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Volvo Noble Marine RS400 Nationals – Champagne sailing on Day 2
Day 2 - 2015 Volvo Noble Marine RS400 Nationals© Tom Gruitt

Volvo Noble Marine RS400 Nationals – Champagne sailing on Day 2

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.

Overall
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

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