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RS300’s at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta 2014

by Pete Ellis on 15 Jul 2014
Weymouth action - Weymouth Dinghy Regatta 2014 Dan Treloar
Weymouth Dinghy Regatta 2014 - Four 300’s joined around 130 other competitors for the 2014 Weymouth Dinghy Regatta over the weekend of 12-13 July, hosted by the combined Yacht Clubs of Weymouth. With the entry limit reached weeks ago and a near perfect forecast; the competitors were set fair for a cracking weekend.

So keen (not t’northern variety) on the forecast, Steve Bolland and Rich Le Mare arrived a day early for pre-nationals boat prep and practice. Rich’s boat prep has obviously improved from the usual foil repairs on nationals eve Wednesday, to an elaborate UV mast protection system – as a certain yeast extract spread ad campaign goes – you either love it or hate it – apparently Bevs has made an e-bay bid for the leftover paint !!!!

Whilst Steve and Rich nursed pre-national training hangovers (obviously all bases being covered there guys) Dan Treloar and Pete Ellis set off early from t’smoke to join them for three races back to back on day one. Much debate and email traffic the previous week on where to sail, with the larger classes (Asymmetric, Cherub, RS800 and Osprey) sailing in the bay, the others (Fast and slow h-cap, Contender and Scorpion) sailing in the harbour, but with a F3 WSW there would be little difference in conditions between the two locations.

Normal briefing but with the added warning of large barrel jellyfish, with the appearance similar to Peter Griffen - not dangerous to humans but potential to trip your rudder up if hit at speed.

Starting with a gaggle of Fireballs, Phantoms and the ridiculous PY rated Merlins, the four 300’s always had a boat to compete against for the entire race – handicap races may have their knockers, but when every second counts it certainly keeps you on your toes throughout the entire 40-50 min race duration.

Normal service on the results front, with Steve posting an impressive one, two, two, Rich and Pete competing in mid fleet, with Rich taking the day one honours and Dan showing improved boat handling keeping up with the Phantoms but losing out on PY.

As for Saturday night, we need to find an IT geek to re-boot the hard-drive memory of what went on, but something along the lines of superb fish ‘n’ chips (sorry Castle Cove paella did not appeal), party games and too much re-hydration intake for us oldies.

Sunday dawned with a fresher F4 westerly and a rather slow fleet struggling with the combined effects of the night before and a 10.30hrs start time. Luckily for messers Bolland, le Mare and Treloar, the PRO tactfully extended the course laying process to ensure all had arrived for the first start.

There is never a good time for gear failure, but perhaps a month before Prestwick is better than during the nationals.
Day two, race one, run one, whilst leading Steve uncharacteristically lost control, did he hit a jellyfish? The result was a sheared off pintel and his day was run.

Day two, race one, run two, whilst energetically (read into this what you want) trying to recover from one of the few snakes on the previous beat, Rich rolled into windward damaging significant sail track to also ensure his day was run – perhaps that purple paint is just too heavy Rich after all!!!

Final results

Sail No

Type

Helm

Club

PY

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Pts

Place

3729

MERLIN-ROCKET

John Turner

WSC

990

-3

1

1

3

2

2

9

1

14844

FIREBALL

Keith McDonald

Small Heath Y.C.

975

-4

4

3

2

1

1

11

2

3759

MERLIN-ROCKET

Alex Adams

Castle Cove

990

2

3

4

-5

3

3

15

3

14101

FIREBALL

barry grant

Castle Cove

975

5

6

6

1

5

(21/DNC)

23

4

14889

FIREBALL

Barry White

Thornbury Sailing Club

975

8

-9

5

4

6

4

27

5

1435

PHANTOM

Will Gulliver

Northampton SC

1002

7

5

9

6

4

(21/DNC)

31

6

500

RS 300

Pete Ellis

Aldenham SC
Stewartby Water SC

990

10

8

7

7

8

(21/DNC)

40

7

3713

MERLIN-ROCKET

Stephen Harling

Starcross Yacht Club

990

12

-13

10.5

8

9

6

45.5

8

411

RS 300

Steve Bolland

Bristol Corinthian YC

990

1

2

2

(21/DNC)

21/DNC

21/DNC

47

9

3584

MERLIN-ROCKET

James Spikesly

WSC

990

9

12

10.5

9

14/RET

(21/DNC)

54.5

10

426

RS 300

Richard Le Mare

Barnt Green

990

6

7

8

14/RET

(21/DNC)

21/DNC

56

11

1298

PHANTOM

Olly Hopkins

Tewkesbury

1002

13

11

12

11

11

(21/DNC)

58

12

1430

PHANTOM

Gordon Kingston Minnis

Lee on Solent

1002

11

10

13

(21/DNC)

7

21/DNC

62

13

417

RS 300

Dan Treloar

Aldenham Sailing Club

990

14

14

14

12

12

(21/DNC)

66

14

1433

PHANTOM

Paul Birbeck

Wimbleball

1002

(21/DNC)

21/DNC

21/DNC

10

10

5

67

15




Vote of thanks for the great organisation and social skills of the PRO team and vast army of shore supporters and for letting the 300’s launch from Castle Cove.

Next event – 2014 Volvo-Noble Marine Nationals at Prestwick with 35 boats already entered – a record 300 fleet for what is going to be a cracking event.

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