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'...this shift or THAT gust?' A debrief from Round 1 of the RS21 Cup 2024

by RS21 UK & Ireland Class 1 May 10:25 BST 19-21 April 2024
RS21 Cup 2024 Round 1 © Oli King

Hamble welcomed the RS21 fleet for the opening round of the RS21 Cup 2024. Round 1 spanned three days, with weather conditions ranging from 10-19 knots, offering ideal conditions for the close one-design racing that the class is making a name for!

The Cup featured a diverse mix; with new owners, old hands, plus a small smattering of ex-World Match Race tour competitors, and former International 49erFX competitors finding a home in a class making waves for it's Corinthian ethos. The offshore winds added an element of unpredictability, with shifting breezes and narrow gusts challenging the fleet. The closeness of the racing reinforcing the Cups standing as an event of "skill and strategy over equipment differences."

After 7 races the event came down to the wire in the final race, with three boats in the mix: "Zaddy, led by Philip Bendon, Nick Redding's team, and "5 o'clock somewhere." Led by Ben Rolfe. Despite the high-drama Zaddy showed control throughout, ultimately being the boat which handled the persistent shifts best on the upwinds to take the win.

A little glitter was added by Harken UK, who hosted the seasons first Dock Party on Friday night, providing refreshments, prizes, and advice to sailors. Another special thanks go out to the Royal Southern Yacht Club for its tremendous efforts in hosting the Class, including hosting the 'Crew Dinner' at the Club on Saturday night.

The RS21 fleet now heads to Hayling Island for Round 2, part of the RS 30th Anniversary Regatta from May 17-19. This promises to continue the thrilling racing and competitive spirit that marked the season opener, and with more events ahead, the RS21 UK & Ireland Class looks set for a successful year.

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoBoat NameHelm NameCrew NameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1stIRL290ZaddyPhilip BendonJon Jon / Joel / Demian SmithTBC242‑5121214
2ndGBR284RS21Nick ReddingLeo Wilkinson / Leo Wilkinson / Fliss Brelisford / Fliss Brelisford / Ben BradleyGoring SC12‑51332315
3rdGBR3155 o'clock somewhere race teamBen RolfeNigel Rolfe / Richard Watsham / Peter ChaplinLymington Town SC3113‑443419
4thGBR298Royal SouthernMegan BrickwoodSteph Orton / James Ox / Hannah MorrisRSrnYC43‑62515121
5thGBR308/303308Lizzie JudsonSheena Foster / Pippa Jubb / Thomas Jubb / Carina RickardHISC5544254‑629
6thGBR333White OryxCrispin WinserMatt Glasgow / Tom AlexanderRSrnYC6‑776677544
7thGBR167Sea Cadets 4  Sea Cadets(DNC)DNC37786751
8thGBR208AttabuoyPhilip GrannumTim Kendall‑Jones / David Trigg / David Trigg / Iain CokeRSrnYC76‑88868851
9thGBR310TBCPaul RavenhillOliver Ravenhill / George Ravenhill / Henry RavenhillHISC(DNC)DNC1099DNS10DNC77
10thGBR163Sea Cadets 2  Sea Cadets(DNC)DNC91010RETRETDNC81
11thGBR223StormflyCharles BalmainRupert BalmainHamble(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCRET9983
12thGBR252Dark & StormyLiam Willis Lymington Town SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC91

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