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RS300 Noble Marine Allen National Championship at Dovey Yacht Club - Day 3

by Harry McVicar 10 Sep 2023 07:51 BST 7-10 September 2023

Day three started as normal, with 21 sailors staring hopefully at a millpond. Some hoped for wind, most for a day off. After much debate and deliberation, the fleet decided to go racing inside the estuary, braving the flooding tide to get the best of the wind.

Race one kicked off with a solid 8 knots and the fleets scattergun approach to tide tactics ensued. Tom Moore nailed it going hard right up the beach and disappearing off into the distance. Dave Acres came off second best and Rich Hanby fought his way up to 3rd. The rest of the fleet spent much of the time swearing, running aground and wondering if we should've stayed on the beach...

Fortunately, for race two, and much to Tom's disappointment, everyone copied his right-handed tactics and had a much more even race. The sight of a whole fleet of RS300ss beating within 10 feet (or less if you were really brave) of the beach caused much excitement for the swimmers and sunbathers, some of whom even unknowingly became obstacles for us to tack around. Dave Acres took the win, Mark Newton held 2nd until the final leg when Rich Hanby and Harry McVicar sneaked over him downwind to take two and third.

With the sun setting, the wind holding, and the tide easing, we kicked off a 3rd race. Dave Acres got caught out at the start, allowing Hanby, McVicar and Luke South to sneak off to the beach early. After no shortage of argy bargy and a few sweary moments (a 50m wide beating channel will do that..) Hanby, Mcvicar, South, Steve Sallis and Will Powell made a bit of a break away. Hanby kept pulling away up the last beat and McVicar held off South to end the day.

Eight races completed bought the second discard in, mixing up the leader board and putting Rich Hanby in the gold bib, Harry McVicar demoted to Blue, and Dave Acres back into the top three.

Sunday's forecast is thunderstorms so fingers crossed for a full send, 20knts, 10ft swells blast to end the weekend.

All on water disagreements shall be settled with the boom of doom...

Results after Day 3:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1545Richard HanbyBeaver SC 5313532113
2523Harry McVicarDraycote Water SC 41613103214
3544David AcresEmsworth SC 34757211022
4476Steve SallisHykeham SC 161332167726
5421Liam WillisLymington Town SC 2756954628
6347Will PowellDabchicks SC Stokes Bay SC81644299431
7556Peter MackinStokes Bay SC 72884136935
8520Luke SouthEmsworth SC 65101612710341
9519Thomas MooreShropshire SC 91715761111347
10403Mark SchuerchHykeham SC 106221910418553
11354Mark NewtonWest Lancashire YC 17121198851753
12452Richard HargreavesStewartby SC 13102101417122261
13528Paul WatsonY Felinheli Llanfairfechan SC 1111317152214862
14524Matt SargentASA/Thorney Emsworth SC22812111311191671
15530Tim Le CouilliardKing George SC 1499131912162273
16473Alex WatkinsHaversham SC 11151815181581579
17457Sam DavyHykeham SC 222217141114131180
18313Ben GreenLymington Town SC 151420182016151290
19537Ben HeppenstallWhitefriars SC 121814201718171492
20450Mark HenmanSouth Shields SC 1919161216192018100
21532Cheryl WoodPenine SC 1820192121202119117

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