Volvo Noble Marine RS400 Nationals – Finally it stopped raining in Tenby just in time for the boats to launch down the long and sandy beach, most of the crews being tired before even hitting the water, but the conditions provided the fleet 45 boat fleet, with champagne sailing in the sun.
In the first race of the day, the right of the course was heavily biased for race three of the National Championship. A good Force (four to five) greeted the fleet at the start with Ben Robertson nailing a fantastic first beat using his old man’s old hand-me-down sail, to lead round the top mark.
Jim Sinclair was up there somewhere, with “damage limitation” in the heavy airs working well, proving that he is not a one trick pony. Sadly for Ben Robertson and Martin Booth, they were caught and passed by heavy air experts Jon Gorringe and Nicola Bass, but held second against the ever consistent Mike Sims and Richard Brown in Third. Sinclair came in fourth and Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman held off a late attack by Jim Downer and Toby Lewis to take fifth. Howard Farbrother and Dan Martin were probably chuffed to finish tenth and take up their gate boat duties, even after Howard’ss pre-event tantrum regarding the role.
So in race four, Howie and Dan the lever, set off on Port, crossed the fleet with the aid of two ribs, towards the favoured side, tacked once, lead round the first mark, then the second, third, fourth etc etc, rather boringly.
Keith Bedborough sailing with Hannah Robertson showed that today was a good day for Robertsons and the number two (I expect the parents are more than likely to pull their fingers out and do something similar soon), chasing down Farbrother and Lever but not quite getting there. Third was hotly contest by Gorringe/Bass and Sims/Brown in the difficult and gusty conditions, with the former getting the better. Jim Downer and Toby Lewis managed to nail 30 boats on one run to come through to fifth.
So after four races, there has been four different races winners and four different second places. Sims and Brown being the second most consistent in the fleet (after Jack Holden with four DFL’s) lead overall with Gorringe and Bass second. The Oakeys managed to pull off some respectable results to survive the breezy conditions and hold third, with Downer and Lewis moving up the leader board to move in to fourth.
Tomorrow’s forecast is looking rather poor, but time will see whether Sims can carry on his consistency, the lightweights capitalize on the light conditions, or maybe even Stuart and Sarah Robertson following in their offsprings footsteps to venture into the top three, positions where the past national champs are usually quite familiar with.
|Tally||SailNo||Club||HelmName||CrewName||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Total||Nett|
|39||1435||Carsington SC||Michael Sims||Richard Brown||3||1||3||(4)||11.0||7.0|
|34||1414||Parkstone SC||Jon Gorringe||Nicola Bass||4||(8)||1||3||16.0||8.0|
|41||1441||Portchester SC||Paul Oakley||Mark Oakley||2||3||(18)||10||33.0||15.0|
|29||1385||Gurnard SC||Jim Downer||Toby Lewis||(10)||6||6||5||27.0||17.0|
|27||1362||East Lothian YC||James Sinclair||Ben Wilcox||1||15||4||(18)||38.0||20.0|
|37||1432||Dalgety Bay SC||Keith Bedborough||Hannah Robertson||9||9||(14)||2||34.0||20.0|
|3||703||Delph SC||Chris Pickles||Matt Sharman||5||10||5||(20)||40.0||20.0|
|23||1290||QMSC||David Brown||Rebecca Witt||6||4||11||(14)||35.0||21.0|
|35||1418||QMSC||Howard Farbrother||Dan Martin||14||(23)||10||1||48.0||25.0|
|38||1433||Lymington Town Sc||Rob Martin||Jan Martin||11||2||(26)||12||51.0||25.0|
|44||1447||Lymington Town SC||John Cooper||Becci Wigley||7||5||(24)||16||52.0||28.0|
|32||1400||Burfield SC||Steve Middleton||Chris Rowland||(17)||11||12||6||46.0||29.0|
|33||1407||Llangorse SC||Jon Helissig||Nicky Griffin||12||7||(13)||13||45.0||32.0|
|25||1319||Royal Forth YC||Stewart Robertson||Sarah Robertson||16||12||8||(21)||57.0||36.0|
|16||319||N/A||Ben Robertson||Martin Booth||22||14||2||(32)||70.0||38.0|
|11||1017||Greystones SC||Sean Cleary||Conor Cleary||21||(24)||9||8||62.0||38.0|
|42||1444||Lee on Solent SC||Nick Martin||Ben George||15||18||(28)||11||72.0||44.0|
|47||864||Braasemeer||Elaine Turner||Sybrand Jongejans||8||19||20||(24)||71.0||47.0|
|20||1230||Howth YC||Paul McMahon||Laura Houlihan||13||(17)||17||17||64.0||47.0|
|31||1393||Locks SC||Nick Zammit||Nick Zammit||(33)||25||16||7||81.0||48.0|
|10||1004||Carrickfergus SC||Chis Penny||Simon Martin||(24)||22||21||9||76.0||52.0|
|9||979||RNSA||Oliver George-Taylor||Ruby Murray||23||16||15||(DNC)||102.0||54.0|
|46||1428||Neyland YC||Mark Chamberlain||Ellis Banner||20||20||19||(DNC)||107.0||59.0|
|40||1439||Lymington Town SC||Kevin Podger||Heather Chipperfield||26||(DSQ)||22||15||111.0||63.0|
|1||564||South Shields SC||Jacob Ainsworth||Kayleigh Roberts||(37)||32||7||25||101.0||64.0|
|7||932||Notts County SC||Jonathan Lye||Milly Hughes||19||(40)||23||30||112.0||72.0|
|18||1190||Chew Valley Lake SC||Steve Jones||Andy Harris||(38)||26||25||22||111.0||73.0|
|19||1192||Arun YC||Jack Munnelly||Liam Vass||25||21||32||(34)||112.0||78.0|
|17||1189||Downs SC||Steve Restall||Chris Stubbs||18||13||(DNF)||DNC||127.0||79.0|
|5||821||QMSC||Vicki Thurston||Jenny Douglas||35||(42)||27||19||123.0||81.0|
|26||1342||QMSC||Max Tosetti||Julie Harrison||28||27||(35)||27||117.0||82.0|
|12||1018||Dalgety Bay SC||Richard Bolton||Naomi Moran||29||33||(36)||26||124.0||88.0|
|43||1445||Dalgety Bay SC||Phil Britton||Jules Thorne||(DNF)||28||38||23||137.0||89.0|
|30||1392||QMSC||Chris Stanton||Louise Hosken||(34)||29||34||29||126.0||92.0|
|36||1426||Dabchicks SC||Dan Woodcock||Bruce Woodcock||30||(35)||31||31||127.0||92.0|
|14||1101||QMSC||Simon Baker||David Rueda||(41)||30||30||36||137.0||96.0|
|21||1233||QMSC||Nick Francis||Simon Edwards||27||38||(41)||37||143.0||102.0|
|2||630||York RI SC||Peter Craggs||Phil Nelson||31||36||(37)||35||139.0||102.0|
|28||1363||Notts County SC||Ross Ryan||Kathryn Hinsliff-Smith||32||31||40||(DNC)||151.0||103.0|
|24||1296||Bartley SC||Howard Eeles||Jason McDonnell||43||(DNF)||33||28||152.0||104.0|
|8||946||Bartley SC||Nick Eaves||Greg Pace||(45)||41||29||38||153.0||108.0|
|15||1129||Wormit Boating Club||David Webley||Fraser Mulford||36||39||(42)||33||150.0||108.0|
|4||768||Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC||Colin Davies||Phil Rose||(39)||37||39||39||154.0||115.0|
|6||904||Oxford SC||Grant Barker||Jessica Barker||42||34||(DNC)||DNC||172.0||124.0|
|22||1275||Hickling Broad SC||David Hearsum||Gareth Fay||40||43||(DNF)||DNC||179.0||131.0|
|13||1092||Grapham Water SC||Alan Cooke||Peter Cooke||44||44||(DNF)||DNC||184.0||136.0|
|45||1500||Arun YC||Jack Holden||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||192.0||144.0|
by Jim Downer