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Rooster Southern Topper Traveller Series Event 2 at Portchester Sailing Club

by Roger Cerrato 19 May 06:50 BST 12 May 2024

Sunshine ☑
Friendly club ☑
Leisurely start time ☑
Good entry numbers ☑
Post sailing food ☑

For Event 2 of the Rooster Southern Topper Traveller Series we headed over to Portchester SC on Sunday May 12th. Portchester is blessed with a fantastic sailing area, but only once the tide is in, hence a leisurely start to the day was in order with High Water not until 1530pm.

At the briefing our Race Officer for the day, Nick Martin, warned the 28 entries to launch on time as he "wouldn't wait for late comers" and this set the tone for the day with everything running on time thanks to Nick, Steve and the rest of Team Portchester.

4 races where held in light winds with the occasional large hole thrown in for good measure. Spotting the pressure was key with opportunities for big gains for anyone who did this well.

In the 4.2 fleet Henry revelled in the conditions securing the event win with three straight bullets in R1, R2 and R3. R4 was won by Phileas (Hamble River SC) who scored second overall. Hendricks (Warsash SC) counted 3 x 3rd places to secure third overall.

In the 5.3s Thomas (Grafham Water SC) and Samuel Wade (Stokes Bay SC) both won two races each with Thomas's second in R2 securing his event win, impressively discarding a third in R3. Ava sailed consistently well all day and her 3 x 2nd places were enough to secure second overall in front on Samuel in third.

The sailors were treated to a picnic tea at the prize-giving on the lawn and all participants at their first Southern Traveller event of the year were awarded a Rooster neck gaiter from Southern Area Rep Roger Cerrato.

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Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
4.2 Fleet
1st49272Henry Cruise 111‑43
2nd48176Phileas RousselleHamble River SC‑52417
3rd48664Hendricks LongWarsash SC33‑639
4th46720Olaf StortonBosham SC2‑83611
5th49081Mattie SvensdenGoring Thames SC4‑92511
6th48133Reuben WealthyStokes bay85‑10215
7th47860Findlay RhodesWarsash SC747‑1018
8th26935Martha HartHamble River SC66‑11921
9th47641Ewan ParishStokes Bay SC‑1078823
10th47662Emily DoughtySpinnaker SC9‑109725
11th44425Alixe‑Constance RousselleHamble River SC‑111151127
12th35327Charlie Turner (DNC)DNCDNCDNC39
5.3 Fleet
1st46007Thomas MatthewsGratham Water SC12‑314
2nd46447Ava Francis 2‑5226
3rd47355Samuel WadeStokes Bay SC711‑109
4th48683William SadlerReading SC44‑8513
5th45155Meg WebbWarsash SC637‑816
6th48315Eve WealthyStokes Bay SC376‑1116
7th49199James BroadHill Head SC11‑124419
8th47833William Le GriceWarsash SC865‑919
9th48185Charlie ShiresStokes Bay SC510‑12621
10th46452Lewis MillerSpinnaker SC‑10910322
11th46939Sophie Le GriceWarsash SC98‑11724
12th48744Thomas RobinsonStokes Bay SC12139‑1434
13th48878Megan CerratoWarsash SC‑1511141237
14th49200Henry NoelWarsash SC13‑14131339
15th41604Ewan LampardHill Head SC14‑15151544
16th46983Barnaby EverettItchenor SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC51

Next up we're at Stokes Bay SC for the weekend of June 15th & 16th.

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