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Bosun Bob's Frosty Series at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club - Overall

by Robert Hastings 29 Dec 2018 11:30 PST 23 December 2018
Bosun Bob's Frosty Series final day © Robert Hastings

Sunday 23rd December was the final day of the Bosun Bob's RS400 Frostie Series at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club and it bulged with excitement as there was barely a cigarette paper between the top two boats never mind the rest of the baying pack who were having their own personal battles.

The previous weekend's racing was canned due to no wind so after 18 races, Bob Espey & Richie McCullough were only two points ahead of Barry Mac & Andrew Penney and they were both clear ahead of last year's winners Paul McLaughlin and Owen McKinley. Whoever won the day was going to go home with the Bosun Bob's Trophy.

Racing had been brought forward an hour to squeeze in our Christmas Dinner & prize giving after racing. As we arrived in the boat yard the breeze wasn't looking promising as spinnakers hung limply but slowly but surely they started to flap and so it was game on! We had a light westerly to play with enough to race that didn't half bend about all afternoon. Twenty boats turned up to the start line and it was a slow drag race up to the first mark. Chris Penney & Jess Rutherford were very quick out of the blocks followed by Barry and Andrew. The first downwind leg was a test as a few boats decided to gybe off to the left but the wind bent so much that the boats that stayed on the right lay line and soaked deep were able to make the right hand gate mark in one. This paid off for Bob Espey and Richie McCullough as they were in 5th and managed to race past the leaders. For the second uphill battle Bob & Richie managed to sit on top of Barry & Andrew so that Oli Loughead & Tiff Brien, Robert Hastings & Rory Higgins and Stephen McLernon & Ryan Wilson came into the mix. Bob & Richie kept hold of the lead until the bitter end closely followed by Chris & Jess in 2nd and Barry & Andrew recovering to 3rd.

Onto race two and before it had even started the whole bay was entertained by a discussion between Bob Espey and Barry Mac. At this point this correspondent and crew were too busy working out how to start a race without being thirty seconds late to hear, but others say it was down to who they thought were the best celebrity dancers on Strictly Come Dancing! You would think they would pick a better time to discuss such things but after a slight mark repositioning the race got under way. This time Chris & Jess lead from start to finish with Paul McLaughlin & Owen McKinley waking/sobering up and getting 2nd and Sam Pickering and Sharon Doherty in 3rd. Barry & Andrew took 4th. Bob & Richie had a hard time as they had a collision with Stephen & Ryan which resulted in turns for them which meant they slid down the result sheet to 8th. This left it pretty much all square for the final race and for the trophy.

The start whistle was blown and then a second which meant there were boats over the line. Four boats went back to the start which included Bob Espey & Richie McCullough to regrettably find out later it wasn't them at all wasting valuable time. This time Barry "consistent" Mac & Andrew managed to get out into the lead and extended throughout to take the race win followed by Chris & Jess (who then discovered they were the OCS boat) so Sam Pickering & Sharon Doherty took second and Hammy Baker & Stevie Kane took third. Sadly for Bob & Richie, they were unable to recover enough coming seventh in end. A testament to the very tough fleet as this combo have picked up most trophies around the country.

So what did that mean for the final results? Paul McLaughlin & Owen McKinley from Cushendall took third, Bob Espey & Richie McCullough from Ballyholme took second and the Winners of the Bosun Bob's Trophy were Barry Mac from Cushendall and Andrew Penney from Carrickfergus.

At the Prize giving, the majority of fleet stayed and our Race Officer Gerry Reid thanked all the competitors who took park in the event. This includes many whom travel from far and wide to compete in what can only be described as the best two-person dinghy racing in Ireland at present. In total the fleet for event boasted 26 boats and the numbers keep growing. The Vaughan cousins have just purchased a fresh ship to join the party as has Sam Rutherford (Jess's brother) become a proud owner of an RS400 after it was delivered to him by Santa and there are more in the pipeline. Gerry also thanked volunteers who go to make the series happen, from rescue crews, mark layers, committee boat helpers and to Jack Anderson who compiles the results. They turn up each week to let us sailors have fun and it is greatly appreciated. Lastly he thanked Bosun Bob's Chandlery, the RS agent who provided the sponsorship and all the trophies. Gerry too was presented with a bottle of whiskey for all his well earned hard work.

Onto next year and the fleet are getting a short winter break before racing starts off again at RNIYC for the RS400 Winter Series Part Deux which starts Sunday 24rd February for eight weeks. Shortly after this we will all be heading to the Eastern's at Greystones over 27th & 28th April for the first of the Irish Travellers Series. The main event this season will be the combined UK & Irish RS400 National Championships which are happening at RNIYC from 25th-29th August 2019 make sure you get this into your calendars and get the passes cleared as this is going to be a big one! Keep an eye on the RS400 webpage for further details on travel, accommodation, entertainment etc.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16R17R18R19R20R21Pts
1st1264Barry McCartinAndrew PenneyCSBC246(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)21271223112223144
2nd1006Robert EspeyRichard McCulloughBYC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)27113132111233517751
3rd1406Paul McLoughlinOwen McKinleyCBSC4157125(DNF)104434‑15(OCS)246141986
4th815Trevor D'ArcyAlan McClernonCSC384954‑1144987112‑12957‑1258112
5th578Peter KennedyStephen KaneSLYC/RNIYC‑1537529795‑121298554‑1637103113
6th1376Oliver LougheadTiffany BrienRNIYC162335101862OCS4(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)679665120
7th1405Liam DonnellyRick McCaigCSC951124796953559311‑148‑13‑1711122
8th1353Robert HastingsRory HigginsRNIYC79116101037‑17‑2115(DNF)747561041310144
9th728Sam Pickering CSC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)4864281DNC8DNCDNCDNC8121522171
10th1188Stephen McLernonRyan WilsonCSC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)1861165151011OCS3144188143413184
11th1004Tom PurdonRory FekkesSLYC523(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNF10365OCS9681414DNCDNCDNC191
12th484Shaun Ritson CBSC13108171214(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)1413DNF108617131111116215
13th515Ed Cody RNIYC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)15111714111413712610971012DNC1612221
14th1178Brian HolmesWendy SmythCYC67911916(DNF)1212161614‑1712131517‑18101215222
15th500Frank McFarlaneKyle MercerCSC1216151416‑18131413‑199131313141318‑19151516252
16th825Paul RobinsonS TolandCSC11141219191316151822RET(DNC)151110(DNC)(DNC)DNC884261
17th1001Woo KearneyAdam McCulloughRNIYCDNS17OCS8(DNF)(DNC)151311151010161811‑201915161417261
18th1440Simon HutchinsonBen WilliamsRNIYC10131013188(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)8DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC109209914276
19th1379Neill StrainJohn FergusonRNIYC161513(DNF)17198161618(RET)1112161616‑2016171918279
20th840Neil CalvinRoger PerrotCSC141114161515(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)17615DNF1717DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC326
21st877William Finlay SSC(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC20146147151915171818RET333
23rd941Fiona AtkinsonSteve AtkinsonCSC81216(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC11RET16DNCDNCDNC121113DNCDNCDNC345

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