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Volvo Noble Marine RS700 Nationals at Stokes Bay Sailing Club - Day 2

by Matt Carter 23 Sep 2017 17:36 BST 21-24 September 2017

Another great day at the RS700 Volvo Noble Marine Nationals with 10 to 12 knots, sunshine and close racing. Following a lengthy wait for the breeze to swing from East to South West and multiple gallant attempts to lay a course we were finally let go.

The first race saw a shift on the first beat allowing the boats that went right to pop out in front. Robbie Bell, Theo Galyer and Matt Carter lead around the windward mark before Jerry Wales overpowered Robbie and Theo. Close racing followed in lots of tide but Matt hung on for the win with Jerry 2nd.

The second start saw Adrian Howe on the start line without a mast following forestay failure. On the gun Jerry Wales took the lead from the beginning and was chased hard by Robbie Bell. Downwind the strong tide made laying the leeward mark difficult but the leading boats wiggled away from the fleet. The second best proved exciting with the RS700s sailing upwind through the RS800 fleet screaming downwind at a rate of knots. The leaders remained ahead for the 3 laps with Jerry Wales winning ahead of Robbie Bell in 2nd and Matt Carter 3rd.

In the final race of the day saw a great battle between Ian Nolan and Jerry Wales. The pair swapped places up and downwind followed closely by Pete Purkiss. Jerry pipped Ian to the post only to find out that he was OCS which gave Ian the win. Richard Wadsworth came in 2nd having powered through the fleet over the 3 laps followed by Pete Purkiss for 3rd.

In all another fantastic day on the water followed by the Stokes Bay Pirate Party, bar games and way too much rum... aaargh!

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
11053Jerry WalesWindsport1721(OCS)11
2720Richard WadsworthStokes Bay SC218‑10213
3966Matt CarterLancing SC5‑813615
41027Colin DaceySnettisham Beach SC‑9245415
51023Ian NolanSnettisham Beach SC‑12566118
6875Robbie BellSnettisham Beach SC3952(DNC)19
71042Pete PurkissBrightlingsea SC43‑99319
8944James BaylissQueen Mary SC64108(DNF)28
9991Theo GalyerStokes Bay SC7(DNC)741028
101022Ian SwannHayling Island SC‑2111371738
11970Simon RedfearnBrightlingsea SC8‑171415744
121041Matt ConnerQueen Mary SC156‑22111345
13984Adam GoldingHayling Island SC19101112(DNC)52
14839Phillip HighfieldGt. Yarmouth & Gorleston11‑1917141153
15914Graham BlakeQueen Mary SC‑20121520956
16808Spike DanielsHayling Island SC10181318‑2059
17859Peter O'nionsQueen Mary SC1614‑23171259
18926Simon ClarkLyme Regis SC171312‑191860
19882Ed NapolitanoSnettisham Beach SC141625(DNF)863
20871Mark NicholsonHayling Island SC(DNC)DNC1613564
21855David BridleBrightlingsea SC‑221518161564
221046Miles RoebuckOxford SC132019‑232274
231031Hamish GriffithsHayling Island SC182221‑251677
241014Chris ChambersRestronguet SC(DNC)DNC20211485
25982Roland SmithQueen Mary SC(DNF)2324241990
26756Alistair PaulGrafham Water SC2524‑27222192
27762Adrian HoweOxford SC2421(DNC)DNCDNC105
281035Roger TaylorHayling Island SC2325(DNC)DNCDNC108
29801Stephen CarrBrightlingsea SC(DNC)2626DNFDNC112
Races in brackets () are discards.         
There are 10 races scheduled in this series.         
5 races have been sailed.         
4 races have been counted.         

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