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Noble Marine Allen RS300 National Championships at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy - Day 1

by Paul Watson 25 Jul 12:24 BST 24-27 July 2022
Day 1 of the Noble Marine Allen RS300 National Championships at Weymouth (part of the RS Games) © Phil Jackson / Digital Sailing

Day one of the RS300 nationals was greeted by a fairly lively 18kts of wind making for a challenging sail downwind to the starting area. A few boats took this opportunity to check how clean the underside of the hull was, an excellent tactical decision as it's generally faster than doing it during the race.

The first race got under way under a U flag with a line shy fleet. Fleet stalwarts Dave Acres and Steve Bolland hit the left while Paul Watson, Harry McVicar and Rich Le Mare went right. It turns out none of this would matter as fleet newbie Charlie South sailed pretty much up the middle at roughly twice the speed as the rest of us. Charlie hung on until the finish closely followed by Dave, Steve and Paul.

Race two again saw a pretty safe start from the fleet. This time most boats elected to go left. By the windward mark it was again Charlie leading, closely followed by Paul with Dave and Steve close behind. At the end of the lap they were nose to tail going into the second beat.

Charlie and Paul then put the afterburners on to give themselves a little breathing room. Charlie held on to the finish for a perfect score line with Paul second, Dave third and Harry fourth. Steve was last seen checking the underside of his hull having not done a thorough enough job pre-start.

At the daily prize-giving generously sponsored by Allen Charlie received his gold bib and day one winner prize of t-shirt while Dave was awarded second place blue bib, and Paul third place red bib. Chris Hatton ended a solid day's sailing with mid-fleet hero prize of sailing gloves.

Ben Heppenstall won the endeavour prize of sailing gloves while Tom Moore was awarded a wooden spoon for missing a mark...

Every day sailors will be able to win Allen sponsored prizes. Prizes can only be won once so the joy will be spread throughout the fleet.

Results after day 1:

PosSail NoHelmClubFleetR1R2Pts
1520Charlie SouthStokes BayGold112
2544David AcresEmsworth SCGold235
3528Paul WatsonLlanfairfechan SCGold426
4411Steve BollandBristol CorinthianGold369
5523Harry McVicarDraycote Water SCGold6410
6556Peter MackinStokes Bay SCGold5510
7305Richard Le MareCastle Cove SCGold8715
8348Chris HattonLymington TownGold7916
9457Sam DavyHykeham SCSilver11819
10347William HomewoodLymington TownSilver91120
11351Rob FordAlton Water SCSilver101020
12519Tom MooreShropshire SCSilver121224
13395Ben HeppenstallWhitefriars SCSilver131326
14422Alastair WoodShropshire SCSilverDNCDNC30

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