My very first time in an RS400
The Scottish RS400 class held their end of season on-day regatta at Dalgety last Saturday and one of my club mates couldn't make it and so he leant me his boat and crew, thanks Phil. I'm not sure how I had never sailed a 400 before, but I hadn't, so the first time I sailed one was on the way out to the start line with my crew-for-the-day Jules. The format was 5 short races of about 30 minute and numbers were good with 17 boats making it out. We had a nice start in race 1 but then went really slow off the line. It took us a minute or so to work out it wasn't us, then find a bunch of seaweed on the centreboard. We went better after that but the damage was done and we could only get up to 9th. Next race though, with another decent start we sailed nice and fast and finished second, beating the current National Champion in the process. We were really happy with that. A fourth would have followed in the next race but we were OCS. We blew the start in race 4 and had to fight up from the back of the fleet. In some ways it was our best sailing as we got back to 7th, which was pretty good in a short race. Then the wind started to fade off and I struggled to feel what the boat was doing, so we didn't do too well.
I really enjoyed my day in the 400. It's a nice comfy boat and balances very well. I'm sure the main needs a bit of muscle when it's windy but we were cleated in for mainsheet tension most of the time. Looking forward to the next time and like so many of the RS classes, they are a great bunch to sail with.