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19/05/2018
Northern Championships

Champagne conditions for Rooster Rope4Boats RS400 Northern Championships

Exley and Lunn walk away with Northerns at Costa Del Shields

Photos by Tim Olin

Report by Jacob Ainsworth

With a steady F3-4 from the South East and 19 degrees (standard Northern weather) forecast all weekend, a record entry of 29 boats turned up for the Rooster Rope4Boats Northern Championships at South Shields Sailing Club with an international fleet assembling with entries from Sandringham YC (Australia), Tauranga SC (New Zealand) and Aberdeen & Stonehaven (Scotland)…

The fleet launched and headed out through the piers into the south bay to find a nationals length 0.7 mile beat awaiting them. Shortly after the fleet launched, Angus ‘efficient’ Marshall & Imogen Barnett (DBSC) arrived, keeping up traditions of missing yet another Saturday morning briefing but amazingly never a race.

A well-behaved fleet got away first time for the first race; setting the trend for the weekend. Williamson / Brameld (Welton SC) stormed into an early lead to round the windward mark ahead of the chasing pack. They held onto the lead for a second lap before venturing for an early slot gasket inspection during a gybe allowing Exley / Lunn (LLSC) to pass into the lead who held on to the finish followed by Cleary / Nixon  (Oxford / Tauranga) and Ridgway / Dawson (Sandringham / LLSC) who stole a 3rd from a photo finish with Ainsworth / Roberts (SSSC)

Tim Olin

Race 2 was soon underway in a building breeze. Most of the fleet had now detected that the main gains to be made upwind were on the right hand side of the course out of the tide, as the wind stayed straight as a die, creating a dog fight for the committee boat end of the line. Cleary / Nixon rounded the windward mark in front with Exley / Lunn breathing heavily down their neck as the 2 boats pulled clear of the fleet. Clearly / Nixon covered well for the gruelling 50 minute race holding off Exley / Lunn for the victory who was closely followed by Pickles / Sharman (Delph) finishing in 3rd.

 

The wind had now picked up to a solid F4 making for some exhilarating downwind sailing; solid gybes were essential to avoid any more unnecessary slot gasket inspections. With the big breeze, Somerville / Roberts (Bassenthwaite) were in their element and found themselves early race leaders, only to be eventually ground down by Exley / Lunn who took the win followed by Somerville / Roberts and Cleary / Nixon in 3rd.

Tim Olin

As the boats headed ashore, there were many smiling yet weary faces after a day of Lambrini conditions and dolphin chasing off the shore of Costa Del Shields. After a quick nap on the beach, competitors were ready to refuel and indulged in an array of homemade curries and puddings before hitting the bar. The 8 boat strong Scottish fleet kept up their reputation of propping the bar open till late. The highly sought-after pintles of shame were soon doing the rounds but eventually awarded to Phil Britton after some persistence, after he finally gave up trying to fit his 400 into a catamarans under cover when packing his boat away during the week.

Tim Olin

Day 2 dawned with a light breeze which steadily built to a steady F3-4 again from the South East. Race 4 saw Exley / Lunn carry on from where they left off on the Saturday as they took the win from Ridgway / Dawson and Somerville / Roberts carried on their form from the final race of Saturday with a 3rd.

Tim Olin

By race 5, the tide was starting to flow north more heavily meaning it paid dividends to keep right out of the tide. Local boat Ainsworth / Roberts took advantage and hit hard right to round the windward mark in first holding onto the lead for 2 laps before being surpassed by the top form teams Exley / Lunn to take the win followed by Cleary / Nixon in second and Ainsworth / Roberts in third. Exley and Lunn secured their 4th bullet of the weekend to crown them Northern Champions with a race to spare, they headed in for an early shower to give someone else a go at the front for the final race.

Tim Olin

The wind started to ease slightly for the final race of the weekend opening the racing to the slightly lighter crews amongst the fleet. However, it was Cleary / Nixon who took the opportunity in Exley / Lunns absence to go on to dominate the race for a win and to seal 2nd overall, followed by Somerville / Roberts in 2nd to take 3rd overall.

At the prize giving Dave Exley thanked sponsors of the National tour Rooster and Northern tour sponsors Rope4Boats along with South Shields Sailing Club and the race officer Howard Stevenson for some excellent sea courses and quick turnarounds between races. The two winners of the Rope4Boats raffle were Pete Snowdon and Phil Britton (I don’t think they make under covers).

Tim Olin

Next on the Rooster National tour is the Scottish Championships at East Lothian YC (2nd – 3rd June) and next up on the Rope4Boats Northern tour is Yorkshire Dales (2nd June).

More photos can be found at: 

http://olinphoto.co.uk/index.php/2018/05/19/south-shields-sailing-club-rs-400-northern-champions-2018/

Full Results

Place

Points

Sail No

Helm

Crew

Club

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

1

6

1460

Dave Exley

Mark Lunn

Leigh & Lowton SC

1

2

1

1

1

(24/DNS)

2

9

1377

Sean Cleary

Annalise Nixon

Oxford / Tauranga sc

2

1

3

(5)

2

1

3

19

1082

Mark Somerville

Joe Roberts

Bassenthwaite SC

6

6

2

3

(8)

2

4

22

1467

Paul Ridgway

Andy Dawson

Sandringham YC/LLSC

3

7

(15/XPA_30%)

2

5

5

5

29

669

Jacob Ainsworth

Kayleigh Roberts

South Shields SC

4

5

(25/DNF)

11

3

6

6

29

1319

Ben Robertson

Kenny Douglas

Dalgety Bay SC

8

4

7

4

6

(24/DNS)

7

30

1283

Chris Pickles

Matt Sharman

Delph SC

(10)

3

4

7

9

7

8

39

847

Ian Martin

Liam Alcock

South Shields SC

11

(16)

5

8

7

8

9

45

1124

Robert Yeamans

Nadia Yeamans

Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC

(13)

11

10

10

11

3

10

48

1465

Ben Williamson

Rich Brameld

Welton SC

9

12

(25/DNS)

9

4

14

11

50

1396

Richard Catchpole

Gary Coop

Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club

16

9

9

6

10

(24/DNS)

12

53

874

Jon Gay

Amanda Henderson

Lochaber Yacht Club

(17)

10

12

12

15

4

13

55

1157

Phil Murray

Neil Schofield

Tynemouth SC

12

(13)

8

13

12

10

14

61

768

Angus Marshall

Imogen Barnett

Dalgety Bay Sailing Club

19

8

11

14

(22)

9

15

69

1262

Jon Willars

Charlie Ticehurst

Welton SC

5

14

13

18

(21)

19

16

69

1096

Peter Taylor

Brian Greer

Dalgety Bay SC

15

(17)

14

16

13

11

17

75

844

Brendan Lynch

Ewan Rycroft

PEYC

7

(28/DNF)

17

20

18

13

18

84

1184

Stuart Williams

Ross Southwell

Army Sailing Assocation

14

15

(25/DNF)

17

14

24/DNF

19

84

1265

Colin Davies

Roger Tait

Aberdeen and Stonehaven yc

18

18

(20)

15

17

16

20

89

973

David Gebhard

Jackie Gebhard

Tynemouth SC

(24)

22

18

21

16

12

21

94

725

Jason Riby

Niall Graham

South Shields SC

21

20

19

(23)

19

15

22

96

1445

Phil Britton

Mike Atkinson

Dalgety Bay SC

20

23

16

(25)

20

17

23

97

1196

Peter Snowdon

TBC TBC

Scaling Dam SC

22

19

15

19

(28/DNF)

22

24

110

521

Steve Lowe

Izzy Robertson

South Shields SC

(26)

24

22

22

24

18

25

116

519

John Brookes

Donna Fountain

Tynemouth SC

(28/DNS)

21

21

27

27

20

26

116

1148

Hester Robertson

Richard Hope

Dalgety Bay SC

23

(25)

23

24

23

23

27

122

810

Richard Fahey

Jonny Holliday

Tynemouth SC

25

(26)

25/DNS

26

25

21

28

128

10

NIck Harrison

Chris Albert

South Shields SC

27

27

24

(28)

26

24/DNS

29

141

1136

Nathan Batchelor

Sarah Kincaid

Tynemouth SC

(30/DNC)

30/DNC

30/DNC

29/DNS

28/DNS

24/DNS

 

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