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4000 Europeans in Quiberon – July 2015

Last updated: 4 August, 2015

Eurocup July 2015 Quiberon

A brilliant event again… We are getting more and more boats out each successive year – this time we had 37 boats booked in.  See the above results and the write up in Y&Y

 

http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/184282/Rooster-4000-Euro-Cup-at-Quiberon-day-1

http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/184372/Rooster-4000-Euro-Cup-at-Quiberon-day-2

http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/184373/Rooster-4000-Euro-Cup-at-Quiberon-overall

4000 Weston Open – 4/5 July 2015

Last updated: 11 July, 2015

John n FranJust a week away from the 4000 Euro Cup in Quiberon on the Carnac peninsula, the 4000 class met for a weekend of sailing at Weston Sailing Club.   Weston is notorious for being a shifty venue, but with the potential of some champaign sailing conditions it was no wonder many made the trip south.  Either it was the sea breeze/ land breeze fighting but it was clear that shifts with huge holes were apparent on the race track – so we experienced wind of 20knots to 8 knots on the first day of racing.

Race 1.

The StartWith a slight upwind speed advantage Steve and Sarah Cockerill played the shifts to the first mark with John and Fran close behind.  J&F were constantly pushing S&S with some super fast downwind sailing, perhaps J&F were always lucky hitting the best gusts and angles downwind.  There were definitely some snakes and ladders available to make it exciting and nail biting to the end.

N&J finished a constant 3rd, pulling through Alex & David.

 

Race 2

Steve and Sarah reducing the rig tension thinking that the breeze was finally in found themselves suffering upwind Steve and Sarahfor height in the big holes that appeared as the start gun went, S&S tacked early to play the shift on the right and led at the first mark.  J&F passed on Run – but then got their kite in a mess up in the drop to let S&S back through.  Tim & Harry Litt nearly took second from with some cleaver shift work but ti was J&F who took second at the finish.

Race 3.

S&S rig tension back on again at start time, Again Alex and David were high and fast off the start line holding Steve Alex Crampand Sarah off from tacking.  Meanwhile Tim & Harry Litt won the port biased pin from John and Fran – but being held out by them from taking advantage of the port shift – they continued to make it hard for themselves.  Neil and Joe, however, were late on the start line – enabling them to take advantage of the left shift – to lead at the first mark – marginally from S&S.  Down the run S&S took an early gybe and played the Left with more wind to take the lead.  N&J found themselves in less wind and lifted on the right hand side eventually giving up second to J&F and 3rd to Alex and David.

Race 4.

S&S took an early lead.  J&F took an early shower after taking a dip on a gybe.  S&S then joined them with a swim of their own whilst hoisting, dropping them to 3rd behind T&H and Nick and Joe.  S&S took N&J on the approach to the leeward mark at the end of lap 2 and then took T&H upwind as they was suffering from lack of vang tension due to an early break in his kicker primary, but it was not over – as down the next run T&H took a lower course from the spreader mark to put S&S under pressure but they finally found a hole which enabled S&S to gybe ahead.  On dropping the kite the downhaul got in a knot which needed sorting whilst sailing upwind with all three sails.  However T&H had issues of their own, as the last gust had made them miss the gate mark  which caused them to have to gybe round, tack and gybe again to take the right hand gate.  S&S held them off at the finish – although the knot did test them severely.Fawley PS

Newcomers – Neil Davies and Sarah Edwards had launched their new purchase only to find that their main halyard broke on the first beat.  They spent the afternoon kicking their heels desperate to join in the exciting racing.

Sunday dawned, and thankfully the race to started late waiting for high water, which allowed the sea breeze time to build.  The conditions could not be as nice as Saturday – or could they?  The sea breeze was perhaps more stable than Saturday – up to perhaps 20 knots and sparkling sea conditions.

Race 5

Pin biased start line with the promise of more wind on the left or right hand side.  Tim and Harry won the pin and was the first to the new left shifted breeze, then tacked early to cross the fleet.  S&S were next to cross the rest once they had sailed a little deeper into the left new pressure and crossed ahead of J&F.   However J&F choose to dig even deeper into the shift.  First mark positions were directly proportional to those who dug deeper into this new pressure,  J&F, S&S and T&Ht.   S&S took a slightly lower course as the breeze was building from behind which put J&F under pressure as they tried to cross on port.  S&S gybed to take their wind and and rolled them into the leeward mark.  A few more smart shifts from T&H and they were now hunting S&S with their new Rooster mainsail giving them some great pace to windward.

Downwind they found a nice hole to take them back into the hungry pack – leaving S&S to take a clear win from J&F.  Putting their first day of disasters aside from Saturday Neil Davies and Sarah Edwards had a storming race to take 3rd from Neil and Jo.  Big smiles were present – and not just the result – but because the 4K is just so pleasing when you ‘send it’ upwind and downwind in a big breeze.

Race 6

Had their pace been  beginners luck?  No – as they took the pin at the start of the final race, they faced away waiting for the big left shift to take the lead at mark 1.   S&S were pinched off at the starboard end and tried to play the shifts on the right – but were able to round second at the first mark.  S&S noted that Neil and Sarah were now on lift downwind – so S&S gybed set to take the new breeze from the left with some big pressure to take a commanding lead at the leeward mark.  T&H pulled back to take second from J&F who’s last race 3rd was consistent enough to take second at the event.

Many of the fleet were using this last event as a new tune up event for the Euro Cup Starting just over a week away in Quiberon on the Carnac Peninsula.Steve Flat out

Tim and Harry Litt was happy with his new mainsail and speed upwind, although he had some small boat failures to be sorted.

Neil and Sarah were happy – a 3rd in Race 5 and leading at the top mark in race 6 – plus the amazing champaign conditions gave them lots of positive’s to take away and work on in time for the 4000 Nationals at Mumbles.   Steve and Sarah were happy that they were finally finding the gears to make their new ‘expensive’ 4000 sail as fast as the old one.  (expensive was £625)

Alex Cramp and his new crew David Haughton were occasionally very very fast – they put together a series counting only 3rd’s and 4th’s  – I wonder what training might produce?

Neil and Jo were also consistent in their placings taking 3rd overall.  Tm and Harry Litt had sadly sailed through the start finish line on the downwind leg,  which unbeknown to them was a disqualification offence.  This was an interesting SI – which enabled the RO to start the fleets separately and got the races turned around sharply.   It did perhaps limit the tactics somewhat.

4000 Open GWSC – Race Report

Last updated: 18 June, 2015

Despite the less than inspirational weather, Grafham provided another enjoyable weekend of racing for the 4000 class. The light and shifty winds tested the teams with Steve and Sarah Cockerill often whispering their way to the front and ultimately taking first in the event, having battled past local demons John Reynolds and Fran Howell. Geoff and Bernice Holden put in a strong showing in the conditions to take third overall, and with their track-record in a breeze, look to be a team to watch in the Europeans next month in Quiberon, France. Special mention to newcomers in the fleet Keri and Freya Harris and also to guest crew Harry Kennedy sailing with Richard De Fleury.  Next up is Weston 4th and 5th July and then the fleet is off to Quiberon for what promises to be a cracking event hosted by the rejuvenated and fast-growing French 4000s.

Overall Results:

1st           4190       Steve Cockerill   Sarah Cockerill

2nd          4682       John Reynolds   Fran Howell

3rd           4266       Geoff Holden    Bernice Holden

 

F0r results so far click here….

 

 

UK Series R3 – 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.

PositionHelm / CrewSail No.R1R2R3R4R5R6TotalNett*
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
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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

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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

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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             
RankClassSailNoHelmNameCrewNameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6TotalNett
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