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Spring Championship

  • No wind on Saturday so the fleet went tandem bike racing
  • RS800 Spring Championship Rutland SC 25 March 18
  • RS800 Spring Championship Rutland SC 25 March 18
  • RS800 Spring Championship Rutland SC 25 March 18
  • RS800 Spring Championship Rutland SC 25 March 18
  • RS800 Spring Championship Rutland SC 25 March 18
  • RS800 Spring Championship Rutland SC 25 March 18

RS800 Spring Championship 24-25 March at Rutland SC, Rooster RS800 National Tour Event One

This weekend kicked off the 2018 Rooster RS800 National Tour with the Spring Championship at Rutland Water.

Conditions at the start of Saturday were not encouragingly ‘Springy’ with persistent drizzle and not a puff of wind across the lake.

Luckily our Race Officer was a wise young man and consulted the assembled skiff fleets and concluded that we didn’t have to go sailing unless some decent breeze materialised.  So the RS800 sailors took station in the bar and awaited the 2pm decision that the day’s racing was canned.  The fleet then split into some keen bimblers who headed for the dinghy park, the keenest beer drinkers who settled in for an afternoon watching the Boat Race and the rest who took up the challenge from ex-class chair Chris Feibusch to circumnavigate Rutland Water switching dinghies for tandems.  17 miles later and a fair bit of mud, Will Broom and Joe Joyner claimed themselves the winners by leading the home-straight run back to the bike hire shop.  Along the way (only getting slightly lost once) we discovered that Rutland Water is set in beautiful countryside with plenty of gambolling Spring lambs to dodge.

The fleet reassembled enmass for early beers and a tasty dinner laid on by the sailing club before heading for a cheeky extra beer or two at the Wheatsheaf before the clocks inconveniently robbed us of an hour’s drinking with the added knowledge of a 10am start on Sunday and a race officer keen to complete a series.

Sunday dawned warm, with welcome sunshine and a light breeze.  Despite the repeated tannoy announcements from the race officer that he really was going to start racing on time, a boat or three(no confessions here…) were still a bit tardy at departing the shore and when indeed the racing did start bang on schedule they were left with 5 minutes sailing to get to the start line…

The day’s sailing was in a light and shifty Northerly breeze but with some fabulous get-out-of-gaol-free gusts to be enjoyed if you were lucky.  Ralph and Sophie Singleton demonstrated that it probably wasn’t all luck and that a little practice (including some great results on the Sail Juice circuit) during the Winter definitely pays off, winning 3 out of the day’s 5 races.  Closest on their heels Will and Joe showed that their event win at the re-scheduled 2017 End of Season champs a month earlier was no flash in the pan, also claiming a race victory.  Most races saw the lead change several times and the main pack finishing within a boat length or two of each other.  Dan Goodman and Debbie Clark improved dramatically through the day to win the final race convincingly.

The racing was run superbly by the race team in difficult conditions with minimal waiting around between races and courses set remarkably true to the continually shifting wind direction. The club was as welcoming as ever and by the end of Sunday it really did feel like Spring had arrived.

It is great to have Rooster onboard as our new sponsors for the 2018 National Tour; the top two teams took home snug new neck gaiters as did fleet newcomers Ben Clegg and Abi Kay.  There will be more up for grabs at the next event at Stokes Bay SC on the 21- 22 April so shake off the Winter lethargy and get your RS800 on the road to join us there!  Before that, the European RS800 sailors are gathering in Lac du Der in the Champagne region of France for the French Open Skiff event over the Easter weekend.

By Emma McEwen

Bike photo thanks to Debbie Clark

Sailing photos thanks to Tim Olin.  View the complete event gallery here

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RS800 Spring Championship at Rutland SC 24-25 March 2018

Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Rating system: PY, Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
2018.03.25 2018.03.25 2018.03.25 2018.03.25 2018.03.25
1st 1166 Dachet Water SC Singleton, Ralph Singleton, Sophie 1 -4 1 1 2 9 5
2nd 1194 Lyme Regis Joyner, Joe Broom, Will 3 1 -5 2 3 14 9
3rd 1220 Royal Lymington YC McEwen, Luke McEwen, Emma -7 2 2 3 4 18 11
4th 885 Arran YC Hunter, Rory Feibusch, Chris 2 -5 3 5 5 20 15
5th 1188 Stokes Bay Goodman, Daniel Clark, Debbie -8 8 7 4 1 28 20
6th 1224 Carsington Lord, Fred Gale, Louise -9 3 4 6 7 29 20
7th 1204 Chichester/Trearden Bay Orton, Martin Brooks, Ian 4 6 -9 7 6 32 23
8th 1121 Brightlingsea SC Clegg, Ben Kay, Abi 5 7 6 (11 OCS) 8 37 26
9th 1158 Warsash SC Norbury, Ed Hutchings, Charlie 6 -9 8 8 9 40 31
10th 1215 Ullswater YC Brown, S Bairstow (11 DNC) 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 11 DNC 55 44
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