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RS300 Inland Championship at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Steve Bolland 12 Oct 2022 17:31 BST 1-2 October 2022
Close to mark rounding - RS300 Inland Championships 2022 © Malcolm Lewin

I already had a Plan B in mind ahead of day one of the RS300 Inland Championships in case the wind was stronger than expected.

As it was, it was fruity but (mostly) manageable and there went my chance to see my team record their first win of the season. At least I recorded my first win of the season in race one.

As always, the breeze seemed to increase just in time for launching and the broad reach to the start caught out the unwary, the unlucky and the underweight.

Race one and local hero Harry McVicar lead for the first lap until Steve Bolland (Bristol Corinthian) found a useful lift on the second beat to take the lead he held to the finish. Third place went to Richard Hargreaves from Stewartby WSC who was close on the heels of the leading pair the whole way round.

The wind was pretty much the same for race two: gusts in the 20s with some sizeable shifts. Again, McVicar lead for the first lap and again Bolland overtook on the second beat. This time, however, Bolland dumped it on the gybe and McVicar overtook and maintained his lead to the finish despite his own ducking later on. Third, and closing fast towards the end, as McVicar and Bolland engaged in some boat-on-boat antics down the last run, was Peter Mackin from Stokes Bay.

Mackin took this form into the last race of the day, taking the win from Bolland and McVicar in scenes reminiscent of the "hail storm from Valhalla" when the heavens opened on the final run causing an interesting uplift in the breeze.

What a difference a day makes, sang Dinah Washington, and a light and shifty northerly was the backdrop to another three races on Sunday. I was asked to write the report but, honestly, I had no idea what was going on.

Peter Mackin was consistently lucky all day, including two race wins to take the event on countback from Harry McVicar who also starred with a couple of 2nd places. Also going well was Steve Sallis from Hykeham with a 1st and a 3rd. All this despite some confusion in the last race following a change of course resulting from a 90 degrees windshift which left the majority of the fleet bewildered about which marks were which. At least it didn't impact on the final results with Mackin staying calm as the chaos unfolded.

Thanks to Draycote WSC for hosting a smashing Inlands and to Rooster for sponsoring our Rooster RS300 National Tour. Final event of the tour is the Harken RS End of Seasons Regatta 5-6 Nov at Rutland SC.

Online entry is here

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st556Peter MackinStokes Bay SC‑53114110
2nd523Harry McVicarDraycote Water SC213‑42210
3rd411Steve BollandBristol Corinthian YC12256(RET)16
4th473Alex WatkinsHaversham SC45‑733419
5th476Steve SallisHykeham SC‑76461320
6th351Rob FordAlton Water SC‑64625522
7th335Philip UnderwoodCotswold‑108587735
8th537Chris BrooksLeigh SC8‑9878839
9th373Richard HargreavesStewartby WSC37(OCS)DNCDNCDNC43
10th532Cheryl WoodPennine SC9(DNC)DNC99644

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