Results / Noble Marine Rooster National Championships East Lothian YC - 08/08/2022
Day 2 report written by Alan Mclean and Martin Booth
View from the Cheap Seats RS 400 476
While the rockstars were smashing it at the front of the fleet the real excitement was to
found in bitterly fought battles in the Bronze fleet between 30 th and 35 th places. Totally
baffled by the excellent tactics talk by Jim Sinclair your correspondent and his helm headed
out with dreams of glory to be shattered once again by the RS gods.
Big kudos to the marvellous ELYC team who helped launch us into R3 and R4 of the national
series. Kite up, sweet westerly winds, sun and the mighty Bass Rock provided a superb
backdrop to our first capsize on the way to the start due to user error. Damp but unbowed
we arrived at the line with five minutes to spare and a desire to dominate the bottom third
of the bronze fleet, by any means necessary.
Following the start script to the letter we were pushed off the line by the big boys and
bobbed across in last place. Things could and did only get better as we headed right into
wind (and tide) and pulled back half a dozen places at the first windward mark. Many thanks
to Mike and Alan in 1294 for their entertaining capsize at the spreader ensuring another
place gained for us. They enjoyed it so much they had another capsize in R4. Hester and
Richard (1148) and Andy and Robert (Pink Panther 1521) provided close racing over the
three legs. The third race finished on a close reach in champagne sailing and we were elated
to make 29 th place.
The committee started the fourth race promptly, sticking the knife into Hester and Richard
by interrupting their nice quiet lunch and ensuring they were two minutes late for the start.
It didn’t stop them gaining ten places and finishing 25 th overall. Dropping wind compressed
the fleet at the first mark and we caught the silver fleet who tried to look cool and
pretended to welcome us. It was nice to sit in the middle of the fleet for a change. On the
second reach we found small corridor of brisk wind and enjoyed a vastly entertaining
screaming port tack reach through the grown-ups on starboard who seemed very upset.
Someone threatened a protest so we threw in a 360 which lost us about five places but
racing remained tight to the end with a glorious victory over Doug and Bruce in 1195 who
had snatched a place from us the previous day.
The ELYC beach team provided muscle to bring us up the sand. A fabulous day’s racing by
the oldest boat in the fleet and looking forward to more tomorrow.
Day 1 report written by Hamish Gledhill
Day1 RS400 Noble Marine National Championships – East Lothian Yacht Club. Monday 8 th August
It’s a long way, they said, but it’s worth it. To be honest it didn’t even feel that far, but what a place
and what a forecast. Sun and wind – for the next few days at least!
RS400s started drifting into the picturesque town of North Berwick from Wednesday onwards, as
some crews took the opportunity to enjoy what the town has to offer before the serious business
starts on Monday. By Sunday afternoon most of the RS400 fleet was assembled in the dinghy park,
with the hum of activity whilst sailors slowly went about their business of faffing and fettling (what
could be better), whilst catching up with old friends, and meeting new ones. All this with a clear
blue sky and the beautiful backdrop of the Firth of Forth.
Many crews gathered in the yacht club in the evening for an entertaining and informative tactics talk
by ex-RS400 sailor and multiple championship OOD, Jim Sinclair, before a quick beer or two and
complementary scotch pie before heading off for some dinner.
Monday morning saw more blue sky and a stiff westerly breeze. The fleet was released promptly
from the beach at 12:15, ahead of the scheduled 13:00 start, as they sailed to the eastern bay with
the imposing backdrop of Bass Rock.
It soon became apparent that there wasn’t quite as much wind as people were expecting on the
beach, but there was still a decent F4.
The first race started cleanly in almost perfect conditions as most of the fleet headed left, heeding
the advice from the evening’s tactics talk, with wind convergence and less tide towards the shore
being too much to miss out on. Downwind was less prescriptive, with competitors taking their own
decisions and position changes being more frequent.
Christopher Eames and Rachel Tilley from Queen Mary SC extended their lead on the last lap to take
the win ahead of Sam Knight and Chris Bownes from Bartley SC. Behind them the scrap for positions
was tight with Steve and Sarah Cockerill from Stokes Bay taking third place. Stewart and Sarah
Robertson from Royal Forth Yacht club suffered for the chaos at the last mark, having to drop the
kite and complete a penalty turn before crossing the line, losing a couple of places in the process.
The second race got off promptly and like clockwork the fleet headed left, with more confidence
than in race one. Sam and Chris played a few shifts on the top half of the beat to round the
windward mark in first place and extended their lead to take the win ahead of Christopher and
Rachel. Neil McLellan and Hannah Robertson from Dalgety Bay SC recovered from a snapped wing-
wang line in the first race to take third place ahead Phil Murray and Neil Schofield from Tynemouth
Overnight Sam and Chris and Christopher and Rachel are tied on points, with the rest of the fleet
with work to do to keep them in their sights.
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