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RS200 National Championships Daily Updates


Volvo Noble Marine RS200 National Championship 2014: Day 4

From:  Sally Campbell, RS Class Association Secretary

Date: 20th August 2014

Day 4 of racing and the later start of 1pm allowed everyone to recover from a rum soaked evening at the Piranha bar. One esteemed old soak left with the bulk of the fleet at witching hour, only to realise he’d cycled too far when he hit the bridge to the mainland… 

With slightly lighter forecast some keen race snakes were seen moving rakes about in the morning, the less keen were found clutching bottles of water and ibuprofen. Everyone made it out to the course area to find slightly an unexpected 10-15knts, the famous Hayling bay surfy rollers, and some of the big right shifts left over from yesterday. 

The race committee mutinied and vetoed gate starting after the omnishambles the fleet made of it yesterday (we blame Dave Jessop!) so line starts with 120 boats were the order of the day. 

After just one general recall the fleet got away to some great racing with a nice oscillating breeze and marginal hiking conditions, in sunny Hayling bay. 

Another win in the bag for Ian and Chloe Martin, puts them into the final day with a solid lead. Nick and Juliet Charles were back up to their usual form in 2nd, Phil and Rob White with a massive silver fleet lead in 3rd and Alan Roberts and Tom Pygall, and the Rusdens in 4th and 5th respectively.

With the wind dropping the second race went off first time with many of the expected contenders down the pan. A massive right hander half way up the first beat lead to many unexpected contenders dreaming of glory as they hoisted kites towards the windward mark. 

Luckily for Ian Martin the race officer found his moth eaten checkered flag and honked heartily;  someone was heard to say “I’ll have to pay the race officer again tomorrow.” 

With racing abandoned, we abandoned to the bar and for beach games, sponsored by Cofresh who provided plenty of delicious spicy snacks to get us in the mood for Geeta’s curry day tomorrow, though not so looking forward to our 11am start !

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Volvo Noble Marine RS200 National Championship 2014: Day 3


From:  Sally Campbell, RS Class Association Secretary 

Date: 20th August 2014

Tuesday morning started much like Monday, with teams ready for another big day of three races. The question was, who would manage to figure out the conditions first and ultimately win the day?

The first race saw the race officer receive some karma for getting three races off without a hitch the previous day, with four recalls due to the shifty conditions, giving the Volvo photographer Richard Langdon plenty of photo opportunities. When the race finally went off, right paid with pathfinder duo Matt and Emma Norris stonking on to the win with Hamish Walker and Emma Hivey in second and Steve Cockerill and Harry Kennedy in third.

David Jessop and Clare Michelmore won the sought after pathfinder position for the second race which brought them into a decent lead at the first mark with Ian Martin and Chloe Martin hunting them down. The race for first became a death match and Ian and Chloe stole the victory  with James and Will Rusden in second and Hamish and Emma in third.

The last race brought no surprises. Pathfinder Andy Shaw and Pippa Horne stormed up the first beat but were pipped by Ian and Chloe who chased them down and opened up an impressive lead. Andy and Pippa were second with David and Clare in third.

The Jamaican themed Rum and Red Stripe party at the Piranha Bar was equally competitive, with several teams vying for the Cool Runnings best bar bobsleigh title and Sailboat Deliveries Boom of Doom challenge, all performed to the chilled out beat of Steel Strum.

With overnight leaders Hamish Walker and Emma Hivey just one point ahead of Ian and Chloe Martin, and our Olympian Luke Patience with Hannah lying 8th, Wednesday looks light and with everything still to play for ...

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Volvo Noble Marine RS200 National Championship 2014: Day 2

From:  Sally Campbell, RS Class Association Secretary 

Date: 18th August 2014 

After day 1 was blown off, the 238 RS200 sailors were keen to get on the water, and were released on time for a big day's racing.

Today was the day to be pathfinder for the gate start. Long slow shifts in reasonably consistent breeze gave those massive levers with a few lengths of a head start a big advantage.

Race one was led from start to finish by pathfinders Dicken Maclean and Hannah Young. They started with a long lifted port shift and got a cheeky righty to get them back into the middle of the course. Behind them many of the favourites struggled to get back from the left hand corner of the beat and had a lot of recovery to do. After team Maclean/Young, the honours went to James and Will Rusden and George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby

Race two was led by Hamish Walker and Emma Hivey, again from start to finish. There was a lot of carnage to contend with at the first windward as the fleet was massively affected by the incoming tide. Team Walker/Hivey spent their race monitoring only the team of Edd Whitehead and Alice Kingsnorth as these two teams cruised away from the rest of the fleet. Our Olympic star snuck through on the last lap to claim third place in the race.

Race three saw the tide change, causing a short first beat giving issues for those boats starting late. Nick and Juliet Charles punched out of the middle of the line to lead the race from start finish with pathfinders Ian and Chloe Martin battling with Maclean/Young for second and third. With quite short beats, there was only one dominant shift per beat there weren’t massive gains to be made with the lesser positions only slightly changing throughout the race.

Sailors came ashore to a refreshing drink from sponsor Stur, followed by a buddy group pub quiz, the scores of which will be added to the sailing results for the Harken buddy prizes.

Overnight, the consistency of team Martin and team Rusden has put them on equal points in the lead, with Josh Flack and Millie Alcock leading the silver fleet and Keri and Theo Harris the bronze, but with so many contenders it looks like it’s going to be a high scoring week.

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