RS200 Rooster GP4, Parkstone Team July 17, 2019 No Comments

RS200 Rooster GP4, Parkstone

41 boats including 25 visitors were welcomed by Parkstone Yacht Club for the West Country Boat Repairs Southwest Ugly Tour, this year combined with the SEAS and the Rooster national tour. The decision was made to take advantage of sailing out in the incredible Poole Bay and someone had clearly had a word with the sandbanks ferry operator, as conveniently it had broken down for the weekend! The fleet were greeted with a northeasterly breeze blowing straight off sandbanks beach, which made life difficult for PRO Bryan Drake and his team. Nevertheless they did a great job in getting the 4 races completed with very little waiting between. As well as the shifty breeze, the fleet also had an influx of jellyfish to avoid, which made things even more interesting. Race one got away cleanly with Tommy and Charlie Darling getting a great start and immediately getting a jump on […]

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Two hundred, 200 sailors in Torbay! Team July 17, 2019 No Comments

Two hundred, 200 sailors in Torbay!

They say good things come in threes. Or in our case its certainly twos! Two hundred, RS200 Sailors in Torbay (remember Sam, you’re going to Torbay!!!) The Volvo Noble Marine RS200 National Championship entry limit was reached over a month before the event starts, highlighting the RS200’s continued popularity and firmly placing it as the most popular UK adult dinghy! To add to this, we have sailors coming all the way from Australia to be part of the event, really highlighting how great the 200 is on a global scale! As ever, the fleet is super competitive with many British Sailing Team members popping along… but for many, this competition lies off the water! Super social-secs Rheanna & Claudia have put together an action-packed programme to entertain the fleet in the evening, ensuring plenty of sore heads the next day! The fabulous team at RTYC have assured us the bar will be stocked […]

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RS Vareos at Pennine SC 6-7 July 2019 Team July 11, 2019 No Comments

RS Vareos at Pennine SC 6-7 July 2019

Saturday the 6 th July saw the RS Vareo fleet of six boats all head North up onto the top of the Pennines. It was a glorious weekend with sunscreen on the agenda. Racing kicked off with an early 1130hrs start. The wind was 17 knots and the windward leeward course was set. Race one saw a boat raft on the start line with Luke Fisher finding clear air heading off and leading from the front followed by Alan Bassett. A wind decrease hit the second race so there was a shake up in the fleet with Nick Crickmore heading up into second from 5th pushing everyone down a spot, but Luke remained in first position. After a spot of refreshments provided by our event hostess Cheryl Wood the fleet headed out for two more races. In race three the bronze fleet battle was hotting up with Mike and Paul North batting for 5th place, while the […]

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RS21s debut at Cowes Week 2019! Team July 11, 2019 No Comments

RS21s debut at Cowes Week 2019!

Cowes week is the pinnacle of the UK’s Keelboat racing scene, the Solent will be welcoming hundreds of boats to the South Coast in 4 weeks' time, and this year with the addition of the RS21. Lendy Cowes week, the world’s best-known sailing regatta, brings together sailors from around the world for an amazing week of challenging but fun racing. The RS21s will be setting off from the Swallow class start line on Saturday 10 th August- Monday 12 th August to compete in round the cans racing on the Solent. The racing is set to be competitive and the RS21 Cowes Week trophy, will be presented at the regatta prize giving on Friday 16 th August. In addition to the on-water antics, Cowes Week also has a legendary social side, with the main village turning itself into a festival ashore; with open air bars, live music stages and many famous black-tie balls. Don’t miss out! To enter this […]

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RS 600 National Championships, Stone Sailing Club Team July 4, 2019 No Comments

RS 600  National Championships, Stone Sailing Club

RS 600 Volvo Noble Marine Allen National Championships, Stone Sailing Club Very rarely does an event come together quite as well as last week’s RS600 National Championship. We had everything we could have hoped for; the biggest fleet for many years with 31 boats, close racing, sun, tides, waves and a great bunch of people to swap war stories with. Stone Sailing Club, on the Blackwater Estuary was the venue for this year’s championship and proved to be more than up to the job. The practice day turned out to be a day for fettling and bimbling for some and all out blasting for the rest. Most of the fleet enjoyed the soon to be racecourse for several hours once the tide had turned and the waves had moderated. It proved to be a good choice to test the boats in heavier conditions while others got in some much-needed surfing/gybing/surviving practice. A few others learnt first-hand where the sandbanks […]

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Rs200’s at HISC Team July 4, 2019 No Comments

Rs200’s at HISC

Please find below the report from the RS200’s at HISC by Lee Sydenham.  Results are here A good fleet of 41 boats and 81 sailors arrived at Hayling Island SC for the Rooster RS200 Summer Regatta GP on Saturday morning to sunshine and a light easterly breeze which built to a steady force 2-3 in time for racing. Nerves were building for Olly Turner as his crew Sam Mottershead had not arrived but a quick call confirmed that he had just parked and would be there shortly. The subsequent call staked an early claim for Duckhams as he informed he had gone to Parkstone and was in fact an hour away; a friendly RIB driver was required to tow them out to the start on time. With Gate Starts used at the RS200 Nationals, RS stalwart Pete Vincent provided a quick briefing on how everything works and Race Officer Mark […]

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RS800s at RS Summer Regatta at Lymington Town SC Team June 11, 2019 No Comments

RS800s at RS Summer Regatta at Lymington Town SC

You know it is too windy when even the ‘Plan B’ alternative to sailing is called off! In seeing the 40knot forecast a number of teams had their eyes on the inflatable aqua park outside the club but alas this was canned due to the fear that the inflatable slide might be launched into the air with sailors attached like some giant and communal aerial rodeo challenge. Sounds pretty fun actually. Maybe on the basis that even the waterpark had decided that their insurance policy wasn’t worth testing, the Lymington race team expectedly cancelled Saturday’s racing. This left everyone free to go and embark on Plan C. I heard various reports of family outings to The Isle of Wight and walks up to Hurst Castle. All very wholesome and there are definitely worse venues to be left to explore! Anyone lulled into a false sense of security by the sheltered […]

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RS500 Nationals Report Team June 11, 2019 No Comments

RS500 Nationals Report

It’s a family affair-air, it’s a family affair*. For a reasonably high performance dinghy the RS500 has a very high proportion of family teams competing in it, be they partners, parent/child or siblings. The Volvo Noble Marine national championships held at Lymington Town Sailing Club 8-9 June, emphasised this aspect of the fleet, with eight of the 11 teams having a shared surname. Quite why this should be so is not at all clear…, but to the report proper. The forecast for Saturday was distressingly accurate, falling into the “don’t be ridiculous” category. On shore at Lymington, while boats were being prepared it didn’t seem too bad, but the reports from out in the Solent were high, and steadily getting higher. The RO had told us that the rescue crews were happy to run racing if the wind was average 22-23 and gusting 27-28 knots. By the time it was […]

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RS100 Rooster RS Summer Regatta at Lymington Town SC Team June 11, 2019 No Comments

RS100 Rooster RS Summer Regatta at Lymington Town SC

With a forecast that promised a wide range of wind conditions, the RS100 fleet gathered for the Rooster RS Summer Regatta at Lymington over the weekend of 8-9 June, hoping that the predicted gusts of 40 knots would not materialize on Saturday. Unfortunately, although proven heavy weather expert Huw Powell was chomping at the bit, the forecasters were bang on the money and racing for the day was quickly called off. Everyone enjoyed a day of rest, followed by a few too many beers and great chili at the evening reception, during which the RS classes paid tribute to retiring class secretary, Heather Chipperfield, after 18 years of service. Suitably rested the competitors were met on Sunday morning by wind at the opposite end of the scale. In a light F2 the Jones boys, Ed and Andy Jones, were quickest out of the traps and led the fleet on the […]

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RS300 Summer Regatta at Lymington town sailing club Team June 11, 2019 No Comments

RS300 Summer Regatta at Lymington town sailing club

It’s not often we get an RS300 open on the sea, so when we do we like it to be blowing a bit to give the full experience. The 35+knts forecast for Saturday this weekend was a little too much though, and to add insult to injury Sunday was forecast to be a drifter. Nevertheless 5 RS300s joined around 60 other RS dinghies at the Summer regatta. Racing for the Saturday was duly called off at the 1130hrs briefing with wind as per the forecast, kicking off the first race of the weekend. To the bar. Dave Acres won, refusing to adhere to any “no drinks before 12 o’clock” nonsense, then went home in the knowledge that Sunday’s forecast would be better spent not sailing. Then there were four… The fleet disbanded for Saturday afternoon, and reconvened for Heather Chipperfield’s leaving party later that evening to witness the RS400s and […]

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