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RS Games 2018 at the WPNSA: RS600 National Championship Day 1

by Lee Bratley 24 Aug 2018 13:19 BST 23-25 August 2018
RS600 UK Nationals day 1 at the RS Games © Alex & David Irwin /

"RS600 sailors your briefing starts in ten minutes"... This was the call that heralded the gathering of 29 RS600 pilots to start three days of battle - with a promise of fresh breeze and sunshine.

From the old guard to plenty of new faces there was a massive buzz amongst the fleet as we set of for the first of three races for the day.

First race saw a 50/50 split in the fleet for the first beat with Richard Smith making great gains to reach the mark first... Where he stayed all race to take the first spoils of the day.

The breeze started to build noticeably for the second race, pin end was the place to be as the bulk of the fleet headed over there, splitting again for this first beat.

Again, Richard came out on top as conditions started to take there toll with capsizes and a couple of breakages laying claim to a couple of boats (Special note to Chris Haslam who, in his first 600 event - and at just 17years old - managed to capsize, lose a rudder and replace it whilst upturned.... And managing to finish the race!

Race three and the breeze really was kicking up now and tired bodies made for a very testing race. Off the start and though the wind was up the competition levels hadn''t dropped and pushing of the line saw the best start of the day.

With white caps starting to form, Richard was ahead again followed, noteably, by none other than Clive Everest in his first 600 event in many a year.

So, at the end of day one, Richard Smith is clearly the man of the moment with a very close tussle for second with George and Clive tied.

Friday sees another big forecast which will show these spectacular boats at their very limits.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoHelm NameClubR1R2R3Pts
18Richard SmithWilsonian SC1113
2969Clive EverestHayling Island SC62210
3988George SmithShoreham SC23510
4810Jamie MawsonNotts County SC34411
5676Ian Jubb 45312
6654Ian MarshallOxford SC59620
7918Ian MontagueStone SC106723
8885Simon HibbertNottingham SC137828
9951Michael IszattKing George SC813930
10881David GoudieGrafham Water SC9101534
11900Alex PiggottNotts County SC16121038
12782Daniel HollandsHythe & Saltwood SC18111140
13626Ken PottsGunfleet SC7142142
14657Joseph WellerdDartmouth YC12171443
15946Ian RhodesNorthampton SC14161343
16826David NunnLilliput SC15151646
17652Liam WillisLymington Town SC2081947
18715James Parker‑MowbrayCastle Cove SC/ASWC11191848
19958Chris OwensPembrokeshire YC17211250
20670Christopher HaslamHickling Broad SC22182060
21898Tim MorganPaignton SC23231763
22957Matt PotterNotts County SC1922RET71
23904Will DaviesGrafham Water SC2120RET71
24656Alex EverestHayling Island SC24RETDNC84
25702Luke LazellLyme Regis SCDNCDNCDNC90
25749Lee BratleyCarsington SCDNCDNCDNC90
25853Kacper CiechorskiPortishead Y &SCRETDNCDNC90
25933Clifford HaslamGreat Yarmouth & Gorleston SCRETDNCDNC90
25999Alexander Newton SouthonLymington Town SCDNCDNCDNC90

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