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Volvo Noble Marine RS300 National Championships at Porthpean SC - Day 1

by Paul Watson 13 Sep 16:56 BST 12 September 2019
Day 1 - Volvo Noble Marine RS300 National Championships 2019 © Ken Fobbester

As day one of the Volvo Noble Marine RS300 Nationals dawned the sailors were greeted with a grey and drizzly Porthpean. Looking out onto the water the wind appeared gentle and the sea flat.

Fortunately by the time we started racing the drizzle had subsided and as the boats reached the sailing area we were greeted with some nice waves to play on and a steady F3-4.

Race 1 was hard fought, Steve Bolland eventually taking the win, despite a swim on the first run. Steve Sallis hiking his toenails off to finish second, Paul Watson third.

Race 2 was a little more normal in terms of Steve Bolland and Dave Acres refusing to play with the rest of the fleet to finish 1, 2. The fight for third was won by Harry McVicar whose downwind speed took Rich LeMare by surprise on the final leg.

Race 3 saw Steve and Dave again play a fairly anti social game but this time joined by Paul W who had finally worked out how to sail the first beat. After some close racing it was Dave who took the win from Paul and then Steve.

After the racing the fleet came ashore to enjoy a beer courtesy of the Boatyard at Beer and spent the evening at the sailing club enjoying the bar, some fantastic chilli and a daily prize-giving with prizes supplied by Rooster Sailing and SpeedSix .

Day two looks to be a lighter wind affair so those of smaller frame will be looking to make their mark.

Results after day 1:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st411Steve BollandBristol Corinthian YC1135
2nd544David AcresEmsworth SC5218
3rd528Paul WatsonBowmoor SC36211
4th523Harry McVicarDraycote Water SC43714
5th555Richard Le MareCastle Cove SC84618
6th339Steve CockerillStokes Bay SC68519
7th476Steve SallisHykeham SC271423
8th525Mark CooperBurghfield SC1410428
9th313Ben GreenLymington Town SC119828
10th500Pete EllisStewartby Watersports Club7141132
11th351Rob FordTattingstone Valley SC1013932
12th556Peter MackinStokes Bay SC1251835
13th373Richard HargreavesStewartby Watersports Club13111236
14th393Chris ArnellChristchurch SC15121037
15th490Alistair MclaughlinPrestwick SC9171642
16th386Paul BarkerMelldalloch SC16161345
17th473Harry KennedyStokes Bay SC19151549
18th450Mark HenmanSouth Shields SC21181756
19th395Ben HeppenstallWhitefriars SC1719DNC59
20th422Alastair WoodMedway YC18DNCDNC64
21st532Cheryl WoodPennine SC20DNCDNC66
22nd427David CoulsonStewartby Watersports ClubDNFDNCDNC69

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