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.
Volvo Noble Marine RS300 National Championship
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
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|