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Noble Marine TridentUK RS400 National Championship at South Shields Sailing Club - Day 3

by Nick Craig 26 Aug 01:37 PDT 23-27 August 2021

The RS400 fleet were very pleased to see double the wind of the previous day with 5 knots showing on the start boat - not enough to set pulses racing but thankfully enough to fully fill spinnakers!

In the light opening race, the Cockerills sailed an inch-perfect race tactically balancing the tricky mix of tide, shifts and pressure differences to lead from start to finish, ahead of Nick Craig & 'Tobytastic' Lewis and Mike Simms & Mark Lunn.

Top Scots Neil McLellan & Ewan judged the heavily tide-affected lay line into the last windward mark perfectly to snatch third from Simms & Lunn.

Between races the wind built and we were treated to a dolphin diving display; the day was getting better!

Race 4 was the best yet with a building breeze and nice waves allowing surfing downwind. Tobytastic nailed every wave to lift Craig & Lewis through the top ten downwind for a race win from fast upwind Simms & Lunn, with Ollie Groves & Sam Waller liking the more exciting conditions to finish third.

The breeze faded a little during race 5 as did competitor's brains. The race will be remembered for a lot of confusion and a long evening of protests.

At the end of lap 2, Simms & Lunn were leading from Groves & Waller but one of the leeward marks had drifted creating confusion on whether there was still a leeward gate or a port rounding single leeward mark. Some thought the shortened course flag was up so tried to finish and then the last windward mark was in the back of RIB heading North at 10 knots as we approached it.

Initial results showed locals Nick Woodhouse & Miles Lilley, the only boat to sail the correct course, as race winners with everyone else DNF. That triggered a flurry of redress protests so current results now show Woodhouse & Lilley as popular race winners with everyone else re-instated behind these local heroes.

So that put the Cockerills in second, Craig & Lewis third and Simms & Lunn fourth, ruing their attempt to finish a lap early.

The evening social was again excellent with the fleet enjoying a very tasty hog roast and a long game of killer pool with 9 year old supercrew Matthew Boatman beating most of the adults whilst they awaited the outcome of the protests.

At the half way mark, there are 14 points between the top four so a lot to race for, and with high winds forecast for today's triple race day, it should be fun!

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Results after day 3:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1G1500Nick CraigTobytastic LewisFrensham & Burghfield SC1121‑35
2G1515Stephen CockerillSarah CockerillLee on Solent SC2‑815210
3G1488Michael SimsMark LunnCarsington SC‑6542415
4G1376Sam KnightChris BownesBartley SC4366‑1019
5G1463Stewart RobertsonSarah RobertsonRoyal Forth YC8‑1999531
6G1502Jon HeissigNicky GriffinLlangorse SC710‑318833
7S1370Neil McLellanEwen RycroftEast Loithan YC54324(DNF)36
8G1275Nathan BatchelorJames ClarkTynemouth SC107‑27101138
9G1316Ollie GrovesSam WallerBeaver SC(OCS)15143941
10G1511Hamish GledhillRoss SouthwellWest Riding SC313‑21131342
11G1460Dave ExleyAlistair CoatesLeigh & Lowton SC(OCS)21720645
12G944Alex KnightRob HigginsChew Valley SC‑1917771748
13G1398Phil MurrayNeil SchofieldTynemouth SC23‑24514749
14G1518Ben WilliamsonCharlie TicehurstRipon SC1161319‑2449
15S1292Christopher EamesRachel TilleyQMSC912‑30171250
16G1481Howard FarbrotherLouise HoskenQMSC17141012‑2153
17G1428Wayne FletcherMartin CooperRYA‑32916151858
18S1492Martin PentyLuke DickinsonBeaver SC‑221811161661
19S1484Mark SomervilleJoe RobertsBassenthwaite SC‑35202841567
20S1437Danny BoatmanMatthew BoatmanSunderland YC131122‑312268
21S1377Neil BevingtonAlan SkeensLee on Solent SC‑292218111970
22S1439Kevin PodgerHeather ChipperfieldLymington Town SC12211922‑2974
23G1456Barrie ThorntonNick HuntScaling Dam SC18(RET)12182775
24S1503Peter SnowdonLouise CarrShoreham SC30‑378212382
25B1263Dave StocktonSophie StocktonWimbleball SC16‑3115273189
26S1465Jon WillarsRyan WillarsWelton SC2416‑33232891
27S1410Jacob AinsworthKayleigh RobertsTynemouth SC‑272324252092
28G1491Jon GayAmanda HendersonLochaber YC‑332825261493
29B1325James LoganPhilippa LoganNottinghamshire County SC14302036‑41100
30B1043Ian WatkinsImogen WatkinsOxford SC152532‑3732104
31S1516Mike SaulOliver KentYorkshire Dales SC2029(RET)3326108
32B1175Fred LordLouise GaleCarsington SC2127‑372835111
33S971Simon KitchenAbbi HooperGrafham Water SC28262929‑33112
34S1123Carl WhiteheadCarol MilnerFiley SC253323‑3434115
35S1363Ross RyanOliver Ryan‑MooreNotts County SC2632‑383225115
36S1509Stu KeeganTrisha ClancyStarcross SC‑3636353530136
37B538Nicholas WoodhouseMiles LilleySouth Shields SC(OCS)4249501142
38B1362Thomas ParkhurstJack AcronBeaver SC‑4235423036143
39B1148Hester RobertsonRichard HopeDalgety Bay SC34393440‑42147
40B1342Max TosettiJitka ZenatoweQMSC394426‑4639148
41B1513Neil ParkhurstIan ParkhurstBeaver SC31‑46394538153
42S1487Andrew BraySarah KingstonLee on Solent SC37433638(DNF)154
43B1432James AlsopSimon EdwardsQMSC403441‑4945160
44B603Graham FraserUschi HiermeierTynemouth SC45‑47403937161
45B1445Phil BrittonMike AtkinsonDalgety Bay SC41384741(DNF)167
46B738Ian NichollsNeil RobinsonLargs SC44‑48454240171
47B1520Andy PowellPaul Caiger‑WatsonWarsash SC‑4640444443171
48B1129David WebleyFraser MulfordWormit Boating Club38414848(DNS)175
49B1519Steven BroomfieldJenni LewisLymington Town SC(DNC)DNC434344181
50B543Ian Webber‑RostronLuke HarrisonDelph SC43454647(DNF)181

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