sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Steve Bolland wins RS300 UK Nationals

Steve Bolland wins RS300 UK Nationals

'RS300 Nationals 2008'    Fotoboat.com ©    Click Here to view large photo

On Day 1 the fleet was rewarded with bright sunshine and a pleasant 12 knot south-westerly. Race 1 started with mayhem at the pin end . Ian Smith extricated himself better than most to lead the fleet away to lead at the first mark ahead of Steve Bolland and Ben Yeats.

Yeats came through at the wing mark with a beautiful gybe and stayed ahead on the broad second reach as the rest of the fleet closed up. Bolland pulled through on the second beat, a lead which he held to the finish. Yeats finished second ahead of Will Crocker .

Richard LeMare and Neil Beveridge arrived at the windward mark together for race 2. By the end of the reaches, though, Bolland had shown the benefit of getting practice in on the lumpy stuff and had taken the lead. Andrew Ritchie was also showing impressive downwind form to move into second place.

Slightly less wind for race 3. Crocker took best advantage of the wind going left at the end of the first beat and led the fleet down the first, tight, fast reach ahead of LeMare, Yeats and Bolland . By the end of the race Bolland had pulled clear and finished ahead of Crocker, Yeats & Ritchie.

After two lost days due to gale force winds one of which involved rescuing the RS600s that had ventured out, the RS300 fleet was positively chomping at the bit to get some more racing in on the last day of its National Championship in Abersoch. For once all the forecasts agreed and the fleet set out in a breeze which eased to around 12 knots as the day progressed.

In race 4 Bolland slammed into the back of a wave on the first reach while leading and chucked it in. However, some unbelievable carnage on the run involved his closest challengers Crocker & Ritchie & evened things out somewhat.

By staying upright and staying out of trouble, Beveridge & LeMare were holding a sizeable lead at the end of the first lap. Bolland was back up to fifth with Crocker close behind. By the end of the second lap the order was Beveridge, LeMare with Bolland up to third and Crocker in fourth.

A nice left shift up the last beat saw Crocker move in to third position and challenge the leaders, but Beveridge and LeMare hung on .

Making the most of another good start, Beveridge again led at the first mark of race 5. With Crocker next round ahead of Bolland it looked game on in the battle for the championship, but Bolland came inside Crocker on the run . Bolland held on to his lead to the end of the race to finish ahead of Beveridge, Ritchie, Crocker.

In slightly less breeze, Bolland made no mistakes in race 6. Taking the pin end of the line he crossed the fleet on the first shift and led from start to finish. Ritchie kept him honest by remaining within striking distance throughout. Behind the leading pair were Keen, Smith,

With the championship already won, Bolland nevertheless stayed out for race 7 to ensure the rest of the fleet didn’t have all the fun. As luck would have it, he repeated his feat of the previous race and with the pressure off he won by half a leg. Yeats, kept up his impressive form to finish in second with LeMare in third.

Overall, a resounding win for Bolland counting a string of first places. With very nearly half of the fleet participating in their first RS300 Championship (including 2nd and 3rd placed boats) the future is looking good.

Special thanks to South Caernarvonshire YC for hosting a memorable championship despite the weather and particular thanks to Race Officer Tim Little and his team who set impeccable courses throughout, made the right calls when the weather became troublesome and turned the fleets around smartly to avoid unnecessary delays. Thanks also to the sponsors GUL and Harken.

RS300 - Overall leading results

1st Steve Bolland Bristol Corinthian YC 6 pts
2nd Will Crocker Emberton Park/Beaver SC 19 pts
3rd Andrew Ritchie Hykeham SC 28 pts
4th Ben Yeats Chanonry SC 29 pts
5th Richard LeMare Draycote Water SC 35 pts
6th Tim Keen Sheffield Viking SC 36 pts

Other prizewinners

Top club – Draycote Water SC
Top buddies – Chris Massie & Barry Steel
Biggest improver – Phil Underwood
Youth – Alex Lomas
A rig – Alex Lomas
Probationer – Will Crocker
Master – Ian Smith
Silver division – Alex Lomas




by Event media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=48636

12:07 PM Mon 8 Sep 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

10 Dec 2013  Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 - Title sponsors announced
09 Dec 2013  OK Dinghy World Rankings for December 2013
16 Jun 2013  PWA Catalunya World Cup - Celebrating 15 years of Costa Brava action
16 Jun 2013  Route des Princes - Edmond de Rothschild victorious in Lisbon
16 Jun 2013  Contender World Championship - 174 entries and still counting
16 Jun 2013  Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – Day 2 in Porto Santo Stefano
16 Jun 2013  NYYC Annual Regatta – J sailing talent to take part
25 Apr 2013  Jorgen Svendsen retains OK Dinghy World 2013 number one ranking
07 Mar 2013  Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
03 Mar 2013  RYA Dinghy Show - Glanfield and Patience launch Rio 2016 campaign
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World





















Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,














America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do
Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2014 - Images by Erik Simonson
Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Australian Sailing Team signs up
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 3
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sailors place on world regatta circuits
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2
PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
Helping boaters understand weather basics   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2   
Match 40s find the surface again + Video   
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi   
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director   
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition   
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT