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2014 National Champions!

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RS400 Eurocup, Lake Garda, 2014

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RS400 Eurocup, Lake Garda, 2014

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RS400 Eurocup, Lake Garda, 2014

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PRESS RELEASE - RS 20th Anniversary Ball


Twenty years ago the RS sailboat range was born, the RS Association was formed, the first RS events took place and the rest, as they say, is history . . .
Posted: 14/10/2014 15:47:36

Congratulations to Michael Sims and Richard Brown the new RS400 Gul Inland Champions!


Ben Saxton's report out now with the results. Read more...
Posted: 14/10/2014 15:35:50

YOUR GUL INLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS IS THIS WEEKEND 11-12 OCTOBER AT GRAFHAM WSC


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RS Anniversary Ball and Volvo End of Season Championships


The RS Class Association invites you to celebrate '20 years of awesome', at The RS Anniversary ball and Volvo End of Season Championships. Entry and ticket sales now open....
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Gul Inlands Only A Fortnight Away


Gul Inland Championships at Grafham WSC 11-12 Oct. Read more...
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Hot off the press: One day entry now available to the Gul Inlands 11-12 Oct at Grafham WSC


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RS400 Championships 2015


Details available for 2015 RS400 Eurocup and UK Nationals.
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More information on 28 RS400s at Notts County SC

28 RS400s at Notts County SC


A great turnout of 28 boats at the ever popular Notts County SC for the 8th & final Northern Tour event of 2014.
Posted: 17/09/2014 16:08:50
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Volvo Noble Marine RS400 Nationals - More Photos


We now have the excellent photos from LPB Aerial Photography available to view.
Posted: 11/09/2014 12:13:02

RS400 Northrn Tour 2014


With 7 of the 8 Northern Tour events completed, Chris Pickles & Matt Sharman are in the lead.
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RS400 Clubs


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ClubFleet Size
Clubs with fleet values entered
Queen Mary SCRS400s: 32
Notts County SCRS400s: 20
Bartley SCRS400s: 17
Lymington Town SCRS400s: 17
Aldeburgh YCRS400s: 15
Chew Valley Lake SCRS400s: 15
Leigh & Lowton SCRS400s: 15
Oxford SCRS400s: 14
Burghfield SCRS400s: 12
Lee on the Solent SCRS400s: 11
Royal Findhorn YCRS400s: 11
Grafham Water SCRS400s: 10
Aberdeen & Stonehaven YCRS400s: 8
Brancaster Staithe SCRS400s: 8
Gurnard SCRS400s: 8
Portchester SCRS400s: 8
Royal North of Ireland YCRS400s: 8
Scaling Dam SCRS400s: 8
Dalgety Bay SCRS400s: 7
Parkstone YCRS400s: 7
Rutland SCRS400s: 7
Starcross SCRS400s: 7
Starcross YCRS400s: 7
Dell Quay SCRS400s: 6
Downs SCRS400s: 6
Locks SCRS400s: 6
Royal Torbay YCRS400s: 6
Royal Windermere YCRS400s: 6
Bewl Valley SCRS400s: 5
Great Yarmouth & Gorleston SCRS400s: 5
East Lothian YCRS400s: 4
Netley SCRS400s: 4
South Cerney SCRS400s: 4
Ullswater YCRS400s: 4
Weir Wood SCRS400s: 4
Alton WaterRS400s: 3
East Lothian YCRS400s: 3
Elton SCRS400s: 3
Lancing SCRS400s: 3
Leigh on Sea SCRS400s: 3
Loch Tummel SCRS400s: 3
Port Edgar SCRS400s: 3
Restronguet SCRS400s: 3
Royal Lymington YCRS400s: 3
Swanage SCRS400s: 3
Thorney Island SCRS400s: 3
Warsash SCRS400s: 3
Waveney and Oulton YCRS400s: 3
Wormit Boating ClubRS400s: 3
Blackwater SCRS400s: 2
Castle CoveRS400s: 2
Chester SCRS400s: 2
Eastbourne Sovereign SCRS400s: 2
Fishers Green SCRS400s: 2
Hickling Broad SCRS400s: 2
Invergordon Boating ClubRS400s: 2
Island Barn SCRS400s: 2
King George SCRS400s: 2
Largs SCRS400s: 2
Llandegfedd SCRS400s: 2
Lyme Regis SCRS400s: 2
Northampton SCRS400s: 2
Paignton SCRS400s: 2
Percuil SCRS400s: 2
St Marys Loch SCRS400s: 2
Thornbury SCRS400s: 2
Weston SCRS400s: 2
Bough Beech SCRS400s: 1
Calshot SCRS400s: 1
Chanonry SCRS400s: 1
DOSC Dubai Offshore SCRS400s: 1
Haversham SCRS400s: 1
Helensburgh SCRS400s: 1
Highcliffe SCRS400s: 1
Hillhead SCRS400s: 1
Isle of Man YCRS400s: 1
Largo Bay SCRS400s: 1
Lochaber YCRS400s: 1
Pagham YCRS400s: 1
Plymouth Youth Sailing, Mount Batten CentreRS400s: 1
Prestwick SCRS400s: 1
Royal Forth YCRS400s: 1
Royal Tay YCRS400s: 1
Shoreham SCRS400s: 1
Staunton Harold SCRS400s: 1
Stokes Bay SCRS400s: 1
Sully SCRS400s: 1
Tenby SCRS400s: 1
Aldenham SCRS400s: 0
Aquavitesse, The NetherlandsRS400s: 0
Bala Lake SCRS400s: 0
Beer SCRS400s: 0
Bexhill SCRS400s: 0
Brightlingsea SCRS400s: 0
Brighton SCRS400s: 0
Bristol Corinthian YCRS400s: 0
Brixham YCRS400s: 0
Broadstairs SCRS400s: 0
Budworth SCRS400s: 0
Cardiff Bay YCRS400s: 0
Castle Cove SCRS400s: 0
Chichester YCRS400s: 0
Christchurch SCRS400s: 0
Coniston SCRS400s: 0
Cushendall Sailing & Boating ClubRS400s: 0
Draycote Water SCRS400s: 0
EmsworthRS400s: 0
Exe SCRS400s: 0
Frensham Pond SCRS400s: 0
Hawley Lake SCRS400s: 0
Hayling Island SCRS400s: 0
Hykeham SCRS400s: 0
Hythe & Saltwood SCRS400s: 0
Island Barn Reservoir SCRS400s: 0
Itchenor SCRS400s: 0
Loch Lomond SCRS400s: 0
Margate YCRS400s: 0
Medway YCRS400s: 0
Mengham Rythe SCRS400s: 0
Milton Keynes SCRS400s: 0
Newhaven & Seaford SCRS400s: 0
North Devon YCRS400s: 0
Papercourt SCRS400s: 0
Pembrokeshire YCRS400s: 0
Penzance SCRS400s: 0
Pevensey Bay SCRS400s: 0
Portishead Yacht & Sailing ClubRS400s: 0
Portsmouth SCRS400s: 0
Queen Mary SCRS400s: 0
Salcombe YCRS400s: 0
Saltash SCRS400s: 0
Snettisham Beach SCRS400s: 0
South Windermere SCRS400s: 0
Spinnaker SCRS400s: 0
St Andrews SCRS400s: 0
St Ives SCRS400s: 0
St Mawes SCRS400s: 0
Teignmouth YCRS400s: 0
Wembley SCRS400s: 0
Weymouth SCRS400s: 0
Whitefriars SCRS400s: 0
Whitstable YCRS400s: 0
Yarmouth SCRS400s: 0
Yorkshire Dales SCRS400s: 0
Clubs with No values entered
Arun YCRS400s:
Ballyholme YCRS400s:
Bassenthwaite SCRS400s:
Carsington SCRS400s:
Cercle Nautique de LoctudyRS400s:
Circolo vela BellanoRS400s:
Club Nautic D'Arenys de Mar, SpainRS400s:
Club Nàutic S’Arenal, MallorcaRS400s:
Cumbraes SCRS400s:
Datchet Water SCRS400s:
Delph SCRS400s:
Derwent Reservoir SCRS400s:
Dun LaoghaireRS400s:
Felpham SCRS400s:
Filey SCRS400s:
Findhorn SCRS400s:
Fisherrow YCRS400s:
Fraglia vela RivaRS400s:
Galway Bay SCRS400s:
Glossop SCRS400s:
Gottskar SwedenRS400s:
Gravedona, Lake ComoRS400s:
Greystones SCRS400s:
Hollingworth SCRS400s:
Howth YCRS400s:
HyeresRS400s:
L'Estartit, SpainRS400s:
Lac du DerRS400s:
Lake Lipno, PragueRS400s:
Langstone Harbour SCRS400s:
Lee-on-Solent SCRS400s:
Lipno Lake, HrdoňovRS400s:
Llandudno SCRS400s:
Loch Tay SCRS400s:
Mayflower SCRS400s:
Middle Nene SCRS400s:
Minorca SailingRS400s:
Mounts Bay SCRS400s:
Penarth SCRS400s:
Port Dinorwic SCRS400s:
Pwllheli SCRS400s:
Roadford SCRS400s:
Royal Brighton YCRS400s:
Royal Cornwall YCRS400s:
Segelsallskapet Kaparen, Gottskar, SwedenRS400s:
Seglergemeinschaft am Muggelsee e.V. BERLINRS400s:
Sheffield Viking SCRS400s:
South Caernarvonshire YCRS400s:
St RaphaelRS400s:
Stone SCRS400s:
Tata Steel SCRS400s:
W.V. AalsmeerRS400s:
Weymouth & Portland NSARS400s:
YC Carnac, BrittanyRS400s:

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Champions Profile

Stewart and Sarah Robertson
Stewart: I started sailing on Forfar Loch with my Dad when I was about 5 or so in an Enterprise. I was usually on the starboard side, under the foredeck, with my brother John on the port side. When we were older we saved to buy our first Mirror dinghy kit. My Dad helped us build it in our bedroom and we loved every minute from the moment the kit arrived at the house to sailing in the European Championships in ’73. I moved on to the Enterprise and enjoyed years sailing and making friends (including Sarah Harbon - as she was then). The highlights included winning the worlds in ’76 and later the Nationals in ’81 with Sarah. I  enjoyed  team racing at University and a trip to the US with the British Universities' team.  After forays into Merlins and 470s amongst others I returned to Ents and stayed till 1994.
In ’95 I was lent an RS400 and went to the championships in Portland Harbour. It was all quite different although some of the names were very familiar, there having been a general rush of enthusiasm for the class. Following a few years falling off a 49er to keep the offspring happy, myself and Sarah returned to the 400 in 2011 mainly due to the enthusiasm of Keith Bedborough. Having practised in the Ent in the 80s it was nice to sail together again and with the passage of time there were no sprogs to make demands on time. (Only money and cars).

Sarah: Started sailing in enterprises at Beaver Sailing Club in my teens with my Dad who was very keen but also learning to sail. We learnt the fast way by travelling the NE circuit, doing the Nationals, Ullswater week, Southport 24 hour races, team racing events etc etc.

After winning the Enterprise Nationals with Stewart (and 2nd in the worlds the following year) we also sailed 470s for a while then I took a break to look after kids while Stewart tried out Fireballs and eventually 400s. I started to helm at some point when it seemed like the best way to get a sail. I got my own RS200 about 10 years ago and managed to compete reasonably successfully on the Scottish circuit with Kate my crew. At some point about 3 years ago Stewart was desperate for a crew one weekend, I eventually offered my services, we both enjoyed sailing together to our mutual surprise and here we are!


My Winning Tip
Stewart: My philosophy on sailing the 400 is quite simple. Sail flat, work hard, focus and think all the time. I also find that the more you practise, the luckier you get.

Sarah: do it your own way. There are no rules for hanging out or moving around the boat. I have been to some daft crews talks where straight legged hiking or tacking backwards were stated as the only way to do it. Find out what works best for your body and for your sailing situation and get good at it.
- extend your hiking stamina by spreading the load across your body. I use a combination of arms and leg muscles to lock into a position that I can stay in for a while.
- concentrate on boat heel & sail trim. Move both as often as is needed.
- keep aware of what's going on around you - other boats, changes in wind.
- remember to pack the rudder :)
- Read the course before going afloat, Check the committee boat for things that may change :) :)
- watch out for flags :) :) :)
- hang out really really hard after the start - flat boat can really slow down boats around you.
- practice your roll tacks - in the 400 the crew can do this easily help a lot in these.
- take enough water and food for a long day on the water - remember to make your helm eat and drink.
- work out where to put your feet when crossing the boat (having a plan protects from bruises).
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