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22/05/2021

  • RS600 Rooster National Tour Lee on Solent 2021
  • RS600 Rooster National Tour Lee on Solent 2021
  • RS600 Rooster National Tour Lee on Solent 2021
  • RS600 Rooster National Tour Lee on Solent 2021
  • RS600 Rooster National Tour Lee on Solent 2021
  • RS600 Rooster National Tour Lee on Solent 2021

RS600 Rooster National Tour, Lee-on-the-Solent 

The 2021 season for the RS 600 fleet has started at last!

With previous event postponements and cancellations, the fleet were keen to get out and get going on the open circuit. There were some notable absences on the entry sheet, due to much of life outside of sailing opening up over the last few weeks too, with parents on taxi duty and the Notts County boys sailing scorpions in their local open. In the days leading up to the event the main concern was (fortunately) less about variants and local Covid restrictions and more whether the weather Gods would allow us a window. Fortunately the 90 mph gusts blew through the Solent on Friday and left Saturday for sailing. Sunday remained a doubt on the forecast and as it turned out was not going to be a day for dinghy sailing. 

Racing write-up by Mike Iszatt who in his own words tried not to look back too much!: Race 1. George Smith went amazing fast up the first beat, leaving Mike Iszatt, Chris Haslam, and Ian Marshall battling it out for second. Chris with the faintest of touches clipped the windward mark and in accordance with the club, rules had to complete a 360 turn leaving him in 5th Place.

Race 2: The wind died considerably making it a lightweight benefit. Chris & Ian battling it out for the first place, Chris covering well kept Ian at bay and Mike in 3rd could not make inroads. George did really well from a bad start catching up to 4th place.

Race 3 1st attempt : The wind died completely,  most boats took a turn in the lead! Mike found a breeze and pulled away with Ian and the rest of the lightweights in hot pursuit. Unfortunately, the race was abandoned since Mike had not made the 1st mark within the time limit, being 2 minutes shy.

Race 3 2nd attempt: Everything was to play for since all the leading boats had beaten each other at least once. In a strengthening breeze George, once again showed amazing upwind speed and with winds now exceeding 25 Knots at times, flew into the lead with Mike & Chris in hot pursuit. George did not put a foot wrong and in clouds of spray completed some amazing gybes in the now rough seas. This victory giving him a well-deserved 1st place overall. On the final run with winds hitting 27 knots, Mike tacked round whilst Chris took the chance and went for the gybe which he completed with great skill giving him second place in the race and 2nd overall. The leading 3 boats did not capsize once during this race, coming ashore was a different story!

The results will show that the day took its toll and the last race was impressive just to finish. There were, as there always are, great battles throughout the fleet and great stories to share in the aftermath.  

For me the highlight of the weekend was seeing the Haslam clan and their entire fleet lining up on the start line, with father, Cliff and son and daughter Chris and Emily as well as Amanda Clifford who took some great photos from the beach. Many thanks to Lee-on-the-Solent sailing club for hosting us in their brand new clubhouse, with a delicious curry on the Saturday night.

Thank you to all the volunteers who were kept busy, with plenty on for the rescue boat crew and to the team on the race boat who made a grand job of a tricky set of conditions. Thank you also to the event and class sponsors, to Rooster sailing for some great prizes for and to all those who attended.

 

George Smith and Mike Izsatt

Photos:  Amanda Clifford and Mike Izsatt

Rooster National Tour RS600 Open Meeting Lee on the Solent 22 May 2021

Overall

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
SailNo Club HelmName R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
988 Bough Beech SC George Smith 1.0 4.0 1.0 6.0 6.0
8 (670) Stokes Bay SC Chris Haslam 5.0 1.0 2.0 8.0 8.0
951 King George SC Mike Iszatt 2.0 3.0 3.0 8.0 8.0
837 Stokes Bay SC Martin Hollinworth 4.0 8.0 5.0 17.0 17.0
654 Bowmoor SC & RAFSA Ian Marshall 3.0 2.0 13.0 DSQ 18.0 18.0
933 Hickling Broad SC Cliff Haslam 9.0 10.0 4.0 23.0 23.0
761 Thornbury SC Jamie Watson 7.0 5.0 13.0 DNC 25.0 25.0
95 LOSSC Andy Read 6.0 7.0 13.0 DNC 26.0 26.0
913 Mount Batten Adam Watson 8.0 6.0 13.0 DNC 27.0 27.0
649 (608) Hickling Broad SC Emily Haslam 10.0 11.0 13.0 DNC 34.0 34.0
689 LOSSC Calum McPherson 13.0 DNS 9.0 13.0 DNC 35.0 35.0
715 LOSSC Kieran McPherson 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 39.0 39.0

R1

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
SailNo Club HelmName Place Points
988 Bough Beech SC George Smith 1 1.0
951 King George SC Mike Iszatt 2 2.0
654 Bowmoor SC & RAFSA Ian Marshall 3 3.0
837 Stokes Bay SC Martin Hollinworth 4 4.0
8 (670) Stokes Bay SC Chris Haslam 5 5.0
95 LOSSC Andy Read 6 6.0
761 Thornbury SC Jamie Watson 7 7.0
913 Mount Batten Adam Watson 8 8.0
933 Hickling Broad SC Cliff Haslam 9 9.0
649 (608) Hickling Broad SC Emily Haslam 10 10.0
689 LOSSC Calum McPherson DNS 13.0

R2

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
SailNo Club HelmName Place Points
8 (670) Stokes Bay SC Chris Haslam 1 1.0
654 Bowmoor SC & RAFSA Ian Marshall 2 2.0
951 King George SC Mike Iszatt 3 3.0
988 Bough Beech SC George Smith 4 4.0
761 Thornbury SC Jamie Watson 5 5.0
913 Mount Batten Adam Watson 6 6.0
95 LOSSC Andy Read 7 7.0
837 Stokes Bay SC Martin Hollinworth 8 8.0
689 LOSSC Calum McPherson 9 9.0
933 Hickling Broad SC Cliff Haslam 10 10.0
649 (608) Hickling Broad SC Emily Haslam 11 11.0

R3

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
SailNo Club HelmName Place Points
988 Bough Beech SC George Smith 1 1.0
8 (670) Stokes Bay SC Chris Haslam 2 2.0
951 King George SC Mike Iszatt 3 3.0
933 Hickling Broad SC Cliff Haslam 4 4.0
837 Stokes Bay SC Martin Hollinworth 5 5.0
654 Bowmoor SC & RAFSA Ian Marshall DSQ 13.0

 

 

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