A close run thing for sure!
The RCIYC Hobie Fleet’s eight-race Rosscot Spring Series finished earlier this month, with Grant Neale and Karen Larose edging home to win the largest classification.
The series started in early March and mostly light to moderate wind conditions over the period tested boat handling and tactical skills for some 25 teams in the various classes.
The competition allowed crews to discard three of the eight results obtained.
Hobie 16 A Fleet: Sixteen boats entered and only four points separated the top four teams, with two youth teams putting in solid challenges to the old guard. Neale and Larose set the pace at the beginning of the series, with two wins and consistently low scores from there on. Gordon Burgis, crewed by Kenny Snell, put themselves in contention with a first and low scores throughout.
It was the youth teams of Elsa Swetenham and Owen Harper, and Elsa’s sister Chloë, sailing with Leo Marshall, who led the charge to upset the rankings. Both enjoyed a first place in the latter part of the event and drew on last year’s Hobie 16 Europeans and Worlds Championships sailing experience to press for the top spot. It all came down to the final two races on the last day of racing, where Neale and Larose did enough to take the class overall by just one point from Burgis and Snell who placed second. Elsa Swetenham and Owen Harper were two points behind in third and Chloë Swetenham and Leo Marshall only one point behind them in fourth place. Luc Richard and Thomas Harris sailed well throughout the series to come fifth. Aaron le Cornu, crewed by Rachael Vibert, sailed into sixth place overall.
Hobie 16 B Fleet: Youth helm Gemma Newman, crewed by John Vautier, triumphed in this step-up class to the A fleet, narrowly winning from Peter Culnane and Clive Russell in second.
Hobie Wildcats & Tigers Combined: With both classes on a similar handicap racing together, It was Andy Hart and Mike Kinross, on their Hobie Wildcat who won a hotly-contested series, winning the Hobie 18 event by a three point margin from Adrian Jesson and Paul Martin (also on a Wildcat) who had applied good pressure in the tight racing, but couldn’t quite get their noses in front on this occasion. Jimmy Fullerton, crewed by Perry Stone, on a Hobie Tiger, sailed well overall for a credible third.
Hobie Dragoon Class: The junior racing had Tom Hunt, crewed over the event by Archie de Carteret and Kyla McDonagh, setting the pace and sealing top spot with a resounding four firsts and a second. Finlay Arenz, sailing with Juliette Walton, was just one point behind, registering a commendable three firsts, giving them second place overall. Will Dengate, moving from crewing to helming his first series, and crewed by Alex Cooper, performed consistently well to come third on count-back from a fast-improving Else Blakeley and Lena Holden, when both finished on equal points. The Willet brothers, Archie and Jamie, put in a good performance and were close behind in fifth place.
Prizes were presented at the RCIYC where thanks were extended to Duncan Stuart and Sponsors Rosscot Accountants for once more supporting this popular event in the club’s calendar.