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  • RS400 Southern Tour Chichester 2020
  • RS400 Southern Tour Chichester 2020
  • RS400 Southern Tour Chichester 2020

It had been many years since Chichester ran an RS400 Open so it was great to have nineteen boats arrive at the club for the opening event of the 2020 Westcountry Boat Repairs and Rooster Sailing  R400 Southern Tour. After a winter of storm disruption, the weather was near perfect for the time of year, with a south westerly wind in the mid teens, even the sun made an appearance making it a fine day for sailing.

The CYC race committee had worked closely with the class association to setup the event, so on the day the race officer set the RS400's preferred windward, leeward course with a gate.

The first race saw a few capsizes and one boat break its mast, but was won by Steve and Sarah Cockerill, followed by Jon Heissig and Nicky Griffin.

The Second race saw the fleet crowding the line with a few boats over. After a regrettable mix up it was decided the fairest result was to award Joint first place to Steve Cockerill and Jon Heissig.

The third race was full of incidents. Jack Holden and Rob Henderson built an impressive lead, sailing downwind at astonishing speed as they made the most of the gusts. But then had difficulties with their spinnaker which halted the boat by the leeward gate and saw them overtaken by Jon Heissig and Nicky Griffin, Jack and Rob tried to catch up, but the race was won by Jon and Nicky.

At the prize-giving, third place went to Jack Holden and Rob Henderson from Arun YC, second place went to Steve and Sarah Cockerill from Lee on Solent YC and first place went to Jon Heissig and Nicky Griffin.

It was nice to spend at least a few hours outside in the sunshine without anyone mentioning the C word, but after racing, the competitors gathered in the sloop for a Race Tea, served by volunteers wearing gloves and using tongs as CYC did its best to protect everyone from the spread of the virus.

 The talk after the event was about next year, hopefully the RS400 will become a regular fixture at CYC.


Event photo gallery, courtesy of Mark Green

RS400 Open Meeting

Chichester Yacht Club


Results are provisional as of 16:43 on March 14, 2020


Sailed: 3, Discards: 1, To count: 2, Entries: 19, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Sail No Helm Crew Club R1
Total Nett
1st 1502 Jon Heissig Nicky Griffin Llangorse SC (2.0) 1.0 RDG 1.0 4.0 2.0
2nd 1489 Steve Cockerill Sarah Cockerill Lee on Solent YC 1.0 1.0 (3.0) 5.0 2.0
3rd 1505 Jack Holden Rob Henderson Arun YC 3.0 (20.0 OCS) 2.0 25.0 5.0
4th 1192 Jack Munnelly Dom Woodcock Arun YC 4.0 2.0 (6.0) 12.0 6.0
5th 1479 Michael Whitmore Sarah Whitmore Eastbourne SC 5.0 3.0 (8.0) 16.0 8.0
6th 1356 Pete Vincent Bubbles Bristol Corinthian YC (9.0) 6.0 4.0 19.0 10.0
7th 1493 Geoff Holden Bernice Holden Locks SC (6.0) 5.0 5.0 16.0 10.0
8th 1377 Neil Bevington Alan Skeens Lee on Solent YC 7.0 4.0 (9.0) 20.0 11.0
9th 1503 Peter Snowdon Louise Carr Shoreham SC 8.0 7.0 (11.0) 26.0 15.0
10th 1429 Ed Child Sarah Kingston Lee on Solent YC (14.0) 11.0 7.0 32.0 18.0
11th 1220 John Cooper Andy Maw Burghfield SC (12.0) 8.0 10.0 30.0 18.0
12th 1435 Matt Sheahan Ellie Sheahan Warsash SC 10.0 9.0 (12.0) 31.0 19.0
13th 527 Andy Powell Jon Costin Warsash SC 11.0 10.0 (14.0) 35.0 21.0
14th 1386 Chris Grosscurth Emma York Chichester YC 13.0 (20.0 OCS) 13.0 46.0 26.0
15th 1152 Mike Jacot Rebecca Allen Queen Mary SC 15.0 12.0 (20.0 DNF) 47.0 27.0
16th 1333 Rob Corfield Lawrence Kies Dell Quay SC (20.0 DNF) 20.0 DNC 15.0 55.0 35.0
17th 1359 Matt Reeves Trisha Clancy Starcross YC (20.0 DNF) 20.0 DNC 20.0 DNC 60.0 40.0
17th 1382 Andrew Hunt Matt Hunt Eastbourne SC (20.0 DNF) 20.0 DNC 20.0 DNC 60.0 40.0
17th 1113 Andy le Grice Dan Wealthy Warsash SC (20.0 DNF) 20.0 DNC 20.0 DNC 60.0 40.0


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