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RS700 Volvo Noble Marine National Championship - Overall

by Rob Higgins 16 Sep 13:28 BST 12-15 September 2020
RS700 Volvo Noble Marine National Championship final day © RS Sailing

Day four with two scheduled races and we were greeted with a light breeze and warm sun. An early postponement was sounded which allowed the fleet time to relax and enjoy the sun while allowing the wind time to decide which way it wanted to come from.

Eventually the breeze showed signs of settling and the fleet were launched into a 6 knot breeze that would build to 10 knots.

Race Nine

The fleet got away with a general recall being sounded, the guilty party Pete Purkiss acknowledged and went back. Theo Gayler, knowing a good result would seal the event, made a solid start at the committee boat joined by Liam Willis. Theo would just tack inside Liam to round the windward mark first closely followed by Liam, Rob Higgins and Matt Conner.

The chasing pack was headed by Jerry Wales. Rob managed to hoist quickly and get over the top of Liam to move into second. The final lap proved to be the most eventful. Theo rounded first with Rob in second. Rob headed out to the left joined by Liam. Jerry and Matt headed out hard right - this would greatly pay. Jerry rounded the windward mark first closely followed by Theo, and Matt who had now overtaken Rob and rounded in third.

At the bottom gate Jerry decided to drop in order to head to the finish line while Theo decided he would try and hold the kite. The pair were separated by one second with Jerry taking the win. Rob had overtaken Matt downwind to take third, Matt fourth, then Pete Purkiss who recovered well to take fifth.

Race Ten

The signs weren't good as the RS800s finished in a dying breeze. The breeze didn't come back in and so racing was cancelled for the day.

Congratulations to Theo for successfully defending his national champion title. There was excellent racing throughout the fleet with many new faces livening up the on the water battles.

Thank you very much to the great team at WPNSA for being able to pull off such a strong racing event at such short notice. Thank you very much also to our generous sponsors Volvo, Noble Marine, Hyde Sails, RS Sailing and Rooster for supporting us so well.

The lucky winner of the RS700 spinnaker generously donated by Hyde Sails was Andrew Wright from Queen Mary SC. Matthew Conner, also from Queen Mary SC, won the sports bag donated by Noble Marine.

  • Apprentice: Liam Willis from Lymington Town SC
  • Fidelis Trophy: Ian Swann from HISC
  • 1st Silver: Graham Blake from Queen Mary SC
  • Master: Jerry Wales from Windsport

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1Gold1063Theo GalyerHayling Island SC11‑6‑101141211
2Gold1060Jerry WalesWindsport‑532253(RET[18])2118
3Gold1029Rob HigginsChew Valley Lake SC223‑63‑615319
4Gold1042Pete PurkissBrightlingsea SC4413‑7423‑521
5Gold1062Matt CarterLancing SC354‑72256‑727
6Gold1032Liam WillisLymington Town SC66‑121453(RET[18])934
7Gold1022Ian SwannHayling Island SC‑16754‑9788645
8Gold944James BaylissQueen Mary SC7‑97‑116864846
9Gold1041Matthew ConnerQueen Mary SC88‑13‑98977451
10Silver914Graham BlakeQueen Mary SC911‑145‑1211991064
11Silver982Roland SmithHayling Island SC1110‑161411101111‑1578
12Silver859Peter OnionsDraycote SC121310151013(RET[18])(DNS[18])1184
13Silver808Turner JamesHayling Island SC1012912(RET[18])(DNC[18])DNS[18]DNS[18]1392
14Silver931Malcolm StreetonHayling Island SC14161113(RET[18])1212(RET[18])1492
15Silver1035Roger TaylorHayling Island SC1514(DNF[18])1713141010(DNC[18])93
16Silver1067Simon HamiltonQueen Mary SC13(RET[18])88(DNC[18])DNC[18]DNC[18]DNC[18]DNC[18]101
17Silver1061Andrew WrightQueen Mary SC171515161415(DNC[18])  104

Our next event is the Rooster Inland Championship at Oxford Sailing Club 24-25 Oct. Event information here.

There is one space left at the informal coaching on Sat 17 Oct at Oxford SC. Contact to grab your spot.

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