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Noble Marine RS700 National Championship at Brightlingsea Sailing Club - Day 2

by Richie Thurlby 8 Sep 2023 22:03 PDT 7-10 September 2023

Day two dawned with a cold and misty start (17 degreesC). A three hour delay was inevitable and meant we were launching at a similar state of tide as yesterday, leading to another long trek down the slipway.

Race one proved getting a good start was essential for a clean lane out to the left, with almost all of the fleet heading to that corner. John Booth showed incredible upwind speed to round in 1st followed by James Clark and Richie Thurlby. John had a commanding lead the rest of the race ahead of Richie and Marek Dudak who sneaked past James to take 3rd.

With it becoming apparent the left was strong, the pin end was getting busy as everyone was fighting for a clean lane. Pete Purkiss was a bit too keen, jumping the gun in the second race - whatever it takes to keep his nickname Pistol Pete. It was Jack Grogan who, with a combination of a great pin end start and strong boat speed, rounded the top mark in 1st, with John and Rob Higgins close behind. John and Rob showed their rapid downwind speed to sneak past Jack at the gybe point. John continued his dominant performance to take the win, followed by Rob and then Jack.

Special mention to Tom Porter for capsizing at the mark and righting it without losing any places!

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st1058John BoothStokes Bay SC32‑9117
2nd1029Rob HigginsChew Valley Lake SC131‑1127
3rd762Richie ThurlbyHill Head /stokes Bay/CCSC24‑122412
4th765James ClarkChew Valley Lake SC472‑8720
5th725Jack GroganWMYC5‑939320
6th951Marek DudakYC Cere66‑133520
7th1042Pete PurkissBrightlingsea SC7575‑1024
8th1055Tom PorterHISC & Emsworth SC‑131510925
9th1062Matt CarterLancing SC81147‑1230
10th970Philip HighfieldGT Yarmouth & Gorleston SC1117‑184638
11th966Michael BanksDabchicks SC‑1514612840
12th710Nathan SteffenoniWeston SC1088‑191440
13th1073Richard AllenCarsingtion SC91015‑161145
14th855Dave BridleBrightlingsea SC1216176‑1951
15th720Richard WadsworthRNSA/Stokes Bay SC14151017(DNS)56
16th1068Roland SmithHISC‑171311151756
17th939Sam CaslinDabchicks SC16‑2116131358
18th861Richard GoldklangBrightlingsea SC181214‑201559
19th1043Jiri KuthanYC Liskovec‑201819141667
20th761Thomas DuttonDabchicks SC191920‑211876
21st909Chris WrightYorshire Dales SC‑212021182180
22nd989James SparksDabchicks SC‑222222222086
23rd801Stephen CarrBrightlingsea SC‑232323232291
24th871Curtis DrewHISC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC112
24th870Will HeadDabchicks SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC112
24th   (DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC112
24th778Oliver GroganWMYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC112

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