Volvo Noble Marine RS100 National Championships – Day four dawned with thick mist, an air of expectation and a forecast of a Force three. While first and second places were assured to Aarons and Dickson, Peckham and Lee were tied third equal on 37 points and Powell and Smart were tied fifth equal on 46 points.
With the greater expectation of less rather than more wind, Peckham and Smart were feeling happier with the lighter forecast having enjoyed consistently strong showing during the lighter winds of day three, although Lee was keen to get on the water as his discard was better than Peckham’s, so he might be aiming to sail Peckham down the fleet.
Despite a lack of wind, Smart and Lee could be seen to be champing at the bit by getting changed to get out on the water for the 10:30 start, only to be greeted by a postponement as the wind showed no sign of appearing. Powell and Peckham were looking particularly happy at the prospect of no racing, especially Powell as he was clinging onto fifth place, by dint of a race win, by the skin of his teeth.
As the morning dragged on and the wind showed no sign of building boats started to slowly unrig, although not going so far as to de-mast in case the wind suddenly appeared. Powell’s demeanour improved with every passing minute until the call was made to abandon racing. The results from day three stood.
The class Chairman, Mark Harrison thanked the sponsors of the RS100 Nationals, including Volvo and Noble Marine Insurance. He also gave particularly strong praise to Royal Torbay Yacht Club for their first class running of the event, including impeccable race management, well organised shore support and a very friendly welcome.
A special prize for the move that brought most laughs was taken by Luke Deegan, for missing his toestraps, legs flailing as he carried out a prefect backwards roll out of the boat while leading a race on day two. As Luke said ‘It never happens when you’re at the back!’
John Burns from Llandegfedd was delighted to be awarded the Silver fleet prize, having shown consistency across all wind strengths.
Brett Aarons from Gurnard was crowned RS100 National Champion after a near faultless performance demonstrating the ability to go fast in all conditions. Results of 1,1,1,2 in the last four races finally put daylight between him and the hard chasing Youth Representative Alistair Dickson. Giles Peckham took third place thanks to his race win in the final race of day three giving him the place on countback from Steven Lee. Huw Powell took fifth place on countback due to his race win in the first race of day one when the wind was blowing.
The whole fleet had enjoyed a fantastic event at a great venue with wonderful hosts. With six different race winners in the 10 races, the fleet can demonstrate strength in depth and very tight racing was enjoyed throughout the event with winners coming in all shapes and sizes.
1) Brett Aarons (13 points)
2) Alistair Dickson (22)
3) Giles Peckham (37)
4) Steven Lee (37)
5) Huw Powell (46)
6) David Smart (46)
7) Mark Harrison (48)
8) Greg Booth (49)
9) Clive Eplett (62)
10) Luke Deegan (66)