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Noble Marine 2012

RS Vareo Volvo Noble Marine Nationals at Llandegfedd Sailing Club - Day 1

by Paul North 28 Aug 2016 11:47 BST 27-28 August 2016
RS Vareo Nationals at Llandegfedd © Llandegfedd SC

Nils Jollife and Dave Jarrett are the overnight leaders after day one of the RS Vareo Volvo Noble Marine National Championship being held at Llangdegfedd Sailing Club over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A warm but overcast day saw a fleet of 26 Vareos (the largest for a good few years) take to the water of this large reservoir in South Wales for 3 back-to-back races this afternoon. The lake is about 1.5 miles long and a mile wide so plenty of room for the standard windward leeward course. Having been closed for a year for maintenance Langdegfedd reopened this year with brand new, beautiful facilities and a warm welcome was given to the 16 travelling sailors (including 2 from Holland) and 10 locals. Tea and homemade cake were very welcome at the pre-race briefing.

After a brief pause while the marks were relaid in a shifting wind racing was underway soon after 1pm. Jeremy Symons made good speed to the leeward mark but failed to pass the spreader mark and never regained the ground lost having to return 100 yards. 1st place to Nils Jollife closely followed by locals Dave Jarrett and Bill Jackson.

Race 2 saw Nick Crickmore get a "personal gust" on the second downwind leg, leaving him 100 yards clear of the fleet at the mark. He held on to take the win with Luke Fisher 2nd and Dave Jarret 3rd.

I learned a valuable lesson in this race, as you're beating away from the leeward mark, even if you have the main cleated it's a good idea to keep a tight hold on it in case you accidentally kick it out of the cleat! With the main going one way and me going backwards into the water I managed to hang on by the toe straps and after a quick bottom wash avoided a capsize. Unfortunately as I flew backwards the boat skewed into the boat on my outside (no damage done thankfully) so a 720 penalty pushed me well down the fleet.

Following a shift at the end of race 2 the marks were reset for Race 3. For many of us a start with 26 boats was a new experience but the race officer had set a nice long start line so although busy there was room to manoeuvre without it getting too scary.

Nils Jolliffe was first, again followed by Dave Jarrett with Jeremy Symons in third. As we returned to the large beach our trolleys were provided efficiently by the great shore team and we packed up after a great afternoon sailing. In the changing rooms the discussion seemed to be that most were looking to discard 2 of today's races and we all hoped to have done better – we'll see!

Great to see so many of this fabulous boat at the event and for some of us "small puddle" sailors a chance to really stretch its legs. Thank you to all the people involved from Llangdegfedd SC, from where I sat it looked to run very smoothly. Looking forward to another great day on Sunday after a good night's sleep.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3Pts
1st487Nils Jolliffe1517
2nd605David Jarrett2327
3rd501Bill Jackson34411
4th239Carl Gill58619
5th165Nicholas Crickmore411520
6th407Luke Fisher621422
7th523Simon Collinson76922
8th665Jeremy Symons167326
9th565Andy Howard811726
10th612John Regan9121031
11th660Cheryl Wood1091332
12th389Alex Howard1513533
13th415Andy Trickett12101739
14th305Mike Rhodes11171240
15th547Kevin Weatherhead1423845
16th226Joost Knotnerus13141946
17th443Paul North20221153
18th619Chris Smith19152155
19th359Peter Knapp21161855
20th658Andrew Appleton18192057
21st337Richard Holmes17182459
22nd211Clare Williams23211660
23rd321Paul Kettle25202267
24th540Arwin Bos24242371
25th266Chris Coll22252673
26th424Tom WattsDNF262578