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RS300 Rooster National Tour at Whitefriars Sailing Club

by Will Powell 26 Jun 2023 10:44 BST 17-18 June 2023

This leg of the Rooster National Tour took the RS300 fleet to Whitefriars SC in the Cotswolds.

Day one was very hot and humid with varying light and shifty conditions. The first race started on time with all but one boat making the start. Peter Mackin was launching his boat as the start gun sounded, which wasn't the best start to the event. David Acres navigated the wind shifts and won the first race. The race officers were very patient with us as we had two general recalls eventually getting the black flag out to make us all start correctly. This race went to Rob Kennaugh. The third and final race of the day finished with Pete Mackin winning. After the first day of racing there were only four points splitting the top three boats.

The evening is always a great attraction to this event with such a friendly and welcoming club, and with dinner and drinks were provided.

The second day brought a very similar feel, 2 to 5 knots but very hot and muggy conditions. The fleet ventured out and Pete Mackin finished what he started the day before with another first. The second race was postponed so the wind could fill in. After a bacon butty break, the 14 boat strong fleet went out for the penultimate race. Jamie Cuxson achieved his best result of the event with a second place, and Rob Kennaugh won again.

In the final race of the weekend, the first and second, third and fourth places were all separated by one point each. Pete Mackin had a very large lead at one stage but the three chasing boats of Rob Kennaugh, Tim Le Couilliard and Luke South ended up on his wake by the second to last leg.

It was a great event with many new faces to the RS300 fleet. It is super to see such close racing between new and old boats.

Andy Reynolds Jones won the Endeavour price, and Max Buswell and Jamie Cuxson won the mid-fleet hero awards. Will Powell was third, Pete Mackin finished in second place, and first place went to Rob Kennaugh winning by just one point. Thank you to our RS300 National Tour sponsor Rooster for the limited edition quick dry cap prizes.

See everyone at the next Rooster National Tour event at Stewartby WSC 22-23 July 2023!

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoR1R2R3R4R5R6PtsPrize
1Rob Kennaugh414(5)122128Winner
2Pete Mackin556(dns)211419Second
3Will Powell34733353(5)17Third
4Luke South5202453(6)418 
5Tim Le Couilliard5304(10)777328 
6Jamie Cuxson333866(11)2830Midfleet Hero
7Ben Heppenstall537788(10)5634 
8David Acres5441515415(dns)40 
9Rich Le Mare305994615(dns)43 
10Max Buswell 36610(12)9810744Midfleet Hero
11Phil Underwood511710(12)9946 
12Paul Watson5261115915(dns)56 
13Andy Reynolds Jones427121311(13)111057Endeavour
14Cheryl Wood5321315(dns)1481161 

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