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RS800 Rooster National Tour Round 2 at Stokes Bay Sailing Club

by Hugh Shone 2 May 16:38 BST 29-30 April 2023
RS800 Rooster National Tour event number two at Stokes Bay SC © Tim Olin /

The weekend of 29-30 April saw thirteen highly enthusiastic RS800s attend the Stokes Bay skiff open meeting for round two of the Rooster National Tour.

Anticipation of an upset was relatively high at the start of the weekend: first Tom Morris and Guy Filmore fell foul of the 'plank' and had to move their racks in by two holes - would this upset their perfectly choreographed boat handling (see Mozzy Sails on YouTube) - and second Luke and Emma McEwen announced that they had not sailed much over the Winter.

Saturday's sailing, in sun and winds which offered twin wiring up and downwind, demonstrated that the rest of the fleet would need to be sharper to take advantage of the handicaps faced by the top teams. Tom and Guy showed bursts of exceptional speed and were generally out of sight by the end of each three-lap race. Luke and Emma were slower getting back up to speed but nevertheless sat in second on Saturday evening. Behind them there was an intense battle for third place with two points covering four crews after discard overnight.

Martin Orton and Ian Brooks had led race one but slipped back to fourth before backing this up with a bout of helm incompetence resulting in Ian going through the jib in race two. Using an old jib they were therefore delighted to take second place in the final race of the day. Fighting with them were Leo Wilkinson and super crew John Mather, Maria Stanley and scratch crew Callum Healey, and Fred Lord and Louise Gale.

Of equal importance to the sailing was the winning performance of the RS800 team in Dan Vincent's quiz on Saturday evening. Emma McEwen reported that the team had settled for answering the questions they knew the answers to - no guessing - and had generally felt rather too young for the age of the questions. Nevertheless, good teamwork had prevailed against the single-handed fleets at the event.

Sunday saw hazy sunshine and lighter winds with occasional twin wiring upwind and single wiring downwind. Tom and Guy continued to dominate with three more firsts and Luke and Emma took three seconds, getting closer to the leaders in each race.

Whilst Martin and Ian took three thirds, theirs was a much less dominant set of results with close finishes in each of the two lap races. In race four they held off Leo and John in a drag race to the finish line. In race five it was the turn of Fred and Louise to hound them up the final stretch. In race six Fred and Louise slipped back over the last two legs to be pipped by Leo and John for fourth. Maria and Callum were never able to repeat their second round the windward mark in the first race of the event and therefore faded from contention. Their upwind sailing angles appeared more based on F40 catamarans than RS200s but Maria will have ironed this out by Garda.

The contest at the back of the fleet was no less tight and engaging, with four points covering Louis Johnson and Lucy Hewitson in 7th from Monique and Ollie Vennis-Ozanne in 12th overall.

Thanks to the shore and water-based teams at Stokes Bay Sailing Club who made this a well organised and highly enjoyable event. Thank you to Rooster our National Tour sponsor. Role on Garda at the end of May!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1144Thomas MorrisGuy FillmoreHISC‑1111115
2nd1220Luke McEwenEmma McEwenRoyal Lymington YC22‑422210
3rd1204Martin OrtonIan BrooksChichester YC4(DNC)233315
4th1207Leo WilkinsonJohn MatherHISC(UFD)4346421
5th1234Maria StanleyCalum HealeyHISC3355‑8622
6th1224Frederick LordLouise GaleCarsington55‑764525
7th1171Louis JohnsonLucy HewitsonHISC8(UFD)875UFD42
8th1186Fiona CollinsSally WakefieldNetley SCa779912(DNF)44
9th1176R BerryBen BradleyHISC(UFD)661313745
10th1087Tim PalmerLizzie CulwickSBSC98‑111010845
11th1156Huw WhitworthHarry WilsonDWSC6(DNC)10129946
12th987Monique Vennis‑OzanneOllie Vennis‑OzanneHill Head SC(DNF)912871046
13th1241Stephen BrownPhilip BairstowUllswater1010131111(DNC)55

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