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Noble Marine RS700 National Championship at Brightlingsea Sailing Club - Day 3

by Rob Huggins and James Clark 10 Sep 2023 04:24 PDT 7-10 September 2023

Another morning dawned and the fleet were met again with mirror like conditions. So a short postponement was posted to allow the wind to come in.

We finally hit the water and the fleet had to navigate around the smack and barges which had just started their race, not your usual sight.

Race one

Another light wind start saw John Booth take the lead with his lightening upwind speed and disappear into the distance. Behind it was a lot closer for the rest of the fleet, lots of close racing and place changes. Rob Higgins took second and Richard Allen 3rd in his brand new boat. Great to see that the new boats available from RS are straight in at the pointy end.

Race two

A keen fleet saw the first recall of the week. The race officer feeling kind allowed the fleet to try again under no further restrictions. A rare bad start from series leader John allowed some of the other to enjoy the pointy end. Marek Dudak shot out the middle of the line to hold an early lead. Marek didn't quite hit hard enough left (a common theme of the week) and allowed Rob and Philip Highfield to sneak in. Rob held onto to take the win from John who had recovered incredible well to take second. Phil took third.

Race three

With most of the fleet praying the race officer was going to tell us to go home the flag went up for the third race. Marek and Richie Thurlby shot out of the line and held the early advantage. John cleared his air went a bit further left, along with his speed snuck in at the top mark to take the lead. John took the win, Marek showing great speed all day took second, and Rob managing to sneak past Richie taking third.

The fleet were welcomed ashore for the second day in a row by ice chilled cans of pop or booze thanks to RS Sailing. This was a great reward for the return of a tally.

The fleet enjoyed another great evening with a club home cooked dinner and plenty to drink setting us all up for hopefully a better forecast tomorrow. It's tight at the top so it's all to play for going into the final day.

Results after Day 3:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st1058John BoothStokes Bay SC32‑91112111
2nd1029Rob HigginsChew Valley Lake SC131‑11221313
3rd762Richie ThurlbyHill Head /stokes Bay/CCSC24‑122444424
4th951Marek DudakYC Cere66‑133575234
5th725Jack GroganWMYC593936‑14641
6th765James ClarkChew Valley Lake SC4728710‑13745
7th1055Tom PorterHISC & Emsworth SC‑1315109510949
8th1042Pete PurkissBrightlingsea SC757510‑197849
9th1062Matt CarterLancing SC81147‑1289552
10th970Philip HighfieldGT Yarmouth & Gorleston SC1117‑18461431065
11th1073Richard AllenCarsingtion SC9101516113‑171276
12th966Michael BanksDabchicks SC‑1514612811151177
13th710Nathan SteffenoniWeston SC1088‑19141761881
14th855Dave BridleBrightlingsea SC1216176‑1912111387
15th861Richard GoldklangBrightlingsea SC181214‑2015981490
16th939Sam CaslinDabchicks SC1621161313‑251816113
17th1068Roland SmithHISC171311151716(DNC)DNC117
18th1043Jiri KuthanYC Liskovec‑2018191416201919125
19th720Richard WadsworthRNSA/Stokes Bay SC14151017(DNS)15DNCDNC127
20th761Thomas DuttonDabchicks SC191920‑2118212120138
21st909Chris WrightYorshire Dales SC21202118212323‑24147
22nd989James SparksDabchicks SC2222222220‑242023151
23rd778Oliver GroganWMYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC181215157
24th801Stephen CarrBrightlingsea SC2323232322‑262422160
25th870Will HeadDabchicks SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC131621162
26th871Curtis DrewHISC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC222217173

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