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Noble Marine RS700 National Championship at Brightlingsea Sailing Club - Day 1

by John Booth 8 Sep 2023 03:12 PDT 7-10 September 2023
Richard Wadsworth on day 1 of the Noble Marine RS700 Nationals at Brighlingsea © William Stacey

Best day one ever? I don't think you would get a resounding yes from all sailors, but I certainly enjoyed it!

Fuelled by Wednesday night's excellent chicken casserole and fresh from a pleasant snooze under the warm starry sky.... (alright I'll stop and get to the sailing)... the 30 strong fleet glided out of the river into a 6 to 10 knot South Easterly exactly as forecast.

Race one saw Richie Thurlby shoot out of the pin end and use his upwind pace to round first by a fair few boat lengths with John Booth in 2nd. Ultimately though it was Rob Higgins who paired good strategy with pace to take the win. John and Richie swapped places several times with Richie's upwind speed proving to be the deciding factor.

Race two saw Tom Porter shoot out of the blocks, trapeze hard and show the fleet a clean pair of...rack bars.... With untouchable upwind speed, he held his lead to the finish with Rob getting the better of the chasing pack only to fall victim to an unfortunate schmelting.... I mean snagging incident just before the finish allowing John through with Richie close behind.

In race three John managed to sneak around in first and extend on a tussling Pete Purkiss and Rob Higgins. Unfortunately though, 30 years of sailing hadn't taught him to read the number of laps and so he left the chasing pack to enjoy a bit of variety as the right side of the course paid for the first time with more breeze than the patchy left. Rob got the better of them to take the win with James Clarke reading the conditions best to progress to 2nd.

Day two forecast is less promising but there is a short burst of more 6 to 9 knots South Easterly after midday. With a belly full of another excellent meal (chilli this time) I am optimistic but fingers crossed anyway.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1029Rob HigginsChew Valley Lake SC1315
2nd765James ClarkChew Valley Lake SC47213
3rd1058John BoothStokes Bay SC32914
4th725Jack GroganWMYC59317
5th762Richie ThurlbyHill Head /stokes Bay/CCSC241218
6th1055Tom PorterHISC & Emsworth SC131519
7th1042Pete PurkissBrightlingsea SC75719
8th1062Matt CarterLancing SC811423
9th951Marek DudakYC Cere661325
10th710Nathan SteffenoniWeston SC108826
11th1073Richard AllenCarsingtion SC9101534
12th966Michael BanksDabchicks SC1514635
13th720Richard WadsworthRNSA/Stokes Bay SC14151039
14th1068Roland SmithHISC17131141
15th861Richard GoldklangBrightlingsea SC18121444
16th855Dave BridleBrightlingsea SC12161745
17th970Philip HighfieldGT Yarmouth & Gorleston SC11171846
18th939Sam CaslinDabchicks SC16211653
19th1043Jiri KuthanYC Liskovec20181957
20th761Thomas DuttonDabchicks SC19192058
21st909Chris WrightYorshire Dales SC21202162
22nd989James SparksDabchicks SC22222266
23rd801Stephen CarrBrightlingsea SC23232369
24th871Curtis DrewHISCDNCDNCDNC84
24th87Will HeadDabchicks SCDNCDNCDNC84
24th   DNCDNCDNC84
24th778Oliver GroganWMYCDNCDNCDNC84

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