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RS400 Southern Championship at the Salcombe Gin RS Summer Regatta

by Tom Halhead 30 Jun 22:11 PDT 24-25 June 2023
RS400 Southern Championship at the Salcombe Gin RS Summer Regatta © Phil Jackson / Digital Sailing

So, very much thanks to the highly literate contingent of the RS100 fleet it seems a new dimension in efficient event reporting has been opened... great write up Andy but surely no mere mortal could cram that much Shakespeare in and make it rhyme - apparently not: cue ChatGPT.

Well, with Rooster sponsoring the tour, Salcombe Gin sorting the bar and RS the drinks on the beach in an all-action weekend the style of choice had to be Top Gun, so pointing our AI "friend" in the direction of the results and asking for a little bit of script we find ourselves with:

Narrator (in a charismatic voice): "In the heart of the sailing battleground, where the wind meets the water, a fearless fleet of RS400s set their sights on glory. This is the RS400 Southern Championships, where champions are made and legends are born."

Narrator: "The competition was fierce right from the start. Sailors pushed their boats to the limit, maneuvering through the turbulent waters like true Mavericks."

[Cut to Sam Knight and Chris Bownes from Bartley Sailing Club, dominating the race.]

Sam Knight (confidently): "I feel the need... the need for first place!"

Chris Bownes (grinning): "You're the best, Sam! Nobody can touch us!"

[Cut to Ollie Groves and Esther Parkhurst from Beaver Sailing Club, chasing closely behind.]

Ollie Groves (determined): "I'm not gonna let them walk away with this one! Time to kick the tyres and light the fires!"

Esther Parkhurst (nodding): "That's the spirit, Ollie! Let's give them a run for their money!"

Narrator: "With every race, the battle grew more intense. Sailors pushed their limits, their skills tested under the watchful eyes of their competitors. It was a dogfight on the water, a clash of titans."

[Cut to Tom Halhead and Paul Hilliar from Llandegfedd Sailing Club, demonstrating their resilience.]

Tom Halhead (gritted teeth): "I won't let one mistake define us. It's time to engage full throttle!"

Paul Hilliar (determined): "That's the spirit, Tom! We'll show them what we're made of!"

[Cut to Christopher Eames and Rachel Tilley from QMSC, sailing with precision.]

Rachel Tilley (focused): "We're not just spectators, Christopher. We're gonna take the highway to the danger zone!"

Christopher Eames (grinning): "Damn right! Let's bring the heat and leave them in our wake!"

Narrator: "In the end, Sam Knight and Chris Bownes soared to victory, their skill and teamwork unmatched. They were the kings of the sky, the true Top Guns of the RS400 Southern Championships."

7/10 I reckon... disappointing lack of reference to anyone having lost that loving feeling but outside of that top marks to robo-writer for having Sam and Chris as the clear speed kings of the weekend, Ollie and Esther pushing them hard with a hat-trick of wins too, Tom and Paul kicking themselves for getting a bit excited at the start of race four (finishing first to no hoot) and Chris and Rachel for going consistently quick amongst some brave tactical plays.

Huge thanks to the Hayling Island SC, the RS Class Association and the race team in particular for running a brilliant event and ordering up 10-20 knots of breeze and some waves to play with. Hopefully a bit more of that at Arun SC in a couple of weeks' time before we all decamp to Mounts Bay for the Noble Marine Rooster National Championship to find out whose egos are writing cheques that their body can cash. Still time to enter and with over 60 already in it's going to be a target rich environment.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1376Sam KnightChris BownesBartley SC11421(DNC)9
2nd1526Ollie GrovesEsther ParkhurstBeaver SC‑113115111
3rd1535Tom HalheadPaul HilliarLlandegfedd SC342(BFD)2314
4th1528Christopher EamesRachel TilleyQMSC283‑93218
5th1400James StewartSam ParkerNetley42‑12411425
6th1505Steve WilsonBecky Wilson 6565‑121234
7th1235Sam PickeringEmily HeathChichester YC810836(UFD)35
8th1377Neil BevingtonAlan SkeensLee on Solent SC1011(RET)77742
9th1479Chris WebberNicola WebberPevensey Bay SC7125‑16141149
10th1469Martin PowellArun PowellParkstone YC‑171313124850
11th1480Andy JefferiesAllyson Jefferies 14‑189891050
12th1481Howard FarbrotherLouise HoskinLymington Town SC59161116(DNC)57
13th854Sam WatsonGeoff EdwardsBudworth16‑2217108657
14th1189Steve RestallChris StubbsDowns SC97101519(DNC)60
15th1439Kevin PodgerHeather ChipperfieldLymington Town SC13614625(DNC)64
16th1548Mick WhitmoreSarah WhitmoreEastbourne Sovereign SC1215111313(DNC)64
17th1529Clive EverestHelen EverestHISC151471910(UFD)65
18th1539Steve BroomfieldJenni LewisLymington Town SC‑2219151417570
19th1493Geoffrey HoldenBernice HoldenLocks SC1817‑1918181384
20th1435Matt SheahanEllie SheahanWarsash SC‑26212117151488
21st1547John HobsonRebecca OgdenNotts County SC191618(BFD)231591
22nd870Matt SargentChris BrownRORC202020(BFD)201696
23rd1432James AlsopSimon EdwardsQMSC‑2424222122998
24th1521Andy PowellChris RolfeWarsash SC2323‑24202117104
25th1324Grant ShoebridgeRichard WatneyHISC2525232224(DNC)119
26th1342Max TosettiJitka ZenatovaQMSC212625(DNC)DNCDNC126

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