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Noble Marine Allen RS300 National Championships at Brixham Yacht Club - Day 1

by Paul Watson 10 Sep 10:30 BST 9-12 September 2021
Noble Marine RS300 National Championships at Brixham day 1 © Gareth Fudge /

When visiting the English Riviera there is a certain amount of expectation when it comes to weather. The fleet were greeted with almost perfect sailing conditions on day 1 - if you ignore the drizzle and 300m of visibility.

Fortunately, by the time we'd got down to the start area, Torquay had reappeared and with it a nice F3 for the first race. Martin Harrison and Dave Acres had a good first beat, despite Dave having to bail out at the pin on the start. Probably distracted by the pod of dolphins that joined us in the final minute of the sequence.

Martin and Dave held these positions until the finish, closely followed by Steve Bolland in third, and then the rest of the fleet all within a couple of minutes.

The wind increased a little for race 2 and went slightly further west. Dave put the after burners on again and was never really challenged to the finish. Steve second, Martin third. Honourable mention must go to fleet newbie Chris Brooks for an impressive first beat rounding in third. Once he has worked out the downwind part of 300 sailing, he will surely be one to watch.

A short break between races 2 and 3 gave a few boats an opportunity to wash off their sails. An idea started by the 600 fleet; if it works in their boat, it must be quick.

Final race of the day and the wind had built slightly again. Richard Le Mare went off from the pin end like a stabbed rat. Copying his low and fast technique, Paul Watson rolled a few boats and the two quickly had some clear water between themselves and the rest of the fleet.

By the top mark it was Paul first with Richard hot on his heels. Dave and Steve quickly joined the party and after three laps of close racing, Paul held on for the win followed by Steve and the ever-consistent Dave.

Back to the club for ice cream, beer and some fairly unwelcome stairs to climb. More of the same tomorrow, possibly with a little more breeze.

More photos: Gareth Fudge's website

Results after day 1:

1st544David AcresEmsworth/Thorney Bay SC2136
2nd411Steve BollandBristol Corinthian YC3227
3rd528Paul WatsonY Felinheli55111
4th481Martin HarrisonRoyal Victoria YC13812
5th556Peter MackinStokes Bay SC47415
6th305Richard Le Maretbc84517
7th351Rob FordAlton Water128626
8th476Steve SallisHykeham SC99927
9th523Harry McVicarDraycote Water SC1110728
10th395Ben HeppenstallWhitefriars SC6141434
11th457Sam DavyHykeham SC7171135
12th354Mark NewtonTISC10131235
13th503Rich PackerBristol Corinthian YC14121036
14th321Greg BartlettStarcross YC136RET38
15th537Chris BrookLeigh SC17111341
16th422Alastair WoodColemere SC1515DNC49
17th532Cheryl WoodPennine SC18161549
18th519Thomas MooreColemere SC16RETDNC54

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