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Rope4Boats RS400 Southern Tour at Arun Yacht Club

by Christopher Eames 11 Jul 03:55 PDT 8-9 July 2023
Rope4Boats RS400 Prize Winners at Arun © RS Class Association

An eager group of twenty RS400 sailors congregated at Arun Yacht Club at 9am on 8th July 2023 for the final instalment of the Rope4Boats Southern Tour before the nationals. Eagle eyed readers will note that was two fewer than expected as this author, delayed by a combination of traffic and the previous evenings frivolities, rolled in 1 minute before the briefing commenced at 9.29am.

The fleet launched promptly at 1030am to catch the final ebb of tide taking the fleet to the racecourse. For those who haven't been to Arun the fairway out to sea is no more than 10 metres wide, the perfect place for tacking practice. The only catch: the tacking has to be completed with foils up to avoid hitting the bottom!

Out on the racecourse there was an ominous feel in the air as dark clouds started to roll in. Initially this was mistaken for excitement at the start of a day on the water, but the unmistakable boom of thunder quickly and torrential downpour dispelled that myth. Never have I been more relieved to return to shore with no races completed.

Back at the club there was time for a quick bite of lunch before returning to the water for a second go. A steady 12 knots and sunshine beaconed but no sooner had the fleet reached the racecourse than any whiff of breeze promptly disappeared. Clearly the RS400 fleet had scorned the sailing God that day. Before too long it was time for the pub.

Sunday dawned to the sight of a millpond in the harbour. Cue more boat bimbling. Mercifully wind arrived along with the sun and the esteemed Race Officer, Paisley Thompson, squeezed every drop out of the day managing to fit in three quick fire races. It was RS400 newbies, Edd Whitehead and Ben Whaley, who took the fleet by storm winning the first race. In the second race it was the turn of Chris Eames and Rachel Tilley to take the bullet. In the third Tom Hallhead and Paul Hilliar snatched victory on the final run.

Back ashore (again) all agreed over coffee and cake that the team from Arun Yacht Club are second to none. A thoroughly friendly and dedicated bunch of volunteers, without whom these events simply would not happen. A huge thanks must also go to the Southern Tour's sponsor, Rope4Boats, who provided brilliant prizes.

The next event on the Rope4Boats Southern Tour is the unofficial post-nationals party at the Lymington Town Regatta!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1541Edd WhiteheadBen WhaleyParkstone YC1225
2nd1535Paul HiliarTom HalheadLlandefedd Sailing Club2316
3rd1528Chris EamesRachel TilleyQueen Mary SC3137
4th1481Howard FarbrotherJack MunnellyLTSC44513
5th1377Neil BevingtonAlan SkeensLee on Solent55414
6th1479Chris WebberNicki WebberPevensey Bay SC66618
7th1435Matthew SheahanEllie SheahanWarsash SC87722
8th1521Andy PowellChris RolfeWarsash SC78823
9th814Michael TannerDuncan TannerPevensey Bay SC99927
10th1362Charles TaylorHarley / SteveArun YC10101030
11th1539Steven BroomfieldJenni LewisLymington Town SCDNCDNCDNC36

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