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Congratulations to Ben Whaley and Lorna Glen from Parkstone YC, winners of the RS200 Rooster Championship Tour 2023!
5 Championship events
With those statistics, consistency was definitely key for the new Rooster RS200 Championship Tour, comprising the Spring, Summer, Southern, Northern and Inland Championships as well as the National Championship.
Ben Whaley, sailing with Bella Fellows, set the scene at Bristol Corinthian in the Spring Championships, finishing a very close 2nd to Parkstone YC club mate Edd Whitehead and local BCYC sailor, super-crew Anna Horackova.
Back with his regular crew Lorna Glen, 3rd places followed at the Itchenor Southern Champs and East Lothian Nationals, before they completed the series in style with a well-deserved win at the Grafham Inlands.
Brendan Lynch and Ellen Clark (Anna McBestie at the Northerns) from East Lothian YC were 2nd overall, giving Ben and Lorna a really good run for their money, counting a 5th, 4th and 1st place going into the Inlands leading to a very tense finale, where a win could have given them the tour title!
The scores for places 3-6 were no less competitive with just 5 points splitting 5 boats:
3rd Owen Bowerman and Annabelle, Orme Hayling Island SC
4th Henry Hallam and Ashley Hill, St. Mawes SC / Restronguet SC
5th Matt Venables and Bethan Matthew, Sutton/QMSC/RTYC
6th Steve and Sarah Cockerill, Stokes Bay SC
There were too many other notable results to mention at individual events, but a study of the results table will show you the strength and depth of this fleet. To celebrate the inclusivity of the fleet, Rooster awarded a mid-fleet hero and Endeavour prize at each individual event as well as winners prizes and overall tour prize vouchers. The class would of course like to thank Rooster for this generous sponsorship, which has developed into a valued partnership over the years.
We are delighted to announce that the RS200 Championship Tour will continue in 2024, with most fixtures already on the calendar here.
Thanks to Vic Upton for the results.
Photo: Lynne Clark
RS 200 Rooster Championship Tour 2023
Sailed: 5, Discards: 2, To count: 3, Entries: 148, Scoring system: Appendix A