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    JP Watersports RS400 Scottish Tour Round 2 at East Lothian Yacht Club.

    Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd June 2018.

    'No meteo magic at NB'.

    The second event in the 400 Scottish Tour took place at ELYC North Berwick on 2nd and 3rd June. 21 boats competed. The event was also the Scottish 400 Championships, part of the Rooster National Tour, as well as the Eurocup.

    Slack pressure dictated very light easterlies for the weekend- if that. Luckily once the Haar cleared on Saturday (with 45mins to spare, about the time of Angus and Imogen's arrival) we received a useful sea breeze of around 3 to 5 knots. If South Shields had provided 'Lambrini sailing'; Saturday's conditions were a concoction drunk on the beach during a North Berwick adolescence (followed by some Sunday morning Irn Bru). But it was none the worse for that!!

    Notable starts were Angus and Imogen's perfect port tack stormer off a biased pin end in race 2. And Stewart and Jim's consistently solid stacking up with space below. After considerable deliberation; Phil and Mike concluded that a Committee Boat start was order of the day- and in time honoured fashion; delivered 3 dependable starboard enders.

    Race 1- Much of the the fleet went right up the beat to escape the western going tide. However as Phil has pointed out we were all sailing into a deeper channel! From observing Stewart and Sarah's choices (we couldn't see winner Jim) a compromise was needed between tide and pressure: where there were puffs- they were needed.

    Race 2- Dave and Fraser made a steady start near the port end.. rejecting Phil’s council! We don't believe they won the pin as there was a certain yellow boat there pulling off magic. Dave and Fraser were not distracted and minimised their number of tacks, committing to the left hand side of the beat. And it paid! They were 1st to the windward mark. They held it all the way to the leeward buoy before letting a few slip by the middle of 2nd beat. Bold can be best??

    The first two races didn't seem excessively shifty, there was a relatively constant base breeze (although the more astute might disagree). So the racing wasn't always as much of a snakes and ladders game as it could have been in the light stuff.

    Race 3– An individual recall; Ben and Jenny were over. But Neil and Emily followed them back to keep company. The fleet had split early, wind over-riding tide in some peoples considerations. The left hand side of the beat paid. Downwind was a bit of a procession with arguably more puffs offshore. The tide on the buoys didn't appear too extreme. There were a few 5 degree or so shifts. Stewart and Sarah lead around the windward mark, Jon and Amanda 2nd and Jim and Mike 3rd. Stewart and Sarah zoomed away on the 2nd downwind.

    Jim and Ben did characteristically good jobs of soaking low on the runs but others also appeared to do well in a higher mode, chasing pressure and dropping down in it. That's if there wasn't a Musto or two with a totally different agenda getting in the way. A notably improving boat was Jamie and Neil showing good speed.

    Dinner in the Puffin Restaurant (organised by Nadia) was attended by 25- good feedback. All captured  for 400 social media.

    Sunday's cool overcast conditions didn't look promising for a sea breeze (the‘North Berwickers’ had a knowing look). Following a long postponement the Oppies were admirably keen. Race Officer Ben tried a far western course- seeking out wind near Lamb island. The Lamb is owned by famous mystifier/ spoon bender Uri Geller; it's claimed to have mysterious and enigmatic powers. Despite Uri's magic the wind remained an enigma and there were definitely no masts bending. The fleet retired for ice creams on the beach, now propelled by a satisfactory breeze- thanks Uri.

    So no change overnight- 1: Stewart and Sarah, 2: Jim and long time ELYC 400 man Mike, 3: Jon and Amanda.

    The next Scottish event is Prestwick YC on 23rd June.

    Thanks especially to Ben Wilcox for his very dependable Race Officer contribution (working magic wasn't always possible) and to Jim for letting him jump ship. Sincere thanks to all at ELYC for the superb hospitality and organisation.

    Jon Gay and Amanda Henderson.

    RS 400


    Results are final as of 14:14 on June 3, 2018


    Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 21, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Class SailNo HelmName CrewName Club Tally R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
    1st RS 400 1463 Stewart Robertson Sarah Robertson Royal Forth Yacht Club 88 4.0 1.0 1.0 6.0 6.0
    2nd RS 400 1362 Jim Sinclair Mike Alexander East Lothian Yacht Club 104 1.0 3.0 3.0 7.0 7.0
    3rd RS 400 874 Jonathan Gay Amanda Henderson Lochaber Yacht Club 100 9.0 4.0 2.0 15.0 15.0
    4th RS 400 1157 Philip Murray Neil Schofield Tynemouth Sailing Club 90 2.0 10.0 5.0 17.0 17.0
    5th RS 400 1124 Robert Yeamans Nadia Yeamans ASYC 102 3.0 5.0 10.0 18.0 18.0
    6th RS 400 973 David Gebhart Jackie Tynemouth Sailing Club 89 6.0 7.0 7.0 20.0 20.0
    7th RS 400 1370 Neil McLellan Emily Roberston Dalgety Bay Sailing Club 98 11.0 2.0 9.0 22.0 22.0
    8th RS 400 768 Angus Marshall Imogen Barnett Dalgety Bay Sailing Club 91 5.0 15.0 6.0 26.0 26.0
    9th RS 400 1096 Peter Taylor Keith Bedborough Dalgety Bay Sailing Club 99 12.0 13.0 4.0 29.0 29.0
    10th RS 400 1073 Jamie Rogers Neil McLaren Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club 94 7.0 8.0 16.0 31.0 31.0
    11th RS 400 1117 Matt Toynbee Vasiliki Papapanagiotou Dalgety Bay Sailing Club 93 10.0 14.0 11.0 35.0 35.0
    12th RS 400 844 Ali Morrish Niall Ferguson RNCYC 84 17.0 6.0 13.0 36.0 36.0
    13th RS 400 1319 Ben Robertson Jenny Douglas Dalgety Bay Sailing Club 95 13.0 16.0 8.0 37.0 37.0
    14th RS 400 1148 Hester Robertson Richard Hope Dalgety Bay Sailing Club 86 15.0 9.0 15.0 39.0 39.0
    15th RS 400 1197 Donald MacLean   East Lothian Yacht Club 101 8.0 12.0 22.0 DSQ 42.0 42.0
    16th RS 400 847 Ian Martin Liam Alcock South Shield Sailing Club 82 14.0 17.0 14.0 45.0 45.0
    17th RS 400 1129 David Webley Fraser Mulford Wormit Boating Club 97 20.0 11.0 17.0 48.0 48.0
    18th RS 400 669 Jacob Ainsworth Kaylie Roberts South Shield Sailing Club 92 18.0 18.0 12.0 48.0 48.0
    19th RS 400 1294 Michael Grant Alan Birse Largs Sailing Club 85 16.0 19.0 19.0 54.0 54.0
    20th RS 400 370 Martin Booth Oliver Milling Smith Dalgety Bay Sailing Club 103 21.0 20.0 18.0 59.0 59.0
    21st RS 400 1445 Phil Britton Michael Atkinson Dalgety Bay Sailing Club 96 19.0 21.0 20.0 60.0 60.0


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