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Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships - Day 5

'Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014'    Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships. While those that had raced at Mounts Bay before had told those that hadn't about the legendary waves, what they hadn't mentioned was the 50 or so different varieties. In a challenging week for all, the range of sea states and weather had stretched from a whisper of a breeze and left over slop to full-on and frightening white crested growlers with a breeze, no viz and rain to match.

But for day five, Mounts Bay delivered champagne conditions midway between the week's extremes, along with a few more varieties of sea states and wind combinations.

Still battered and bruised from Wednesday's 20-30knot pummelling, the fleet headed out to a new race area to the east of the famous Mount. The decision by the race committee to take the fleet to this new location proved to be spot on.

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

The first of three races started in a 10-12 knot breeze that didn't really match the sea state, particularly on starboard tack where every fifth wave seemed to have a steep front and vertical back. Stopping the boat was easy, getting it going again was a far tougher task.

By the windward mark it felt like we had carried our boats to the top of the course using the mainsheet and toe straps.

The short stretch from the windward mark to the spreader buoy served up an entirely new sea state based on a washing machine's spin cycle. White chop, waves from everywhere, it felt like the entire fleet had headed off road.

And then came the downhill slide.

The waves suggested that there should be plenty of hiking and surfing but the breeze was holding back making the first two laps a bit of a struggle for all but the lightest crews.

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

By the third and final round of the first race the breeze had woken up and added a few more knots making the upwind legs a full hike and the downwind slides more fun.

By the finish Nick Craig and Toby 'Tastic' Lewis had led the fleet around the course once again.

Race two saw the conditions perk up a few more notches with some more breeze to match the building swell from the South West. But while the waves were longer the beats were still hard work and the battle for clear air just as intense. Fortunately the downwind slides became more fun too, especially for the extra-medium proportioned crews who had struggled to keep their boats on the boil. (No names, we know who we are!)

Again, Craig and Lewis scored a bullet and sealed their overall win of the championship. But for everyone else there was more to come.

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

First was a return to a three lap course, race two had been a teasing two lapper. Second was the waves, stretching out a little further to make longer surfs downwind easier. But for some there were bigger surprises in store.

One was for Jim Downer who beat Nick Craig to the finish, but the other was for David Brown and Rebecca Witt (1290) who capsized at the start, (not something they make a habit of), but onto a rather sick looking shark. Rebecca refused to leave the boat and enter the water by hanging onto the gooseneck to keep her feet above the water making life a little trickier for David who was trying to right the boat while convincing her that the shark was dead.

For the rest of the fleet the race was a perfect finish to a boisterous week but there was one more surprise in store - the ride home.

As we headed back towards the Mount the breeze kicked in with a 10knot bonus on top of the 15knots we had got used to making for a full on foam up for the two sail reach home. Some, no names, didn't quite make it without a swim on the way.

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

Overall, as far as conditions were concerned, the week could not have ended on a better note - sunshine, breeze, another variety of waves and big smiles around the fleet.

The last challenge was the long haul up the beach at low tide. A proper work out at the end of the day and a good excuse to use the stair lift in the club.

Congratulations to Nick Craig and Toby Lewis for taking an emphatic win.

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

Volvo Noble Marine UK RS400 National Championships 2014 -  Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk  

Results - After day five - Races 1- 8

Overall

Sailed: 8, Discards: 2, To count: 6, Entries: 73, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Tally

Fleet

SailNo 

HelmName

CrewName

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

Total

Nett

1st

15

Gold

1383

Nick Craig

Tobytastic Lewis

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(2.0)

10.0

6.0

2nd

17

Gold

1321

Jim Downer

Jono Price

3.0

2.0

(7.0)

2.0

1.0

94.0

13.0

3rd

11

Gold

1435

Michael Sims

Richard Brown

(32.0)

3.0

3.0

3.0

4.0

65.0

18.0

4th

23

Gold

1414

Jon Goringe

Nicola Bass

2.0

4.0

2.0

(8.0)

5.0

35.0

20.0

5th

69

Gold

1388

Roger Gilbert

James Stewart

4.0

(23.0)

5.0

(74.0 DSQ)

3.0

122.0

25.0

6th

19

Gold

1418

Howard Farbrother

Dan Martin

(29.0)

7.0

8.0

5.0

13.0

104.0

45.0

7th

3

Gold

1215

Josh Metcalfe

Elaine Jones

(15.0)

5.0

4.0

10.0

10.0

75.0

49.0

8th

29

Gold

1342

Jack Holden

Alex Lee

(14.0)

6.0

12.0

13.0

(16.0)

79.0

49.0

9th

25

Gold

1407

John Hessig

Nicky Griffin

8.0

8.0

9.0

6.0

(11.0)

78.0

50.0

10th

31

Gold

1017

Sean Cleary

Steven Tyner

9.0

9.0

(24.0)

7.0

8.0

113.0

54.0

11th

7

Gold

1395

Paul Hilliar

Sam Parker

5.0

20.0

10.0

4.0

6.0

127.0

56.0

12th

21

Gold

1432

Keith Bedborough

Steve Dunn

17.0

(28.0)

17.0

12.0

9.0

142.0

67.0

13th

13

Gold

1384

Paul Oakey

Mark Oakey

6.0

21.0

11.0

9.0

14.0

217.0

69.0

14th

47

Gold

1259

Gareth Flanigan

David Fletcher

(33.0)

(15.0)

6.0

11.0

15.0

118.0

70.0

15th

51

Gold

1425

Mike Saul

Demo Dave

13.0

12.0

(27.0)

(23.0)

19.0

124.0

74.0

16th

62

Silver

1082

Mark Somerville

Joe Roberts

11.0

11.0

(20.0)

18.0

7.0

137.0

78.0

17th

27

Gold

1186

Dave Exley

Joe Hartigan

7.0

16.0

13.0

20.0

12.0

133.0

84.0

18th

45

Gold

1161

Ben Robertson

Hannah Robertson

(51.0)

(74.0 DNF)

25.0

16.0

22.0

230.0

105.0

19th

71

Silver

1436

Simon Herriot

Tom Maron

10.0

13.0

22.0

(24.0)

(33.0)

162.0

105.0

20th

70

Silver

864

Elaine Turner

Sijbrand Jongejans

21.0

(74.0 DNF)

33.0

(34.0)

25.0

232.0

124.0

21st

60

Silver

574

Steve Restall

Chris Stubbs

(43.0)

22.0

(31.0)

17.0

20.0

203.0

129.0

22nd

33

Gold

1406

Dave Cheyne

Ben Moag

23.0

(74.0 DNC)

(36.0)

14.0

21.0

241.0

131.0

23rd

40

Bronze

411

Richard Cain

Barney Dearsly

(30.0)

26.0

(32.0)

21.0

26.0

194.0

132.0

24th

41

Gold

1433

Rob Martin

Jan Martin

27.0

30.0

18.0

25.0

27.0

241.0

136.0

25th

39

Gold

1326

Nick Martin

Caroline Martin

22.0

(35.0)

14.0

27.0

17.0

215.0

137.0

26th

5

Gold

1356

Pete Vincent

Pete Cruickshank

(39.0)

31.0

19.0

26.0

28.0

235.0

141.0

27th

66

Silver

1202

Sam Knight

John Knight

24.0

18.0

23.0

19.0

(37.0)

219.0

143.0

28th

43

Gold

1203

Richard Gray

Isobel Mitchel

(40.0)

17.0

26.0

22.0

24.0

227.0

149.0

29th

65

Silver

1088

Mark Chamberlain

Rebecca Chamberlain

(36.0)

(74.0 DNC)

34.0

28.0

18.0

265.0

155.0

30th

57

Silver

725

Bill Kenyon

Andy Dawson

37.0

10.0

28.0

(41.0)

(38.0)

236.0

157.0

31st

56

Silver

1290

David Brown

Rebecca Witt

(48.0)

(74.0 DNC)

21.0

15.0

34.0

284.0

162.0

32nd

1

Silver

983

Kevin Podger

Heather Chipperfield

31.0

29.0

16.0

(44.0)

32.0

253.0

163.0

33rd

35

Gold

1405

Liam Donnelly

Simon Martin

20.0

19.0

35.0

31.0

30.0

244.0

163.0

34th

10

Bronze

1109

Richad Mayo

Fiona Mayo

25.0

25.0

(74.0 DNC)

37.0

41.0

329.0

181.0

35th

30

Bronze

1344

Nick Bonner

Will Hackney

16.0

24.0

42.0

32.0

29.0

332.0

184.0

36th

9

Gold

1390

Andy Hatch

Dan Hawkins

19.0

(74.0 DNF)

40.0

29.0

(45.0)

306.0

187.0

37th

2

Silver

1340

Sam Neal

Alayne

18.0

36.0

37.0

36.0

31.0

291.0

194.0

38th

67

Silver

1377

Ivan Burden

Alex Lester

35.0

27.0

41.0

(50.0)

(74.0 DNC)

318.0

194.0

39th

50

Silver

1393

Nick Zammit

Nick

38.0

33.0

(45.0)

39.0

23.0

295.0

198.0

40th

54

Silver

1230

Paul McMahon

Laura Houlihan

(55.0)

14.0

29.0

30.0

(49.0)

308.0

204.0

41st

37

Gold

1014

Hamish Gledhill

Simon Dowse

12.0

(74.0 DNF)

(74.0 DNC)

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

361.0

213.0

42nd

52

Silver

1051

Matt Sheahan

Ellie Sheahan

(56.0)

32.0

47.0

40.0

36.0

321.0

218.0

43rd

63

Silver

1428

James Gardner

Anne Gardner

28.0

38.0

39.0

42.0

40.0

369.0

221.0

44th

8

Bronze

1043

Ian Watkins

Imogen Watkins

(53.0)

(74.0 DNF)

43.0

33.0

35.0

370.0

243.0

45th

18

Bronze

979

Oliver George-Tayor

Toria Burton

61.0

(74.0 DNC)

38.0

43.0

42.0

401.0

253.0

46th

38

Bronze

1101

Simon Baker

Ian Craig

45.0

37.0

(58.0)

(58.0)

51.0

377.0

261.0

47th

64

Silver

1370

Keith Willis

Julie Willis

26.0

(74.0 DNF)

(74.0 DNC)

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

412.0

264.0

48th

46

Bronze

630

Peter Craggs

Phil Nelson

(50.0)

34.0

49.0

46.0

50.0

369.0

265.0

49th

48

Bronze

939

Steve Jannering

Chloe Sideris

(74.0 DNC)

74.0 DNC

15.0

35.0

47.0

414.0

266.0

50th

44

Bronze

824

Chris Banner

Ellis Banner

63.0

(74.0 DNC)

44.0

53.0

39.0

429.0

281.0

51st

61

Silver

1292

Christopher Eames

Oisin McClelland

(74.0 DNF)

(74.0 DNC)

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

438.0

290.0

52nd

20

Bronze

877

Phil Britton

Jules Thorne

49.0

(74.0 DNF)

(53.0)

49.0

44.0

417.0

290.0

53rd

55

Silver

1189

Peter Bennett

Liss Bennett

34.0

(74.0 DNC)

(74.0 DNC)

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

439.0

291.0

54th

16

Bronze

1252

James Alsop

Simon Edwards

44.0

(74.0 DNF)

48.0

48.0

52.0

423.0

293.0

55th

49

Silver

976

Tim Garvin

Ellie Gadd

74.0 DNF

74.0 DNC

30.0

38.0

43.0

452.0

304.0

56th

73

Bronze

1387

Simon Palmer

Danielle Palmer

47.0

74.0 DNF

54.0

45.0

46.0

452.0

304.0

57th

28

Bronze

1031

Max Tosetti

Jenny Douglas

54.0

(74.0 DNC)

52.0

52.0

54.0

452.0

304.0

58th

59

Silver

1044

Rob Hastings

Neil Calvin

46.0

(74.0 DNF)

46.0

47.0

74.0 DNC

473.0

325.0

59th

68

Silver

1275

David Hearsum

Gareth Fay

60.0

74.0 DNC

55.0

51.0

48.0

476.0

328.0

60th

36

Bronze

1430

Simon Matthews

Penny Matthews

59.0

(74.0 DNC)

51.0

56.0

55.0

491.0

343.0

61st

53

Silver

1353

Bill Handley

Lynda Handley

41.0

(74.0 DNC)

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

497.0

349.0

62nd

14

Bronze

1426

Mike Corduff

Bruce Woodcock

42.0

(74.0 DNF)

50.0

74.0 DNF

74.0 DNC

500.0

352.0

63rd

26

Bronze

1287

James Bowman

Sara Roberts

(74.0 DNC)

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

54.0

53.0

519.0

371.0

64th

72

 

535

Ernie Hatton

Colin Hatton

64.0

74.0 DNC

56.0

55.0

74.0 DNF

529.0

381.0

65th

42

Bronze

1270

James Cutler

Andy Trim

58.0

(74.0 DNC)

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

530.0

382.0

66th

34

Bronze

1328

Steve Peat

Sarah Peat

(74.0 DNC)

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

57.0

56.0

531.0

383.0

67th

32

Bronze

1322

Gideon Ewers

Gilly Ewers

57.0

74.0 DNC

57.0

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

541.0

393.0

68th

58

Silver

1337

Graeme Henry

Katie Masterson

52.0

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

547.0

399.0

69th

6

Bronze

438

Franco Marenco

Tom Carr

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

579.0

431.0

70th

12

Bronze

519

Alistair Cole

Julie Cole

62.0

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

580.0

432.0

71st

4

Bronze

556

Ross Davies

Clemmy Dymond

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

592.0

444.0

71st

22

Silver

887

Keith Escritt

Phil Preistly

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

592.0

444.0

71st

24

Bronze

1320

Chris Stanton

Louise Hoskins

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

74.0 DNC

592.0

444.0


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The Australian supermaxi Perpetual Loyal has been forced to retire from the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, with hull damage. The news came in a regular radio sked with race organisers, little detail was available, however it is understood that she has some hull delamination, probably arising from pounding though big seas and 25-30kt winds for the first day and night of the race. ... [more]  

Clouds outlines what he is expecting to see in the race, and says that while the big boats will take all the attention in the early stages of the race, the weather is against them as the race progresses. The smaller boats will come surfing in a fresh northerly, while the front-runners cope with light winds on their final approach to the finish on the Derwent. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney to Hobart: Replay video coverage on Sail-World *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Replay of the start of the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. The fleet is expected to experience fresh to strong headwinds for the start and first 24 hours, although winds will moderate towards the end of this period. ... [more]  

For the last 18 hours, there has been never more than three nautical miles between the new kids on the block, Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark's Comanche with Ken Read skippering the boat with distinction and the Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI. Mark Richard's who was blown away by Comanche's reaching speed inside the harbour has been hunting the race leader relentlessly as the two boats beat south. ... [more]  

Will Comanche take a scalp? by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team
After blasting off the startline earlier today, Jim Clark's Comanche continues to hold the lead in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart race eight hours into the race. ... [more]  

A stiff southerly is testing the boats and sailors on the first afternoon of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart and by late afternoon, four yachts had retired from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual race. The first casualties of the race were Tina of Melbourne, forced out because of hull damage and Bear Necessity with a damaged rudder, just two hours into the race. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Comanche leads in softening morning breeze *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The US supermaxi Comanche (Jim & Kirsty Clark) continues to enjoy a small lead at the head of the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet. As the race enters its second day, organisers told Sail-World at 6.00am local time that the fleet was experiencing SW winds of 12-13kts and that these would ease further during the day. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: The 117 competing yachts, including five 100-foot Maxis, represents the race’s largest number of starters since 1994. Of the five Maxis, Jim Clark’s Comanche (USA) made the early gains in the race’s 70th edition, reaching the first mark in record time and setting a blistering pace. Seven-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI was in close pursuit. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: A memorable edition of the 628-nm race appears certain, with the contest between the fleet’s five Maxi yachts living up to the pre-race hype. At 8:00pm local time, Comanche leads seven-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI by one nautical mile, with Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal and Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100 just a few miles behind the leading duo. ... [more]  

Top international photographers, Carlo Borlenghi and Daniel Forster were on the water, and in the air, for the start of the 70th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Here is a selection of their images of the day. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014: Start photos by Andrea Francolini
Sydney Hobart 2014 The Cutting edge Formula 1 yacht still leads
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 – Grand dame heads back to Sydney
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Day 1 start images by Carlo Borlenghi
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Race Start Images by Crosbie Lorimer *Feature
Clipper Ventures 10 starts Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Another year another record
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014 – Comanche on the warpath
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Spithill to grind on Comanche
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Spinnaker start forecast
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI ready to go
Adventures of a Sailor Girl: Hobart coverage - December 26 - Live
Rolex Sydney Hobart - The Peyron Perspective -Old People On New Boats *Feature
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Spithill to grind on Comanche
Rolex Sydney Hobart; Wild Oats XI trials Goose for Christmas
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The Weather Gate *Feature
For Christmas a Shiny new Sail-World.com *Feature
Sydney-Hobart: Wacky Races 3 – Gravel and Red Max versus VMG *Feature
Yankees at the Gate - A pre Sydney-Hobart conversation with Ken Read *Feature
Rolex Sydney Hobart: Line Honours Skippers Press Conference - Video
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - Another great journey south   
Sydney Hobart - Ragamuffin's David Witt explains deck failure + Video   
Wild Oats XI - Damage drama in lead-up to Sydney Hobart Race   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images by Photographer Carlo Borlenghi   
Five faces behind the 100ft super maxis by Andrea Francolini   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Everyone's in with a chance   
Comanche Designers talk before Sydney Hobart   
Olympic Sailing Waters - Rio de Janeiro   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta - Holiday gifts for a range of entries!   
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - To Hobart in Style   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: Ken Read's notes on Comanche   
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Entries open for 2015 ORC Championship events   
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Levelling the playing field   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race video preview   
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - It's a Woman’s world too   


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