We are Sean Cleary and Steven Tyner and we are the latest sailors to join Team Rooster.
We are thrilled with this opportunity and would like to thank Rooster Sailing for their support. We plan to keep you updated about our training, events and hilarious incidences as well as posting some of our tips for sailing RS400s to help beginners out there and to help promote the excellent RS400 class!
We are both engineering students from Dublin and have been sailing together for just over four years. We joined forces in the RS200 and gradually rose through the ranks with our best result being a 3rd in the Irish Nationals. However, as our learning curve continued to increase, so did our weight! As a result we moved into the RS400 two years ago. Since then we have been steadily climbing the ranks, finishing the 2013 season with a close win in the RS Inlands, the final regatta of the season, on the chilly lakes of Blessington.
Next year we intend to compete in even more events. Over the winter, we’re planning on continuing to compete in the Dun Laoghaire frostbites which, after the first day of racing today, is already proving to be extremely tight racing! The circuit in Ireland kicks off in April with the RS Easterns in our home club in Greystones. There will be three more regional events following this before the RS Nationals in Galway Bay sailing club in early August. As well as this, we will be heading over to the UK Nationals at the end of August in Mounts Bay, Cornwall which we are very excited about!
Today was a very busy day. The morning started off very well with the arrival of an 18 foot skiff to Greystones which Sean owns a share of. He’s planning to use it for some extra curricular sailing and as a bit of a thrill ride! It has been sailed in Australia and has packed a lot of miles. It’s come with 15 sails (5 sets) and 3 masts, plenty for us to do some learning with!
After this, we jetted off to the Dun Laoghaire frostbites where a nice force 3-4 was blowing from the south. With around 12 RS’s braving the cold, the racing proved to be very competitive. We managed to win the first race today which we were quite pleased with. The tight racing is sure to keep all our skills sharp for next season, along with some winter training to keep in shape.
We will update again next week and will try and put together some tips for RS400 sailing that might help anyone.
Sean and Tyner