Rooster 8.1 Nationals
Boats and Sailors Buzzing after a great second day at the Rooster 8.1 Nationals.
With winds and heavy rain forecast for Sunday, there were some who decided not to return to Weir Wood for the second day of Rooster 8.1 racing. However, optimism was bubbling on the shore as the sailors rigged for a 10am start especially as there were ripples on the water
In just 5 knots of wind the sailors were almost hiking when going to windward so there was no danger of not racing today. The RO was not limited by his sailing instructions and it became apparent that he was keen to get as many races in as possible when he flew the S flag for shortening the first race after just 30 mins of racing. Short though the race appeared, there had been just enough time for me (Steve Cockerill) to pass David Binding on the second beat, defend the lead on the last offwind and take the gun with Simon Barrington finishing closely in third.
Race 4The wind increased to about 8 knots - apparently it also rained, which was probably unnoticed as the racing was getting more exciting by the minute. The starts continued to be important - but with many routes to the first mark, the boats were again spread out down the line. On this occasion the first mark was very busy, with Neil Peters capsizing to windward leaving Steve and Simon free to take the first two places. Neil felt infringed and would have shouted protest at Steve, he said later, but for the fact that he could not speak due to the shock of the situation. I thought he had come to his senses and tacked - then capsized. I heard no call so carried on. Half a lap later Neil waved politely and said 'protest' So what would you do? Start doing turns??
Race 5Simon Barrington again went for the pin, but on this occasion found himself in nowhere land above one sailor, going too fast to stop - and nowhere to go to so he took a turn round the pin. When the wind also went right favouring those who started at the committee boat, his fight back was made just too hard. David Binding this time took second from Steve ( yes me ) with Gregory Fowler taking third. Time for a quick refuel at the galley and back for the last 2 races:
Race 6The wind had started to build to perhaps 9 knots - and the Rooster 8.1 was happily planing downwind in the gusts. Upwind they were manageable with a good deal of Cunningham to hold the flow forward, but very little vang tension and a surprising amount of outhaul eased upwind. Chris Fyans rounded the top mark in second and also managed to work the left down the run to hold third at the leeward mark passing Neil Peters who took another look at his boats bottom - capsizing to windward as the new gust hit. On the last trapezoid, Sarah made huge gains downwind passing Chris Fyans on the last reach to round in touch with Simon and I, to take her first third place.
Race 7It felt like a repeat of race 6. Now the boats were buzzing downwind. Was this really just 10 knots? Once again Steve led from Simon who had a great comeback on the second beat - to make it a battle down the last run, but with the tactical advantage of starboard gybe - Steve was able to take the inside rounding at the gybe mark to take the gun for the 6th time. Sarah once again zipped downwind and managed to hold off the charge from Neil Peters on the short beat to the finish to take 3rd.
What a difference from Saturday; as the sailors came ashore they were buzzing with excitement. What was also interesting was how balanced the competitors were across the wind range. Both 95kg and 67Kg sailors battling it out in winds less than 12 knots. The larger helms were quicker upwind and the smaller ones quicker downwind. a full on fun days sailing in relatively light winds. I took the title which as part of the designer and supplier, I really do not want to win, but at the same time, I do not want to give it away. Its great news that Neil Peters is now the Rooster 8.1 sailing secretary he has some great new ideas. He has already negotiated a new sail from Rooster Sailing for the 2013 Rooster 8.1 series. Let's hope for some more wind next year!
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Steve's Kit Bag
Conditions: Wet 8-12 C between 0 - 12 knots. Poly Pro Top (size L) - it drys overnight and is naturally hydrophobic - when worn next to the skin it is comfortable and dry. ThermaFlex Top (size L) - now its colder I am using it as my insulator - by wearing the PolyPro Top underneath I have a super warm combination. Rooster Pro Hikers (size 3) Rooster ProHike Pads (size 245) Rooster Neoprene Shorts (size L) - worn underneath for extra comfort. Rooster Pro Aquafleece (size L) our NEW sample red version Rooster Wet Socks (size ML) - for added hiking comfort Rooster Hiking Boots (size 43)- the ultimate in hiking safety with straight toe hiking - and grip for downwind boat pushing. Rooster Black Diamond Buoyancy aid (size M) - shaped for extra comfort and freedom. Rooster Aeromesh Cap (size M/L) - for quick drying cool comfort. Rooster Aquafleece Beanie - (size M) - just for when we started the afternoon's racing after lunch or when waiting between races.
|2nd||371||Simon Barrington||WWSC||‑7||3||2||2||‑6||2||2||11||Apprentice Master|
|3rd||426||David Binding||WWSC||1||2||‑8||‑7||2||5||7||17||Grand Master|
|4th||506||Sarah Cockerill||HHSC||‑9||‑8||6||4||5||3||3||21||Lady Master|
|5th||288||Gregory Fowler||PBSC||5||‑7||3||5||3||7||‑9||23||Youth Helm|
|7th||424||Bruce Ramshaw||WWSC||(DNC)||6||7||3||‑9||6||6||28||Apprentice Master|
|8th||395||David Giles||WWSC||6||4||5||8||7||(DNC)||(DNC)||30||Grand Master|
|9th||306||Ben Falat||GY&G||8||5||9||6||11||(DNC)||(DNC)||39||Grand Master|
|10th||417||Chris Fyans||WWSC||‑12||10||10||‑11||8||4||11||43||Great Grand Master|
|12th||213||Bill Stean||WWSC||(DNC)||11||‑12||12||12||11||10||56||Grand Master|
|13th||398||Chris Spencer -Smith||WWSC||‑13||13||‑14||13||13||12||8||59||Master|
|15th||503||Logan John Smith||BonA||11||‑15||‑15||15||14||13||12||65||Junior Apprentice Master|
|17th||489||Peter Young||WWSC||3||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||83||Apprentice Master|
|18th||499||Rosie Tribe||WYC||15||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||95||Apprentice Master Lady|
|19th||0||Rupert Bedell||QMSC||(DNC)||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||100||Apprentice Master|
Demo rigs are listed with glass fibre mast extender sail and tapered battens. If you want just the sail - then knock off £80. Number Condition Price 213 Good (used 4 weekends) £295 288 Good (used 3 weekends) £305 306 Good (used 3 weekends) £305 371 Excellent (used 2 weekends) £325 384 Excellent (used 2 weekends) £325 424 Excellent (used 2 weekends) £325 499 Excellent (used 1 weekend) £345 501 Excellent (used 1 weekend) £345 (National Championship Winning Rig) 506 Excellent (used 1 weekend) £345