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    LOCKS SC RS400 report
    Matthew Sheahan
    There's nothing like being at the centre of the action and as we rounded the last mark of the last race of the Locks SC one day Southern Tour event we, (Matt & Ellie Sheahan 1051), found ourselves sandwiched between the two top boats, still battling for overall honours. A perfect position you may think to report on the defining moments of the event. Indeed it was, but as one more used to reporting on such close action from a press boat with a notepad and cappuccino in hand, it felt odd to be such an integral part of the action.
    In a change to the usual reach to the finish, the Locks event saw the more time honoured windward leg finish, just a few hundred metres after rounding the leeward mark. But to understand the intensity of the final few seconds of a spectacular day on the water requires winding back to the final windward mark rounding.
    With the breeze a steady 20kts and gusts nudging 25, (according to www.chimet.co.uk), the west going spring tide pressed against this solid breeze to create a testing sea state for the downwind legs. Just keeping the boat under the rig and the bows above the water proved sufficiently challenging that not even the hot shots tried gybing any more times than was absolutely necessary (ie. once) on the downhill slides.
    Throughout the day the fleet had shrunk during the three race series as the conditions took their toll, but the front runners, Howard Farbrother/Dan Martin (1418) and Paul/Mark Oakey (1414) among others were still hanging in there. Separated by just one point, the Farbrother/Martin duo had a first and second to their names, the Oakeys a first and a third.
    So as Farbrother/Martin rounded the last windward mark in first place with just one final run to go and the Oakey’s capsized during their kite hoist, the final results looked pretty certain. Until Farbrother/Martin went for a swim on the final gybe, letting Sam & John Knight (1202) and the Martin brothers (1444) through into first and second.
    A quick recovery saw the Oakeys up and running while Farbrother/Martin were still swimming around their boat.
    In 20-25 knots of breeze it didn’t take long to get to the bottom mark and with first and second taken care of at the final mark rounding the action got more lively as we (1051) and the Oakeys came into the leeward mark on port, side by side, just as Farbrother/Martin came blazing in on starboard. But in their enthusiasm to assert their starboard authority and flick in the perfect drop/gybe they spun up too early, missed the mark and were left pirouetting on the wrong side of the mark. Meanwhile the Oakeys and ourselves, slipped around the mark and pretended not to hear the ‘conversation’ aboard 1418 as we thumped our way to the finish.
    A third for the Oakeys with one place in between was all that they needed to take the overall win leaving Farbrother/Martin second and the Martin brothers third.
    As always Locks SC laid on a superb one day event, well run, friendly and very good value, especially given the free tea and bacon butties for breakfast. Seventeen boats entered, fifteen boats raced and while the conditions developed to become a bit punchy later in the day, the sunshine added sufficient sparkle to make this a worthy entry into the, ‘you should have been there’, category.
    Lots of photos at Locks SC Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Lockssailingclub

    Sailwave results for -

    RS400 open meeting 2015


    Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Ratings: PY, Entries: 17, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
    1st RS400 1441 Portchester SC Paul Oakey Mark Oakey 3.0 1.0 3.0 7.0 7.0
    2nd RS400 1418 QMSC Howard Fairbrother Dan Martin 1.0 2.0 5.0 8.0 8.0
    3rd RS400 1444   Nick Martin Rob Martin 5.0 3.0 2.0 10.0 10.0
    4th RS400 1051 Netley SC Matt Sheahan Ellie Sheahan 8.0 5.0 4.0 17.0 17.0
    5th RS400 1296 Bartley SC Howard Eeles Wayne Hancox 7.0 4.0 7.0 18.0 18.0
    6th RS400 1202 Bartley SC Sam Knight John Knight 4.0 14.0 DNF 1.0 19.0 19.0
    7th RS400 1393 Locks sailing Club Nick Zammitt Jr Nick Zammitt Sn 2.0 6.0 18.0 OCS 26.0 26.0
    8th RS400 1428 HISC James Gardner Anne Gardner 6.0 14.0 DNF 10.0 DNF 30.0 30.0
    9th RS400 964 Locks sailing Club Emma Johnston Pip Johnston 14.0 DNF 7.0 10.0 DNF 31.0 31.0
    10th RS400 948 Locks sailing Club Tim Miller Sam Wicks 9.0 8.0 18.0 DNC 35.0 35.0
    11th RS400 684 Pevensey Bay SC Matt Fowler Greg Shipley 18.0 DNC 14.0 DNF 6.0 38.0 38.0
    12th RS400 1212 Bartley SC Caroline Whitehouse Jason McDonnell 10.0 14.0 DNF 18.0 DNC 42.0 42.0
    13th RS400 1270 B James Cutler Alan Granville 18.0 DNC 14.0 DNF 18.0 DNC 50.0 50.0
    14th RS400 1342 QMSC Max Tosetti Karen Tosetti 14.0 DNF 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 50.0 50.0
    14th RS400 979 RNSA Olly G-Taylor Toria Burton 14.0 DNF 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 50.0 50.0
    16th RS400 1387 Locks sailing Club Simon Palmer Ewen Evans 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 54.0 54.0
    16th RS400 1323 Locks sailing Club Jack Miller Chris Anstey 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 18.0 DNC 54.0 54.0

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