2014 RS300 National Championships - Day 2

Volvo Noble Marine RS300 National Championship
Alan Henderson
On day two of the 2014 RS300 Volvo Noble Marine UK National Championships, with a dire forecast for the weekend (well it is Scotland in August), four races were scheduled at Prestwick SC. It was windier than day one, 15 knots rising to 20 or so as the day progressed. With waves as high as the festival goers at Glastonbury it was going to be a tricky day. Like a midget at a urinal you were going to have to be on your toes for this one.

Race three and Richard LeMare, getting edgy as his missus was on her way up, took out a couple of boats on the start line allowing Duncan Jenkins and Matt Sargent to lead the way up the beat. Steve Bolland managed to grind them down however over the next three laps and took the lead and the win on the last run. Dave Acres and Tim keen also turned in good results.

Race four showed the benefits of proper championship preparation. The last three in the bar on Thursday night finished the race one, two, three – Bolland, Acres and LeMare in that order.

RS300 sailor Tim Keen at last year's Nationals


The wind rose in strength noticeably for race five. The beats were clearly going to be as painful as taking a woman shopping, but at least they weren’t going to take as long. Bolland and Matt Jenkins went left on the opening beat and were one, two at the top mark with Matt Sargent just behind. Despite three more laps and some epic reaches these positions remained until the finish. Tim Keen put in another good result followed by Paul Rigg showing exceptional boat handling at his first 300 Nationals.

By the time the final race of the day started the waves had reached epic proportions and the fleet was looking more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Bolland led initially from Sargent but Acres came through to lead by the end of the first lap. Bolland retook the lead on the second and final beat to lead narrowly at the windward mark. Downwind, Bolland binned it near the gybe mark on a quite outrageous wave. Sargent gybed first but Dave’s was a beauty, the Audrey Hepburn of gybes that allowed him through to take the win from Sargent, Rigg, Matt Jenkins and Neil Beveridge.

The post-race entertainment was typically Scottish, haggis followed by whisky-tasting and several visits to an amply stocked bar.

Overall, Bolland still leads from Acres and Sargent on five, twelve and 20 points respectively.

As we look out at the race area ahead of day three the wind is howling and moaning like the soundtrack to a horror movie. Will we race, time will tell.

Volvo Noble Marine RS300 National Championship
Alan Henderson


Volvo Noble Marine RS300 National Championship Overall Results:

Rank

HelmName

SailNo

Club

Team No

Team Name

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

Steve Bolland

411

Bristol Corinthian SC

 

 

1

1

1

1

1

-6

11

5

2nd

Dave Acres

480

Thorney / Emsworth

8

Thems

3

2

4

2

-11

1

23

12

3rd

Matt Sargent

524

TI SC

8

Thems

7

-13

3

5

3

2

33

20

4th

Tim Keen

328

Shefield Viking SC

9

Sweet Pink Roses

2

3

5

-13

4

7

34

21

5th

Matt Jenkins

323

Shefield Viking SC

9

Sweet Pink Roses

5

4

-10

6

2

4

31

21

6th

Neil Beveridge

416

Prestwick SC

1

Prestwick 1

-12

6

6

11

7

5

47

35

7th

Duncan Jenkins

454

Aldenham SC

5

Port Tack Flyers

11

5

2

10

-13

10

51

38

8th

Steve Sallis

476

Hykeham SC

7

Hyke1

6

12

11

4

10

-14

57

43

9th

Harry McVicar

523

Aldenham SC

5

Port Tack Flyers

8

10

9

8

8

-13

56

43

10th

John Wilson

502

Prestwick SC

 

 

-14

8

12

7

6

11

58

44

11th

Richard Le Mare

426

Barnt Green SC

 

 

13

11

-14

3

12

8

61

47

12th

Pete Ellis

500

Aldenham SC

5

Port Tack Flyers

-26

14

13

15

9

9

86

60

13th

Paul Rigg

445

East Lothian YC

 

 

(37.0 DNS)

37.0 DNS

7

9

5

3

98

61

14th

Peter Mackin

360

Bolton SC

9

Sweet Pink Roses

-20

16

8

14

15

17

90

70

15th

Dan Skinner

379

Aldenham SC

6

Taut Trim Terific

16

17

16

12

-20

16

97

77

16th

Thomas Whitehead

374

Prestwick SC

2

Slender

4

15

18

25

-28

18

108

80

17th

Dave Sinclair

503

Prestwick SC

1

Prestwick 1

10

7

(37.0 DNF)

37.0 DNS

16

15

122

85

18th

Luke Pepper

518

Hykeham SC

7

Hyke1

19

18

17

18

14

(37.0 DNF)

123

86

19th

Tom Moore

410

 

 

 

23

19

15

16

-25

20

118

93

20th

David McCardel

507

Prestwick SC

1

Prestwick 1

18

9

(37.0 DNF)

37.0 DNS

18

12

131

94

21st

Andy Bayliss

321

Hykeham SC

7

Hyke1

17

22

21

17

17

-26

120

94

22nd

Mark Taylor

336

Prestwick SC

3

Alligator

-24

24

20

19

19

19

125

101

23rd

Mark Newton

354

TI SC

8

Thems

22

23

19

20

-24

21

129

105

24th

Alasdair Cattanach

403

Prestwick SC

3

Alligator

15

-28

23

21

26

23

136

108

25th

Alan Sinclair

508

Prestwick SC

3

Alligator

-29

20

22

22

22

24

139

110

26th

Ian Hopkins

342

Southport SC

 

 

-27

21

24

24

23

25

144

117

27th

Dan Treloar

417

Aldenham SC

6

Taut Trim Terific

-30

25

25

27

21

22

150

120

28th

Mark Henman

450

South Shields SC

 

 

25

26

-27

23

27

27

155

128

29th

Alistair Mclaughlin

490

Prestwick SC

2

Slender

9

29

(37.0 DNF)

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

186

149

30th

Joe Watkins

361

Bassenthwaite

 

 

28

30

28

26

(37.0 DNF)

37.0 DNS

186

149

31st

Ian M Ross

452

Prestwick SC

4

Foostie Pies

31

27

29

29

(37.0 DNF)

37.0 DNS

190

153

32nd

Malcolm Downie

437

Prestwick SC

4

Foostie Pies

32

31

26

28

(37.0 DNF)

37.0 DNS

191

154

33rd

Alan Henderson

527

Prestwick SC

2

Slender

21

(37.0 DNF)

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

206

169

34th

Jonathan Osgood

440

Aldenham SC

6

Taut Trim Terific

33

32

(37.0 DNF)

30

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

206

169

35th

Eamonn Rankin

521

Prestwick SC

4

Foostie Pies

34

(37.0 DNF)

37.0 DNF

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

219

182

36th

Richard Cumming

536

 

 

 

(37.0 DNS)

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

37.0 DNS

222

185

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