RS300 Southern Championship
114 boats from 6 RS classes, of which 9 were RS300s, gathered at Parkstone YC for the Southern Championships.
Race 1 saw Tim Keen take an early lead from Martin Harrison-Harrison and Sam Knight. Race 2 was much the same Tim Keen leading, followed by Martin Harrison-Harrison and Rich Le Mare 3rd. Race 3 was won by Sam Knight followed by Martin Harrison-Harrison and Tim Keen.
The fleet headed out one again towards Poole Bay on Sunday morning. Race 4 saw Rich Le Mare power away for victory closely followed by Tim Keen and Martin Harrison-Harrison. The wind continued to build for Race 5 where Tim Keen sneaked a win closely followed by Rich Le Mare and Martin Harrison-Harrison.
A depleted fleet of 3 started Race 6. Not only did they have wind, waves and other RS classes to contend with but a fleet of motor cruisers decided that trying to get an RS300 down wind in 20knts is not hard enough so they thought they would throw themselves into the mix. Tim Keen had a swim while leading but Martin Harrison-Harrison was unable to maximise the situation finishing just behind, closely followed by the ever battling Ben Green.
report by Tim Keen
RS400 Southern Championships
28 RS400s descended on Parkstone Yacht Club for the Southern Championships.
Race 1 got underway after a short delay and Jon Gorringe and Nicky Bass (1414) comfortably took the win. However behind, the race for second wasn’t decided until metres from the finish. With Paul and Mark Oakey (1441) just edging out Jon Hessig and Nicky Griffin (1407) and Howard Farbrother and Dan Martin (1418).
In race 2 Howard and Dan lead at the windward mark but Jon Gorringe and Nicky Bass got past on the first run. They held the lead until the finish ahead of Howard and Dad with the Oakeys in 3rd.
Before race 3 a big black cloud promising more wind on the right hand side of the course, to go with the slacker tide, suggested right was the best option. Yet somehow the majority of the fleet found themselves going left, and the wrong way, up the first beat. This allowed Gorring and Bass to head hard right and lead by a street at the first windward mark. Never to be seen again. Hessig and Griffin were 2nd followed by Farbrother and Martin in 3rd.
Sunday morning dawned with a little more breeze than day 1 as the fleet headed out to the start. In race 4 Howard and Dan proved that Jon Gorringe and Nicky Bass weren’t invincible by taking the race win.
Farbrother and Martin and Gorringe and Bass had another epic battle in the 5th race. With Gorringe engaging the “go faster up wind” button just enough to take the win and with it the event.
The departure of Gorringe and Bass allowed team Farbrother and Martin to romp to victory in the final race ahead of Hessig and Griffin and the ever consistent David Brown and Rebecca Witt (1290). Team Oakey finishing just behind in 4th to hold on to 3rd overall by a point from Jon Hessig and Nicky Griffin.
Report by Mark Oakey