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Volvo Noble Marine RS800 Nationals at Hayling Island SC after Day 3

by John Mather & Phil Walker 27 Aug 2016 21:26 BST 25-28 August 2016

Day 2 Report by John Mather

38 RS800s made their way out to the bay for Day 2 of the Volvo Noble Marine National Championship. After a short delay, an 8-10 knot breeze filled in from the South West allowing racing to get underway in glorious sunshine – with the fleet managing to complete their full schedule of 3 races.

The fleet got underway at the first attempt and race 1 set the scene for the rest of the day, with those who were able to get off the line cleanly and take the first shift usually arriving at the windward mark in the top group. After a snakes and ladders style first run, the fleet was very compressed at the leeward gate, but Ralph and Sophie Singleton managed to spot a shift on the left of the second beat, whilst the rest of the pack played the right hand side and created a good lead and took the first bullet of the day, followed by Rory Hunter / Nick Hollis and Luke / Emma McEwen in the third spot. Phil Walker and John Mather took 4th (not renowned for their appearances on day 2 of events) and Pete Barton / Chris Feibusch in 5th.

In race 2 the wind had increased to 10 knots, allowing most boats to get twin wiring, a brief respite for those feeling a little stiff from the previous night's merriments. A longer 3 lap race enabled the winning boats to develop a commanding lead, whilst the pack chopped and changed positions as the breeze continued to oscillate. Luke and Emma took the bullet convincingly, followed by Roger Philips / Will Crocker. After a small gap, Tim Saxton and Fiona Hampshire managed to hold off Ralph and Sophie, followed by John and Phil, to take 3rd.

After a general recall and some delay after a big left shift race 3 finally got underway under a black flag in a dying breeze. Boats starting at the starboard end were able to maximise the line bias and when the breeze went further left could bank a gain. The top 5 were able to split out from the fleet, and with the course fairly off-set for the remainder of the race, gains were hard to come by. Roger and Will won a hard fought bullet with Luke and Emma slotting in a close 2nd, Rory and Nick finding some great pace in the lighter breeze to overtake Phil and John on the second beat and take 3rd place.

Day 3 Report by Phil Walker

Thanks to the weekend entries, a larger fleet of 42 RS800s left the beach (mostly) on time and headed out to the promised 9-11 knt NE breeze. However, on arriving at the committee boat the breeze had built to a steady 15 kts+. Pete Barton and Chris Feibusch quickly settled in to the increasing breeze and nailed the first race to take a 1st, closely followed by Tim Saxton and Fiona Hampshire, and Luke and Emma McEwen in 3rd.

With the breeze still up, the fleet were keen to get off to another race, perhaps a bit too keen which resulted in a general recall and the rest of the day being sailed under a black flag. James Hughes and Toby Wincer were off to a flying start and lead the fleet round the top mark. James will be the first to confess that in his new role as a helm, he was so proud at rounding the top mark first, he forgot to race the rest of the race! Andy and Alyson took the lead on the final lap to win the race. A last ditch attempt to gain the lead by Phil Walker and John Mather (aka "the Kids" – what cheek!) didn't quite work but moved them up into second, closely followed by Pete and Chris.

Race three was started under a black flag, and after a general recall only caught two boats, many were seen on their hands and knees thanking whichever God they follow. After a restart, Luke and Emma were back to form and lead all the way round the course, closely followed by Andy and Allyson. Shout out must go to Tim Saxton and Fiona Hampshire for the most spectacular pitchpole on the first downwind.

The final race got underway in a dying breeze, but with the leftover sloppy chop made it a very tricky race course. Surprise surprise, Luke and Emma nailed it, followed by Phil and John and Tim and Fiona keen to show they can keep the boat upright in 8-10kts came in third!

I'm not sure who won the race home, I was knackered so gave my boat to one of the 29er guys and drove the RIB in!

RS800 Grandstand Finish Race

After four strong races the sturdy RS800 fleet raced home to finish in a colourful blaze at the HISC club line.

Congratulations to Andy and Allyson Jeffries for first place. Gilles Peeters and Hermine Maween came second. Peter Barton and Chris Feibusch came third.

Thank you Harriet from the HISC Chandlery for kindly donating the big bottle of champagne prize to the winning boat.

RS800 Crew's Union Challenge Coin

Today the RS800 Crew's Union Challenge Coin was launched by Chair Chris Feibusch. The super coin has the RS800 logo on one side and a smashing image of an RS800 by Emma McEwen on the reverse. Every crew who has earned 1st to 6th place at a National Championship since 2001 is eligible for the coin. Today the coins were proudly issued to: Allyson Jeffries, Chris Feibusch, Fiona Hampshire, James Hughes, John Mather, Nikki Griffin, Toby Wincer and Will Crocker. Congratulations. Carry your coins with pride because if you get caught out by another member of the Crews' Union the round is on you! Please contact if you think you are eligible.

Results after Day 3:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stGold1220Luke McEwenEmma McEwenRoyal Lymington YC3123‑61111
2ndGold1204Roger PhillipsWill CrockerEmberton Park SC‑1021453823
3rdGold1178Phil WalkerJohn MatherDraycote Water SC454‑826223
4thGold1203Tim SaxtonFiona HampshireGrafham/Royal Thames73527‑19327
5thGold1212Andy JeffriesAllyson JeffriesEastbourne Sovereign SC86‑10712529
6thGold1219Peter BartonChris FeibuschLymington Town/HISC5‑138138429
7thGold1195Paul JenkinsPeter JenkinsEastbourne Sovereign SC‑1810961171760
8thGold1189Rory HunterNick HollisDatchet Water SC2‑9354DNE764
9thGold1221James HughesToby WincerNetley SC9‑191119851466
10thGold1164Russell GibbsJamie DawsonStarcross YC612(BFD)1112181675
11thGold1166Ralph SingletonSophie SingletonDatchet Water SC146(DNC)DNC141381
12thSilver1062Cameron MossDarrol MossLyme Regis SC‑25820151321683
13thSilver841Mateo LavauzelleQuenech'du EulalieYC Carnac1517‑241215101584
14thSilver1043Christopher DoddBryony MeakinsRutland Water SC‑26222391012985
15thSilver1218Gilles PeetersHermine MaweenYC Carnac17111224‑2541987
16thSilver1050Joe JoynerWill BroomLyme Regis SC22‑27191417151097
17thGold1211Christina BassadoneTasha GladmanItchenor SC117(BFD)17DNC91299
18thSilver1067Elliott WellsJames EalesHISC23‑301721181118108
19thGold1202Andrew BlundellMaddie FennerWarsash SC131813‑30232420111
20thGold1099Alistair HodgsonPenny HooperRYA142422162116‑30113
21stGold1138Andrew BrownStewart BrownRYA162021(DNC)201328118
22ndGold1146Martin OrtonIan BrooksChichester SC202118109DNE‑23121
23rdSilver1144Daniel GoodmanDebbie RobertshawDatchet Water SC24252513(DNC)2911127
24thGold1132Laurie Fitzjohn‑SykesAnn BabtieQMSC12157(DNC)30DNC24131
25thSilver1154Matthew PonsfordOlivia WintherChichester SC192629272217(DNC)140
26thSilver1046Robin RichardsonRowan SmithsonItchenor SC31‑323018162622143
27thSilver1091Alex BenfieldNick Irelandtba‑32312823282029159
28thSilver882Axel NicoleauMahaud YannSNT2914142931(DNC)DNC160
29thSilver900Andy TarbotonLizzie ShawcroftNetley SC(DNC)DNCDNC25142221168
30thSilver1068Michiel GeerlingJody de JagerBraassemermeer33‑372631262727170
31stSilver1186Nick RobinsTom DarlingHISC21291620(DNC)DNCDNC172
32ndSilver1145John BoothDebbi BoothStokes Bay SC3016(BFD)3319RETDNC184
33rdSilver1131Becky DiamondSophie PorteousHISC(DNC)DNCDNC22322325188
34thSilver1011James FullerSimon ClarkLyme Regis SC3635332624(DNC)DNC197
35thSilver1200Matt JacksonJohn NewboldCarsington SC373835322728(DNC)197
36thSilver1169David WilliamsPaddy JeffriesItchenor SC272815(DNC)DNCDNCDNC199
37thSilver1130Lizzy ForemanFlorian MausyYC Carnac3534312833(RET)DNC204
38thSilver1058Ian LodderTillie BrownItchenor SC282327(DNC)DNCDNCDNC207
39thSilver1156Philip GladmanEmily CovellItchenor SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC292526209
40thSilver1160Mark AllawayClaire NealeHISC343632(DNC)DNCDNCDNC231
41stSilver933Charles CondellCharles HalliwellChew Valley Lake SC383334(DNC)DNCDNCDNC234
42ndSilver855Graham WilliamsonJeremy WilliamsonHISC(DNC)DNCDNC34DNCDNCDNC249