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Magic Marine RS300 Grand Prix at Glossop Sailing Club

by James Ruddiman 22 Jul 2016 14:54 BST 17 July 2016
Magic Marine RS300 Grand Prix at Glossop (day 2 of the Northern Double Header 2016) © Paul B Nix

Day 2 dawned breezy and a little grey at Glossop SC but as promised by 1030hrs the sun was shining and 7 RS300s, along with 18 Supernovas, were lining up for the start in a steady force 3. The race officer had used the entire length of the lake meaning a 1.25 mile beat.

The fleet got away cleanly and some close fighting all the way up the beat meant Alistair McLaughlin rounded 1st, Tim Keen 2nd and Jimmy Ruddiman 3rd, with the fleet chasing hard. Battles were happening all the way down the broad reach and run with places changing all the time. Positions changed throughout with Jimmy capsizing to windward on the last run. Alistair took the victory followed by Tim then Steve Sallis.

After a superb lunch race 2 got underway in fresher conditions and a slightly shorter and tighter course with a couple more gybes. Tim led with Jimmy in 2nd and Steve chasing hard in 3rd. Alan Bennet, RS300 new comer (though old hands may remember him from before), was having a good fight with Steve nearly having a coming together at the windward mark.

Close racing meant Jimmy was under pressure and on the 4th gybe mark hit his tiller extension on the mark ripping it from his hand and nearly capsizing. Alistair had a similar issue as he rounded and buried his bow under Jimmy's transom. Everyone slipped past and left them chasing hard.

Alistair clawed his way back to 3rd, Steve in 2nd and Tim taking the win. Close battles were going on at the back of the race too with the fleet staying very close together.

The 3rd race started straight away, Jimmy left on shore checking the gouges in his hull, with the breeze starting to ease and the temperature rising. Steve followed by Tim then Alistair rounding clear ahead and fighting all the way down wind.

Unfortunately Tim's UJ snapped and that was the end of Tim's race. Steve and Alistair continued to fight hard with Steve leading for most of the race but Alistair slipped through and took the gun. Ian Hopkins and Mark Taylor at the back were having a close battle too, even match racing each other in the final lap.

A great time was had by all in superb conditions. Steve finished 3rd, Tim 2nd and Alistair taking the win overall. Alistair thanked the race team, galley and as a final parting shot suggested to the Supernova fleet that if they practiced hard they could aspire to a RS300...

Day 2 (Glossop) Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st490Alistair MclaughlinPrestwick1‑312
2nd328Tim KeenSheffield21(DNF)3
3rd476Steve SallisHykeham‑3224
4th386Alan BennetGlossop4‑737
5th336Mark TaylorPrestwick‑6448
6th342Ian HopkinsSouthport‑75510
7th426James RuddimanDraycote56(DNS)11

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   

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