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Results / RS700 Europeans & RS700 RS800 Noble Marine Nationals @ RS Games Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy - 28/07/2022

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Congratulations to Tom Morris and Guy Fillmore your 2022 RS800 National Champions!

Well done to all our competitors for racing so hard across a gruelling nine race regatta.

Thank you to our super event sponsors: Noble Marine, RS Sailing, Rooster, Hyde, Spinlock and Fernhurst Books.  Thank you to WPNSA for hosting us so splendidly.  And biggest thanks to our smashing race officer Tom Rushbridge and his super team for hosting such high quality racing in some properly difficult conditions.

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Days One and Two report

Days Three and Four report

Full Prize Winner list

Runners and Riders

Noble Marine press release

Hyde Sails press release

Spinlock press release

Fernhurst Books Endeavour Prize

RS800 Prize Winners

Hyde Sails spinnaker: Ralph Singleton and Nuala Sellwood

Endeavour Trophy: Fernhurst books voucher, 2 x Rooster cap: QMSC Bryan Ormond and Anna Prescott

1st Silver: 2 x Rooster voucher: HISC Tracey and Freddie Covell

Spinlock 1999 Prize for boat with sail no lower than 1118: Spinlock RigSense, 2 x Noble Marine cap: HISC Ben Palmer and Dicken Maclean

1st Master Crew: Rooster voucher: RLYC Emma McEwen

1st Master Helm: Rooster voucher: RLYC Luke McEwen

1st Youth Crew: Rooster voucher: HISC Louis Johnson

1st Youth Helm: Rooster voucher: Lyme Regis SC Cameron Moss

1st Lady Crew: Rooster voucher: RLYC Emma McEwen

1st Lady Helm: Rooster voucher: HISC Tracey Covell

6th place: 2 x Rooster cap, Crew’s Union coin: Societe Nautiqué Larmor Plage Gilles Peeters and Chloe le Roux

5th place: 2 x Rooster cap, Crew’s Union coin: Lyme Regis SC Cameron and Darrol Moss

4th place: 2 x Rooster cap, Crew’s Union coin: HISC Ben Palmer and Dicken Maclean

3rd place: 2 x Rooster voucher: RYLC Luke and Emma McEwen

2nd place: 2 x Rooster voucher, Crew’s Union coin: HISC Rob Gullan and Tom Partington

RS800 2022 National Champions: 2 x Rooster voucher: HISC Tom Morris and Guy Fillmore

Day One and Two Report for RS800 Noble Marine National Championship at WPNSA part of RS Games

The sense of excitement at WPNSA for the 2022 RS Games was infectious for the RS800 sailors gathered there for their UK National Championships (much better than the infectiousness of the last two years).  The music beating out of the RS Hub, the pink carpet, beanbags and 360 RS Feva sailors all added to the fun atmosphere.  Racing started at 9am to grab a free Danish pastry and coffee before the swarm of Rooster-clad kids descended on them.

Weather for the first day’s racing was sunny with a perfect 12-18 knots.  Any less would have been challenging out in Weymouth bay as the SE swell had built overnight to a good metre or more, making sailing upwind challenging and downwind exhilarating, with great surfing on the waves.

Even though the committee boat was pitching like a bucking bronco, Tom Rushbridge and his race team managed to set perfect courses and got the racing away after a short delay.  Today the RS800s were on the outer loop to keep us clear of the RS700s, so had the added challenge of a long white-sail “death reach” after the windward mark to spice things up in the waves.

Despite getting rolled off the start line, Tom Morris and Guy Fillmore found their way to the front by the first windward mark and extended for the rest of the first race, while the rest of us made a variety of mistakes behind them.  Rob Gullan and Tom Partington hoisted early on the top reach, nearly missing the second mark with kite flapping and all of Tom’s 6’4” of muscle hanging out to make it round the buoy.  Ben Palmer and Dicken Maclean were flying along but a couple of swims cost them third place, taken skilfully by James Penty and Eddie Grayson.

A few people were caught out by not reading the sailing instructions, so missed the novel extra mark on the final reach to the finish.

Race two was almost identical, just a knot less pressure in the wind.  The fleet were getting used to keeping the boat flat without bashing the crews through the waves, and really starting to revel in the fun conditions.  Tom and Guy, and Rob and Tom again took 1st and 2nd; this time Ben and Dicken kept the mast upright and capitalised on their great speed to take 3rd.

Good chat was had ashore about just how enormous the waves had been (rising to 3-4 metres after two beers), licking a few wounds and finding out that even fast food takes quite a long time in Portland if you don’t book ahead.  But it was worth the wait for pizza on Chesil beach watching the sun set over a balmy Lyme Bay, serenaded by the dulcet tones of the ukulele and accordion band at The Cove.

Day two forecast was much lighter and as it turned out, too light for the Bay.  The race team sensibly postponed three hours so the RS800s could race in Portland Harbour after the RS Aero Youth Worlds had finished for the day.  The contrast from yesterday couldn’t be much greater: dead flat water, 6-10 knots of wind from the SW and rash vest sailing in big sun.

Race three of the championship showed that the strong wind gurus aren’t necessarily bad in light winds either: the overnight top three sailed in race bib order from the first mark to the finish, but hot on their heels were Martin Orton and Ian Brooks, followed by Fred Lord and Louise Gale, and Debbie Clark and Dan Goodman.  Matt and Tom Jackson found the racing heavy going – heavier and heavier until they realised the bung was still in the dinghy park.

In race four there was plenty of action.  The French team of Gilles Peeters and Chloe Le Roux took an early lead on the first beat and sailed intelligently in the small shifts to lead the race all the way to the finish.  Tom and Guy had a bump at the first windward mark so did a turn – actually a full 720, as neither of them could remember with enough certainty that the sailing instructions said you only need to do a 360 – but still managed to pull through to 2nd at the finish.  They also discovered that if there’s an RS700 blanketing you, a polite hail of “bear away please” is enough to make an RS700 capsize, solving the problem.  Rob and Tom learned a new motto at the same mark “if there’s a big knot in the kite halyard, don’t pull it as hard as you can four times”.  In the end Tom took the helm (not necessarily a bad thing), leaving Rob to unravel the knitting.  Luke and Emma McEwen held 2nd until the last beat where a large lump of weed took them out of the running.

As it was now almost 7pm (the RS800 AGM apparently started at 6pm) the committee canned the third scheduled race of the day, sent us back ashore and posted a plan for four races in the bay tomorrow.  The AGM was put off to Saturday morning and the fleet converged with healthy appetites to The Boat That Rocks for a pile of pub grub, plenty of beers and good chat.

Report by Emma and Luke McEwen

Up on Y&Y here

Days Three and Four of RS800 Noble Marine National Championship at WPNSA, part of the RS Games

Day three of the RS800 nationals dawned with a more familiar and more reliable South Westerly driven by a gradient wind, albeit slightly overcast.  But before the racing could commence the fleet was held hostage by the class AGM, postponed after racing and dinner took priority on Friday afternoon.  Lots of enthusiasm for the class was expressed, ideas on improving events, and palpable excitement for the biannual pilgrimage to Garda for the 2023 Europeans.

A side effect of the AGM was that yours truly ended up as the new Chair, a role to be shared with Hugh Shone.  Thanks was given to the outgoing chair Dan Goodman who has piloted the RS800 through some turbulent years.

Three races were held in the building breeze.  Luke and Emma McEwen moved past Tom Morris and Guy Fillmore in the first to extend a comfortable lead on the second run.  Fresher breeze brought new boats into the picture down the final run and a battle to hold kites to the finish resulted in Rob Gullan and Tom Partington, and Cameron and Darrol Moss coming in 3rd and 4th respectively.

After a general recall and reactionary deployment of the U-Flag the second race started and again saw Tom and Guy lead only to be passed, this time by Rob and Tom.  Another game of who could hold the kite longest ensued on the bottom reach, with Rob and Tom flinching first, dropping then being made to pay for their conservative sailing by Tom and Guy who held longer and passed to take the gun.  After finishing it turned out that Rob and Tom had picked up a UFD, so the final leg drama had been for show only.  This bumped Ben Palmer and Dicken McClean up to 2nd and allowed Joe Bradley and Louis Johnson to claim their first podium of the event.

The third, and what transpired to be the final race of day three brought full twin wiring conditions and glorious sunshine.  Again, Tom and Guy led at the windward, but this time it was Joe and Louis who mounted the strongest challenge, making a pass on the second beat, before coming up a little short on the starboard lay and paying the price with two extra tacks.  Still in touch, Joe and Louis went aggressive on the final run, choosing to gybe set in search of a passing lane.  Unfortunately, the role of the dice backfired and allowed the McEwens and Rob and Tom to find pressure further out to sea and sneak by for 2nd and 3rd leaving Joe and Louis down in 4th despite such a strong race.

Saturday evening was the RS Games BBQ, where class stalwart Ralph Singleton was a popular winner of the very generously raffled Hyde Sails RS800 spinnaker.  Cue music, drinks, dancing, and bar talk about the expected big 20 knot three race day to finish off the championship.

Saturday night’s bar chat was all about a three-race day in 20 knots, where 2nd place would be contested between Rob and Tom and the McEwens with a potential match race to bring the boy’s UFD back in to play. Further intrigue focused on the four-way battle for fourth, with Ben and Dicken, Joe and Louis, James Penty and Eddie Grayson, and Cameron and Darrol Moss all separated by only two points.

When Sunday came reality proved different.  The 20 knots had become 25.  Three races had become two (confirming Tom and Guy’s championship).  Luke and Emma are wiser than to match race in 25 knots and with the two boats happy to get around in scoreboard order little changed at the top.

Even the four-way battle for fourth was soon whittled down to two as first Eddie and James and then Joe and Louis succumbed to gear failure.  This left Ben and Dicken in charge, and they led the father-son duo of Cameron and Darrol in both races to clinch 4th overall.

As is so often the case, the real stories of dare and do came from outside the podium rush.  For many day four will last long in the memory as one of the windiest days on championship record, with the attrition rate similar to infamous Eastbourne waves of 2019.  Some highlights were Tracey and Freddie Covell, recently recovered from pre-start capsize, finding themselves in perfect position to port tack the fleet, leaving those supposedly racing for top positions with blushes on their faces.  The mother – son team went on to record their championship best finish of 6th, mixing it with far more seasoned teams.

Another notable performance was Blake and Brett Tudor, who after taking a battering on the sail out found their composure to join the fleet for the second race and were rewarded with a series best result themselves.  This young sibling team will be worth keeping an eye-on, with the RS800s off to their home club of Brightlingsea for next year’s Nationals (7- 10 September 2023).

Finally, Bryan Ormond and Anna Prescott, one of, if not the lightest team in the event, capably got their skiff round the course in the big airs to pick up the endeavour prize.  Normally a reward for the back half of the fleet given to the boat completing all races with the highest score.  Yet here, such was the toll of the final day’s breeze and UFDs that Bryan and Anna’s tenacity also saw them finish an extremely credible 12th overall.  A special shout out must go to Jubby and son Tom, who might have also picked up the Endeavour had it not been for a harsh UFD penalty incurred after getting stranded upside down the wrong side of the line in the pre-start of the penultimate race.

The Spinlock 1999 Award for the first boat with sail number lower than 1118 went to Ben Palmer and Dicken Maclean.  This is the fourth year Spinlock have supported the RS800 Class Association to encourage older boats to compete at the top level.  The winners came fourth overall and won a Spinlock RigSense. 

The RS800 class now looks forward, with two more circuit events at the Grafham Inlands 1-2 October and then the RS End of Season Regatta the following month 5-6 November.  Post Covid we have the difficult task of rebuilding attendances.  It’s perhaps obvious that sailing an RS800 makes one incredibly attractive to prospective partners, but the somewhat undesirable side of this has been that our attendances have been disproportionately affected by the resultant weddings and arrival of offspring.  We are looking at in detail at ways to add value to our events, but the overarching strategy for 2023 is to see fewer literal marriages and more of a figurative marriage of great social programmes, tips and tuning seminars and the usual exhilarating racing.  Stay tuned for more details!

Well done to all our competitors for racing so hard across a gruelling nine race regatta.

Thank you to our super event sponsors: Noble Marine, RS Sailing, Rooster, Hyde, Spinlock and Fernhurst Books. Thank you to WPNSA for hosting us so splendidly. And biggest thanks to our smashing race officer Tom Rushbridge and his super team for hosting such high quality racing in some properly difficult conditions.

Report by Tom Morris

Up on Y&Y here

Runners and Riders at the 2022 Noble Marine RS800 National Championship

Well sports fans here we go again. The RS800s are back at Weybiza for the third year in a row.  2020 WPNSA heroically rescued our nationals at short Covid notice.  2021 Castle Cove SC hosted us wonderfully.  Then this year we’re part of the RS Games.

For many reasons we are missing some regulars – they will be missed.  Fingers crossed the dreaded lurgy doesn’t deplete the fleet on the day.  There are a few boats that could take a race win – starting with:

Tom Morris and Guy Fillmore – current national and European champs, proven fast and reliable.  Will Guy be helming the last day again? I think they might be pushed a bit more than at Carnac by…

Rob Gullan and Tom Partington – did our delayed gybe cost them a race win last year?  We’ll never know but they are back for another crack at the title.  They will be fast and I’m sure will take some race wins especially if it is windy.

Luke and Emma McEwen – would not bet against these two taking some races if it is 0-10 knots.  Legendary speed is a given, now available with crew sheeting.

Ben Palmer and Dicken Maclean – These two should be fast if recent form is anything to go by.  So long as they restrict their retirements when leading the race to a minimum.

James Penty and Eddie Grayson – easy to spot by the shorts and flip flops when its 18 degrees and drizzling – it’s warm down South apparently.  Consistently fast last year, can they get on the podium?

Joe Bradley and Louis Johnson – It’s the third crew in three years for Joe, can Louis help regain his great form from 2020?

Gilles Peeters and Chloe le Roux – It’s great to have some teams from France competing this year!  Gilles appears to have an endless supply of crew but I am sure that these two will be sailing well as a team from the off.  Can be spotted in light winds by the vertical trapeze technique.  UK boats take note, Gilles isn’t afraid of filling out a protest form!

There is plenty of other talent in the fleet who can show everyone a clean pair of heels – or at least hold them off for a while… I look forward to seeing it all unfold (almost certainly in front of me) in the coming week!

By Dan Goodman

RS800 Fleet

Sailed: 9, Discards: 2, To count: 7, Entries: 22, Scoring system: Appendix A
1144 Tom Morris
Guy Fillmore
Male Male Hayling Island SC Gold   1.0 1.0 1.0 (2.0) (2.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0   11.0 7.0
1234 Rob Gullan
Tom Partington
Male Male Hayling Island SC Gold   2.0 2.0 2.0 (3.0) 3.0 (UFD[23.0]) 3.0 2.0 2.0   42.0 16.0
1220 Luke McEwen
Emma McEwen
Male Female Royal Lymington YC Gold MH MC LC (4.0) 4.0 3.0 4.0 1.0 (6.0) 2.0 3.0 4.0   31.0 21.0
1008 Ben Palmer
Dicken Maclean
Male Male Hayling Island SC Gold Sp 7.0 3.0 7.0 (9.0) 6.0 2.0 (UFD[23.0]) 4.0 3.0   64.0 32.0
1232 Cameron Moss
Darrol Moss
Male Male Lyme Regis SC Gold MC YH 6.0 5.0 (11.0) (10.0) 4.0 5.0 6.0 5.0 5.0   57.0 36.0
1158 Peeters Gilles
Chloé Le Roux
Male Female Societe Nautique Larmor Plage Gold LC (9.0) 8.0 (12.0) 1.0 7.0 8.0 7.0 7.0 6.0   65.0 44.0
1171 James Penty
Eddie Grayson
Male Male Yorkshire Dales SC Gold   3.0 6.0 10.0 6.0 10.0 4.0 5.0 (DNC[23.0]) (DNC[23.0])   90.0 44.0
1176 Joe Bradley
Louis Johnson
Male Male Hayling Island SC Gold YH YC 5.0 RET[21.0] 8.0 7.0 5.0 3.0 4.0 (DNF[22.0]) (DNC[23.0])   98.0 53.0
1224 Fred Lord
Louise Gale
Male Female Carsington SC Gold LC 10.0 10.0 5.0 (11.0) 9.0 (UFD[23.0]) 8.0 8.0 10.0   94.0 60.0
1166 Ralph Singleton
Nuala Sellwood
Male Female Restronguet SC Gold MH LC 12.0 13.0 9.0 5.0 (19.0) 10.0 (14.0) 9.0 9.0   100.0 67.0
949 Tracey Covell
Freddie Covell
Female Male Hayling Island SC Silver MH LH YC Sp 8.0 9.0 (15.0) 15.0 15.0 11.0 (UFD[23.0]) 6.0 7.0   109.0 71.0
820 Bryan Ormond
Anna Prescott
Male Female Queen Mary SC Silver LC Sp 11.0 11.0 14.0 (16.0) (17.0) 9.0 10.0 11.0 8.0   107.0 74.0
1204 Martin Orton
Ian Brooks
Male Male Chichester YC Gold MH MC 15.0 7.0 4.0 12.0 8.0 7.0 (UFD[23.0]) DNF[22.0] (DNC[23.0])   121.0 75.0
1057 Mark Oakey
Jamie Pidduck
Male Male Hayling Island SC Silver Sp 13.0 14.0 13.0 13.0 11.0 (UFD[23.0]) 9.0 10.0 (DNC[23.0])   129.0 83.0
1200 Ian Jubb
Thomas Jubb
Male Male Hayling Island SC Silver MH YC 16.0 17.0 17.0 8.0 (18.0) 16.0 11.0 (UFD[22.0]) 11.0   136.0 96.0
1198 Alex Benfield
Nick Ireland
Male Male Stokes Bay SC Silver MC 17.0 12.0 19.0 14.0 13.0 15.0 12.0 (DNF[22.0]) (DNC[23.0])   147.0 102.0
1188 Debbie Clark
Daniel Goodman
Male Female Queen Mary SC Silver MH LH MC 19.0 16.0 6.0 17.0 14.0 18.0 16.0 (DNS[22.0]) (DNC[23.0])   151.0 106.0
1241 Stephen Bown
Phil Bairstow
Male Male Derwent SC Silver MH MC 14.0 RET[21.0] 18.0 19.0 12.0 13.0 13.0 (DNS[22.0]) (DNC[23.0])   155.0 110.0
1122 Blake Tudor
Brett Tudor
Male Male Brightlingsea SC Silver YH YC 20.0 15.0 16.0 18.0 (DNF[23.0]) 12.0 (UFD[23.0]) DNF[22.0] 12.0   161.0 115.0
1247 Paul Molesworth
Caroline Harris
Male Female Stokes Bay SC Silver MH LC (RET[23.0]) (DNC[23.0]) 20.0 20.0 16.0 14.0 15.0 DNF[22.0] DNC[23.0]   176.0 130.0
1212 Matt Jackson
Tom Jackson
Male Male Carsington SC Silver MH YC 18.0 NSC[21.0] 22.0 (RET[23.0]) 21.0 17.0 18.0 DNF[22.0] (DNC[23.0])   185.0 139.0
1239 Josh Poat
Hattie Field
Male Female Hayling Island SC Silver LC (RET[23.0]) (DNC[23.0]) 21.0 21.0 20.0 NSC[23.0] 17.0 DNF[22.0] DNC[23.0]   193.0 147.0

Scoring codes used

Code Description Points
DNC Did not come to the starting area Varies
DNF Started but did not finish Varies
DNS Came to the start area but did not start Varies
DSQ Disqualification 31
NSC A boat did not sail the course as defined rule A5.1 Varies
OCS On course side at start or broke rule 30.1 Varies
RET Retired Varies
TLE Failed to finish in finishing widow, SI 15.2 Varies
UFD U flag disqualification under rule 30.3 Varies

Sailwave Scoring Software 2.29.6

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