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Rooster 2000 Inlands/ UYC Fleet Weekend, May 27 & 28, 2017

Rooster 2000 Inlands/ UYC Fleet Weekend, May 27 & 28, 2017

The winners were Rob and Sarah Burridge of Weirwood SC, pictured, with a clean sweep of four firsts from five races with Richard and Rachel Sheridan of Wilsonian SC second and Iain and Sarah Yardley of Silver Wing SC third.

The race area was around the corner from the UYC clubhouse in front of the club’s neighbour the Sharrow Bay Hotel where the guests had a perfect view of the racing all weekend. The visitors experienced a full range of Lakeland weather conditions from bright sunshine and no wind to torrential rain and hail in a thunderstorm with gusts of 30+ knots. The challenging conditions certainly created plenty of course-setting headaches for race officers Matty and James Lyons and their mark-laying team.

With a yellow weather warning of severe thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon, race one was completed successfully as the black clouds gathered. The winners were Richard and Rachel Sheridan, with Kev O’Brien and John McVey of the RAF Sailing Association in second place. It was during race two that the storm hit the fleet, Rob and Sarah Burridge showing their mastery of the challenging conditions to take first place. There was a third race scheduled that afternoon but it was decided to call it a day and go for four races and an early start on Sunday.

Sunday brought pleasant sunshine but even more course-setting difficulties with 180 degree wind shifts and there was only time for three back-to-back races. Rob and Sarah Burridge won all three races to take the Inland Championships but racing was close with the top five boats all having their moments in all five races with many place changes. The racers managed to arrange themselves to finish the last race in the order of the final prizes with the Burridges sailing an impressive last leg to go from fourth to first. 


Pictures by Barry Scott

Meanwhile back at the clubhouse end of the lake, the club sailors were taking part Fleet Weekend on May 27 and 28 with a total of 34 boats racing in three fleets – cruisers, fast and slow handicap. The biggest fleet was the slow handicap with 22 boats and it was good so see so many club juniors joining in the racing. With four races over two days, the winner was James Wanless in a Laser with three firsts, John Lyons was second also in a Laser and Flying Fifteen sailors Christian Barnes and Denise Sykes were third. The fast handicap winners were Tony and Rhys Lewis and Andrew Cutting in a VX One and after three races, two to count, the cruiser fleet winners were David Thomson and Fiona Gibson in a Hunter Europa.

- Sue Giles (30.5.17)

Posted on 30 May 2017 (Archive on 27 June 2017)
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