNC)1067UFD6873
13th1410Jacob AinsworthKayleigh RobertsSilverTynemouth5711161920‑2378
14th844Ronald MillarFraser MulfordSilverRoyal Forth YC16169‑197121979
15th1523Neil McLellanHannah RobertsonGoldDBSC(RET)314312BFD1280
16th1522John MacKenzieAndy BoxGoldDalgety Bay Sailing Club1811101113‑221780
17th1460Charlie ExleyDave ExleySilverLeigh and Lowton SC171917‑20691381
18th768Angus MarshallEllen ClarkSilverDBSC121712151715‑2988
19th1370Peter TaylorRuary WilliamsonSilverDalgety Bay SC71318141821‑2791
20th1311Michael GorzkowskiSam RoomBronzeQueen Mary SC131415172017‑2296
21st612Rory FerrierBenBronzeEast Lothian YC19‑262125141416109
22nd1467Martin SpencerVanessa EvansSilverLeigh and Lowton SC21‑241921211810110
23rd1073Jamie RogersNeil McLarenSilverHLSc222122182223‑26128
24th1435Matt SheahanEllie SheahanBronzeWarsash sc202320‑28252428140
25th1427Carl WhiteheadCarol MilnerSilverFiley S C2425‑2727271925147
26th877William FindlayTom McMeekinBronzeStrangford Sailing Club23‑302326302818148
27th1483John WilsonLaura GloverSilverEast Lothian YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC81024150
28th1148Hester RobertsonRichard HopeBronzeDalgety Bay Sailing Club27‑312924242521150
29th1195Doug Laurie‑PieBruce MillarBronzeEast Lothian YC282724302626(DNC)161
30th1521Andy PowellRobert BaileyBronzeWarsash2522(OCS)23332930162
31st762Paul McMeekinJane McMeekinBronzeStrangford Sailing Club31‑333031233020165
32nd1445Phil BrittonMichael AtkinsonBronzeRoyal Findhorn YC262925333131‑34175
33rd370Martin BoothAlan McleanBronzeRFYC3028282928‑3332175
34th1252Emma PalmerMichael WilkinsonBronzeDBSC32‑342632292733179
35th1294Mike GrantAlan BirseBronzeLargs SC293231‑34323231187

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