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Noble Marine RS800 National Championship at Brightlingsea Sailing Club - Day 3

by Ben Palmer 10 Sep 07:28 BST 7-10 September 2023

Day three, what a scorcher. Some said it was Hawaii conditions for Hawaii night.

We had to wait a little for the breeze to fill in, however we were all entertained by a yacht running aground outside the club house. Unfortunately for this yacht they had to stay there all day until the evening high tide could set them free, much to the delight of the sailors sipping their sun downers.

For the RS800 fleet, it was another master class of light weather sailing by Luke and Emma Mcewen with three bullets. Matthias Berthet and James Hall almost got to the windward mark first in race one today but worked out that they couldn't quite fit their boat between the mark and Luke and Emma. Ben Palmer and Dicken Maclean tried in vain to challenge Luke and Emma on a couple of races.

Paul and Peter Jenkins, with their bright yellow RWO emblazoned spinnaker had a smashing day, with a 6,5,2. As they said, coming off the water they have found their light wind boat speed.

Throughout the fleet racing was super tight and close in the light wind and hot conditions with lots of place changes. Some sailors even went for a swim between races to cool off!

Two races are planned for the last day tomorrow, although Luke and Emma with their 5 bullets have secured the title, the battle for the minor places is very close so it should be a great showdown.

Results after Day 3:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st1220Luke McEwenEmma McEwenRoyal Lymington YC‑4‑22111117
2nd1207Monique Vennis‑OzanneJohn MatherHill Head SC & HISC211‑10444‑516
3rd1008Ben PalmerDicken MacleanHISC5‑8‑103223722
4th1140Mathias BerthetJames HallRoyal Norwegian YC & HISC‑12435372‑1124
5th1Joe BradleyHugh ShoneSwanage SC3542‑12‑97425
6th1144Leo WilkinsonGuy FillmoreMaidenhead SC & HISC165‑155‑1411836
7th1222Paul JenkinsPeter JenkinsEastbourne Sovereign SC‑99‑146865236
8th1204Martin OrtonIan BrooksChichester YC6‑1264‑956936
9th907Tom WalkerAlice MastermanWitterings & HISC(OCS)(DNC)97738337
10th1188Fin ArmstrongEwan GribbinPaignton SC‑1337868‑10638
11th1200Eddie BridleTom KyneBrightlingsea SC1078911‑1312‑1457
12th1139David ConlonEd GibbonsBrightlingsea SC710121110‑18‑191262
13th820Bryan OrmondAnna OrmondQMSC(OCS)13131213109‑1570
14th1166Ralph SingletonNuala SellwoodRestronguet SC8‑16‑16141411161376
15th1176Guy RivingtonAndrew WhapshottRS Sailing /Stokes Bay‑1811111315‑19151681
16th1043Blake TudorBrett TudorBrightlingsea SC111515161615‑18‑1888
17th1121Ben CleggAbi CleggBrightlingsea SC141717(DNC)(DNC)17141998
18th1241Stephen BrownPhilip BairstowUllswater YC1514181818‑20‑2020103
19th1203Tim GrattonArthur HendersonRoyal Thames YC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC121310104
20th862Toby FreelandAlejandra GutierrezQMSC16(DNC)191917‑212117109
21st1054James LewisEd MooreDabchicks SC17(DNC)(DNC)1719222222119
22nd1156Huw WhitworthHarry WilsonDatchet Water SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC161721123

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