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Noble Marine Allen RS100 UK Nationals at Brixham Yacht Club - Overall

by Clive Eplett 13 Sep 10:42 BST 9-12 September 2021

Sometimes, I hate it when I am right. Mind you, my wife says that she, "married Mr Right... well, Mr Always Right."

As predicted in the Day 3 report, no sailable wind turned up for the final race (race 11) of the RS100 Nationals at Brixham YC and a wise early call was made by the powers that be to can it for the day.

Another aside; if this is what wind conditions are going to be like under the new Class Chairman, Mark Harrison will soon be back in the hot seat, whether he likes it or not.

Consequently, Brett Aarons retained his title from 2019 held at Porthpean, from Huw Powell, Andy Jones (also first master - Chairman, we need to revisit the age limits here!), Nils Joliffe and James Ross (also Silver Fleet winner).

Steve Jones won the Fidelis Trophy and, with no help from his buddy (yours truly), Andy Trickett of Netley won the Endeavour Prize.

With Team Netley in seventh, fifth, fourth and 50% of second (Huw also sails as Red Wharf Bay SC) it was great to have them travel. The campsite owner agrees; contrary to my earlier exaggerations, they did not ransack the place. Hence they really ought to come out to play more often. Please.

The Chew fleet is reported now in the teens too, led by the Jones brothers and David Smart, but with John Elmes having his moments as well.

Hence the class continues to prosper with those who have seen the light - competitive but fun sailing and a great social atmosphere.

Congratulations to Brett, commiserations to Huw (who has already started a campaign for no discards) and thanks to the whole team at Brixham YC for hosting a great event, on and off the water. I for one would jump at the chance to return one day.

Thanks also the our title sponsors Noble Marine and Allen, who provided vouchers for the top three sailors; to Rooster for providing buffs to all sailors; and Fernhurst books for the Endeavour voucher, presumably so the winner can buy Clive's book!

Also thanks to Sally Campbell from the RS Association who, thanks to Covid, organised about 20 versions of this championships before the rules settled and we could finally sail. Thank you Sally!

Photos available from Gareth Fudge: gdjfudge.zenfolio.com/p468964278

Overall Results:

PosDivisionSailHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stGold527Brett AaronsGurnard SC1‑14425124(UFD)120
2ndGold508Huw PowellRed Wharf Bay/Netley SC3224‑102‑534323
3rdGold172Andrew JonesChew Valley Lake SC‑111182‑153121129
4thGold370Nils JolliffeNetley SC54‑9146‑761633
5thSilver264James RossNetley SC633715‑225‑11535
6thGold509Clive EplettFrensham Pond2‑10610641(RET)3436
7thSilver145Nigel WakefieldNetley SC4659‑1279‑126248
8thGold277David SmartChew Valley Lake SC10712333‑15214‑1554
9thGold239Matt JohnsonWeirwood SC7514‑161112‑1688974
10thGold372Steve MainNetley SC‑18‑1615121394712880
11thSilver300Leighton KingNetley SC887(RET)9‑171014161082
12thSilver421Jeremy TroughtonNetley SC169867101116‑19‑1883
13thGold130Stephen JonesChew Valley Lake SC121310158148‑227‑1987
14thGold259Ian GregoryFrensham Pond15‑171613‑18814115789
15thGold287Rob BurridgeWeirwood SC13111111‑19(RET)139151497
16thSilver364Duncan BarrNetley SC912(DNC)516(RET)191013DNC109
17thSilver229Nick ShuttleworthNetley SC‑191813‑201713617916109
18thGold379Mark HarrisonGurnard SC14(DNC)211414(RET)12131012110
19thGold247Tim HulleyWeirwood SC‑2019‑2018201118151717135
20thSilver156Nick CreakNetley SC171517171520‑231918‑21138
21stSilver206Jon ElmesChew Valley Lake SC21‑221821‑221617202013146
22ndSilver526Mostyn EvansMounts Bay SC‑23201919‑211921182120157
23rdSilver266Andy TrickettNetley SC‑22212222‑231820212222168
24thSilver268Bart BridgenNetley SC(DNS)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC200

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