Congratulations to Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman (Bassenthwaite SC) for winning the 2023 RS400 Trident UK Northern Tour. They did it in style with 4 wins, not to mention the two second places that they did not have to count. Though it wasn’t all plain sailing. Going into the final event of the year at Bassenthwaite Sailing club, Ollie Groves and Esther Parkhurst (Beaver SC) were counting three first places, and another event win would have secured overall first place. Unfortunately, Ollie and Esther were unable to make the finale showdown at Bassenthwaite.
Hamish Gledhill and Ross Southwell (West Riding SC) counted a couple of second and fourth places to finish second overall, ahead of Jacob Ainsworth and Kayleigh Roberts (Tynemouth SC) in third. Behind them Neil and Ian Parkhurst (Beaver SC) finished in fourth and Carl Whitehead and Carol Milner (Filey SC) were fifth.
The big fact of the year is that the total boats competing in the eight events throughout the year was 81, which is the exact same figure as last year. These boats came from 29 different clubs with 11 boats coming for Leigh and Lowton and nine coming from Tynemouth and Notts County.
Special thanks must go to Trident UK, who generously supported the Tour this year by providing overall prizes for the Tour winners and vouchers presented at each event from a raffle and to Hamish Gledhill who organised such a fantastic tour.