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Noble Marine RS700 National Championship at Castle Cove Sailing Club - Day 1

by Jack Napolitano 10 Sep 06:05 BST 9-12 September 2021
Noble Marine RS700 National Championships 2021 © Richard Bowers

The Noble Marine RS700 Nationals started with a fresh breeze with a gust of 25 knots and very low visibility, however the majority of the fleet proceeded to sail out to the start line to compete the first race.

Just before the first five minute warning signal Rob Higgins decided to tack and reverse into Richard Wadsworth. This caused a double capsize for them. The first race started but unluckily Richard was still capsized while Rob had managed to get away. Theo Galyer travelled upwind at a lightning pace and rounded the windward mark with Rob close behind. As the fleet headed downwind many sailors decided they fancied a swim. Jack Napolitano took advantage of this and moved into third. The second lap and race finished with Theo leading, Rob close behind and the rest of the fleet following shortly after.

The second race started swiftly after the finish thanks to the great race committee. The start line became very busy at the committee boat and a few boats found themselves in the wrong place and got pushed off the line. These boats included Jack who ended up crossing the start line at the very back. He managed to claw his way back to the front but Theo had already pulled away from the fleet. While sailing downwind Matt Conner was observed taking the safe option of dropping the kite and tacking rather than gybing in the breeze. The race continued to be really competitive with many position changes. Theo pulled out a considerable lead and finished the day with his second bullet.

I would just like to thank Castle Cove SC on behalf of the RS700 fleet for the great racing today and for the nice warm pasties when returning to the beach after a hard day of racing.

2021 is the 20th birthday of the RS700. Alex Newton-Southon (co-designer of the RS700 with Nick Peters) joined the fleet this for its AGM and birthday party. RS Sailing and Alex marked the boat's milestone by very generously presenting the fleet with a brand new main sail as a raffle prize. The lucky winner was RS700 Chair Theo Galyer. The fleet celebrated its 20th year with a smartly decorated birthday cake and a keg of local Cerne Abbas real ale. 20 years of speed!

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2Pts
11063Theo GalyerHayling Island SC112
21029Rob HigginsChew Valley Lake SC224
31062Matt CarterLancing SC639
41042Pete PurkissBrightlingsea SC4610
588Jack NapolitanoSnettisham Beach SC3811
6720Richard WadsworthRNSA/ Stokes Bay SC7512
7836Peter HighfieldGreat Yarmouth and Gorleston SC5914
81067Simon HamiltonQueen Mary SC91120
91060Matt ConnerQueen Mary SC17421
101068Roland SmithHayling Island SC81523
11859Peter O'nionsDraycote Water SC18725
12926Simon ClarkLyme Regis SC151025
131061Andy WrightQueen Mary SC141327
14931Malcolm StreetonHayling Island SC131427
15798Guy BoullengerChew Valley SC101929
16765James ClarkChew Valley SC121729
171022Ian SwannHayling Island SC201232
18961Stephen KeatingDatchet Water SC161632
191020Stephen HermansonQueen Mary SC11DNC34
201035William HomewoodLymington Town SC191837
211041Simon HawesQueen Mary SC21DNC44
22871Curtis DrewGoulston SC22DNC45
23=710Nathan SteffenomiWeston SCDNCDNC46
23=801Stephen CarrBrightlingsea SCDNCDNC46
23=846Ashley StrongOxford SCDNCDNC46
23=851John LawsonA.C. Treffort VoileDNCDNC46
23=882Peter AtkinsonLee on Solent SCDNCDNC46
23=1039Charles RussellMounts Bay SCDNCDNC46

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