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Reynolds regains Gul RS600 UK National Title

Chris Reynolds regained the Gul RS600 UK National Title, winning with a race to spare at the SCYC in Abersoch. Olly Straker was second and last year’s champion Ian Marshall third. After three races on the first day, gales forced days 2 and 3 to be abandoned. This meant that the final day was very busy as four races were held to complete the series.

Race 1 started in 8 knots of breeze and sunshine from a very port biased line. Olly Straker led the race from the start, chased hard by Christian Reynolds, Ian Marshall and James Sainsbury (who had managed to get out on the water despite putting a hole in his boat whilst launching). Straker maintained his lead until the final reach of the Olympic style course when Reynolds rolled over the top of him very close to the final mark to take the win. Straker was second and Ian Marshall third.

The conditions were very similar at the start of race 2. Most of the fleet started at the pin end again and headed off to the left. Straker and Jon Bradbury headed off to the right after a bad start which paid off. Reynolds reached the windward mark first with Bradbury second and Straker third. Straker overtook Bradbury on the reach and then Reynolds while going upwind. Straker won, Reynolds second with Marshall third after a big luffing match between the top three.

The wind dropped slightly and become patchy and flucky for the start of Race 3. The fleet spread fairly evenly across the course. Bradbury, David Annan and Straker headed to the right. Annan impeded Straker and was forced to do a penalty turn which dropped him down the fleet. Straker reached the windward mark first with Sainsbury second and Reynolds third. Straker lost five places in one leg leaving Reynolds to lead to the finish. Annan miraculously recovered from his to take second with Marshall third.

Gales forced day 2 & 3 to be abandoned.

The final day was overcast, but the wind had dropped to a far more manageable 10 to 15 knots.

Race 4 saw the battle between Reynolds and Straker resume. The leading group of Straker, Reynolds, Ian Marshall and Annan pulled away from the rest of the fleet. Straker lead for most of the race to win, with Reynolds second and Ian Marshall third.

At the start of Race 5 Marshall successfully started on port at the pin end and got away from the fleet. However, the very tight race between Reynolds and Straker pushed them both to the front of the fleet. Straker was leading on the last reach, but started to follow the 300s on another lap which allowed Reynolds, who was just a few lengths behind, to take the win. Straker finished second with Marshall third.

Reynolds led from the start of Race 6 and pulled out a massive lead on the rest of the fleet. Straker and Marshall were having a close battle but Straker came out on top.

Straker attempted to a port tack flyer at the start of Race 7, but was forced to tack at the last moment by Annan. Straker then hit the pin along with another boat that had attempted to start on port.

Annan led at the windward mark but was overtaken by Marshall and David Nunn on the run. Marshall led to the end, breaking his run of third places. The next five swapped places a number of times, but Nunn held the rest off to finish second, and Reynolds pulled back up through the fleet to third after a bad first beat.

Christian Reynolds was crowned National Champion with a race to spare, winning the title for the second time. Olly Straker was second and last year’s champion Ian Marshall third. Dave Annan finished in fourth place and James Sainsbury was fifth.

The silver fleet was won by David Nunn with James Nuttall in second. The Probationer and Youth prizes were both won by Jon Bradbury, and Ian Marshall won the Masters prize.

Thanks go to the South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club for hosting a great event despite the inclement weather. Thanks also to event sponsors Gul and RS Circuit Sponsors Fat Face.

RS600 Nationals - Final leading results

1 980 Christian Reynolds Locks SC 1 2 1 2 1 1 3 8 pts
2 983 Olly Straker Weston SC 2 1 5 1 2 2 5 13 pts
3 654 Ian Marshall Oxford SC 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 16 pts
4 815 David Annan Grafham Water SC 10 4 2 4 7 5 4 26 pts
5 827 James Sainsbury Grafham Water SC 4 5 4 8 4 4 6 27 pts
6 826 David Nunn Datchet Water SC 9 13 8 6 8 6 2 39 pts
7 954 Jonathan Powell Portchester SC 7 7 7 7 6 8 20 42 pts
8 702 John Charles Leigh on Sea SC 6 9 13 5 12 7 7 46 pts
9 686 Jon Bradbury Bough Beech SC 11 6 6 13 5 13 20 54 pts
10 756 Tom Walker West Wittering 5 12 11 12 14 9 11 60 pts
11 811 James Nuttall Oxford SC 13 10 9 9 10 15 10 61 pts
12 743 Stephen Minnikin Portishead Y & SC 14 11 16 15 9 10 13 72 pts
13 838 Tim Miller Locks SC 16 15 15 10 13 12 8 73 pts
14 901 Alan Goule Paignton SC 17 14 10 14 11 14 12 75 pts
15 697 Hugh Gabriel Bewl Valley SC 15 17 14 11 20 11 9 77 pts
16 808 Ken Potts Gunfleet SC 8 8 12 20 20 20 20 88 pts
17 960 George Smith Bough Beech SC 12 16 17 20 20 20 20 105 pts
18 942 Bradley Field Benfleet YC 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 118 pts
19 867 Richard Broughton Grafham Water SC 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 120 pts

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