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Noble Marine 2022 YY - LEADERBOARD

Rope4Boats RS400 Southern Tour Finale at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club

by Michelle Ryder 24 Oct 2023 12:50 BST 21 October 2023
Rope4Boats RS400 Southern Tour Finale at Island Barn © Peter Halliday

A mixture of varied conditions greeted those sailing at Island Barn on Saturday, there was sun and rain, zephyr sailing, light breezes and even a little bit of hiking. The fleet mix encompassed 20 somethings to Octogenarians, Olympic Medallists and beginners to performance dinghy racing. Breakfast, lunch and Island Barns' famous cream tea were welcomed.

Sailors were eager to get racing and a general recall was called and as billed the I flag was flown for all subsequent races. Top spots were taken by Fairbrother, Halhead and Pickering.

For race 2, the wind became zephyr on the final run, where skill, nerve and a modicum of luck were required. The Whitmore's had a good race with Fairbrother, Whitmore and Pickering taking top spots

After race two there was a civilised break ashore for lunch.

Race 3 was defined by a significant shift early on, that turned beats into fetches and runs into reaches, this left some smelling of roses and others not having their usual race positions. However the top spots played out as you might expect with Halhead, Fairbrother and Pickering in 1, 2, 3.

In the 4th and final race, top spots were Walker, Halhead and Ryder. The local boat had a good one here, I can attest it was somewhat stressful on board on the last lap, with the crew being asked many more complex questions than usual.

Thank you to Rope for Boats for sponsoring the 2023 Southern Tour. Plans are already afoot for next year's Southern Tour. Overall results for this season's tour and plans for next year to follow very shortly!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1481Howard FairbrotherLouise HoskenLymington Town SC112‑74
2nd1535Tom HalheadPaul HilliarLlandegfedd2‑4125
3rd1235Sam PickeringEmily HeathIchenor / Chase SC333‑49
4th1312Ian WalkerAnna WarrenWarsash Sailing Club‑654110
5th1548Mick WhitmoreSarah WhitmoreEastbourne Sovereign SC42‑6511
6th1447Dave RyderMichelle RyderIsland Barn5‑65313
7th1435Matthew SheahanEllie SheahanWarsash‑777620
8th675Mike JonesMike BarrettIsland Barn88‑101026
9th1470Ian PeaceUta GrisenbachIsland Barn(DSQ)98926
10th1324Richard WatneyGrant ShoebridgeHayling Island(DSQ)109827
11th1521Mike CurtisFiona McFaddenIsland Barn(DNC)DNCDNCDNC42
11th954Katy HantontbaEmsworth Slipper(DNC)DNCDNCDNC42
11th964Kasra DaneshkhahCharisios GiraleasIsland Barn(DNC)DNCDNCDNC42

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