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Bosun Bob’s RS 400 Autumn Series Concludes At Royal North

19th December 2017
Sailing in the RNIYC's RS 400 Autumn Series Sailing in the RNIYC's RS 400 Autumn Series Photo: Bradley Quinn

#RS - Sunday 17 December saw the end of the Bosun Bob’s RS 400 Autumn Series hosted annually at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club.

The series has built up over the last 10 years to now have up to 18 boats on the start line in Cultra every Sunday for the eight weeks, with the hardy sailors and race committee braving some tricky and sometimes bitterly cold conditions on Belfast Lough.

The race team try to get four short bullet back-to-back races of around 15-20 minutes each. This strategy has proven to be very popular with the competitors, encouraging new members to join the class of the performance two-man boats.

Competition at the top was very tight in this year’s series, but after 16 races the Bosun Bob’s trophy went to Paul McLaughlin and Owen McKinley.

RS 400 2017 winners

The final races also welcomed a seasonal guest competitor in the shape of Santa Claus himself!

RS 400 Santa on water

RS 400 racing at the Royal North is due to resume with the Spring Series in mid February 2018.

Photos: Bradley Quinn

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