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Bosun Bob's/Rockshore RS400 Winter Series at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club - Day 6

by Neil Calvin 12 Dec 2023 09:13 GMT 5 November - 17 December 2023
Bosun Bob's/Rockshore RS400 Winter Series day 6 © Patrick McGarity

Supported by Bosun Bob's Chandlery & Rockshore

True to form of this series, the forecast and conditions on arrival kept the fleet guessing what kind of days racing was in store. What initially looked to be a perfect day from the wind apps, seemed to be lost to a potential drifter on a chilly Belfast Lough as teams arrived to the boat yard.

Happily, as the boats stoically started to launch and head to the start line it was clear that we were in for an interesting days racing, with a teaser of some strong breeze, some lighter pressure and sufficient wind shifts to keep things interesting (both on the start lines and throughout the races!) The first race got under way sharp at 13.30. The start line was typically busy with everyone jockeying for position. Most boats bunched up at the pin, favouring the left-hand side of the course, leaving a clear track for those who opted to head right. 1522 with Peter Kennedy & Stephen Kane alongside Tom Purdon & Olivia Hayes in 1004 were neck and neck first to the windward mark, with Neil Calvin & Sharon Corkhill in 1264 snapping at their heels in 3rd. As per recent weeks, there didn't seem to be any downwind gains by early Gybes. Although Joycelyn (the jouster) Hill in 741 got a little too close to Kennedy & Kane and diligently fell back to do turns.

The second upwind seemed to hold similar positions, whilst the final downwind mixed up the fleet for a bit of interest. Top end stalwarts Kennedy & Kane held the win, with Purdon & Hayes in a comfortable 2nd followed by Liam Donnelly and Rick McCaig who were typically able to prove their experience in working through to a solid 3rd place.

Honourable mention to Brian Holmes and Wendy Grant in 1178 and Adam Lockhart in 815 who managed to get up close and personal during race 1 and had to retire. Perhaps offering their credentials a certain end of season T-shirt?

Race 2

The start of the second race is likely to go down as a never resolved debate in sailing club bars for years to come, however the officials have it that during a pile up on the pin end, the collective eyesight of teams Donnelly / McCaig (1405) & Macfarlane/Conway (1415) let them down with two OCSs to be gained. Peter Kennedy in 1522 made an uncharacteristic error by hitting the pin end mark and along with others found over the line had duly gone back to atone.

Following a incident prone and shifty start, the wind filled in as the fleet approached the windward mark. Rounding the mark proved a competitive affair with the usual friendly exchanges and at least a couple of boats getting too close and finding some rope to get stuck on, offering further obstacles for competitors behind.

Leaving the downwind spreader mark Tom Purdon & Olivia Hayes of SLYC (1004) had established a comfortable lead. Liam Donnelly & Richard McCaig (1405) would have been in second without that pesky OCS, and Neil Calvin & Sharon Corkhill of CSC (1264) in hot pursuit. Will and Rachael Browne (1188) of SLYC rounded next, with those who had been caught out on the left had side of the first beat all following hungrily behind.

The second lap saw some winners and losers as the fleet began to mix things up. Jocelyn Hill & Rowan Berry in 741 and Kennedy / Kane in 1522 made the most out of this, bringing close competition within the top five places.

In the end Tom Purdon & Olivia Hayes of SLYC (1004) led convincingly from start to finish, with Neil Calvin & Sharon Corkhill (1264) of CSC in 2nd and Will & Rachael Browne (1188) of SLYC in 3rd place. Meanwhile the fleet looked on inquisitively at some light hearted debate and some explanatory gesturing between Liam Donnelly's 1405 and the Committee boat - something about specsavers...

By Race 3 the breeze had again dropped off and was threatening to disappear entirely and so a start was hastily set to secure the three races for the day. Those who managed to spot the shift and easy fetch to the mark got away early, and straight to the windward mark without too much fuss. Liam Donnelly (1405), Neil Calvin (1264) & Tom Purdon (1004) rounded in the top 3, and due to a hold on that shift the fleet duly proceeded in what largely turned out to be a procession lap to an early finish, with the top three finishers in the above order.

Overall it was another great days racing at Royal North, the breeze filled in, the sun came out and another 3 races were had. The shifty conditions and start line challengers made for great debate in the bar as ever.

Well done to the winners for the day's racing, 1004 Tom Purdon & Olivia Hayes of SLYC, with a 2, 1 & 3. In second place were Peter Kennedy & Stephen Kane of RNIYC with a 1st, 5th 7 6th and in third place with the same points were Neil Calvin & Sharon Corkhill of CSC with and 8th and two 2nd places.

With 18 races now completed and discards kicking in, the overall series leaders are still 1522 Kennedy & Kane on 33 points. In second place is 1004 Purdon & Hayes on 41 points and in third are the Vaughans on 62 points. With a one more Sunday to go before Christmas, the results are narrowing in on The Bosun Bob's Trophy!

Thanks as always to the race, rescue and mark layers who put in the time each weekend to let us have fun, it is greatly appreciated.

Results after Day 6:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16R17R18Pts
1st1522Peter KennedyStephen KaneRNIYC/SLYC(RET)(OCS)321133211211(8)15633
2nd1004Tom PurdonOlivia HayesSLYC5(7)516212(10)(7)3152221341
3rd1438Ross VaughanAndrew VaughanRNIYC324423243845(9)(RET)(DNS)58562
4th1405Liam DonnellyRick McCaigCSC6(9)2(11)858549582363(OCS)175
5th741Jocelyn HillRowan BerryCAYC75(RET)347(11)(12)54241091044482
6th1353Robert HastingsRory HigginsSLYC/RNIYC(14)6885658(16)36(12)7431010998
7th1179Ben MartinRory FlanniganBYC/RUYC10(12)(12)5944(11)95834811997105
8th877William FindlayPeter CameronStrangford SC841063871011(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)81047710113
9th1415Frank MacfarlaneBrian ConwayCSC9(15)(RET)10111099151012101211912(OCS)14163
10th1006Hammy BakerDan SherriffBYC/SLYC/CAYC217RET1011676(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)677DNCDNCDNC164
11th1188Will BrowneRachel BrowneSLYC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC171517677116511313196
12th888Stephen DonnellyTim LeonardCSC121413RET149151712(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)131212141411198
13th1533Rob EspeyRichard McCulloughBYC1OCS1(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)OCS11DNCDNCDNC351DNCDNCDNC208
14th1264Neil CalvinSharon CorkhillCSC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)912DNS1067DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC822228
15th1316Stephen McLernonEdwina TernanCSC43977RETOCSRET8(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC252
16th1178Brian HolmesWendy SmithColeraine YC/SLYC151014(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC11119DNCDNCDNCRET1212267
17th825Paul RobinsonA Byres/A RobinsonCSC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNS15RET13RETRET296DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC275
18th1440Simon HutchinsonBen WilliamsRNIYC/SLYC1386(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC668281
19th1044Andrew IrvinAisling O'GradyNational YC161315DNS13RET(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC131316287
20th762Patrick McMeekinJane McMeekinStrangford SC111111(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)121313DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC305

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