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The RS400 Rooster Southern Tour event at Portchester Sailing Club supported by Chichester Harbour Gin and Sailing Awards stylish trophies saw experienced racer Ivan Burden finally taking up the role of principle race officer.

With a "not normally like this here" light and unstable north easterly Ivan had the full experience of multiple course adjustments, postponements, a general recall and black flag starts. An eventual first time but should be satisfied with three good races completed in very tricky conditions.

Chichester Harbour Gin had generously donated two bottle which seemed too good to reserve for the winners so were given as a draw of sail numbers. The first went to 527, Andy Powell and Ian Verso, reversing their luck on the race course with the light patches and shifts, culminating with a black in the last race. The second bottle went to 1427, Mick and Sarah Whitmore who then immediately returned to the podium with a consistent set of finishes claiming third place. Steve Rastall and Chris Stubbs performance summed up the conditions; winning the first race, almost last in the next, before adding a second for second overall.

Paul and Mark Oakey also managed to turn a potentially race winning position in the first race in a mid-fleet finish before finding the speed and a go right strategy to win the last two races and the meeting.

Overall Results:


Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 Pts
1st 1441 Paul Oakey Mark Oakey Portchester SC ‑7 1 1 2
2nd 1189 Steve Restall Chris Stubbs Downs 1 ‑9 2 3
3rd 1479 Mick Whitmore Sarah Whitmore Eastbourne SC 3 2 ‑4 5
4th 1429 Neil Bevington Alan Syens Lee on Solent SC 2 4 ‑5 6
5th 1377 Sean Leary Annalise Nixon Oxford SC ‑6 3 3 6
6th 1444 Nick Martin Clare Darch Lee on Solent SC 4 ‑10 7 11
7th 1181 Bruce Mills Andrea Jarman Warsash SC 5 ‑8 6 11
8th 1060 Pete Pickford John Pickford Thorney Island SC 9 5 ‑10 14
9th 421 Adrian Neal Tracy Neal Castle Cove SC ‑8 6 8 14
10th 947 Brian Beavis Louise Wells Portchester SC ‑10 7 9 16
11th 527 Andy Powell Ian Verso Castle Cove SC 11 11 (BFD) 22
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