RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760
RS Sailing
Premier Way, Abbey Park
Romsey Hampshire SO51 9DQ
01794 526760

RS700 Inland Championship 2020 – A typically Autumnal blast for the fearless RS700 fleet

October 28, 2020
RS700 Inland Championship 2020

RS700 Rooster Inland Championship at Oxford Sailing Club 24-25 October 2020
Report by Ben Cooper

No two ways about it, the forecast was accurate and strong. A typically Autumnal blast, plenty of rain and leaves flying everywhere. A spectacular drive to Oxford Sailing club for the RS700 Rooster Inlands on 24th and 25th October. It was a very good turnout for the weekend, given all the restrictions in place. Some decided wisely to keep the powder dry for Sunday, with just a few foolhardy souls set out for the first day, three races back to back, four laps each race, and then some weary souls lugging boats back up the slipway afterwards. The wind direction was from the South, blowing down across the lake from the hills behind and bouncing through a forest of trees giving the optimistically minded a lot of opportunities for gains on the race course. Gusty it was. I have no idea on the numbers, but I would guess over 20 knots for the day and gusts well above at times. Apparently it rained as well. Onto the racing.

Day one, half the fleet wisely stayed ashore to watch the carnage unfold.

Race one – A leg stretcher for most, to banish any nervousness for the conditions. A slight committee boat bias bunched the fleet to the weather end, and a good start was had by most. Well apart from a bit of jostling that ended up with one on their side. Most of the fleet headed left, the short course favouring minimal manoeuvres. At the windward mark a few arrived at once and the lead was taken by Rob Higgins. A large squall blasted across the lake on the first run and took out the leaders allowing a surprised Ben Cooper to capitalise and hold off the fleet to the end, with Richard Wadsworth chasing down quickly and Theo Gayler recovering excellently from a start line capsize to come in 3rd.

Race two – A similar weather pattern, although a squall and a large left shift at the start suddenly left the pin end favoured and open for a port end flyer. Another hard four laps, with multiple capsizes and place changes gave Rob Higgins the well deserved win chased hard by Theo Gayler and Matt Conner.

Race three – The left shift at the start appeared again and the pin was a little more biased and taken advantage of by Theo Gayler and Ben Cooper who crossed the fleet comfortably with glee. The breeze increased rapidly during the race and survival and minimising capsizes was the winning technique. Theo Gayler and Richard Wadsworth proved to be most adept and crossed first and second. Ben Cooper managed to just get ahead of Rob Higgings on the line. The fun really started at the end of day one when a huge squall flattened most on the lake who hadn’t yet finished, some who had just finished, and the close proximity of finishing line to the reservoir wall caught some out. All credit to the members of the fleet who had finished to run out and help those who had been caught out and blown onto the wall.

Day two dawned sunny with a gentle breeze. Quite the opposite of the previous day. Fresh faces joined the war-torn bodies of the previous day to bulk the fleet for an excellent turnout. A slowly building breeze and plenty of sun met the fleet.

Race four – Perhaps inspired by the previous day, a group headed for the pin for the first start, unfortunately for them, the shift was against at the start and the prosperous started at the windward end of the line and held a comfortable advantage. Ben Cooper headed out this bunch and put some distance on the fleet on the first lap. Unfortunately on the second run a beating Contender slipped off his invisibility cloak and appeared right in front (that’s my story anyway). An attempted crash gybe lead to a crash capsize and the fleet sailed past headed to the finish by Matt Carter, Rob Higgins and Richard Wadsworth.

Race five – conditions were close to perfect: sunny wtih an increasing breeze. A very square start line put the fleet more equal for the first beat. Those that headed left prospered; Theo Gayler started well and led from start to finish followed by Richard Wadsworth and Ben Cooper with a rapidly approaching Rob Higgins in fourth.

Race six – A slight right shift at the start put those at the windward end in favour again. Theo Gayler and Ben Cooper rounded the windward mark together followed by Rob Higgins. A misjudged layline by Ben Cooper let Rob Higgins catch the leading two up and the three arrived at the leeward mark with a large bunch of Contenders. Ben Cooper was forced low which didn’t turn out well. Rob Higgins stayed high and overtook Theo Gayler and held on for the win. Ben Cooper was third and a fast approaching Richard Wadsworth was fourth.

It was an epic end of the year event, making many stories to be told and embellished over the Winter. Theo Gayler was the worthy champion having built a consistent series. Rob Higgins pushed hard to a well deserved second place.
A huge thanks to Oxford Sailing Club from the RS700 class for putting an excellent event on in challenging circumstances. In particular thanks must go to Richard and Maggie Hall and their team for running the racing, all the rescue boat crew and the catering crew for keeping us fed. Thank you to Rooster for being our great event and national tour sponsor.

The RS700 class is regrowing rapidly offering a huge amount of bang for buck, great performance and a challenge to sail, but with competitive second hand boats available from £2 – £4,000 and some excellent venues for 2021 including Garda, there is no better time to join the class for some socially distanced Winter practice ready for, hopefully, a new dawn in 2021.

SUBSCRIBE

  • Sign up for RS stories, offers, epic wipeout videos and much more!
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

RS Toura

RS Toura – Review from Brian Case

Here are a few words on the new RS Toura from experienced coach, Brian Case, who is currently helping out St Leonards Yacht Club & Motor Squadron with their training program. "Was so good today...

Sailing not reinstated into the 2028 Paralympic Games

Although saddened to hear of the IPC Decision not to reinstate Sailing into the program of events at the 2028 Paralympic Games, RS Sailing will continue to support the growth of inclusive sailing...

Entry officially opens for the RS Aero World Championship 2023

Written by the RS Aero Class Association RS Aero World Championship 2023 to include the RS Aero Youth World Championship 2023 LNI Sulcis, Calasetta, Sardinia, 26-30th July ENTRY IS OPEN! Entry, Full...

2023 US Sailing Leadership Forum

The RS Sailing team is very excited to be heading to St. Pete Beach for the 2023 US Sailing Leadership Forum. After having the last two cancelled, this event is like a family reunion for us, we’ve...
RS21 One Design Racing

The International RS21 Class announce new partnership with Vakaros at Charleston Race Week

The International RS21 Class are pleased to announce an exciting new Partnership with Vakaros. This new partnership brings two brands together who share a passion for changing the game and...

Toronto International Boat Show

It’s Boat Show season on both sides of the Atlantic, as the RS Team and European Dealers are busy setting up at Boot Dusseldorf our Canadian Distributor, Fogh Marine, is doing the same leading up to...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – BoatLife

We're dipping our toe in the water and exhibiting at BoatLife for the first time in 2023. Join us from the 16-19th of February 2023. With the RS Zest, RS Quest, and RS Aero on display on the RS...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – Southampton International Boat Show

Join the RS Team at Southampton International Boat Show at Mayflower Park, Southampton from 15-24 September 2023. The show features everything the leisure marine industry has to offer. Ranging from...

RS officially announces new identity as RS Marine Group

Following continued expansion and collaborations with companies which complement its core ethos, RS Sailing has officially announced a new overarching identity: RS Marine Group. The companies within...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – The RS21 World Championship

RS21 World Championship 27-30 September Puntaldia, Sardinia, Italy Watch the teaser video! https://fb.watch/hSpjArtTrL/ Share this!  

Sailing not reinstated into the 2028 Paralympic Games

Although saddened to hear of the IPC Decision not to reinstate Sailing into the program of events at the 2028 Paralympic Games, RS Sailing will continue to support the growth of inclusive sailing...

Entry officially opens for the RS Aero World Championship 2023

Written by the RS Aero Class Association RS Aero World Championship 2023 to include the RS Aero Youth World Championship 2023 LNI Sulcis, Calasetta, Sardinia, 26-30th July ENTRY IS OPEN! Entry, Full...

2023 US Sailing Leadership Forum

The RS Sailing team is very excited to be heading to St. Pete Beach for the 2023 US Sailing Leadership Forum. After having the last two cancelled, this event is like a family reunion for us, we’ve...
RS21 One Design Racing

The International RS21 Class announce new partnership with Vakaros at Charleston Race Week

The International RS21 Class are pleased to announce an exciting new Partnership with Vakaros. This new partnership brings two brands together who share a passion for changing the game and...

Toronto International Boat Show

It’s Boat Show season on both sides of the Atlantic, as the RS Team and European Dealers are busy setting up at Boot Dusseldorf our Canadian Distributor, Fogh Marine, is doing the same leading up to...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – BoatLife

We're dipping our toe in the water and exhibiting at BoatLife for the first time in 2023. Join us from the 16-19th of February 2023. With the RS Zest, RS Quest, and RS Aero on display on the RS...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – Southampton International Boat Show

Join the RS Team at Southampton International Boat Show at Mayflower Park, Southampton from 15-24 September 2023. The show features everything the leisure marine industry has to offer. Ranging from...

RS officially announces new identity as RS Marine Group

Following continued expansion and collaborations with companies which complement its core ethos, RS Sailing has officially announced a new overarching identity: RS Marine Group. The companies within...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – The RS21 World Championship

RS21 World Championship 27-30 September Puntaldia, Sardinia, Italy Watch the teaser video! https://fb.watch/hSpjArtTrL/ Share this!  

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – The RS Tera World Championship

RS Tera World Championships 2023 - Associazione Nautica Sebina, Sulazano, Lake Iseo, Italy Provisional 27th July - 4th August 2023   Save the date - more information to come soon! Registration:...

Entry officially opens for the RS Aero World Championship 2023

Written by the RS Aero Class Association RS Aero World Championship 2023 to include the RS Aero Youth World Championship 2023 LNI Sulcis, Calasetta, Sardinia, 26-30th July ENTRY IS OPEN! Entry, Full...

2023 US Sailing Leadership Forum

The RS Sailing team is very excited to be heading to St. Pete Beach for the 2023 US Sailing Leadership Forum. After having the last two cancelled, this event is like a family reunion for us, we’ve...
RS21 One Design Racing

The International RS21 Class announce new partnership with Vakaros at Charleston Race Week

The International RS21 Class are pleased to announce an exciting new Partnership with Vakaros. This new partnership brings two brands together who share a passion for changing the game and...

Toronto International Boat Show

It’s Boat Show season on both sides of the Atlantic, as the RS Team and European Dealers are busy setting up at Boot Dusseldorf our Canadian Distributor, Fogh Marine, is doing the same leading up to...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – BoatLife

We're dipping our toe in the water and exhibiting at BoatLife for the first time in 2023. Join us from the 16-19th of February 2023. With the RS Zest, RS Quest, and RS Aero on display on the RS...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – Southampton International Boat Show

Join the RS Team at Southampton International Boat Show at Mayflower Park, Southampton from 15-24 September 2023. The show features everything the leisure marine industry has to offer. Ranging from...

RS officially announces new identity as RS Marine Group

Following continued expansion and collaborations with companies which complement its core ethos, RS Sailing has officially announced a new overarching identity: RS Marine Group. The companies within...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – The RS21 World Championship

RS21 World Championship 27-30 September Puntaldia, Sardinia, Italy Watch the teaser video! https://fb.watch/hSpjArtTrL/ Share this!  

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – The RS Tera World Championship

RS Tera World Championships 2023 - Associazione Nautica Sebina, Sulazano, Lake Iseo, Italy Provisional 27th July - 4th August 2023   Save the date - more information to come soon! Registration:...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – RS Summer Regatta

Salcombe Gin RS Summer Regatta & Ball Hayling Island Sailing Club, UK 24 June - 25 June 2023   Expect competitive, regatta style racing over 2 days, with multiple courses to separate the...

2023 US Sailing Leadership Forum

The RS Sailing team is very excited to be heading to St. Pete Beach for the 2023 US Sailing Leadership Forum. After having the last two cancelled, this event is like a family reunion for us, we’ve...
RS21 One Design Racing

The International RS21 Class announce new partnership with Vakaros at Charleston Race Week

The International RS21 Class are pleased to announce an exciting new Partnership with Vakaros. This new partnership brings two brands together who share a passion for changing the game and...

Toronto International Boat Show

It’s Boat Show season on both sides of the Atlantic, as the RS Team and European Dealers are busy setting up at Boot Dusseldorf our Canadian Distributor, Fogh Marine, is doing the same leading up to...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – BoatLife

We're dipping our toe in the water and exhibiting at BoatLife for the first time in 2023. Join us from the 16-19th of February 2023. With the RS Zest, RS Quest, and RS Aero on display on the RS...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – Southampton International Boat Show

Join the RS Team at Southampton International Boat Show at Mayflower Park, Southampton from 15-24 September 2023. The show features everything the leisure marine industry has to offer. Ranging from...

RS officially announces new identity as RS Marine Group

Following continued expansion and collaborations with companies which complement its core ethos, RS Sailing has officially announced a new overarching identity: RS Marine Group. The companies within...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – The RS21 World Championship

RS21 World Championship 27-30 September Puntaldia, Sardinia, Italy Watch the teaser video! https://fb.watch/hSpjArtTrL/ Share this!  

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – The RS Tera World Championship

RS Tera World Championships 2023 - Associazione Nautica Sebina, Sulazano, Lake Iseo, Italy Provisional 27th July - 4th August 2023   Save the date - more information to come soon! Registration:...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – RS Summer Regatta

Salcombe Gin RS Summer Regatta & Ball Hayling Island Sailing Club, UK 24 June - 25 June 2023   Expect competitive, regatta style racing over 2 days, with multiple courses to separate the...

RS Top 10 Events of 2023 – RS Feva World Championship

RS Feva World Championship Gruppo Vela L.N.I Follonica 24-28th July 2023   After a tremendous 2019 RS Feva World Championships in Follonica it is with so much excitement that we return for...

Pin It on Pinterest