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Noble Marine Allen RS100 Nationals at Brixham Yacht Club - Day 1

by Clive Eplett 10 Sep 2021 10:51 BST 9-12 September 2021
Noble Marine RS100 National Championships at Brixham day 1 © Gareth Fudge /

Inevitably, there's lots of adjectives for first day of a champs. Square or cube that when sailing, travel and events have been restricted by you-know-what. And there's been no wind since forever, at least when it was of any use anyways.

But Brixham delivered; the fog cleared, we planed towards Paignton and Cunard's mothballed Queen Victoria to race in a shifty, gusty F3-F4 SW, blowing off the shore (which always disorientates this sailor at least, surely a SW should come from the open sea?).

So which adjective to start with. Perhaps 'rusty' (no not my dad, for those in the know) but to describe Andy Jones who started the day with an eleventh then remembered what to do and rampaged two bullets in the following two races to sit third overall. Perhaps the same 'rusty' adjective, plus words of [expletive deleted] astonishment apply to twice-champion Brett Aarons who, after a typically assured race one win, capsized twice in race 2. Wha?

Then there's Huw Powell. Assured? Consistent? Poised? Well he's certainly king-of the hill, with a 3-2-2 and more of his favourite lashings of breeze coming tomorrow. But he may rue runs in races 1 and 3 where he found lulls on the right, particularly letting Andy past for the bullet in race 3.

Huw's 5 points clear of dark-horse James Ross who's leading the Netley Massive's (most welcome) invasion, second overall with a 6-3-3.

Next is 'ungrateful' 'fast learner' Nigel Wakefield who a couple of weeks ago was asking your correspondent for advice, then seemed to spend today being that nemesis that makes you wonder if this is personal. Nah, it's just blinkin' fun racing. But pipping me at the last in race 3 for fifth having earlier fallen in on a gybe shows he's trying.

A slight digression. A few champs ago, and more recently in his POSH report and his 'runners and riders' for this event, my fellow RS100 journalist Mr Wobbly-Blue-Stripe Smart pigeon-holed this correspondent as a pond sailing, light-weather ne'er do well. Perhaps that'll be tomorrow David. Probably, but the pond sailor is currently fifth overall regardless.

Special mentions also go to:

  • Steve Jones for his obstructive, blocking manoeuvre windward-capsize right at the windward mark.
  • Jeremy Troughton for his failed lassoing of the spreader mark with his kite sheet, hence narrowly dodging a spectacular debacle.
  • Mark Harrison for breaking a shroud halfway through race 2, asking me if I had a spare, sailing in, fitting it. Then whinging we did not orchestrate a General Recall, meaning he was 3 minutes late for the next start. Darn good effort, but all just to gain one place over a DNC.
  • Dedicated, taking-it-too-seriously-whilst-actually-taking-the-mickey John Elms, (unluckily) buddied with David Smart, for interrogating Screwfix et al as to whether they had wobbly blue tape. Understandable, they all denied such a product was even on their systems, or even a thing.
  • Captain Calamity Mostyn Evans, for failing to bring the wrong sails and managing to rig his boat faultlessly, despite not having Pippa there to supervise.
  • The Netley team for finally breaking out of Southampton's borders and coming out to play. They're having a campsite BBQ tonight (think in terms of the chaos when the Death-eaters ransacked the Quidditch world cup site). Hopefully, this will slow some of them down for windy day 2.
  • And finally, but foremost, superstar Brixham YC's Commodore and support team for spending the day in the oggin, launching and later catching the 600, 300 and 100 fleets. Thank you.

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Results after day 1:

1stGold508Huw PowellRed Wharf Bay/Netley SC3227
2ndSilver264James RossNetley SC63312
3rdGold172Andrew JonesChew Valley Lake SC111113
4thSilver145Nigel WakefieldNetley SC46515
5thGold509Clive EplettFrensham Pond210618
6thGold370Nils JolliffeNetley SC54918
7thGold527Brett AaronsGurnard SC114419
8thSilver300Leighton KingNetley SC88723
9thGold239Matt JohnsonWeirwood SC751426
10thGold277David SmartChew Valley Lake SC1071229
11thSilver421Jeremy TroughtonNetley SC169833
12thGold130Stephen JonesChew Valley Lake SC12131035
13thGold287Rob BurridgeWeirwood SC13111135
14thSilver364Duncan BarrNetley SC912DNC46
15thGold259Ian GregoryFrensham Pond15171648
16thGold372Steve MainPlymouth18161549
17thSilver156Nick CreakNetley SC17151749
18thSilver229Nick ShuttleworthNetley SC19181350
19thGold247Tim HulleyWeirwood SC20192059
20thGold379Mark HarrisonGurnard SC14DNC2160
21stSilver206Jon ElmesChew Valley Lake SC21221861
22ndSilver526Mostyn EvansMounts Bay SC23201962
23rdSilver266Andy TrickettNetley SC22212265
24thSilver268Bart BridgenNetley SCDNSDNCDNC75

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