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Rockshore Bosun Bobs RS400 Winter Series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club - Day 3

by Peter Kennedy 21 Nov 13:02 GMT 20 November 2022
Day 3 of the Rockshore / Bosun Bobs RS400 Winter Series at Royal North of Ireland YC © Zac Dalzell

After last week's crash and burn single race, this week the sailors were met by a more manageable 14-20 kts from the south west, but about 10 degrees colder. Bob "The Bosun" Hastings had done a good job on the RS400 whatsapp group rounding up and encouraging a good turn out, so 19 boats arrived on the start line.

Our feminine side was boosted by the arrival of Sharon Corkhill in her first outing since motherhood, Jocelyn Hill in her newly-acquired RS400, and Jane Kearney, recent runner up in the Champions Cup.

The first race start line was busy with a short line set and most of the fleet trying to pick the berth beside the start boat on the slight starboard bias. Robert Hastings got away cleanly to lead at the first mark with Peter Kennedy and Liam Donnelly recovering from poor starts by getting a nice right hand shift after bailing out to the right.

Hastings lost his mojo on the downwind allowing Kennedy to take the whistle at the finish. Barry McCartin had overcompensated for arriving late for last week's race by arriving early for this week's race climbing his way back to fourth after his restart.

There was a short delay whilst the rescue team attended to a couple of fallers, including Jane Kearney who headbutted her boat and came off second best. Dan Sherriff's mast was making ominous noises, so they called it quits too.

The second start was cleaner with Kennedy, McCartin (recently fourth in the Champions Cup) and Donnelly taking advantage of a left hand shift off from the middle of the start line; this was the order at the top of the second beat, but Kennedy dropped his mainsheet and rolled in to windward. Which amused the two chasers greatly, McCartin keeping the lead to the finish.

The third race was a humdinger with 6 boats vying for the lead all the way round, Tom Purdon with the lead at the first mark; Donnelly's masterstoke was an early gybe to take advantage of a nice shift and gust to plane into the lead and ultimate victory; Andrew Vaughan also took a lot of places on both downwinds, but in second place with only the last mark to round his spinnaker halyard knotted and he slid down the snake to his worst place of the day.

12 boats finished the third race, which was much less attrition than the previous week, but windchill was playing its part and race officer Gerry Reid decided it would be prudent to get the fleet ashore safely before any major mishaps and called off the planned fourth race.

Congratulations to the evergreen Liam Donnelly for winning the day with scores 2,2,1.

Day 3 Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1405Liam DonnellyRick McCaigCSC2215
2nd1406Barry McCartinJosh PorterCSBC/NSC4149
3rd1339Peter KennedyStephen KaneRNIYC/SLYC18211
4th1004Tom PurdonSam PurdonSLYC64313
5th1245Luke McIlwaineRyan WilsonNewcastle YC/CSC113519
6th1353Robert HastingsRory HigginsSLYC/RNIYC76821
7th877William FindlayTBCStrangford SC85922
8th1438Andrew VaughanCallum DalzellRNIYC3111024
9th741Jocelyn HillTBCCAYCDNF7633
10th1179Ben MartinTBCBYC9131133
11th1366Matthew McClernonKelly PattersonCushendall SBC/EABCDNF12739
12th888Stephen DonnellyTim LeonardCSC14141240
13th728Steven Nelson Newtownards SC139DNF42
14th1415Frank MacfarlaneGemma VanceCSC1210DNF42
15th1006TBCDan SherriffBYC5DNFDNC45
16th1440Simon HutchinsonBen WilliamsRNIYC/SLYC10DNFDNC50
17th815Jane KearneyMartin WeatherstoneRNIYC15DNCDNC55
18th1178Brian HolmesWendy SmithColeraine YC/SLYCDNFDNCDNC60
18th1001Charles KearneyTBCRNIYCDNCDNFDNC60

Series so far overall:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClub06/1106/1106/1113/1120/1120/1120/11Pts
1st1339Peter KennedyStephen KaneRNIYC/SLYC632118223
2nd1406Barry McCartinJosh PorterCSBC/NSC411DNF41428
3rd1438AndrewVaughanCallum DalzellRNIYC38723111044
4th877William FindlayTBCStrangford SC2115485944
5th1405Liam DonnellyRick McCaigCSC5210DNC22145
6th1004Tom PurdonSam PurdonSLYC13611364346
7th1353Robert HastingsRory HigginsSLYC/RNIYC1144DNF76853
8th1245Luke McIlwaineRyan WilsonNewcastle YC/CSC8139DNF113562
9th1006TBCDan SherriffBYC153DNF5DNFDNC68
10th1415Frank MacfarlaneGemma VanceCSC9912DNF1210DNF80
11th888Stephen DonnellyTim LeonardCSC121213DNF14141290
12th1264Neil CalvinSharon DohertyCSC7785DNCDNCDNC96
13th1440Simon HutchinsonBen WilliamsRNIYC/SLYC10106DNC10DNFDNC100
14th1366Matthew McClernonKelly PattersonCushendall SBC/EABCDNCDNCDNCDNFDNF127120
16th1179Ben MartinTBCBYCDNCDNCDNCDNC91311125
17th728Steven Nelson Newtownards SCDNCDNCDNCDNC139DNF129
19th815Jane KearneyMartin WeatherstoneRNIYCDNCDNCDNCDNC15DNCDNC153
20th1379Neill StrainJohn FergusonRNIYCDNFDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC154
22nd1178Brian HolmesWendy SmithColeraine YC/SLYCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNFDNCDNC157

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