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Rockshore Bosun Bobs RS400 Winter Series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club - Day 4

by Richard McCaig 29 Nov 2022 10:21 GMT 27 November 2022

Yet another 'punchy' forecast of 20+ knots was on the cards for week 4, but as the fleet rigged up in bright sunshine and looked out at the lightish breeze and flat water there was even mention of softer rig settings, keeping with tradition that wouldn't last long.

It was great to see the return of Alan 'thumbs' McLernon to the fleet taking a guest crew spot in 1415.

13 boats were on the start line for race 1, with tide and wind direction meaning the majority set off left. The short course format made for plenty of action, clean air being at a premium. Luke McIlwane and Ryan Wilson led the fleet on lap 1 closely followed by team Purdon, then Neil Calvin and Edwina in 3rd. After an excellent 2nd beat Neil found himself in front at the windward mark, but Luke and Ryan managed to sneak past downwind and take the win, Neil in a deserved 2nd and PK and Stevie fighting their way to 3rd.

The breeze was up slightly for race 2, with the gusts increasing so did the shifts. Luke and Ryan were again going well on lap one, (their new slot gasket coming to the fore) The Purdons and Andrew Vaughan fighting with them on lap 1. By the time the fleet headed downwind the gusts ever increasing and typically arriving when you needed you needed to gybe. That led to the first of the swimming races and they certainly wouldn't be the last. By the end of lap 2 Luke had his 2nd win of the day, The Purdons in 2nd and Uncle Liam in 3rd.

As we geared up for race 3 the breeze was on and it was going to be fast and furious. It was tightly bunched at the windward mark, with everyone trying to spot the spreader for the bare off... unfortunately for PK and Stevie they managed to hook the mark and were seen practicing their front crawl as the fleet headed off downwind. Good work at the front of the boat from Callum saw Andrew Vaughan in the lead on lap 1. Further carnage incurred on the gybe lay line with a pretty spectacular effort from Neil Calvin! Amongst the debris Luke and Ryan once again hit the front, followed by Uncle Liam and Andrew Vaughan.

The breeze stayed up and the finishing boats were greeted by Gerry confirming a 4th race. At that point some of those who had been swimming after boats for longer than they would of liked headed for the shore.

The 4th race began with PK and Stevie keen to make up for a couple of uncharacteristic mishaps showing good speed in to the windward mark. Luke McIlwane and the Purdons again hot on their heels. The reduced fleet was well spread after the first lap, with PK and Stevie getting the win, Luke rounding off a superb day in 2nd and Liam and Rick getting 3rd.

Well done Luke McIlwane and Ryan Wilson for an excellent 1,1,1,2. The rest of the fleet have gone home to change their slot gaskets.

With 3 weeks to run there is everything to play for, hopefully we can get all 22 boats on the start line for week 5. Thanks to the committee boat and safety boat teams who earned their beer.

Day 4 Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1245Luke McIlwaineRyan WilsonNewcastle YC/CSC11125
2nd1405Liam DonnellyRick McCaigCSC632314
3rd1339Peter KennedyStephen KaneRNIYC/SLYC366116
4th1004Tom PurdonSam PurdonSLYC427417
5th1438Andrew VaughanCallum DalzellRNIYC543618
6th1264Neil CalvinSharon DohertyCSC2510522
7th877William FindlayTBCStrangford SC885728
8th1440Simon HutchinsonBen WilliamsRNIYC/SLYC7DNF4833
9th888Stephen DonnellyTim LeonardCSC9129DNS44
10th1415Frank MacfarlaneGemma VanceCSC107DNFDNS45
11th1178Brian HolmesWendy SmithColeraine YC/SLYC13108DNS45
12th1179Ben MartinTBCBYC119DNFDNS48
13th1379Neill StrainJohn FergusonRNIYC1211DNFDNS51

Series Results after Day 4:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11Pts
1st1339Peter KennedyStephen KaneRNIYC/SLYC63211(8)2366131
2nd1405Liam DonnellyRick McCaigCSC5210(DNC)221632336
3rd1004Tom PurdonSam PurdonSLYC(13)6113643427450
4th1438Andrew VaughanCallum DalzellRNIYC38723(11)10543651
5th1245Luke McIlwaineRyan WilsonNewcastle YC/CSC8(13)9DNF1135111254
6th877William FindlayTBCStrangford SC2(11)54859885761
7th1264Neil CalvinSharon DohertyCSC7785(DNC)DNCDNC2510595
8th1406Barry McCartinJosh PorterCSBC/NSC411DNF414(DNC)DNCDNCDNC97
9th1440Simon HutchinsonBen WilliamsRNIYC/SLYC10106(DNC)10DNFDNC7DNF48110
10th1415Frank MacfarlaneGemma VanceCSC9912DNF1210(DNF)107DNFDNS110
11th888Stephen DonnellyTim LeonardCSC121213DNF(14)14129129DNS120
12th1353Robert HastingsRory HigginsSLYC/RNIYC1144DNF768(DNC)DNCDNCDNC122
14th1179Ben MartinTBCBYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC91311119DNFDNS150
15th1178Brian HolmesWendy SmithColeraine YC/SLYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNFDNCDNC13108DNS179
16th1379Neill StrainJohn FergusonRNIYCDNF(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC1211DNFDNS182
17th1366Matthew McClernonKelly PattersonCushendall SBC/EABC(DNC)DNCDNCDNFDNF127DNCDNCDNCDNC189
19th728Steven NelsonTBCNewtownards SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC139DNFDNCDNCDNCDNC198
21st815Jane KearneyMartin WeatherstoneRNIYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC15DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC222

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