Please select your home edition
Edition
Bakewell-White Yacht Design

RS700 UK National Championships at Hayling Island SC overall

by Hamish Griffiths on 12 Sep 2012
.
Noble Marine RS700 UK National Championships were held at Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) over the weekend. It could be the Med (but prettier) here at HISC although there's a lot of whistling going on with the absence of the drafty stuff. We have a good turnout of RS700s and a great bunch of chaps as usual. Thursday's wind was better than forecast and, as predicted, local hero Steve Powell showed us the way round Bracklesham bay with a second and a first. Jerry Wales, the reigning champ, wasn't far behind of course, first and sixth.

Friday, another beautiful day, saw racing in a dying breeze in Hayling Bay West and as usual this sorted the men from the boys. Powell and Wales remain neck and neck and Jon Heissig (a bit rusty but always strong in light conditions) is beginning to show. Dave Smithwhite from HISC had a storming race in the last of the day for first place in the very tricky conditions and Simon Letten, Tony Dencher and Andy Brown are all up there in the mix. The next half a dozen places will be closely contested. If, as looks likely, we don't get racing today it will be anyone's Championship tomorrow in (we hope) breezier conditions.

Day 3: Well the weather this weekend certainly would have done justice to the Côte D’Azur but as predicted, there was no racing yesterday. The race team really did their very best to get us out but after first a two and then a three hour postponement, they bowed to the inevitable and abandoned for the day; just as well as the tempting hint of a breeze immediately disappeared and we would have all had an interesting time struggling back against the ebb had we been sent out.

There was compensation to come in the party last night though. Mark Pollington’s band, the ironically named 'Heavy Weather' put on a great show. After the dancing (and light drinking) there were a few sorry faces for the early Sunday start and a long session planned.

Today was more like it! F3 building to 5 and the excellent race team had us all on the line for the sixth of the regatta at 1100hr. An uncharacteristic general recall and subsequent timing mishap meant we got away just a little late for the first of four two lappers and Steve Powell quickly put his stamp on the day, first to the WM and leading all the way home. Jerry Wales led a small group round the starboard gate mark and up the left side of the course but ultimately this didn’t pay – not least because the veering wind had persuaded the team to move the windward and spreader marks 10deg right and nearly 400m further upwind. There were to be more changes all day and the PRO amazingly managed these without causing any significant delays.

The next race was nearly a repeat, Steve now with the bit between his teeth and Jerry right on his tail but just not able to make an impression. This time they shifted the windward mark round 30deg between laps and, of course, the leaders spotted this shift and made huge gains over us rookies. Colin Dacey is always up there and this time had a good third behind Jerry, Simon in fourth.

Steve got caught up in slower traffic (that’s the nicest way I can put it) in the next and posted a (discard-able) 20th. Andy Brown will have been pleased with his first. It’s a pity Nick Miller, third, wasn’t able to make the first day because he would have scored well overall with his consistent run.

It was all over by the last race. By now the wind had really picked up and had swung by more than 100deg since the opening of play. A few found the sea conditions more challenging by now and there were quite a few hull bottoms showing on the way round but it didn’t prevent Steve Powell enjoying a couple of laps of honour at his real home club with his Dad in the pin end rib to cheer him home. Heavy weather specialist and European Champion Alex Newton-Southon got a nice first; consolation for the earlier races which were challenging for the stouter yachter!

See interactive GPS tracks of all the races online. If you haven’t seen these before, there are some simple instructions below each replay map; it’s worth persevering with some of the other features which are (nearly) self-explanatory. There is also a link to a speed analysis spreadsheet of the last day (I didn’t think anyone went fast enough on the first two days to make interesting reading)! Those who would like to see the full potential of the GPS technology can download a copy of the application here – the full program is very powerful and you can download the original track files to play with from the Java replay maps on my site.

These Championships were considered a great success by all of us. Many thanks to Hayling Island Sailing Club for wonderful hospitality and in particular to Mark Wood and his team of very senior race officials – they did us proud. Noble Marine were our generous sponsors and we thank them also.

Stokes Bay beckons in two weeks for the closing match of the Gul Grand Prix. Be RS Class Association website

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
Thou doth protest too much, me thinks
And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen And no, we’re not off to analyse Hamlet right away. There’ll be no surtitles popping up on the top of your screen about now. At any rate, it is simply an adaptation of Lady Gertrude’s original line. We merely seek to use it as a way to demonstrate that when there is a lot of brouhaha going on, the smoke screen ultimately ends up as a lovely, colourful flag as to the real intent behind it.
Posted on 18 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Southern Spars - 100Schaefer 2016 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design