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RS700 Noble Marine National Championship at Castle Cove Sailing Club - Runners and Riders

by Matt Conner 22 Aug 15:58 PDT 9-12 September 2021
The RS700 and RS800 Noble Marine National Championships are at Castle Cove SC in 2021 © Hannah Shone

Entry to your Noble Marine RS700 National Championship at Castle Cove Sailing Club 9-12 Sept 2021 is still open online. We'd love you to come along and join in the fun!

All the information on the event and online entry can be found on the class website.

But who will you be up against? Read on for the bookie's form guide...

NameClubFormOdds
Theo GalyerHayling Island SCNational Champion for 2019 and 2020 and Class Chairman. No‑one takes RS700 sailing more seriously than Theo but can he make it three in a row?5:3
Ian SwannHayling Island SCOften found near the front of the fleet occasionally found standing on his centreboard shouting profanities. Cover your ears kids.8:1
Roland SmithHayling Island SCWith the fleet's newest boat he will be looking to win the Concours prize. With newfound pace Roland will be aiming for Gold fleet results.18:1
Matt CarterLancing SCRuthlessly trained to be calm under pressure the unflappable Matt Carter is consistently quick. A serious contender for a Blue Riband.3:1
Ben CooperLymingtonComing out of an extended hibernation Ben showed his potential at last year's Inlands.6:1
Richard WadsworthRNSA / Stokes Bay SCWadsworth brings his naval principles to the racecourse ‑ he never gives way when he's locked on target. Revels in punishing conditions, so if it's a windy one, he'll be at the front. 3:1
Matt ConnerQueen Mary SCHaving invested in a historically fast boat and sinking plenty of time on the water in the last year. This Queen Mary relic has shown fast straight line speed in 2021. Expect to see him aiming for the podium this year.3:1
Andy WrightQueen Mary SCBack for his second nationals and showing great pace. Likely to be challenging for the Silver fleet win.16:1
Simon HawesQueen Mary SCIf you can polish your way to victory Simon will be at the front. Either way a strong Silver fleet challenger.18:1
Rob HigginsChew Valley Lake SCSuitably quick in his Rosso red boat Rob has returned to the fleet as one to watch. Will be looking to improve on last year's third place with strength right across the wind range. Could be his year.2:1
James ClarkChew Valley Lake SCAfter a summer of intense two‑boat training with Rob Higgins will he be fast enough to catch him?12:1
Nathan SteffenoniWeston SCPut in a very credible performance at Lymington to prove his mettle. A sailmaker by trade so expect his tell-tales to be flowing at all times.16:1
John Lawsona.c. Treffort VoileAlready winning the prize for most miles travelled he won't want to be going home empty handed.20:1
Malcolm StreetonHayling Island SCMast failure brought an end to his event at Torbay. If he can keep it pointing upwards he will be mixing up in the middle.18:1
Curtis DrewGt Yarmouth and Gorleston SCProgressing well and will be looking to benchmark in the fleet at his first nationals18:1
Stephen CarrBrightlingsea SCHas been unlucky with gear failure in previous events. Always one to watch out for on the racecourse.20:1
Simon HamiltonQueen Mary SCEx 18ft skiffer who's right at home on his wide racks. Great on the bow, great on the main, great on the stick. Just needs to be able to do them all at the same time. Expecting moments of glory. 16:1
Richie ThurlbyHill Head SCNew to the fleet so current form unknown. With a background in 29er and RS800s there's plenty of experience to call on but will a lack of crew hold him back?20:1
Peter O'nionsDraycote Water SCCalm and steady Peter will be switching off the autopilot this year and be hunting for a silver fleet win.16:1
Guy BoullengerChew Valley Lake SCChew Valley's secret weapon. Sailing under the Tricolore and, as yet, unseeded. 20:1
Ashley StrongOxford SCAfter extreme conditions at his home club and light winds at Torbay yet to show his hand.20:1
Stephen HermansonQueen Mary SCA lightwind maestro who's hard to catch sub 10 knots. Loves the nip and tuck.10:1
Paul AtkinsonLee on Solent SCUnknown form for this new entrant. Could he go straight to the front?20:1
Jack NapolitanoSnettisham Beach SCHaving been coached by the European Champ Jack brings youth and talent.15:1
Phillip HighfieldGt Yarmouth and Gorleston SCWide wing hero ‑ give him room at the roundings lots of room. Can blast it with the best of them8:1
Pete PurkissBrightlingsea SCKnown as Pistol Pete for his ability to get off the line in pole position, more often than not he can hold it around the course too. When it's light, he's out of sight. 3:1
Simon ClarkLyme Regis SCHas mixed it up in the middle in previous nationals. Has time away been spent training to win?18:1
William HomewoodLymington Town SCNew to the fleet after a spell in I14s. Showed great speed at Lymington and carrying significant youthful advantage.14:1

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