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Magic Marine RS300 Grand Prix at Sheffield Viking Sailing Club

by Tim Keen 23 Jul 2016 08:21 BST 16 July 2016
Magic Marine RS300 Grand Prix at Sheffield Viking (day 1 of the Northern Double Header 2016) © Jenni Keen

Eight RS300s turned up for the first day of a 2-day 2-venue combined open meeting: the Northern Double Header. There were 3 local boats plus 2 EU members (Scotland).

The day's light-ish winds in a nearly favourable direction looked to benefit the lighter helms in the fleet. But local knowledge is a big advantage so there would be some spectacularly close racing.

The first race's hotly contested start line saw Tim Keen take a early tack onto port in not quite enough room in front of Matt Jenkins. This resulted in Keen taking an early penalty turn. Steve Sallis went on to capitalise and walk away with the win.

Race 2 saw a close race throughout between Keen and Jenkins, closely followed by Sallis and Alistair McLaughlin.

Race 3 was the closest race of the day. After 45 mins of action the top four were covered. In the last five seconds the victory went to Matt Jenkins.

Day 1 (Sheffield Viking) Results:

PosSail NoHelmE1R2R3
1328Tim Keen212
2323Matt Jenkins521
3476Steve Sallis144
4490Alistair McLaughlin333
5478James Cowlishaw475
6426James Ruddiman756
7336Mark Taylor667
8342Ian Hopkins888

Overall Results for 2-day Northern Double Header:

PosSail NoHelmSheff1Sheff2Sheff3Gloss1Gloss2Gloss3Pts
1328Tim Keen21221DNF6
2490Alistair McLaughlin3331318
3476Steve Sallis1443229
4336Mark Taylor66764420
5426James Ruddiman75656DNF22
6342Ian Hopkins88875526
386Alan Bennet 473
323Matt Jenkins521
478James Cowlishaw475