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Rope4Boats RS400 Southern Tour 2023 - Congratulations to Tom Halhead and Paul Hilliar

by RS Class Association 28 Nov 2023 04:29 PST
Tom Halhead and Paul Hilliar win the RS400 Southern Tour © RS Class Association

The Rope4Boats RS400 Southern Tour has now concluded and what a year it has been! The tour kicked off in mid-March at Queen Mary with a coaching/racing double header. The tight racing set the scene for the rest of the year.

Next up was Salcombe for the annual wacky races followed by a tidal test at Lee on Solent. Hayling Island pulled out all the stops delivering wall to wall sunshine and blistering heat.

Arun was the final event before the Nationals with patience being the key theme of the weekend! The post-nationals party at Lymington was eventful both on and off the water - 20 knots wind against tide on a hangover tested the fleet to the max. Finally it was back inland to Island Barn.

Congratulations to our tour winners Tom Halhead and Paul Hilliar!

Huge thanks goes to Rope4Boats for generously providing prizes throughout the season. A number of lucky boats are now sporting beautiful new tapered sheets. Thanks also to Christopher Eames for organising the tour, which remains hugely popular with 65 boats attending at least one event in 2023.

Plans are already afoot for the 2024 Southern Tour in what promises to be another bumper year in the class's 30th anniversary year. Keep your ears peeled for the schedule which will shortly be announced.

Overall Series Results: (boats who made 2 or more events)

PosSail NoHelmCrewQMarySalcLeeHaylingArunLymIsland Barn SCPts
1st1535Tom HalheadPaul Hilliar2  32 29
2nd1528Christopher EamesRachel Tilley4 243  13
3rd1481Howard FarbrotherLouise Hoskin / Jack Munnelly 2 124 119
4th1235Sam PickeringEmily Heath6 37  319
5th1539Steven BroomfieldCharlie Bell / Jenni Lewis7 11‑18114 33
6th1521Andy PowellChris Rolfe11 18248  61
7th1400James StewartRoger Gilbert / Sam Parker5 65   84
8th1377Neil BevingtonAlan Skeens  585  86
9th1479Mick WhitmoreSarah Whitmore 4 16  593
10th1435Matt SheahanEllie Sheahan   207 7102
11th1463Stewart RobertsonSarah Robertson 3   1 140
12th1376Sam KnightChris Bownes3  1   140
13th1192Jack MunnelyLou Hosken / Rachel Tilley  8  3 147
14th1479Chris WebberNicola Webber   96  151
15th1447David RyderMichelle Ryder10     6152
16th880Tim Le CouilliardJames Le Couilliard812     156
17th1470Ian PeaceMike Barrett13     9158
18th1439Kevin PodgerHeather Chipperfield  1015   161
19th1184Edward SmithChristopher Spencer 14.512    162.5
20th765Andy NicollGuy Halford12 20    168
21st1324Grant ShoebridgeRichard Watney   25  10171

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