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Volvo Noble Marine RS100 National Championships at Porthpean Sailing Club - Day 1

by David Smart and Clive Eplett 13 Sep 2019 16:51 BST 12-15 September 2019
Volvo Noble Marine RS100 National Championships 2019 © Ken Fobbester

With a pasty-eaters forecast of Force 4 to 5 for the day the PRO rightly decided to add a race to the day's programme since the next three days are expected to be lighter. The pond sailors were less convinced this was a good idea.

Race 1

A significantly starboard biased line led to a general recall. That led to the use of the U flag (a sort of black flag lite) which meant a better behaved fleet for the second start, although two boats still pushed a little too hard and bagged an OCS. There was a sort of shifty bend up the beat, which paid to go right - most of the time. Brett Aarons and Huw Powell were revelling in the breeze with Powell pinching the win from Aarons between the leeward gate and finish followed by Robert Richardson. Bloody kids.

Race 2

The wind stayed up which started to take its toll on the fleet with a number of capsizes. The bar chat later blamed catching the next choppy wave after you thought you'd got the job done. The most obvious trip-up was on the first run, after Powell had built a massive 200m lead, only to fall over on the gybe. However his lead was so commanding that he was still in first place at the leeward mark, although the chasing pack could at least now read his number. Powell took the bullet again with Richardson (the younger) second and Andy Jones third, licking his wounds from a first race OCS.

Race 3

The wind may have been the same, but bodies were now aching. Upwind tactics for some (no names, no pack-drill) moved away from tacking on shifts to tacking to relieve tired muscles. The exception was John Richardson (the senior one) who hit the left corner and, against the run of play, led at the first mark. There was a bigger bunch up front applying pressure to Powell, with Aarons taking the final gun, followed by Powell with Harrison finally keeping his mast skyward taking third.

Powell was delighted to be leading overnight as this means he gets to wear the leader's red extra small bib. Aarons is a close second overall with Richardson a distant third. David (not so flaky so far) Smart is in a surprise fourth and leading Master helped by being one of only three who went the whole day without swimming.

The weather for the next few days is much lighter, which might switch things about. Nevertheless, orders tomorrow for the legendary Porthpean pasty boat are universal.

Results after day 1:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st508Huw PowellRed Wharf Bay/Netley1124
2nd527Brett AaronsGurnard SC2417
3rd140Robert RichardsonRoyal Windermere YC321116
4th277David SmartChew Valley Lake SC46818
5th130Stephen JonesChew Valley Lake SC67518
6th372Steve MainNetley SC75921
7th523Greg BoothPort Dinorwic581225
8th379Mark HarrisonGurnard SC149326
9th172Andrew JonesChew Valley Lake SCOCS3427
10th509Clive EplettFrensham Pond SC815730
11th441John RichardsonRoyal Windermere YC916631
12th362Adam KnightGuernesy YC10111031
13th470Francis BucknallLlandegfedd11101637
14th259Ian GregoryFrensham Pond SC13131339
15th359Giles PeckhamGurnard SC15121744
16th122John CharlesLeigh on Sea SC12171847
17th472Stewart HawthornNetley SC/Royal Southern YC16181448
18th154Simon GeymanDatchet Water SCOCS141549
19th446Jo MussonSaundersfoot & Tenby SCDNCDNCDNC60

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