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UK Series R1 – Rutland SC 18-19th April 2015

Last updated: 22 April, 2015

UK Series R1 - Rutland 2015 - 1 cRicahrd de FleuryThe 4000 fleet arrived at Rutland last Saturday, to be greeted by glorious sunshine and a stiff force 5 north-easterly breeze – classic Garda conditions, just 20° colder! This was to be the 1st event of the 2015 UK series (see www.4000.org.uk for the full calendar). Some of us were relatively fit, like Steve and Sarah Cockerill, fresh from their creditable performances in the Laser Masters at a very windy Grafham the previous weekend, while others were only just out of hibernation.

Geoff and Bernice Holden (4266) were sporting a brand-new Rooster red kite, but on their test hoist , they found they had rigged it wrongly and had to return to shore to fix it, unfortunately missing the 1st race. The race officer set 3 laps of a fairly short but true course, with a starboard-biased line. Father and son team Tim and Alex Litt (4546) were so keen to start this season’s challenge that they were OCS and had to go back. This allowed Steve and Sarah (4190) to romp away, playing the shifts on the beats expertly as usual, and by the end of the race which lasted barely half an hour, they had built a commanding lead over John Reynolds and Fran Howell (4682), with David Marchant and Matt Reynolds (4568) coming in 3rd.

Race 2 was sensibly extended to 4 laps, and this time John and Fran rounded the top mark in 1st position, having hit the left side of the course hard and tacked in good wind just off the peninsula. They headed back that way downwind, closely followed by Steve and Sarah. After gybing, John was determined to make the bottom mark in one, consequently slowing down somewhat. Steve decided to gybe out in an effort to overtake, but capsized in the disturbed wind. John and Fran held their lead almost to the end, but things really hotted up at the final leeward mark. Tim and Alex just got through John and Fran at the mark rounding. 4682 immediately tacked off onto a good shift and had slightly better wind on the left, and as they tacked they realised that they could just have the yellow boat at the finish, provided Tim couldn’t get them on starboard. But somehow, Tim and Alex capsized while tacking, allowing John and Fran to win comfortably. Meanwhile another close battle was being fought between the next two boats. Neil Heffernan and Matt Barker (4343) capsized just after rounding the leeward mark – was this a case of some of the more unfit sailors getting a tad tired perhaps??? This allowed David and Matt (4568) to fill the vacant 2nd slot with ease.


Race 3 began, still with breezy conditions and a clear blue sky, with no change to the course. There was never a dull moment in this race. Geoff and Bernice were jostling with Richard and Jo de Fleury (4572) on a reach when Geoff slipped off the rack and almost abandoned ship; he would have been instantly run over by the other boat had he not somehow clung on to both the tiller extension and the mainsheet (https://youtu.be/KQN27phRkXY)

. He managed to keep the boat upright, despite sending Bernice flying around the shroud! Further back down the fleet, Tim and Alex were chasing the pack after an earlier capsize, and as they reached off towards the peninsula, found themselves on a collision course with 2 Sprint 18’s who were beam reaching on port but not racing. Tim knew it would be impossible to get above them in the strong wind, and by the time it was evident that the cats either would not or could not keep clear, he had no alternative but to ditch the boat, catapulting Alex into the “GBR” on the mainsail. 4000 crews have to be strongly made!

So at the end of Day 1, 4190 and 4682 were on level points at the top of the leaderboard, with everything to play for. The day certainly showed off the superb weight equalisation system of the 4000. Where else could we lightweights compete on level terms with the heavy teams in a solid force 5? The day also posed some interesting questions:

  1. Martin Burgess and Martin Scholes, sailing together for the 1st time in the challenging conditions, were frequently seen washing the cobwebs off 4467. Would they be able to keep it upright on the Sunday, with the wind forecast to moderate slightly?
  2. Would rumors that John and Fran (combined age 120+) are “getting past it” be proved to be somewhat premature?
  3. Would Matt Reynolds finally get to beat his dad? (Answer: yes, by the narrowest of margins in race 4.)

Sunday was cloudy, with larger shifts than the previous day, and a more manageable force 3 to 4. We were racing on the club course, leading to some interesting traffic scenarios. Yet Steve and Sarah stamped their authority on the event, with 3 bullets, always seeming to spot the shifts upwind and find the best pressure downwind. In race 5, after a good start, John and Fran sailed a near-perfect 3rd beat to round the top mark ahead of them, only to be overtaken again as Steve and Sarah powered away downwind. Race 6 was started by the OD, with Tim and Alex continuing their starting woes as they tried to do a port flyer. They succeeded in ducking David and Matt but failed to duck John and Fran, hitting their port wing and capsizing (again). As the club boats went in for lunch, we had to finish ourselves at the top mark in order to get in our back-to-back races, a first for the fleet in any full open meeting that I can remember! Local boat Simon Laken and Andy Dring (4574) managed their best result coming in 7th. Thankfully, there were no contentious issues with the results.

There were a couple of highlights for me:

  1. Steve going topless at the weigh-in, in an effort to stay the correct side of the 2 / 3 weights boundary on the equalisation chart, stretching the definition of “light clothing” somewhat!
  2. A peal of laughter rang out across the fleet as the 1st five-minute gun went off on the Saturday, as our brand-new class flag (still lime green, but with the new 4000 logo, recently supplied by Scott Dawson) was hoisted upside down! This proved to be prophetic, as only 3 boats stayed upright throughout the Saturday.

Overall this event was a brilliant start to the new season. Thanks go to Wave Clothing (www.waveclothing.co.uk) for the prizes, complete with the new 4000 branding, and to Tim Litt for his sterling work organising the event.

Next up – Langstone Harbour in less than2 weeks’ time, a new venue for the 4K’s.

Helm / Crew
Sail No.
1Steve & Sarah Cockerill41901(4)111195
2John Reynolds & Fran Howell4682213(5)231611
3Geoff & Bernice Holden4266(DNC)342322414
4David Marchant & Matt Reynolds456832(6)4452418
5Richard & Jo de Fleury45726(7)26543023
6Tim & Alex Litt454646(7)3663225
7Neil Heffernan & Matt Barker434355577(8)3729
8Simon Laken & Andy Dring 4574(DNC)DNCDNC8875343
9Martin Burgess & Martin Scholes4467(DNF)DNCDNC99RTD5848

4000’s at Weston Grand Slam

Last updated: 8 April, 2015

Thanks to LBP Aerial Imagery for the Photos

A year on from the first introduction of the new sail plan and the 4000 fleet are already getting excited about its venture to this year’s Euro Cup at Quiberon in July. Talk is that we are expecting 50 boats in the warm western French sailing resort, with 8 Italian, 25 French and perhaps 22 British teams competing in 2015’s 4000 Euro Cup.


Despite the 4000 circuit not yet programmed to have its first regatta for another fortnight, 4  Rooster 4000’s ventured to Weston Sailing Club on Southampton Water to race at its Easter Grand Slam Regatta.  The past Euro


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Cup Champions John Reynolds and Fran Howell were keen to topple Steve and Sarah Cockerill’s recent domination of 4000 events from Autumn in 2014.  Were Steve and Sarah’s recent tight racing at Stokes Bay Sailing Club’s winter series, work up enough to dominate this first regatta?


Tight racing ensued between the 4 4000’s in changeable and shifty conditions with many instances where you could throw a bed sheet over the 4 boats.  Steve and Sarah held a one point lead in shifty offshore conditions from the first two days, but were toppled from the top spot of the fast handicap fleet in the end by a competitive RS800 in some steadier 15 knots conditions on the last day.

In the steady conditions John and Fran pushed Steve and Sarah closely with Jo and Richard de Fleury beginning their work up


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from their recent injury in preparing for their European Challenge. Some interesting crew and helm swopping took place in their boat — was this a new method of crew helm understanding training, or are they preparing for the ultimate role swop – let’s wait and see?


Keri and Freya Harris, a brand new father and daughter team, were at the very


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beginning of their journey.  This was their very first race in a 4000, although I know that Keri has campaigned everything from International 14’s to B14’s in the past. But in this instance, they showed the rest of the fleet the meaning of ‘would-a-could-a-


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should-a’ — after despite the odd capsize, broken toe strap, missed toe strap and mis-rigged spinnaker — they were still able to challenge for the top spot in many of the races.  Yet another new team to watch out for as the summer approaches.


Thanks to LBP Aerial Imagery for the Photos

Steve Cockerill

Italian 4000 association launches new website

Last updated: 28 February, 2015


2015 Events – Programme

Last updated: 24 February, 2015

2015 programme

Rutland Race Report – October 2014

Last updated: 20 October, 2014

Ant working hard2014 has been a strong year for the Rooster 4000 class, marked by the adoption of Rooster as the official class supplier and the steady introduction of new class sails, foils and other spares that maintain strict one-design performance whilst refreshing the design and importantly decreasing cost. So it was fitting that Rutland again delivered garda-esque wind strengths for the final UK series event of the year.

A few having been put off by the forecast, a nevertheless good double-digit turnout of boats lined up for the first start on Saturday in a fresh and occasionally 20knot+ south-westerly.  Steve and Sarah Cockerill started as they meant to go on recording a solid first but with some very tight racing at the front of the fleet, there was no time to relax. The second Rutland oct 2014 - c Richard Barnes - 11race of the day was taken by Neil Heffernan and Matt Barker nicely playing some gusts along the dam to pick up places on the last two downwind legs. Indeed Neil did well with guest crew Matt to avoid throwing himself out of the boat given the radical difference in rack width when you’ve got a 85kg+ crew (yes, sorry Matt) in comparison with the much svelter Jo, but demonstrating nicely the effectiveness of the 4000’s weight equalisation system.

Race number 3 again saw Steve and Sarah take first, with Tim and Harry Litt from Rutland Sailing Club close behind and David Marchant and Alistair Farman from Grafham thereafter in third.

Sunday dawned, and the wind had strengthened. Despite tannoyed re-assurance from the race committee of 13 knots gusting 18 on the course the wind swiftly built to significantly more than that (indeed ‘biblical conditions’ as described by one crew) and the first race turned out to be the only one of the day, grace of some good decision making by the race committee. Success at all parts of the fleet being measured by capsizes avoided, there was admirable contrast between the survival tactics of some and the glory spinnaker reaches interspersed with more Rutland oct 2014 - c Richard Barnes - 7aquatic moments of others. In the end both approaches seemed to equal out. Ant and Kenneth crossed the line in admirable style to record victory, whilst everyone who finished that race had definitely earned it.Rutland oct 2014 - c Richard Barnes - 6

So in all in all, another great weekend of 4000 sailing, and plenty to look forward to as we go into 2015. The series kicks off again in April, and with Europeans at Quiberon, France and the Nationals at Mumbles SC it looks like being a cracking year of sailing and socialising. So if you haven’t been out in your 4000 for a while, dust it down and get it ready; and if you want to try one or buy one then get in touch with the class; there really can’t be a better value, faster, accessible double-handed skiff!

Overall results:

1st Steve Cockerill, Sarah Cockerill 4190

2nd Neil Heffernan, Matt Barker 4343

3rd Ant Chapman, Kenneth Lines 4185

Rutland oct 2014 - 1st and 2nd - cRichard de Fleury - 12

UK Series Round 1 – Grafham Water Sailing Club

Last updated: 22 September, 2014

4568 bowSet in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, Grafham Water was the setting for the most recent UK Series meeting for the 4000 class on 13th – 14th September 2014.

The multiclass event was excellently hosted by Grafham Water Sailing Club, with a strong fleet of 2000s, 3000s, Vagos and 4000s all of whom were made to feel very welcome with great sailing, weather and entertainment.

The 4000 class comprised 11 competitors from across the country.  We had 3 races a day to battle it out.  The first of the races started on Saturday at 12pm with a slight delay for the changing wind direction.  Once racing got underway we settled in to some enjoyable sailing with relatively light winds, giving some good tactical beats and runs.

The first race got off to a good start with the 3000s and 4000s on the same start line. From the start there was a good battle for the lead with Steve & Sarah Cockerill winning out over Fran Howell & John Reynolds Steve ashoreand David Marchant & Oliver Bayes-Shelton.  David and Oliver did have a good lead only to be hauled in by a cruel wind shift.  The start of the second race was harder fought with Tim & Harry Litt and Steve & Sarah over.  Unfortunately Steve & Sarah were not aware they were over and allowing the way for John & Fran to take first place.  The third race got off to a great start with Richard & Jo de Fleury coming through the line on port from the pin end providing some excitement and setting them off in a prime position for the race, however their lead was cut short sadly with an injury sustained to Jo’s ankle resulting in their retiring from the race and the rest of the weekend’s sailing and a visit to hospital (best wishes for a quick recovery and return to the water).  The third race was taken by the eventual winners for weekend; Steve and Sarah Cockerill.

Neil n JoWith the wind building and promising to provide a more challenging setting for Sunday’s racing, we started at 10.30am with what appeared to be a good breeze for crew to trapeze on all legs…. and some crews practicing the odd capsize.  A solid and consistent performance throughout the races saw Steve and Sarah Cockerill secure first place for each race closely followed by John Reynolds and Fran Howell in second and Tim and Harry Litt in third place.

Thanks to Grafham Water Sailing Club for the excellent food and music arranged for the Saturday evening along with some great facilities for some pre-race food each day in the Wet Bar.  Finally thanks also to the race officer and safety4185 stern boat crews for enabling us to have a very enjoyable weekend.


Next event: UK Series Round 2 & Inland Championships – Rutland Water Sailing Club 18th-19th October

Authors: Charles Clapham & Miles Auger

Photos: Richard de Fleury

4000 Class
1st40004190Steve CockerillSarah CockerillHISC1(12.0 OCS)1111175
2nd40004682John ReynoldsFran HowellGrafham Water Sailing Club21-3222129
3rd40004546Tim LittHarry LittRutland SC-4423331915
4th40004343Neil HeffernanJo MorrisonQueen Mary-724.544425.518.5
5th40004568David MarchantOliver Bayes-SheltonGWSC36666(12.0 DNC)3927
6th40004322Charles ClaphamMiles AugerRoyal Torbay YC654.5(12.0 DNC)8641.529.5
7th40004464Alan HolmesPaul StockdaleScaling Dam SC-8777774335
8th40004185Anthony ChapmanCathy LearLakeside/Rutland SC(12.0 DNC)12.0 DNC12.0 DNC5555139
9th40004572Richard de FleuryJo de FleuryYorkshire Dales SC53(12.0 DNC)12.0 DNC12.0 DNC12.0 DNC5644
10th40004467Martin BurgessTom BurgessBough Beach9(12.0 DNC)12.0 DNC12.0 RAF986250
11th40004060David HarrisRachel WyssHollowell SC(12.0 DNC)12.0 DNC12.0 DNC12.0 DNC12.0 DNC12.0 DNC7260

4000 Nationals 2014 sponsored by Rooster Sailing

Last updated: 31 August, 2014

DSC_0153 c.Jean BorderOne of the friendliest clubs in the UK played host to the ‘4000’ National Championships sponsored by ‘Rooster Sailing’ over the recent bank holiday from 23rd to 26th August – and a big thank you to Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing club must be mentioned for excellent hospitality.

This was the first Nationals to be run following the adoption of the new square top mainsail design and the involvement of ‘Rooster Sailing’ in helping to re-energise the class as the new licence holder for the boat and thus reflected in the largest turn-out for a few years with 14 boats.

Day 1 saw a mixed bag of conditions with the wind doing 180 degrees every 10 mins the only constant was the cold, but we did at least get to enjoy the Red Arrows display overhead. Dave Homer and his team did very well to get 2 races in when the wind did finally stabilise. 4532 ‘Allspars’ sailed by Jason Kirk and Scott Dawson won both races with 4190 ‘Rooster Sailing’ sailed by Steve and Sarah Cockerill posting a 2 and 3 for the day.  Drama unfolded in race 1 when 4682 John Reynolds and Fran Howell had a mishap with the toe strap causing an unexpected dismount!

DSC_0178 c.Jean BorderDay 2 saw a total change in conditions. The sun came out and the wind did what it was meant to (ish). Proving that the weight equalisation concept of the ‘4000’ really does mean a level playing field for any helm/weight/gender combination, the racing was kept incredibly tight between the smaller and the larger crews and 1 mistake could lose 5 places – this is why it is always exciting racing these boats . Jason Kirk and Scott Dawson finished the day with a 1,1,2,5 but 4579 sailed by Callum Terry and Tom Evill now had a bullet and looked like they were getting to grips with the boat and one to watch.

The end of day 2 saw the fleet meet for the first AGM as the ‘4000’ fleet.DSC_0209 c.Jean Border  It was well attended and there were many good discussions of ways in which to move the fleet forwards both through new activities and boat development.  The meeting was rounded out and followed by a BBQ and Bingo Quiz run by the club with the 4000 fleet providing the largest attendance.

Day 3 was windy! And shifty!! Bank holiday Monday saw all the ‘4000’s’ do what they do best – go downwind very quickly! A good test of crew work saw 4266 Geoff and Bernice Holden from Locks SC post a string of top 3 results for the day, while 4600 Alex Cramp and Bob Reed had their best result of the week.  A swim in the first race for Steve and Sarah Cockerill meant that they were grateful for a discard holding onto second place in the series.

Day 4 dawned with very little breeze, and the PRO decided to keep everyone on the beach until any wind the materialised was stable enough to race in. This allowed the crews to pour over the results and try to work out what positions they needed to get themselves up the leader board. ‘Allspars’ needed to finish in the top 4 in only 1 race to claim the title but managed to get tangled with ‘Rooster Sailing’ in the first start resulting in penalty turns and a 7th. Not a good way to start the day! 4572 sailed by Richard and Jo de Fleury had their best day of the series and it seemed that 4546 Tim Litt and Harry Litt had done something radical as they posted all top 3 results for the day.

The start of race 2 saw everyone cleanly get away, and the marginal trapezing conditions meant that the racing was tight and ‘Jam’ with Chris Gould and Jo Morrison hit the warp button out of the blocks, and as the top 5 rounded the windward mark it was ‘Allspars’ holding onto a slender lead who had it to lose followed by ‘Jam’ and ‘Rooster Sailing’ with 4546 in hot pursuit. Up the second beat, with 5 boats in close contention and vying for the lead, Tim Litt and Harry Litt found some height and took the lead on the last beat gaining the lead near the windward mark, but ‘Allspars’ managed to just get ahead of the top banana by soaking low enough downwind to gain the tactical advantage and to win the race and the overall championship.

DSC_0075 c.Jean BorderA big thank you to ‘Rooster Sailing’ for sponsoring the event and providing some fantastic 4000 rash vests as well as prizes and to Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club for hosting the event.DSC_0130 c.Jean Border

Whoever you are – if you wanna sail a boat with your boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband, or best friend – and want to be competitive in any helm / crew weight combination that does not penalise you then get yourself a ‘4000’ – cheap boat / epic close racing / good socials – and supported by an active class association and ‘Rooster Sailing’. What other reasons do you need?

More photos available here: http://babbacombe-sc.com/wp/gallery/

And on the 4000 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UK4000Association

20140826_164410 c.Richard de Fleury

4000 National Championship
Entries: 14      Races Sailed: 12      Discard: 3
Series PlaceSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Race 7Race 8Race 9Race 10Race 11Race 12Series Points
14532Jason KIRKScott DAWSONChichester Yacht Club11122(5)312(7)1(15)14
24190Stephen COCKERILLSarah COCKERILLHayling Island Sailing Club2331(4)1(8)(7)113217
34579Calum TERRYTom EVILLRutland SC44(6)412125(8)(8)427
44682MANJohn REYNOLDSFran HowellGrafham Water SC(8)223(7)4553(6)6131
54266Geoff HOLDENBernice HOLDENLocks Sailing Club(6)(8)553323455(6)35
64546Top BananaTim LITTHarry LITTRutland SC3(15)(8)656(7)6632340
74052JAMChris GOULDJo Morrison / Mike GRAYRNSA77(11)76(9)(9)4724751
84572Richard de FLEURYJo de FLEURYYorkshire Dales Sailing Club5(9)78(11)768(10)47557
94600Alex CRAMPBob REEDGrafham Water SC(10)6(10)9(10)84991091074
104080EJ RacingEd WILTONRichard JACKSONParkstone YC954(12)8(11)1111(15)910875
114588Andrea CORTIMatt BAKERDatchet SC(13)10(13)1091010108(12)11987
124137Cunning PlanPaul CHAMPIONLisa SOUCHTorpoint Mosquito11119111212(15)(15)(15)151515111
134322KetchupCharles CLAPHAMMiles AUGERRTYC121212(15)(15)(15)121515111511115
144343Neil HEFFERNANJo MORRISONQueen Mary SC(15)(15)(15)151515151515151515135


4000 UK Nationals 2014

Last updated: 25 July, 2014

UK 4000 Nationals 2014


Last updated: 24 July, 2014

The agenda for this year’s AGM (to be held during the Nationals) will be published soon.  If anyone feels they have anything to contribute, particularly with respect to filling some of the committee positions please let us know – don’t be shy!

Please contact either Richard de Fleury (Press @ 4000.org.uk) or Fran Howell (Membership @ 4000.org.uk) ASAP

2014 Europeans Lake Garda

Last updated: 16 July, 2014

IMG_2826 - cChiara LodoliThe 4000 European Championships took place at Campione del Garda on the western side of Lake Garda.  It was attended this year by a 14 British, 7 Italian and 3 French boats – a total of 24 entries which is the largest attendance for many years and reflects the recent increase in numbers seen in the UK.  In addition to a great turn out a number of boats were sporting the new sails, new logo and other mods which were initially presented at the Dinghy Show earlier this year.  Following testing and development the mainsail has been toned back a little from the initial revamp design and has a less aggressive square top and a more modern material.   Testing and a few events has so far shown the new sail to be on a level par with the existing sails whilst being cheaper and providing an up to date image, which was the initial goal.  Thanks to Rooster for all the work put in to get these sails ready in time for this event.         

Day 1 of the championship greeted the competitors with strong 30 knot breeze from the north with relatively large waves – not ideal conditions to start an event in.  Due to the lack of wind the previous day, courtesy of an unusual weather pattern including lots of thunderstorms, some entrants felt the need for a practice sail.  However, the conditions took its toll on boats with some repairs being required for some of the boats before racing.  The fleet was initially held ashore until the wind moderated.  Race 1 was a resounding victory for UK’s Steve and Sarah Cockerill who led from start to finish.  The wind was once again built as Race 2 started and it was Italian 4011 sailed by Ambrogio Beccaria and Giovanni Liva who took an impressive victory, over 2nd place Michael Duflos and Nicolas Sailard and 3rd place David Marchant and Charlotte Heffernan.  Race 3 had a shifty and dropping breeze IMG_2697 - cChiara Lodoliwhich Michael Duflos and Nicolas Sailard enjoying taking a 1st place with the reigning European champions from the UK, John Reynolds and Fran Howell, produced their best result so far with a 3rd place.  Great racing saw day 1 produce 3 winners from 3 countries and left Michael Duflos and Nicolas Sailard from France as the overnight leader.

Day 2 was more business as usual for Garda with southerly force 2-3 Ora wind setting in about midday.  Despite some carnage at a number of the marks produced by the tight racing, race 4 winners were Ambrogio Beccaria and Giovanni Liva who beat 2nd place Anna Ferrari and Andrea Cavaglieri from Italy.  Unfortunately, Ambrogio Beccaria and Giovanni Liva broke their mast during race 5 meaning their sailing was over for the day.  Race 5 was won by team Cockerill with some impressive tactical downwind manoeuvring.  Race 6 brought the championships another race winner, Anna Ferrari and Andrea Cavaglieri, who had taken the lead from UK’s Neil Heffernan and Jo Morrison who eventually finished in 2nd place.  Going into the midpoint of the event the overall lead changed to Steve and Sarah Cockerill.

Fleet Dinner - cRichard de FleuryDay 2 was rounded out with a fleet meal organised by the Italian’s and hosted in the club.  Thanks goes to them for a great night and also to Alex Cramp for stepping in at the last minute and providing the entertainment playing the piano when the organised pianist shut a car door on his hand!  Following a fabulous meal some further entertainment was provided by a ‘GoPro Bloopers Reel’ of the days racing.  Perhaps the less said the better!! IMG_2836 - cChiara Lodoli

Day 3 and race 7 was delayed due to light southerly breeze, the lightest we had had so far.  When the race got underway it proved perfect conditions for Fran Howell and John Reynolds who produced a perfect race and led from start to finish.  Race 8 was more of the same light southerly winds and was eventually won by Anna Ferrari and Andrea Cavaglieri who appeared uncatchable in the light breezes.  Richard de Fleury and Dave Baxter started to get it together and produced their best result so far with a well-deserved 3rd place to John Reynolds and Fran Howell in 2nd.  Race 9 was accompanied by thunder and lightening and a slight increase wind strength that once again was won by Ambrogio Beccaria and Giovanni Liva, who had managed to borrow both a mast and sail after previous day’s problems.  By the end of the day Anna Ferrari and Andrea Cavaglieri had established a small lead; a 3rd overnight leader in as many days, showing just how competitive the racing was.IMG_2585 - cChiara Lodoli

Going into the 4th and final day there was 4 potential winners with different mathematical permutations.  Last day madness led to the first general recall of the event and multiple pile ups as the majority of the fleet arrived at the leeward mark together. However, Race 10 was won by Steve and Sarah Cockerill in impressive form, who had now taken the initiative and meant it was all to play for.  Anna Ferrari and Andre Cavaglieri were determined not to be runners up again this year battled it out to win the last 2 races ahead of Steve and Sarah IMG_2551 - cChiara LodoliCockerill, meaning the European Championship title was theirs.  Steve and Sarah Cockerill maintained overall 2nd Place and 3rd place went to Italians Ambrogio Beccaria and Giovanni Liva despite losing 2 races to a broken mast!

Many thanks for the excellent organisation by the club and especially the race committee who set great courses anPodium - cRichard de Fleuryd kept the hanging around to a minimum.

For another point of view of the event see Steve Cockerill’s event blog here (http://www.roostersailing.com/wordpress/?p=5754#.U7xZ4URZabg.facebook)

For more photos see our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.1530080577212851.1073741835.1460337754187134&type=1

Boat No
1Anna FerrariAndrea CavaglieriITA4538(8)(8)22(6)141241118
2Steve CockerillSarah CockerillGBR41901(6)(12)413(10)4312221
3Ambrogio BeccariaGiovanni LivaITA401112161(DNF)(DNC)5212(DNF)535
4John ReynoldsFran HowellGBR46826(12)33541(7)(9)64638
5Michael DuflosNicolas SailardFRA4616921(12)8(DSQ)28(15)123954
6David MarchantCharlotte HerffernanGBR4568337(13)298(10)(13)1010759
7Tim LittHarry LittGBR4546295(14)125(17)66(21)61061
8Jannick Jean Rene GaboriaudOlivier BathanyFRA4591478637(14)(16)(17)1151162
9Geoff HoldenBernce HoldenGBR42665448711797(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)62
10Romain GarrigueEmmanuel MalaretFRA460810101113461912589366
11Lorenzo RadiceDell'oro MauroITA4337(11)(17)10109835(DSQ)78868
12Richard de FleuryDave BaxterGBR457213(16)(14)1111(15)1131237475
13Neil HeffernanJo MorrisonGBR434315595102(DNF)(DNC)(DNC)17111892
14Antonio Mirabile Massimo CaneseITA4580715132316109154(DNF)(DNF)(DNF)112
15Alex CrampBob ReedGBR4600(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)7131661710191512115
16Laura Giorgia StrommerMarco GiottiITA45771411(15)914(18)1514(16)141313117
17Mark DomailleNicolas NocheGBR450617(DNS)(18)16(19)1316111451415121
18Marco GarofaliNicola LocatelliITA4598(18)1417(22)1712(18)1311161714131
19Trevor PeirceAdrien PeirceGBR445219(DNS)191515(20)121881512(20)133
20Paul ChampionLisa SouchGBR413720131617(23)1413(21)(22)91821141
21Hamish StewartMatthew BarkerGBR4588(21)1820212019(22)(DNS)18181616166
22Marco RoccaSimone SpensieriITA4597(DNS)(DNS)(DNS)191821202019131919168
23Marco ValerioLorenzo BianchiITA446316(DNS)(21)20(21)17211920202017170
24Martin BurgessTom BurgessGBR4467(DNS)(DNS)(DNS)24222223222122BFDBFD206