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Noble Marine RS700 National Championship at Castle Cove Sailing Club - Day 2

by Matt Carter 10 Sep 15:13 PDT 9-12 September 2021
Noble Marine RS700 National Championship - Day 2 © Richard Bowers

With three races planned and 25 knots forecast later in the day the race committee wisely decided to stay in Portland Harbour for Day Two.

Race One started with a slight bias to the committee boat end. Theo Galyer thundered away up the beat in 18+ knots chased hard by Matt Carter and Rob Higgins, followed by Matt Conner. Downwind Theo stretched his lead and Matt Carter just stayed ahead of Rob having had a dodgy drop and nearly tipping in. Positions remained the same up the beat and downwind on the second lap. Theo stormed down the last downwind to finish first. Matt Carter and Rob bore away around the top mark with two boat lengths between them. Rob pushed hard to get ahead gybing earlier but slightly too early and ended up having to soak which allowed Matt Carter to stay ahead and go through the gate first and cross the line just ahead.

Race Two saw a steady increase in the wind and the race committee got the fleet away fairly quickly. Rich Wadsworth and Matt Conner got great starts and pushed Theo hard. Rob Higgins found some great speed to go round the top mark just behind Theo in second, chased by Matt Conner, Rich Wadsworth and Matt Carter, followed closely by Pete Purkiss and Andy Wright. Theo stormed downwind only to fall over at the gate with the kite up letting Rob and Matt Carter (who had overtaken the others) to round in second. Theo righted to restart the second beat in fourth behind Matt Conner. Rob remained in the lead with Matt Carter chasing hard on the second lap. Theo passed Matt Conner upwind to regain third but couldn't catch Rob and Matt Carter. Rob gybed early in the final downwinder and had to do a second (very sketchy) gybe just before the gate. Despite that he took the win ahead of Matt Carter, with Theo coming in third ahead of Matt Conner.

A cold hour later the race officer started race three in 25+ knots. Matt Conner and Theo both got another great start just behind Rich who was charging hard enjoying the increased pressure. Rob had a tussle with Andy Wright on the line before powering past him and chasing down the leaders. Theo rounded first ahead of Matt Conner and then Rob and Matt Carter. Matt Carter bore away and buried the nose to capsize letting Rich Wadsworth and Pete Purkiss through. Theo stayed ahead for the next lap until his kite fell down on the second run causing a capsize. Rob took the lead and Matt Conner gained second place until Theo stormed past Matt upwind. On the final leg Rob fell in on the gybe with massive gusts now causing havoc across the course. The lead boats weaved their way through an RS700 graveyard downwind. Theo got past Rob who managed the quickest righting of the whole day to recover and finish second. Matt Carter remained ahead of Rich to finish third.

All up we had an incredible second day of sailing with hard racing duels across the fleet. Even though the wind increased to become challenging for everyone the fleet remained out for all the races and competed hard which is a testament to the new fleet members. Theo remains in the lead overall, followed by Rob and Matt Carter in third. Bring on day three!!

Thanks to sponsorship from RS Sailing the sailors were welcomed ashore by a can of chilled pop or booze in return for handing in their tally.

Our daily prize-giving was sponsored by Noble Marine. Theo and Rob collected an insulated water bottle, while Theo was also awarded a cap, After Eight Mints and this season's smart RS Class Association UV neck sleeves for his race wins across day one and two. Thank you Noble Marine and very well done Theo!

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
11063Theo GalyerHayling Island SC111‑314
21029Rob HigginsChew Valley Lake SC22‑3127
31062Matt CarterLancing SC6322‑713
41060Matt ConnerQueen Mary SC‑16454316
5720Richard WadsworthRNSA/ Stokes Bay SC‑7546419
61042Pete PurkissBrightlingsea SC4‑665621
71061Andy WrightQueen Mary SC‑141387533
888Jack NapolitanoSnettisham Beach SC381311(DNC)35
91022Ian SwannHayling Island SC‑191278835
10926Simon ClarkLyme Regis SC‑15101091140
111068Roland SmithHayling Island SC8‑159151042
121067Simon HamiltonQueen Mary SC9111214‑1546
13836Phillip HighfieldGreat Yarmouth and Gorleston SC59(DNC)10DNC52
14859Peter O'nionsDraycote Water SC17716‑191757
15765James ClarkChew Valley SC1216‑20171257
161020Stephen HermansonQueen Mary SC11(DNC)18121859
171035William HomewoodLymington Town SC‑181711181359
18931Malcolm StreetonHayling Island SC13141716(DNC)60
19710Nathan SteffenomiWeston SC(DNC)DNC1413964
20798Guy BoullengerChew Valley SC1018‑21211665
21871Curtis DrewGoulston SC21(DNC)15221472
221041Simon HawesQueen Mary SC20(DNC)1920DNC87
23851John LawsonA.C. Treffort Voile(DNC)DNC22DNCDNC106
24882Peter AtkinsonLee on Solent SC(DNC)DNCDNC23DNC107
25801Stephen CarrBrightlingsea SC(DNC)DNCDNC24DNC108
26846Ashley StrongOxford SC(DNC)DNCDNC25DNC109
27=961Stephen KeatingDatchet Water SC(DNF)DNFDNCDNCDNC112
27=1039Charles RussellMounts Bay SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC112

Full results available here.

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