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Rope4Boats RS400 Southern Tour at Salcombe Yacht Club

by Mick Whitmore 3 May 15:20 BST 29 April 2023
RS400 prize winners - Rope4Boats RS400 Southern Tour © RS400 Class Association

Over the early May bank holiday Salcombe yacht club hosted the RS400 fleet Southern tour event sponsored by Rope4Boats for three days of racing in varied conditions, two days of light airs and a final day of a reasonable breeze from the north that made for some huge direction changes.

Race one saw Figs Cain and Barney Dearsly take the win from Howard Farbrother and Louise Hosken with most travelled competitors Stewart and Sarah Robertson who made the long trek from Edinburgh in third.

Race 2 had Mick and Sarah Whitmore have a healthy lead from the fleet with with Figs and Barney in close pursuit only for the fleet to close right up again, Howard and Louise coming through to win with Mick and Sarah second, Stewart and Sarah third.

A third race shortened as the wind died and the fleet struggled to make it to the finish against the tide saw Figs and Barney take the win from locals John and Annie McLaren and Howard and Louise third.

With one more race on the final day the race officer sent us up to the furthest race mark, tacking up the narrow channel before reaching back down whilst dodging the National 12 fleet and 30 yawls coming back upwind made for some exciting racing. Stewart and Sarah taking the race win from Figs and Barney, Howard and Louise third and Mike and June Baker fourth.

Overall Figs and Barney were well-deserved event winners, with Howard and Louise in second, Stewart and sarah in third and Mick and Sarah in fourth.

All in all a really good event helped by some welcome warmer weather and even some sunshine.

Next stop on the tour is Lee on Solent, 6/7 May, where RS400 sailors will be welcomed to join the club's Coronation celebrations. Online entry closes at 1200 on 6th May. Details here

After that it's the big one, the Salcombe Gin RS Summer Reagtta and Ball, which is the RS400 Southern Champs, on both the Rope4Boats Southern Tour and the Rooster National Tour.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4Pts
1stAries411Figs CainBarney Dearsly1‑4124
2ndChaos Monket Too1481Howard FarbrotherLouise Hoskin21‑336
3rdHedgehog1463Stewart RobertsonSarah Robertson33‑517
4thMr Ifty Shifty1479Mick WhitmoreSarah Whitmore424(DNF)10
5thOki Doki1471John McLarenAnnie McLaren652‑813
6th14481448Mike BakerJune Baker56‑9415
7thDark SIde1533Paul EngelmannKaty Engelmann776‑920
8thRS‑e1078Peter JacksonFreddie Smithers8‑118521
9th506506Alex ZamariaRob Staines‑987722
10th 1329Peter ColcloughTris Squire109‑111130
11th12871287James BowmanJonathan Carr1210(DNF)1032
12thRS400880Tim Le CouilliardJames Le Couilliard11(DNC)DNC633
13thThunderbird 4799Martin WestonMike Webb‑1312101234
14th11841184Edward SmithChristopher Spencer(DNC)DNCDNCDNS48
14thCool Runnings1382Andrew HuntMatthew(DNC)DNCDNCDNF48

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