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Noble Marine RS700 National Championship at Castle Cove Sailing Club - Overall

by Theo Galyer 13 Sep 15:52 BST 9-12 September 2021
Noble Marine RS700 National Championship prize giving © Richard Bowers

Day four started with glorious sunshine but a rather ominous forecast in terms of wind. Upon arriving to the club the harbour was beautiful but looked like a sheet of glass; not a breath of wind.

None the less the majority of the fleet were eager to leave the shore, especially some of the lighter helms eager for a low score in the light winds. The race officer had sensibly squeezed an extra race in on day three due to the forecast. However he was still keen to get a "good quality" race in.

Boats were held ashore under a postponement. The wind started filling in from the South and with cumulus sitting over the land it looked like a decent thermal could contradict the forecast. This was enough for some sailors to put on wetsuits and even pull up sails.

The Race Officer was out on the water trying his best to set a course in a breeze that looked better than it was. The need to keep moving marks and gates was a sign that the wind wasn't behaving. In the end he was forced to call it a day to give competitors a chance to get on the road. So trophies and Rooster goodies were distributed in a heart-warming prize-giving.

I just wanted to say how happy I am as a RS700 Class Association Chair to see nearly 30 boats at our nationals. It is so refreshing to see so many people coming to their first RS700 nationals all sharing knowledge and learning from each other. We were even able to start a bronze fleet this year which I think was greatly received. I believe the camaraderie we have in our fleet is truly unique and hard to find elsewhere.

I wanted to make a special mention of Jack Napolitano winning the silver fleet and becoming an honouree gold fleet sailor. It was clear to see how much practice he has put in. Perhaps a future national champ?

Castle Cove Sailing Club really put on a spectacular show from high quality windward leeward racing, great photography and bargain priced delicious food and beer. I would go back in an instant.

Thanks to our generous sponsors Noble, RS Sailing, Hyde Sails, Rooster, Spinlock, Sea Change Wine and Fernhurst Books.

Looking to the future: for those who are feeling like they missed out well dry your eyes because we still have two more RS700 Rooster national tour events to go. First Brightlingsea Skiff Fest 2nd-3rd of October which is always a laugh with a truly special curry night on the Saturday. We also have our Inland Championship at Oxford SC 6th-7th November. I hope both of these will be well attended as our numbers are on the rise.

I hope everyone got home safely and I'll see you at the next event.

Noble Marine RS700 2021 National Championship Other Prize Winners:

  • Youngest sailor: William Homewood from Royal Lymington YC
  • 1st Weekend: Stephen Carr from Brightlingsea SC
  • Endeavour: Guy Boullenger from Chew Valley SC
  • Bronze Fleet: John Lawson from AC Trefort Voile
  • Apprentice: Nathan Steffenoni from Weston SC
  • Fidelis Trophy: Ian Swann from HISC
  • Master: Pete Purkiss from Brightlingsea SC
  • Silver: Jack Napolitano from Snettisham Beach SC

Overall Results:

PosSail NoFleetHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
11063GTheo GalyerHayling Island SC‑111‑3111117
21029GRob HigginsChew Valley Lake SC22‑312(DNC)22213
31062GMatt CarterLancing SC‑6322‑7234420
4720GRichard WadsworthRNSA/ Stokes Bay SC‑754‑64343326
51060GMatt ConnerQueen Mary SC‑164543466‑732
61042GPete PurkissBrightlingsea SC466565‑75‑937
788SJack NapolitanoSnettisham Beach SC38‑1311(DNC)757849
81061GAndy WrightQueen Mary SC‑14‑13875989652
9710SNathan SteffenomiWeston SC(DNC)(DNC)1413911910571
101022GIan SwannHayling Island SC‑191278816‑1981271
111068SRoland SmithHayling Island SC815915101310‑17‑1680
121067SSimon HamiltonQueen Mary SC9111214‑15101115‑1882
13926SSimon ClarkLyme Regis SC1510109111415(DNC)(DNC)84
14859SPeter O'nionsDraycote Water SC‑17716‑19171213131189
15765SJames ClarkChew Valley SC1216‑201712‑2014141095
161035SWilliam HomewoodLymington Town SC‑181711‑18131512121595
171020SStephen HermansonQueen Mary SC11(DNC)‑181218817161799
18931SMalcolm StreetonHayling Island SC13141716(DNC)19‑202014113
19836SPhillip HighfieldGreat Yarmouth and Gorleston SC59(DNC)10(DNC)6DNCDNCDNC117
20798SGuy BoullengerChew Valley SC1018‑21‑211617212119122
21871SCurtis DrewGoulston SC21(DNC)15‑221418181822126
221041SSimon HawesQueen Mary SC20(DNC)1920(DNC)DNC161113128
23851BJohn LawsonA.C. Treffort Voile(DNC)(DNC)22DNCDNC24232221170
24801BStephen CarrBrightlingsea SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC24DNC22252420173
25882BPeter AtkinsonLee on Solent SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC23DNC232219DNF174
26961BStephen KeatingDatchet Water SC(DNF)(DNF)DNCDNCDNC25242323182
27846BAshley StrongOxford SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC25DNC21DNCDNCDNC191
281039BCharles RussellMounts Bay SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNFDNCDNCDNC203

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