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RS300 Rooster National Tour Round 1 at Bowmoor Sailing Club

by Pete Mackin 14 Mar 16:08 GMT 9-10 March 2024
RS300 Rooster National Tour Event Number One © Steve Tanner

Strong in number and in spirit - probably the best way to describe the enthusiastic band of 17 RS300 sailors that descended on Bowmoor SC for the first Rooster National Tour event of 2024.

Plans for the weekend included six races and a promise of a hot lunch, evening curry, rugby, beer and games. What could possibly go wrong?

Saturday's races were sailed in pleasant sunshine with a less savoury Easterly of 8-15 knots and evil wind shifts. The pin end was the place to start all day and a sweet spot had developed down the middle of the lake with the best compromise between wind shift and pressure. Overtaking was hard!

Race one was a case of 'bring out your dead'. Some boats took a brief tumble on the first lap whilst some sailors got away with just a clumsily dropped mainsheet. Pete Mackin of Stokes Bay SC proved the least unlucky in race one, finishing ahead of Richard Hanby of Beaver SC and local sailor Matt Banbrook.

Race two included more tumbling around the race course. Clearly more practice is required. (It's a good job we've got some training events planned this year! check out Hanby made fewest mistakes and took a clear win ahead of Mackin and Banbrook. Rob Kennaugh finished 4th having adjusted to his shiny new sail!

Race three was a similar story just with names in a different order. Mackin finished ahead of Hanby and Kennaugh. This time though Luke South was a frequent disruptor to the leading pack, clearly fuelled by Bowmoor's excellent BBQ chicken wings.

It was in race four that the day's fumblings reached their crescendo. Whilst Matt Banbrook relaxed into a commanding lead that could only be briefly challenged by Kennaugh and Mackin, Will Powell endured a little bit of stress. Running by the bulrushes in his new-to-him, and spectacularly blue boat, Will could only watch as the two boats he was battling with capsized either side of him. Their bows converged in front of him like a carefully coordinated pincer maneouvre. There was definitely a crunch and probably some swearing, but crucially the scoresheet claimed a couple of extra DNFs.

Back ashore and Team Bowmoor put the rugby on TV and coordinated the largest order the local curry house had probably ever seen. More impressive was that the order arrived hot and correct! After Rich Le Mare added extra seasoning to his meal with beer and shards of glass, the motley crew set about draining the bar and making the most of each other's incompetence at pool.

The excellent (and free!) breakfast baps didn't do much to distract from the lack of wind on Sunday morning. The day was likely to require much skill, patience, local knowledge and a lack of weight. Whilst Hanby had made a name for himself at the 2023 Nationals as a bit of a light wind legend, these were not traits that Mackin had in abundance.

Race five was a fantastically close affair between Hanby, Matt Pedlow and Toby Banbrook. Hanby took the lead on the final lap. The young Toby had put on a spectacular defence but was just overhauled by the more experienced pair - a great effort!

In the final race, Hanby shot off into the distance to claim the first event of 2024 as his own. Impressive pace and mastery of the seemingly random shifts made this a well-deserved win! Mackin held on the 2nd overall, ahead of Rob Kennaugh in 3rd. Matt Banbrook scooped a youth prize and fellow local Toby Banbrook claimed the title of Mid Fleet Hero. Cheryl Wood finished 16th and claimed the weekend's Endeavour prize.

Thanks to Bowmoor SC for being excellent hosts and giving a masterclass in value for money. Would you believe that everything you've just read plus camping (but minus the excellent curry) was £25? Amazing.

Our series sponsor Rooster Sailing provided excellent prizes once again. Thanks to them for supporting this growing class! The class demo boat was in use all weekend and resulted in the purchase of another RS300 just two days later. There's never been a better time to join the RS300 class. Get in touch to try before you buy!

The 2024 tour moves on now to Rutland SC for the RS Sprints on 20-21 April and the spectacular RS 30th Anniversary Regatta at Hayling Island SC on 18-19 May. Entry for both events is already open and more info is available at See you there!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st545Richard HanbyBeaver Sailing Club212‑4117
2nd556Peter MackinStokes Bay Sailing Club12128(DNC)14
3rd507Rob KennaughMidland Sailing Club‑74334216
4th371Matt BanbrookBowmoor Sailing Club3361‑11821
5th451Matt PedlowGreat Moor Sailing Club47‑1062524
6th520Luke SouthEmsworth Sailing Club6645‑7627
7th531Tom MooreShropshire Sailing Club5‑11895431
8th433Will PowellDabchicks Sailing Club / Stokes Bay Sail857(DNC)13740
9th406Toby BanbrookBowmoor Sailing Club1313‑14133345
10th528George BenderMIdland Sailing Club‑12101286945
11th513David NunnBowmoor Sailing Club11‑1211791048
12th530Tim Le CouilliardKing George Sailing Club999(DNC)12DNC58
13th313Ben GreenRSCA141551115(DNC)60
14th537Ben HeppenstallWhitefriari Sailing Club‑16141510101160
15th437Jamies FewingsBowmoor Sailing Club15‑161312161268
16th532Cheryl WoodPennine Sailing Club‑17171614141374
17th305Richard Le MareWarshash Sailing Club108(DNC)DNCDNCDNC75
18th421Chris HattonBowmoor Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC95

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