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Rope4Boats RS400 Southern Tour at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta

by Christopher Eames 21 Aug 2023 14:54 BST 12-13 August 2023
Rope4Boats RS400 Southern Tour at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta © RS Class Association

Much has already been written about Lymington Dinghy Regatta held on 12/13 August 2023. The Rope4Boats Southern Tour event was a similar affair. Saturday was cancelled early on to allow competitors to enjoy their day off to the relief of many.

Sunday dawned and it still felt very windy. Wind readings on the Lymington starting platform confirmed that during the course of the day there was a steady 20 knots with gusts up to 25 knots. This only tells half the story though. The real challenge was the extremely steep chop generated by wind against tide conditions.

The major tactical considerations of the day were how to keep your mast in the air and how to avoid the skiff graveyard that the RS400s were racing on. Scanning across the course revealed upturned hulls everywhere. In the first race of the day, it was local boat of Liam and Julie Willis who took the win from the Scottish pair of Stewart and Sarah Robertson who had made the long trip south to sample the prestigious Rope4Boats Southern Tour.

In the second race this order was reversed with the Scottish pair taking the win. At this stage the race officer decided to call it a day which was just as well for the Robertsons who were already halfway up the river!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmsmanCrewClubR1R2Pts
1st1463Stewart RobertsonSarah RobertsonRoyal Forth Yacht Club213
2nd1519Liam WillisJulie WillisLymington Town Sailing Club123
3rd1192Jack MunnellyRachel TilleyChichester Yacht Club336
4th1539Steven BroomfieldJenni LewisLymington Town Sailing Club549
5th1537Jamie MorganAnna GlendenningRutland Sailing Club4DNF13
6th1502Jon HeissigNicky GriffinLlangorse SC6DNF15
7th700Charlie BellJimmy NaperLymington Town Sailing Club7DNF16
8th573Tim StickleyFlorence KerrLTSC8DNF17
9th786Andy NicollGuy HalfordOxford Sailing ClubDNFDNC29
9th1435Matt SheahanEllie SheahanWarsashDNSDNC29
9th1439Kevin PodgerHeather ChipperfieldRLymYC & LTSCDNFDNC29
9th1462Dennis WatsonNikita WatsonLOSSCDNFDNC29
9th1481Howard FarbrotherLouise HoskenLTSCDNFDNC29
14th1213Jane McMeekinPatrick McMeekinStrangford Sailing ClubDNCDNC30

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