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Volvo Noble Marine RS800 National Championships - Day 2

by Tom Morris 13 Sep 19:50 BST 12-15 September 2020
Volvo Noble Marine RS800 National day 1 © Clare Sargent

An earlier start time for racing combined with later Sunday opening at Lidl, immediately left some of the fleet on the back foot as the morning croissant run proved fruitless. It was going to be a tricky day.

Pre-start there was some twin trapezing, but with the fading forecast such a mode was an increasingly rare commodity as the day progressed. Race one got away successfully and it was Luke and Emma McEwen who hooked into some nice pressure and a favourable lift from the left. Out in the lead, with clear air, the McEwens were never really challenged and kept their composure to claim their first bullet of the championship. Behind, in contrast was a battle royale of position changes as Joe and Ben Bradley pushed yesterday's race winners hard to finish fourth, just behind Tom Morris and Guy Fillmore, and Hugh Shone and Fiona Hampshire.

By the second race, with the breeze trending downward as per the forecast, the fleet were clearly fighting hard to get their noses out in to clear air from the beginning. This led to the first general recall of the championships and the deployment of the U-flag for the second attempt.

This time the leader came from the right. John Mather and Phil Walker, who were first to hitch away from the drag race, got a phase ahead of the fleet and rounded the windward with the best lead of the championship and sailed away from the fleet to become the fourth race winner with four races sailed. With the boys yachting around on their own the real racing moves were happening behind. But the story of this race were the gains made by early gybers on the downwind, with both Rob Gullan and Callum Healy and the McEwens making huge gains through the fleet. These boats made the top three with Tom and Guy battling Megan Brickwood and Stephie Orton for fourth. Yet, more drama awaited as several boats were met at the finish with silence. Victims of the U-flag, both Rob and Callum and Tom and Guy were pulled from the results.

At the end of the second day, and the first discard being applied, the big movers were Joe and Ben. Two fourth places and discarding their gear failure from race two, they jump right in to the top five. Luke and Emma take over the lead from Hugh and Fiona.

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st1220Luke McEwenEmma McEwenRoyal Lymington YC‑62125
2nd1231Hugh ShoneFiona HampshireSwanage SC213‑186
3rd1144Tom MorrisGuy FillmoreHayling Island SC132(UFD)6
4th1207Phil WalkerJohn MatherHayling Island SC55‑11111
5th1215Joseph BradleyBenjamin BradleyHayling Island SC7(RET)4415
6th1124Robert GullanCalum HealeyHayling Island SC465(UFD)15
7th961Megan BrickwoodStephanie OrtonWPNSA‑979319
8th1154Cam StewartAlice MastermanHayling Island SC39‑12820
9th1045Claire LaskoEdward DyerHayling Island SC8‑1413526
10th982Leo WilkinsonToby BloomfieldMaidenhead SC10‑2281028
11th1171James PentyEddie GraysonBeaver SC‑194151130
12th1188Daniel GoodmanDebbie ClarkStokes Bay SC1115‑19632
13th825Tom WalkerJames CurtisWest Wittering SC17106(UFD)33
14th1232Cameron MossDarrol MossLyme Regis SC‑168141436
15th88Ralph SingletonMike ChapmanRestronguet SC13187(UFD)38
16th1129Fin ArmstrongSam JonesRoyal Torbay YC(OCS)16101238
17th1203Grace FellTim GrattonNetley SC1411‑161338
18th1204Martin OrtonIan Brooks/Alex OrtonChichester YC/Trearddur Bay SC‑1812171544
19th1163Tim DickinsonStephenie DickinsonHayling Island SC1513‑221745
20th1131Madeleine AndersonTom BallintineWPNSA22(RET)18747
21st1164Russ GibbsEmma PhilipsStarcross YC2117‑23947
22nd1008Ben PalmerBruna de QueirozHayling Island SC122020(UFD)52
23rd1014Sam WallerMatt RhodesBeaver SC2019‑211655
24th1011Simon ClarkJames FullerLyme Regis SC2321‑241963

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