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Volvo Noble Marine RS200 National Championships at Royal Torbay Yacht Club - Overall

by Jo Hewitson, Will Taylor, Tommy Darling & Matt Mee 9 Aug 21:14 BST 5-9 August 2019
Volvo Noble Marine RS200 Nationals at Torbay day 1 © Rudder Stock Photos

Day 1, by Jo Hewitson

The RS200 Nationals has had a massive start and we are only one day in! Registration was followed by a hugely well attended beach and quayside clean. Such enthusiasm from this young fleet to rid our shores of plastic.

Champagne sailing greeted the 104 boats with sunshine and 15-20 knot. Bill Butcher, PRO, set 2 excellent races. The very exciting gates starts went ahead without mishap. Both races were a games of snakes and ladders with massive gusts and shifts ensuring no-one could relax. Multiple National Champion James Peters, with super crew Maddy Andersen, showed the way to win both races.

208 exhausted crews found the energy to have a fabulous night. A Q&A session from out top sailors and Judge helped spread excellent tips thought out the fleet. The delightful Duckhams Dress was awarded to Tommy Darling who despite capsizing whilst leading second race went on to stand on his sister Charlie whilst righting the boat! Syd Mclean and Morgan Peach hosted the buddy quiz which had a distinct maritime theme. Aptly names Buddy Team Morecambe and Wise took first place. Royal Torbay Yacht Club were on fine form with an excellent curry and happy hour.

All in all a fabulous start.

Day 2, by Will Taylor

Following on from the buddy quiz at the club last night, a few teams decided they needed more fun so made the short walk to town to go for a few more drinks and dance the night away. Unsurprisingly, there were a few sore heads this morning and a few pairs took a while to find their boats in the morning. Those that were at their boats were looking at the race course and nearly everyone choose to drop their rigs back.

On the water, everyone experienced the full enjoyment of RS200 heavy wind sailing. Downwind was full on with both helm and crew sitting right at the back over the waves. It wasn't uncommon to see centreboards as boats hurtled downwind. Race 1 of the day saw Matt Mee and Emma Norris start as the pathfinder and keep the lead until the end. We are also loving Emma's daily weather update as she has the perfect view of the course. Race 2 saw a huge squall hit the fleet as we went down the first run, causing a large amount of carnage. It was great to see 76 boats finish the race which was full on. The result of the race went the way of James Peters and Maddie Anderson who managed to recover from a poor first beat.

Everyone was happy to be back ashore especially if they didn't have any breakages. it is fair to say Stevie from RS was very busy sorting out lots of boats. Hopefully all will be sorted for racing tomorrow.

The fleet is now getting ready for the Masters Meal, BBQ and Karaoke which will no doubt see some fabulous singing. But before that everyone has headed to their accommodation to rest from the hard work on the water.

Day 3, by Tommy Darling

The idea of a 3 race thriller on the 3rd day of the RS200 Nationals was met with trepidation by the weary legs of the fleet. Another strong south-westerly over the cliffs made for similar conditions to the previous days.

The McGoverns were quick out the blocks, rolling me before I realised they were there. They went on to lead at every mark and took their first race win of the Championship.

The 2nd race started on a 20 degree right shift with the gate boat almost pointing back towards the marina. The early starters took the lift first, when it came 40 degrees back left were already crossing the boats waiting to start. Arthur, Sophie, Charlie and I tried to keep James and Maddy at bay for the first downwind but he got in front at the gate and led from there.

Another dramatic start to the 3rd race saw boats stuck on the guard boat. After being caught in the carnage the start before, Matt Mee and Emma Norris were determined to turn it around and took the lead early kept it for the whole race. James showed more downwind dominance to take another 2nd (it's like he does asymmetric planing for a living).

James and Maddy lead going into tomorrow. Owen and Will top youth (5th). Chris and Nicola are front runners in the bronze fleet (35th).

Southampton are currently dominating the Uni prize.

Day 4, by Matt Mee

After a busy evening in the protest room, the scene was set for 3 races on Thursday with lighter winds and a change of direction forecast. A Dutch cruise ship has also parked itself in the bay to add to the drama.

The day started with 8knots from the south east with building waves. In the re-run of race 7 the Darlings rounded first hotly pursued by David Jessop and Sophie Mears. Matt Mee and Emma Norris pulled through to take the win with James and Maddy 2nd and Tommy and Charlie in 3rd. Some of the lighter teams who have been in top form this year also hit the front with Andy Brown and Alex Sutcliffe and Alistair Norris and Helen Summersgill in the top 10.

Team McGovern were gate boat for race 8 and sailed a commanding first beat. The mist was closing in and by the top of the second upwind the leading group lost sight of the leeward marks. Jonny and Sarah in the lead deployed their fog strategy of sail for 2 minutes on starboard, gybe and hope to see the marks emerge. The group behind gybed inside and made some good gains with the right shift. Jonny and Sarah held out to take their 2nd win, Matt and Emma finished 2nd with Hamish Walker and Emma Clarke making good gains to finish in 3rd.

The PRO made a call to abandon for the day due to the worsening fog which proved to be the right call.

Day 5, by Jonny McGovern

Big Friday arrived and the met office were spot on. The fleet woke up to a strong SW wind with rain and 40 knots forecast for the start time. The Race committee made a early call to bring the championship to a close - a wise decision as just dropping the mast was hard work!

This meant that Maddy Anderson and James Peters were crowned the 2019 RS200 National Champions. With the event reaching its entry limit of 104 boats the fleet has enjoyed some awesome conditions in Torbay and it was such a pleasure to race in a fleet littered with a mix of seasoned 200 goers, ex national & world champions, youth sailors, siblings, masters, Australians, first timers in the class and some people who have never sailed before... just goes to show how diverse this class has become and why it's the number one class in the UK!

The fleet enjoyed an excellent social programme throughout the week and with the show-piece being the black tie dinner, which was fantastically hosted by the UK's 2019 Club of the year, Royal Torbay Yacht Club. The sailors did a good job of drinking the bar dry which included replacing glasses for a shoe on a number of occasions. With the DJ opening his set with the Baywatch song the fleet was quickly into its stride!

With so many new faces in the class, attentions have already turned to next year nationals which will be hosted by Filey Sailing club, there is talk of no limit on entry so next year could be the biggest Nationals ever!

There was a huge amount of people involved in putting on this year's edition and many thanks given through the prize giving to all who contributed in making this years nationals such a success!

Well done to all the competitors!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewBuddyClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st1675James PetersMaddy AndersonMorcombe and WiseHISC1121‑312‑58
2nd1615Matt MeeEmma NorrisShaggy and Scooby‑DooRed Wharf Bay2‑10152(DSQ)1213
3rd1601Jonny McGovernSarah McGovernMicky and Minnie MousePort Dinorwic SC‑86371DGB‑11123
4th1657Hamish WalkerEmma HiveyPeter Pan and WendyRNSA/ASA45‑1626‑224324
5th629Arthur HendersonSophie HeritageCathy and HeathcliffItchenor SC5368‑345‑131037
6th1391Tom DarlingCharlie DarlingPebbles and Bamm‑bammHISC‑1741412‑32231146
7th1136Martin WrigleyArran HolmanPosh and Becks ‑3213965DGB‑15450
8th1634Owen BowermanWill WardPeter Pan and WendyUniversity of Bath SC995‑13‑23881352
9th1667Olly TurnerSam MottersheadSpongebob and PatrickStarcross YC7810‑2481016‑3559
10th1039Tom GoodeyRichard ThomasHan Solo and ChewbaccaBroadstairs SC6(DSQ)11424‑3414968
11th1570Robbie KingJamie WebbChip and Dale 1811814127‑54‑2470
12th1682Andrew BrownAlex SutcliffeBert and ErnieTynemouth SC‑241715‑252266672
13th452Crispin BeaumontFreya DarntonSpock and Capt KirkWessex SC11‑36‑211511918872
14th1029Nick RobinsFlorence TannerStarsky and HutchHISC‑301519341123‑2875
15th1703Steve WilsonElysia DooleyHan Solo and ChewbaccaRS Sailing1414417‑25422‑3175
16th1440Peter BallantineJo KalderonAnt and DecSalcombe2116(DNS)10720‑252397
17th920Oliver AldridgePhoebe ConnellanSimon and GarfunkelWessex SC2021‑30162013‑24797
18th573James GrummettMatt TaylorTom and JerryBrightlingsea SC1622209‑2818‑3825110
19th1509Alistair NorrisHelen SummersgillAbsolutely FabulousRed Wharf Bay39‑40‑50191815714112
20th880Murray HampshireJess HammettTom and JerryHISC272712‑341514‑2818113
21st1625Karen OldaleJo HewitsonOlive Oyl and PopeyeParkstone YC/HISC2812‑3718101236‑52116
22nd1633Tom HewitsonAmelia HewitsonMaverick and GooseHISC‑331822112119‑3130121
23rd1659David JessopSophie MearHarry and MeghanQMSC(DNF)(DNF)6432163515135
24th1458Gus DixonOllie DixonWilliam and KateHISC152338‑48291617‑58138
25th1639Dom LewisLainey TerkelsenMario and LuigiBosham/Stone SC372624‑50‑6526917139
26th626Will TaylorFiona MulcahyBaloo and MowgliLymington Town SC3430172019‑36‑4320140
27th846Anthony ParkeJack AitkenAdam and EveBournemouth University13‑451331‑43173236142
28th1337Scott WallisEmma BakerBarbie and KenLymington Town SC31193239‑41‑421916156
29th1694Ryan OrrMatt VineyStarsky and HutchWessex SC19‑492826174126‑63157
30th1270Alex SmallwoodTom KosteletosAbsolutely FabulousLancing SC25729‑443027‑4240158
31st1568Rhos HawesIzi DaviesBatman and RobinItchenor SC2631233614(DSQ)30‑81160
32nd1527Chris TaylorJessica SlaterHomer and Marge SimpsonWPNSA1028‑74(DNF)27441046165
33rd1376Robert RichardsonBella FellowsBatman and RobinRoyal Windemere YC432‑552353(DNF)2719167
34th1439Jamie HarrisBettine HarrisLennon and McCartneyBristol Corinthian YC2932‑632249‑621227171
35th570Alex KingVita HeathcoteAdam and EveWarsash SC4034‑6040935‑5632190
36th961Rick LongbottomDarryl BentleyBaloo and Mowgli 5338332913‑8333‑75199
37th1676Paul CullenVerity HopkinsWham!Weirwood SC22(DNF)34273124‑7062200
38th1628Matt FowlerLynne RatcliffeTimon and PumbaaPevensey Bay SC‑4233273839‑503433204
39th16Chris WebberNicola WebberLennon and McCartneyPevensey Bay SC45‑72‑463026324626205
40th418Fred MainwaringLiz TeagueHolmes and WatsonRed Wharf Bay‑4837404340‑794512217
41st1680Rory OdellJosh BonseyChip and DaleNorthampton SC1225(DNF)5738(ZFP)2165218
42nd1415James HallZoe NieveenOlive Oyl and PopeyePapercourt SC3841‑44‑603637.53543230.5
43rd1340Ed HarrisWill KnatchbullMorcombe and WiseWaldringfield SC56‑5826284528‑6548231
44th1617Alex CurtisRaffi GracieShaggy and Scooby‑DooQMSC‑64‑56395550254134244
45th1621Morgan PeachKatie DaviesTimon and PumbaaRoyal Torbay YC320721(DNF)(DNF)DNSDNS261
46th964Chris ThomasLewis BowenHolmes and WatsonNorthampton SC35‑78485366(DSQ)3722261
47th915Sam ThompsonLeanne ThompsonBonnie and ClydeRNSA‑54244252(DNF)524054264
48th300Jovian ShortBarney BlackstoneSpongebob and PatrickRoyal Torquay YC7453183544‑7652‑82276
49th1378Andrew KilburnCaithlin JonesBert and ErnieNotts County SC465253584621‑67‑73276
50th1445Pete VincentVictoria UptonWham!Bristol Corinthian YC44545746‑80‑665129281
51st985Chay TaylorNiamh DaviesCathy and HeathcliffBurnham SC5729‑78(DNF)59573945286
52nd1248Mary HendersonEmma HornRomeo and JulietSalcombe YC60‑936154‑69462937287
53rd1023Rheanna PaveyClaudia WilsonAnt and DecStour SC49‑8735(DNF)79672042292
54th1573Henrik AsplundGeorgina KingPosh and BecksGuernsey YC706143‑723729‑8157297
55th1687Chris JamesEllen StoreyBrangelinaHISC66‑79‑734158515038304
56th211Ben WebbFiona HarringtonHarry and MeghanWeirwood SC51‑704145674557‑70306
57th1696Charlotte GordonEwan GribbinHarry and MeghanParkstone YC6259‑756254‑744921307
58th1383Oliver Cage‑WhiteImogen Cage‑WhiteChip and DaleBroadstairs SC‑906445‑7342315969310
59th1521Bethan MatthewJames ScottBrangelinaCUSC2347(DNF)(DNF)484048DNF311
60th1451Henry MorleyDavid RobertsonShaggy and Scooby‑DooCUSC683556376354‑75‑72313
61st1673Harry ChattertonFaye ChattertonMario and LuigiWaldringfield SC58‑73(DNF)6133495856315
62nd1413Tom FenemoreOrla MitchellBarbie and KenRoyal Lymington YC‑654249(DNF)62605355321
63rd1543Hatty WardSimon HammentOlive Oyl and Popeye (DNF)553147734373‑74322
64th796Alex BaxterElla VincentAdam and EveCUSC475047(DNF)5771(DSQ)53325
65th1342Merrick StanleyLucy TerkelsenWham!Llandegfedd SC‑756359635139‑7651326
66th1358Charles WhitakerLucy GatesPebbles and Bamm‑bammBudworth SC5560‑67424759‑6964327
67th1048Andrew SticklandBecky PearsonBrangelinaThorpe Bay YC5239‑6864556363‑67336
68th1576Marcus TresslerMegan TwiggDasterdly and Mutley 808136DGB5223‑86‑85337.7
69th999Greg BartlettJames DowrickMicky and Minnie MouseStarcross YC7667253361(DSQ)‑7979341
70th1145Nick SmithMax RossSpongebob and PatrickBristol Corinthian YC‑86577159‑76724749355
71st1605Kevin DruceVanessa RichardsPosh and BecksBurghfield SC508665(DNF)56‑876039356
72nd1387Paris ThomasJohn JonesBonnie and ClydeCUSC635158(DNF)‑71586266358
73rd1638Daisy CollingridgeEsme ShepherdPebbles and Bamm‑bammUniversity of Bath SC87(DNF)(DNF)DNF35304459360
74th910Charlotte HooperSophie WardLennon and McCartneyRoyal Burnham YC596652(DNF)‑77687741363
75th307Ed RileyMeia HarnettMario and LuigiWarsash SC774451657065‑84‑83372
76th1684Amy BoyleRoisin O'HalloranAbsolutely FabulousSt Mawes SC4162(DNF)776064‑8577381
77th805Andy BrierleyLarissa ConnabeerDasterdly and MutleyRoyal Torbay YC71656251‑84‑787860387
78th1663Hattie CollingridgeKatie SparkMicky and Minnie MouseWaldringfield SC‑96(DSQ)855687536147389
79th1179Archie PennErin MarksDasterdly and MutleyWaldringfield SC61‑887276(DSQ)567450389
80th162Daniel BuddenEmma BarnettHomer and Marge SimpsonWeymouth SC364354(DNF)(DNF)48DNSDNS391
81st1670Alice SeniorDani MiddletonBert and ErnieHISC734666686486‑96‑88403
82nd939James JohnsonTom JohnsonBaloo and MowgliWindermere School(DNF)85777074‑895544405
83rd1329Ben FlowerDom CareyCathy and HeathcliffTobermory YC‑9448806981‑907184433
84th1080Henry HallamAshley HillRomeo and JulietSt Mawes SC‑83758374(DSQ)806468444
85th1349Jack HardieAmy GoultTimon and PumbaaFrensham Pond SC72‑9269497291(DSQ)92445
86th965Callum FarndenMichael SmithHolmes and WatsonCVLSC79‑84‑8166.578707280445.5
87th1390Syd McleanTom McleanMaverick and GooseHISC69(DNF)(DNF)DNF82476886457
88th430Mike CalvertSophie HarrisAnt and DecNetley SC‑937770(DNF)68819071457
89th1654Mike WarwickerKate FitzsimmonsSimon and GarfunkelBough Beech SC6768(DNF)(DNF)906188DSQ479
90th719Richard HardingTristan HardingBarbie and KenFrensham Pond SC8474(DNF)(DNF)83738095489
91st1242Will BirchallKrystal LawWilliam and KateRSRN YC818282(DNF)897582‑94491
92nd1162Russ CoggraveLucy MalloryHan Solo and ChewbaccaStaunton Harold SC857179(DNS)‑94849290501
93rd1636Charlotte VideloRebecca VideloMorcombe and WiseFrensham Pond SC7890(DNF)(DNS)96778778506
94th1030Milly PughTheo PhillipsBatman and Robin (DNF)6984(DNF)92889187511
95th1695Jamie PopeKitty PopeTom and JerryWhitstable SC9580(DNF)(DNF)85699391513
96th1309Thomas WhiteEloise Nieveen/Imogen BellfordBonnie and ClydePapercourt SC899176(DNF)918583(DSQ)515
97th1371Blake LattaEliza SouthPeter Pan and WendyHISC97(DNF)(DNF)DNF75828976524
98th797Joe HowellCoral CrouchStarsky and HutchRNSA8883(DNS)(DNF)86929489532
99th1004Morgan DibbLily SummersSpock and Capt KirkEmsworth SC8276(DNF)71(DNF)DNFDNFDNS544
100th21XKatie DaviesX Royal Torbay YC(DNS)(DNS)DNSDNSDNSDNS6661547
101st497Jamie BenthamZoe BenthamHomer and Marge SimpsonCraven SC91(DNF)(DNF)7895939796550
102nd714Oliver JaggerHugh TomkinsSpock and Capt KirkCUSC9289(DNF)(DNF)88949593551
103rd989Josh StoneJonathan HoweSimon and GarfunkelBurghfield SC(DNF)94(DNF)7593DSQDNFDNF577
104th1262Josh AdamsCat WallacePosh and BecksOxford SC(DNC)(DNS)DNFDNFDNFDNFDNFDNS630

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