2014 RS700 Volvo Noble Marine National Championships - Day 4

The RS700 fleet racing in Plymouth Sound
Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk
2014 RS700 Volvo Noble Marine National Championships - Early gossip in the dinghy park on day four of the Volvo Noble Marine RS700 Nationals was suggesting that the front runners would be happy if the wind remained under the required four knots for racing to take place. Wales had all but sewn up the event finishing day three on seven points but a customary cock up resulting in a retirement meant he still had to go out on the last day. The race for second was still on with only five points separating Neil Ashby on 18 points from Dave Smithwhite and last year’s victor Robbie Bell both on 23 points.

The Mount Batten Centre was the venue for the RS700 National Championships
Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk


True to form, Plymouth, the Mount Batten Centre and the folk from Plymouth Youth Sailing delivered another excellent day’s sailing. We were blessed with an oscillating 6 to 8 knot breeze, perhaps a chance for those who favoured the light stuff to take a turn at the front. Race nine was a shootout between those sitting in the top four positions at the end of day three.
Jerry Wales the new RS700 National Champion with Adrian Kemp Commodore Plymouth Youth Sailing and RS700 Class Association Secretary Clare Sargent
Hamish Griffiths

Neil Ashby won the start, was first to the top mark and went on to take his second bullet of the event. Behind him second was being fought over by Smithwhite, Bell and Wales with Richard Kennedy in the mix as well. It was only one oscillation that allowed Wales past Smithwhite for second and it was perhaps that extra pasty that dragged Bell back to fourth. Kennedy slipped back to ninth but is definately one for the future, well the distant future. Jerry Wales now had his second National title won and Neil Ashby and Dave Smithwhite and Robbie Bell were safe in second and third and fourth respectively.

The final race could have been an anti-climax but all stayed out. A big shift to the left in the final seconds of the start sequence resulted in significant bias towards the pin. Spod Olive showed why he is a professional coach. He may be lacking time in the boat but he controlled the fleet as only experts do, easily winning the start with that Kennedy bloke close on his hip but holding on to his lane.
Dave Smithwhite wins the Masters silver tankard
Hamish Griffiths

Wales got spat out to the right, Ashby was forced out to the left but it was Dave Smithwhite who found a way through the traffic to lead at the top mark followed by the bunch including Olive, Kennedy and Wales. By the finish Wales had managed to luck his way through to the front followed by Smithwhite and Olive.

Overall it was an excellent Championship with a mix of conditions across the four days. The form guide would have suggested that Bell, Ashby, Smithwhite, Nolan, Wales and recently crowned European Champion, Simon Letten would be in the mix and so it turned out. Smithwhite won the Masters trophy. Had luck gone their way Colin Dacey, Ian Swann and Alex Reid who all had moments of glory could have been fighting for the podium.

Richard Wadsworth racing “Punisher” RS700 sail no 720
Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk


Man of the event was probably Richard Wadsworth. He was sailing the oldest boat, number 720, and showed good speed when the conditions suited. He had a handful of individual race podiums and finished fifth overall winning the Silver division, but evermore in the Gold fleet.
Richard Wadsworth wins the Silver division silver plate
Hamish Griffiths

Success of events are frequently determined by those not doing the sailing. The race team lead by Keith Kendall did an excellent job running the event alongside the RS800s, not always a straightforward task. Stuart Jones, Adrain Kemp and the team from Plymouth Youth Sailing both on shore and in the rescue boats were brilliant. Many thanks to you all.

As always outgoing class Chairman Hamish Griffiths provided the majority of the fleet with GPS trackers, distributing, collecting and downloading each day. We take it for granted but the effort required is immense. Thank you to Hamish, Nikki and Millie. It is worth having a look at the data when you get a chance.

Thank you to our sponsors Volvo, Noble Marine and RS.

Finally an event would not really be a proper event if Simon (current RS700 European Champion) and Richard from RS were not still packing up their kit, the spares van, still dressed in their sailing kit, probably still getting grief from a few of us well after most of us had left. We take that for granted too.

Complete Results:

Rank

Tally

Fleet

SailNo

Club

HelmName

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

Total

Nett

 
 

1st

50

700

1030

 

Jerry Wales

1

1

1

-2

2

1

1

(22.0 RET)

2

1

34

10

 

2nd

42

700

839

Shoreham SC

Neil Ashby

-6

4

4

-7

1

4

3

2

1

6

38

25

 

3rd

40

700

1019

Hayling Island SC

David Smithwhite

-7

-5

5

1

5

2

5

5

3

2

40

28

 

4th

51

700

875

Snettisham Beach SC

Robbie Bell

5

(22.0 RET)

7

3

7

3

4

1

4

-10

66

34

 

5th

41

700

720

Bristol Corinthian YC/RNSA

Richard Wadsworth

3

8

-10

-10

3

6

6

3

10

5

64

44

 

6th

47

700

1040

Hayling Island SC

Simon Letten

4

6

3

6

4

7

(22.0 RET)

11

14

-15

92

55

 

7th

53

700

1027

Snettisham Beach SC

Colin Dacey

10

7

-13

-12

6

5

2

9

5

12

81

56

 

8th

48

700

1022

Hayling Island SC

Ian Swann

-12

9

2

8

9

9

-11

10

7

4

81

58

 

9th

56

700

802

Lancing SC

Gary Austin

9

(22.0 RET)

6

5

12

-13

8

6

8

7

96

61

 

10th

49

700

910

Graham Water SC

Alex Reid

11

2

8

9

-13

8

10

4

12

-13

90

64

 

11th

38

700

905

Netley SC

Spod Olive

8

10

-12

11

-17

12

7

8

6

3

94

65

 

12th

37

700

959

 

Jakub Kosvica

-14

11

9

13

11

11

14

(22.0 RET)

13

8

126

90

 

13th

52

700

944

Littleton SC

James Bayliss

(22.0 DNF)

(22.0 DNC)

14

15

14

10

12

7

11

11

138

94

 

14th

46

700

737

Thorney Island SC

Richard Kennedy

13

(22.0 RET)

11

14

15

17

9

(22.0 RET)

9

9

141

97

 

15th

45

700

1023

Snettisham Beach SC

Ian Nolan

2

3

15

4

8

(22.0 DNC)

(22.0 DNC)

22.0 DNC

22.0 DNC

22.0 DNC

142

98

 

16th

44

700

914

Graham Blake

Graham Blake

15

12

16

-17

10

-18

16

12

16

16

148

113

 

17th

43

700

1031

Queen mary SC

Hamish Griffiths

(22.0 DNF)

(22.0 DNC)

21

18

16

14

15

14

17

17

176

132

 

18th

36

700

907

 

Martin Cvan

17

(22.0 DNC)

18

20

21

15

13

(22.0 RET)

15

14

177

133

 

19th

54

700

820

Lyne Regis SC

James Fuller

(22.0 DNC)

13

20

19

19

16

17

13

(22.0 DNC)

22.0 DNC

183

139

 

20th

39

700

762

Great Moor SC

Adrian Howe

16

14

19

(22.0 RET)

20

19

18

(22.0 RET)

22.0 RET

22.0 DNC

194

150

 

21st

55

700

1020

Royal Navy SC

Stephen Hermanson

(22.0 DNF)

(22.0 RET)

17

16

18

22.0 RET

22.0 DNC

22.0 DNC

22.0 DNC

22.0 DNC

205

161

 
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