RS600 End of Seasons Regatta Team November 9, 2019 No Comments

RS600 End of Seasons Regatta 

Twelve RS600s attended the RS End of Seasons sponsored by Volvo and Rooster at Rutland Sailing Club.  It was a decent number considering the rugby world cup final and the forecast. The dismal performance of the England Team set the tone for a disappointing first day with no sailing due to high winds and then not enough time to run the two hour pursuit race after a postponement.  All was not lost though as several went out for a blast, we got a free reusable cup from Volvo (not just any cup!) and a hat from Rooster so we were already taking home more than the rugby team. Day two was the opposite end of the spectrum with light winds and four races planned.  A big day as it was the first time the new “black sails” were up against the old. There seems to be a real buzz about […]

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RS Vareo End of Seasons Regatta 2019 Team November 9, 2019 No Comments

Final Event on the 2019 RS Vareo Rooster National Tour  Saturday 2 Nov saw the start of the combined RS fleets End of seasons Regatta at Rutland Water.  High winds were forecast for lunchtime day one and sure enough just as the RS Vareo fleet started to launch the gales arrived.  Fortunately for some of us the postponement siren went just before our feet left terra firma but Mike Drencher and Cheryl Wood in their eagerness had already blasted out into the angry waters.  They fought to make it back to shore with the rest of the RS fleets’ encouragement and racing was abandoned for the day.  So everyone retired to the bar somewhat earlier than expected. By way of contrast day two dawned with very light winds.  Race one got underway with Nick Crickmore taking an early lead with the rest of the fleet close behind.  Luke Fisher managed […]

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RS400 End of Seasons Regatta 2019 Team November 9, 2019 No Comments

RS400 End of Seasons Regatta 2019

Last Event on the 2019 RS400 Rooster National Tour A total of 23 teams had entered the RS End of Season Regatta at Rutland Water, many of them leaving home much earlier than normal in order to get to the club in time for the 9am kick off of the Rugby World Cup final.  Leaving home in the dark was made slightly easier with the belief that being able to catch up on sleep later on with an afternoon snooze in a local cinema seemed more likely than any sailing, thanks to the ferocity of the weather forecast.  Yet, as England supporters went outside to grab some air as they took in the huge disappointment following 80 minutes of brutal rugby, there was a hint of disorientation too in the dinghy park with weather conditions that were clearly not as advertised.  Windy, but by no means wild, only the rain […]

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RS800 End of Seasons Regatta 2019 Team November 9, 2019 No Comments

RS800 End of Seasons Regatta 2019

Final event of the 2019 RS800 Rooster National Tour With some mighty gales forecasted for Saturday it was great to still see 13 boats make the trip to Rutland SC for the 2019 RS End of Season Regatta.  As I meandered my way over, the prospect of sailing was not looking too likely with lorries snaking all over the place, branches being swept across the roads and lashing rain.  On top of the weather doing its best to kill me physically, listening to England’s capitulation in the rugby was doing some serious emotional damage. There’s nothing like an apocalyptic storm and national levels of disappointment to flatten the mood! However, once we had arrived at a very swampy and bog-like Rutland boat park, it actually appeared that the wind was on the edge of sailable – bearing in mind the looming prospect of a monstrous gust due at any moment.  […]

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RS700 Inland Championship 2019 Team November 9, 2019 No Comments

RS700 Inland Championship 2019

Final event of the 2019 RS700 Rooster National Tour Arriving at Queen Mary SC for the first day of the RS700 Inlands it soon became apparent that the forecast of strong winds and rain was entirely accurate.   With gusts in the high 40s racing was promptly abandoned and with the fleet keen, Sunday’s racing was brought forward to fit in a fourth race. The fleet arrived early on Sunday to completely contrasting conditions: bright sunshine and a gentle breeze blowing across the reservoir.   The fleet spread along the line for the start of race one and headed off into a shifty breeze, trying to make the most of the stronger puffs.  Spike Daniels picked the right shift to lead at the first mark closely followed by Phil Highfield and Theo Galyer.  For the next two laps boats concertinaed before spreading out into the final positions.   The wind […]

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RS300 End of Seasons Regatta at Rutland SC Team November 9, 2019 No Comments

RS300 End of Seasons Regatta at Rutland SC

Rutland SC were hosts for this year’s RS End of Seasons Regatta  where a lone RS300 (yours truly) was itching to sail. With a schedule of one two-hour pursuit on the Saturday and three handicap races on Sunday, I was praying for bandit weather. Saturday started with the world pig bladder carrying championship final.  England were up against some antelope. The antelope won. Meanwhile in Rutland; home of the posh, gilet-clad and shotgun wielding geezer, the breeze was up.  Gusts up to 38 knots recorded by PRO: windy enough to strip the locks of a short South African. Faced with the prospect of a 2km run in 30 knots, in an RS300 and with a dodgy back, I decided to watch this one from the touchline.  The race officer had the same idea and promptly canned proceedings after a short postponement. Sunday’s schedule was revised to four races.  With a […]

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HARKEN RS200 INLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 Team October 24, 2019 No Comments


Olympic Silver Medallist Luke Patience and Mary Henderson take a well-deserved win, but they didn’t have it all their own way during a closely contested 2 days of racing at Grafham Water. Report By Will Taylor It was a remarkable fleet of 53 RS200s that gathered at Grafham, with a much-touted lineup including several team GBR sailors, a trio of former RS200 National Champions and the current title holder. The fleet also included visiting national champions from other dinghy classes, keen to get in some practise ahead of next weekend’s Endeavour Trophy. As a testament to the broad appeal of the RS200, the lineup featured sailors as young as 12, with one young pairing competing at their first RS200 event; they picked the right weekend, as this was a Championships that delivered on every level. The weekend started off on a high with Grafham showing the rugby for all those […]

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RS21 National Championships Team October 24, 2019 No Comments

RS21 National Championships

The first ever RS21 National Championships came to an exciting close yesterday, after a weekend of awesome close racing in perfect conditions. Hamble River Sailing Club hosted the event in conjunction with the Hamble winter series and 11 teams battled it out for the RS21 National Champion title! The Saturday consisted of 4 great races beginning in a steady breeze that built up into the afternoon. The racing was very competitive, and it was exciting to see the RS21s in such proximity. Sunday started with some lighter winds but ended with a bang at 18 knots; watching the RS21s planing over the Solent was a truly fantastic sight! The learning curve of all teams went straight up during the weekend which created even more competition on the Sunday. The event was won by team Rafiki (meaning ‘Friends for life’ in Swahili) from the Netherlands, by Nick Rogers, Fanny Roger, Hilde […]

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Czech RS Vareo National Championships Team October 3, 2019 No Comments

Czech RS Vareo National Championships 

The fleet at Brno in the Czech Republic has grown steadily over the last three years with many sailors popping over to the UK to grab RS Vareo bargains as they come up.  They also have the advantage of a perfect size lake for the boat and enthusiast repairer with a workshop on site.  The event officially started on Saturday 21 September at 1000hrs with speeches and raising of the Czech flag to join those of visitors from Slovakia and the UK. But first it was local sailor Marek Pavlovsky’s birthday weekend, so those celebrations started with a party on Friday after the practice racing. On to Saturday. Registration at 0900hrs. £20 entry with a free toilet roll for each competitor- still not sure why they just said for luck! Before the opening ceremony the sailors were gathered to meet one another, say hello and pass around the rum bottle! […]

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The British Keelboat League Final 2019 Team September 27, 2019 No Comments

The British Keelboat League Final 2019

The British Keelboat League Final is welcoming the top 24 keelboat teams in the country for a weekend of fast and furious racing at Queen Mary Reservoir, hosted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club. All teams have qualified at one of the qualification events which have been held in every region of the country over the past 6 months. It’s set to be a competitive weekend of awesome racing in RS21s, as sailors represent their Sailing Club at this prestigious final (27-29th September). The clubs represented are listed below. Royal Southern Yacht Club Ullswater Yacht Club University of Bristol Sailing Club Royal Corinthian Yacht Club Royal Torbay Yacht Club Lymington Town Sailing Club Royal Windemere Yacht Club Budworth Sailing Club Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club Royal Lymington Yacht Club Newcastle University Academy  Grafham Water Sailing Club Bournemouth University Sailing Club Royal Thames Yacht Club Wessex Sailing Club West Hoe […]

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