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RS400s during the Rooster RS Summer Championship at Parkstone Yacht Club

by Mark Oakey 27 Jun 2018 07:50 PDT 23-24 June 2018
RS400s Rooster RS Summer Championship © David Harding /

21 RS400s descended on Parkstone Yacht Club this weekend for the Rooster RS Summer Champs. There was a real buzz around the boat park with 120 boats attending in total, combined with blazing "suns out, guns out" weather.

A two-stage briefing made the plan for the day clear, including a four race Saturday in case the breeze failed to materialise on Sunday. All the while, the thermals were building and the wind was filling in nicely.

Racing was held out in the bay on the outer-loop of a course shared with the RS700s and RS800s. A perfectly laid course, with a dead square line, greeted the fleet after the scenic yacht out of the harbour. Race one got away with the majority of the fleet heading out to the right. Jon Heissig and Nicky Griffin chose to go hard left and got a good jump on the fleet at the first windward mark. A lead they held to the finish. Behind them racing was extremely close in the steady 12 knots of onshore breeze. Jon Gorringe and Rachel Rhodes showed good boat speed to finish second ahead of Russ and Penny Clark.

Race two felt rather similar to the first. Although this time the majority of the fleet headed left having seen Jon and Nicky's fantastic beat in race one. Only to get to the port lay-line and watch Jon and Nicky leading in from the hard right this time. Again they were never seen again. Gorringe and Rhodes were second again, ahead of Howard Farbrother and Lou Hosken in their shiny new boat.

The breeze dropped a little and shifted slightly left for race three. Two crews in a boat, Mark Oakey and Dan Martin, came out of the pin and managed to lead at the windward mark. Unfortunately they were no match for the speed of Gorringe and Rhodes but held on for second ahead of Sean Cleary and Annalise Nixon.

For the final race the breeze puffed up to give a fantastic blast downwind but also a lot of pain on tired legs upwind. Sean and Annalise sailed a fantastic race to win from the ever consistent Gorringe and Rhodes with the two crews managing to finish in 3rd.

A rather tired but happy fleet returned to shore where we were greeted with an ice cool beer at the tally hut. Needless to say there was 100% compliance with the tally system! This set the tone for a relaxed evening in the summer sun. Parkstone Yacht Club put on excellent food and live music, while pictures of the champagne sailing circulated on a big screen thanks to David Harding of Sailing Scenes.

Sunday morning dawned and the fleet were again met with blazing sunshine but unfortunately significantly less wind. The race team left the fleet ashore while they went to the racecourse to try and set courses. While on cup of tea number 15, with no sign of steady wind arriving, racing was abandoned for the day by late morning. Yet another fantastic display of efficient race management by the race team.

This gave Jon Gorringe and Rachel Rhodes the overall title but left the entire fleet with huge smiles after a weekend of champagne sailing and socialising with all our RS friends.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1469Jon GorringeRachel RhodesParkstone YC‑22125
2nd1454Jon HeissigNicky GriffinLlangorse SC11‑1057
3rd1377Sean ClearyAnnalise NixonOxford/Tauranga SC4‑8318
4th539Mark OakeyDan Martin ‑552310
5th1309Russell ClarkPenny ClarkRNSA/Stokes Bay SC34‑6411
6th1481Howard FarbrotherLouise HoskenQMSC‑834815
7th1355Robin KirbyAlex HorlockWarsash SC667‑1019
8th1202Sam KnightJohn KnightBartley SC9‑105620
9th899Ian WalkerJames StaggWarsash SC77‑8721
10th1439Kevin PodgerHeather ChipperfieldLymington Town SC10‑129928
11th1479Mick WhitmoreSarah WhitmoreEastbourne Sovereign SC119‑131333
12th1263Dave StocktonSophieWimbleball SC‑1411111234
13th24Tom BrophyAli MastersRNSA13‑17121136
14th1120Tim HughesBruno CharronParkstone YC/Swanage121414‑1840
15th934David SwiftJulian Colls 1713‑181545
16th1228Andrew JohnsonMark Warford 16‑18161446
17th1462Chris GarveyJim GarveyParkstone YC15‑16151646
18th527Andy PowellIan VersoWarsash SC1815‑191750
19th1272Andy WilcoxHannah WilcoxGrafham Water SC‑1919171955
20th676Michael MarriottMaurice BarnesThorpe Bay YC(DNS)20202060
21st584Harry WilkesJake StowParkstone YC(RET)DNCDNCDNC72
21st846Richard HallAlicia AndrewsParkstone YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC72
21st1450Nick EavesGregBartley SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC72

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