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Noble Marine RS800 National Championship at Castle Cove Sailing Club - Day 1

by Emma and Luke McEwen 10 Sep 06:22 BST 9-12 September 2021
Noble Marine RS800 National Championships 2021 © Richard Bowers

After three weeks of sunshine and light fluky Easterly winds, Weymouth turned on the breeze for day one of the eagerly awaited Noble Marine RS800 Nationals. Possibly a bit more breeze than most of the 38 teams were expecting and possibly a tad more than most had practiced in over the past year... a solid force 5 from SSW with gusts of 24 knots whirling around Portland.

The class is really happy to be back at Castle Cove Sailing Club for their championship and has received the club's renowned warm and friendly welcome, including great bacon baps before racing and tasty come-ashore pasties afterwards. With so little racing this year, this is the first time many of the sailors have had a chance to catch up with friends and it's great to see lots of new faces joining the fleet too.

The race team, led by "Portland" Bill Barker, set a good-sized course right across the harbour. In a break with tradition, the RS800s started ahead of the RS700s to do the outer loop course, bringing a new set of challenges ("er... what do we do on a reach?"). Many sailors had sensibly got the day's capsize practice in before the first start.

Amazingly the fleet started cleanly at the first attempt, partly thanks to a nice square line and sensible use of the U-flag, partly perhaps due a little rustiness amongst the sailors. Reigning national champions Tom Morris and Guy Fillmore made a fast conservative start mid-line, next to last year's runner up Rob Gullan sailing with the current European champion crew Tom Partington. Tom and Guy tacked first to go right, a smart move which put them in a good lead by the windward mark. As predicted, the long top reach under Portland was very gusty and lully, putting several of the leading pack in for an early swim including newcomers Morgan Peach and Will Ward, who up to that point were showing great speed. Tom and Guy held their lead to the finish, chased hard by Rob and Tom, with Luke and Emma McEwen clawing through to third on the final beat ahead of Hugh Shone and Fiona Hampshire. James Penty and Eddie Grayson sailed a solid race to claim fifth despite various bits of the boat falling off on the way round.

The second and final race of the day had a third lap for good measure, great for the fleet who by now were revelling in the conditions. This time it was Rob and Tom who had the edge on the first beat, rounding ahead of Tom and Guy and keeping their cool to take the race win. Many more places changed in the chasing pack; Phil Walker and John Mather sailed a blinding run after spotting a big veering gust to pull up to third at the leeward gate, where they very generously stopped for a little dip in the refreshing waters of Portland Harbour, letting Hugh and Fiona through to another fourth behind Luke and Emma. Tom Bucktrout and Dom Burke pulled up through the fleet to a well-deserved fifth place.

Tomorrow promises even more excitement with a little more breeze forecast, three races and the possibility of a trip into Weymouth Bay.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2Pts
11124Robert GullanTom PartingtonHayling Island SC213
21144Tom MorrisGuy FilmoreHayling Island SC123
31220Luke McEwenEmma McEwanRoyal Lymington YC336
41231Hugh ShoneFiona HampshireSwanage SC448
51171James PentyEddie GraysonBeaver SC5611
61207Phil WalkerJohn MatherHayling Island SC6915
71122Tom BucktroutDominick BurkeGrafham Water SC11516
81232Cameron MossDarrol MossLyme Regis SC8816
91203Grace FellTim GrattonBeadnell SC71320
101204Martin OrtonIan BrooksChichester YC and Trearddur Bay YC121022
111138Honor FellRobbie GilmoreQueen Mary SC101525
121157Chris CattChris MartinNetley Sailing Club91726
131224Frederick LordLouise GaleCarsington SC22729
141247Paul MolesworthJason RickfordWeymouth SC/ Stokes Bay SC181129
15954Morgan PeachWill WardClapham Model YC131831
161128Josh AdamsJon CrawfordLyme Regis SC211233
171058Joe BradleyRhys LewisRS Sailing / Hayling Island SC191433
181166Ralph SingletonSimon ConwayRestronguet SC151934
191194Joe JoynerJames WallaceLyme Regis SC162036
201057Mark OakeyJamie PidduckHayling Island SC172239
21885Chris FeibuschAndy RamusHayling Island SC241640
221131Chris WeberJim BaldwinPevensey Bay SC202444
231241Stephen BrownPhilip BairstowUllswater YC272148
241182Richard PowellWill SchofieldLocks SC232548
25=1222Paul JenkinsPeter JenkinsEastbourne SC262349
26985Stuart KeeganSophie JohnstonDerwent Reservoir SC14DNS53
27846Joshua PoatHattie FieldChew Valley SC25DNS64
28820Bryan OrmondAnna PrescottQueen Mary SCDNC2665
291188Debbie ClarkDaniel GoodmanQueen Mary SCDNC2766
30=842Maria StanleyTom DarlingHayling Island SCDNCDNS78
30=913Adrian HoweFenella WilliamsHayling Island SCDNCDNS78
30=982Toby BloomfieldRobin SteinPaignton SC / Hayling Island SCDNCDNS78
30=1008Ben PalmerBruna de QueirozHayling Island SCDNCDNS78
30=1129Sam JonesRichie ThurlbyHillhead SCDNCDNS78
30=1156Hugh BrayshawMary RookQueen Mary SCDNCDNS78
30=1198Alex BenfieldNick IrelandStokes Bay SCDNCDNS78
30=1200Sam PascoeIsaac LinesCastle Cove SCDNCRET78
30=1221Nick ReddingTBCHayling Island SCDNCDNS78

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