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Volvo Noble Marine RS700 Nationals supported by Hyde Sails at Eastbourne Sovereign SC - Overall

by Matt Carter 9 Sep 08:14 PDT 6-8 September 2019

After racing on Saturday the fleet had the long awaited Hyde Sails spinnaker raffle draw. The lucky winner was Stephen Carr from Brightlingsea SC. Congratulations on winning a brand new spinnaker Stephen!

Race One: The day started with Theo Galyer needing just one more top result to secure the championship and Robbie Bell in hot pursuit ready to take advantage of any slip up. Richard Wadsworth, Pete Purkiss and Matt Carter all started the day in a fight for third.

The fleet launched in a bright fresh morning for a 1000hrs start with 10 knot Northerly which steadily increased ahead of the start. Robbie won the first beat just ahead of Matt Carter and Theo Gayler. Theo then powered to first down the first downwind leg and battled with Robbie for the next two laps.

Richard recovered after a second row start to overtake Matt on the second beat. Matt chased hard downwind and recovered third position only to lose it again on the last beat. Richard proceeded to charge forward to catch Theo and Robbie by the end of the last downwind leg. Theo managed to round first just ahead of Robbie and Richard setting up a tense close reach to the finish. Theo maintained his lead by a boat's length to take the bullet and the championship with Robbie just holding off Richard.

Race Two: With first and second wrapped up by Theo and Robbie the battle in the last race of the Championship was for third between Rich Wadsworth who was one point ahead of Matt Carter. The wind had moderated slightly and became more inconsistent making the challenge more unpredictable. Theo took himself away from the contest by sailing away into the lead by some distance after the first lap.

Richard and Matt battled all the way around the course up and downwind changing positions several times on each leg. The racing was tense and made more so by the random gust and shifts crossing the course. By the end of the final beat Richard rounded about three boat lengths ahead of Matt and sailed off to the right closely followed by Robbie. Matt gybed off with Matt Conner and James Bayliss to have the starboard advantage at the finish line. A line of pressure just 100 meters from the finish carried Matt, Matt Conner and James to the line just ahead of Richard and Robbie.

The fantastic event finished with Theo having dominated the event and sailing superbly to a very well deserved first National Championship title. Robbie came second and Matt third. The event provided amazing racing in challenging conditions made better with excellent race management, plenty of sunshine and great socials. Thank you very much to ESSC! Thank you to our event sponsors: Volvo, Noble Marine, Hyde Sails, Rooster, RS Sailing, Harken, The Wine Gift Centre, Sea Change wine, and Nairns.

Prize Winner List:

2019 RS700 National Champion: Theo Galyer from Hayling Island SC
2nd place: Robbie Bell from Snettisham Beach SC
3rd place: Matt Carter from Lancing SC
4th place: Richard Wadsworth from RNSA and Stokes Bay SC
5th place: Pete Purkiss from Brightlingsea SC
Silver Division Winner: Matt Conner from Queen Mary SC
1st Master: Pete Purkiss from Brightlingsea SC
Fidelis Trophy: Phillip Highfield from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston SC
Apprentice Trophy: Nick Heather from Royal Windermere YC & South Windermere SC
Endeavour Trophy: Matt Conner from Queen Mary SC
Buddy Prize: Matt Carter and James Bayliss
Top Club: Snettisham Beach SC
Wooden Spoon: Richard Wadsworth for punishing the committee boat
Hyde Sails Spinnaker Winner: Stephen Carr from Brightlingsea SC

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1stGold1063Theo GalyerHISC221(DNC)1‑321110
2ndGold875Robbie BellSnettisham Beach SC4121‑6242‑516
3rdGold966Matt CarterLancing SC5‑83341‑124323
4thGold720Richard WadsworthStokes Bay SC / RNSA1‑9522‑763726
5thGold1042Pete PurkissBrightlingsea SC934(DNC)3537‑1434
6thGold944James BaylissQMSC‑114885‑10110440
7thGold1027Colin DaceySnettisham Beach SC7564‑10‑855840
8thGold945Rich LilleyLymington Town SC86‑126‑12478241
9thSilver1041Matt ConnerQMSC6‑11979(OCS)96652
10thGold836Phillip HighfieldGt Yarmouth & Gorleston SC37710(RET)1289‑1356
11thSilver860Jack NapolitanoSnettisham Beach SC‑1313(DNC)57610121063
12thSilver727Nick HeatherRoyal Windermere YC / SWSC101210(DNC)8131411‑1578
13thSilver982Roland SmithHISC/QMSC12101111‑131113(RET)1280
14thSilver801Stephen CarrBrightlingsea SC(RET)1413(DNC)1414DNC13995
15thSilver808Spike DanielsHayling Island SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC11911DNC1196
16thSilver1035Roger TaylorHISC(DNC)(DNC)DNC9DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC117
17thGold1060Jerry WalesWindsport(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC126

RS700 National's Weekend, Part of the RS700 Rooster National Tour:

1st place: Theo Galyer
2nd place: Matt Carter
3rd place: Robbie Bell

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