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RS Games 2018 at the WPNSA: RS600 National Championship Overall

by George Smith 28 Aug 2018 17:44 BST 23-25 August 2018
RS600 UK Nationals at the RS Games © Alex & David Irwin /

For the eager RS600 sailors day 2 was a disappointing blow out. Having watched the other fleets blast around the harbour, the difficult decision was made to abandon the racing for the pub. This left it to the race officers to squeeze four races into day 3, which they managed without a hitch.

With Richard Smith looking almost unassailable in the lead, the battle was on for 2nd best.

The first start was fogged by a few sore heads from the typically big RS party the night before and saw the whole fleet push the line for a general recall. The race team marked their steely intent with a black flag for the next start.

The fleet fought hard for the pin end, however the right hand side was the place to be. Chris Hasslam, in his first RS600 nationals, pulled out an incredible lead that he was never in danger of relenting. Others could only chase for the scraps.

The wind shifted 30 degrees right and with the course reset within moments, the fleet lined up under another black flag. The infamous yellow-masted Michael Izatt showed his experience in the lead but was hounded by the boat''s designer, Clive Everest. Michael took his eye off the ball allowing Clive to show he can sail the boat he designed as well as anyone. A notable return to the mix for our class chairman Ian back to the pointy end of the fleet after a tricky first day. It was also great to see first timers staking a place in the top 10, with James, Chris and Liam showing promising speed for the future.

Race 6 was back to business as usual. The fleet split left and right and both sides on the course had their moment in the sun. The port lay line paid coming into the mark and Richard Smith lead, again making good on his yellow race vest. The breeze was building as was the pressure of getting a good result, so much so that George Smith decided on a slow motion capsize to cool off. Those looking for podium places pushed hard and were chased down by a very competitive pack. Liam Willis showing great progress to take 6th and all but secure the youth trophy.

You could see pained looks on faces as those hoping for glory attempted to compute the scores. The easiest score to work out was the lowest one and Richard Smith was rightly smug with one race to go.

The final race of the day was arguably the most hotly fought. Those fighting for the podium all covered each other out to the left, over-standing the windward mark by a mile. The first mark was a carnage of port and starboard. Clive came out worst, unable to find a spot round the mark but discovering that there were no easy pickings in the middle of the fleet. A tight race ensued with great speed from Ian Jubb to hold off George and Jamie Mawson, giving Richard something to think about.

With the final results on the board the painful mental arithmetic was over and the fleet could pack up with tired smiles.

The RS Games was most certainly an event of numbers. Over 1300 sailors from 30 countries with thousands of volunteers. There were some big numbers for the RS600 fleet too.

The first new boat in 10 years was on display, courtesy of some serious hard work from Alex Newton-Southern at RS sailing. Our new national champion was also at the first and tenth national championships, as was his boat, number 608. The top 8 sailors could likely boast 60 years or more RS600 sailing experience between them which means likely a thousand capsizes. And for nearly half the fleet this was their first ever championships in an RS600.

Those numbers are a display of what a great boat the RS600 is and that this is no longer a resurgent class but once again a competitive and exciting fleet. New boats, new sailors and free swimming lessons all in store for next season.

A massive thank you again to all the organisers from the RS association, the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy team, all the sponsors for their support and to all those who came. Special thanks to Ian Montague who has done a fantastic job as class chairman. See you all at Rutland for the end of season event.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelm NameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st8Richard SmithWilsonian SC1112‑6117
2nd810Jamie MawsonNotts County SC3443‑54220
3rd988George SmithShoreham SC23553‑9422
4th969Clive EverestHayling Island SC6221112‑1224
5th918Ian MontagueStone SC‑1067743532
6th654Ian MarshallOxford SC596475‑1136
7th951Michael IszattKing George SC8‑139627840
8th676Ian Jubb 453‑161411340
9th900Alex PiggottNotts County SC‑1612109118757
10th652Liam WillisLymington Town SC‑2081914106663
11th885Simon HibbertNottingham SC1378‑2112121365
12th670Christopher HaslamHickling Broad SC‑22182019101068
13th715James Parker‑MowbrayCastle Cove SC/ASWC11191810814(DNC)80
14th782Daniel HollandsHythe & Saltwood SC181111(TAL)15131482
15th657Joseph WellerdDartmouth YC12‑17141213151682
16th958Chris OwensPembrokeshire YC17‑2112131916986
17th946Ian RhodesNorthampton SC141613‑2016181592
18th826David NunnLilliput SC151516‑1817171797
19th626Ken PottsGunfleet SC714218(RET)DNCDNC110
20th957Matt PotterNotts County SC1922(RET)17202018116
21st881David GoudieGrafham Water SC91015(DNC)DNCDNCDNC124
22nd656Alex EverestHayling Island SC24(RET)DNC19181919129
23rd904Will DaviesGrafham Water SC2120(RET)TAL222220135
24th898Tim MorganPaignton SC23231722(RET)DNC22137
25th933Clifford HaslamGreat Yarmouth & Gorleston SC(RET)DNCDNC23212321148
26th853Kacper CiechorskiPortishead Y &SC(RET)DNCDNC24232123151
27th749Lee BratleyCarsington SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC180
27th702Luke LazellLyme Regis SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC180
27th999Alexander Newton SouthonLymington Town SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC180

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