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Inland Championship

    Congratulations to Pete Purkiss

    RS700 Inland Champion for 2016!


    RS700 Magic Marine Inland Championship, Queen Mary SC 8-9 Oct 16 – final and deciding event of RS700 Magic Marine Grand Prix 2016


    This year’s Magic Marine Inland Championship, held at Queen Mary Sailing Club 8-9 Oct 16, also served as the final event of the 2016 Magic Marine Grand Prix Circuit.  The home RS700 fleet was augmented by the travelling support of the “usual suspects” so the Championship drew a healthy fleet of 12 boats.   With both the Inland Championship Trophy and Magic Marine Grand Prix Trophy (with some very generous sponsorship!) to compete for, the sailors eagerly anticipated the racing along with the usual bout of catching up with old friends in the boat park.


    Day 1


    There was a noticeable change in temperature from the recent National Championship, with sailors starting to layer up a little more albeit the wind was only a Northerly F2-3.  The first 2 races took place in relatively light and shifty conditions.  In these partial trapezing conditions big gains were available for spotting the wind shifts, maintaining boat speed and an occasional spot of luck.  Colin Dacey laid down the gauntlet from the off - winning the first race and following it up with a 3rd and 2nd, whilst Pete Purkiss was his next closest challenger with a 2nd, 1st and 4th.  Other good individual race results went to the chasing pack, but consistency was difficult to achieve in the conditions.  Colin could have recorded a second win in the final race of the day if he could only count to 4… breaking for the finish line on lap 3 he allowed Richard Wadsworth through to take the race win.    


    Day 2


    The wind forecast for day 2 looked slightly more promising than the previous day.  Whilst the wind remained very gusty and variable, the first 2 races were held in a F3-4 and Pete began to show the rest of the fleet a clean pair of heels with two race wins.  Richard also showed some good speed in these conditions achieving a 2nd place in the first race and leading for the majority of the second race… he clearly went to the same engineering school of mathematics as Colin when he went for the finish line on lap 3 (of 4!) and handed the win to Pete.  Despite the forecast for a building wind strength, the wind dropped to a F2 for the last race with Colin taking the race win and Graham Blake showing some great speed to take 2nd and Pete taking 3rd.


    Overall Pete Purkiss won the Inland Championship, with Colin Dacey in 2nd and Richard Wadsworth in 3rd place. 


    With only 3 event to count, the Magic Marine Grand Prix Circuit results were tight at the top, which sent Richard into a flat spin as he tried to work out how to break the tie between Pete and Colin, and Ian Nolan and Spike Daniels during the presentation (Clare - this is his excuse for not taking any pictures!).  In the end Richard Wadsworth won the overall Magic Marine Grand Prix, with Pete Purkiss 2nd, Colin Dacey 3rd and Ian Nolan 4th.  Click here for the full results.


    The Inland Championship was a great success: I’d like to thank Queen Mary Sailing Club for their hospitality and race coordination over the weekend.  I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Magic Marine for their very generous sponsorship of the Grand Prix. 


    Next year’s calendar will be released imminently and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on this fun and competitive circuit!


    By Richard Wadsworth

    UK RS700 Class Association Chairman


    Photos thanks to Queen Mary SC

    RS700 Inlands 2016

    Queen Mary SC


    Results are final as of 15:02 on October 9, 2016


    Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 12, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Class SailNo HelmName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
    1st RS700 1042 Pete Purkiss Brightlingsea SC 2.0 1.0 (4.0) 1.0 1.0 3.0 12.0 8.0
    2nd RS700 1027 Colin Dacey Snettisham Beach SC 1.0 3.0 2.0 (4.0) 3.0 1.0 14.0 10.0
    3rd RS700 720 Richard Wadsworth Stokes Bay SC 4.0 6.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 (8.0) 23.0 15.0
    4th RS700 1023 Ian Nolan Snettisham Beach SC (7.0) 2.0 7.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 28.0 21.0
    5th RS700 914 Grahm Blake Queen Mary SC 5.0 4.0 8.0 6.0 (9.0) 2.0 34.0 25.0
    6th RS700 808 Spike Daniels Oxford SC 3.0 (9.0) 5.0 8.0 5.0 4.0 34.0 25.0
    7th RS700 1020 Stephen Hermanson Queen Mary SC (9.0) 5.0 3.0 5.0 8.0 6.0 36.0 27.0
    8th RS700 1011 Matt Conner Queen Mary SC (10.0) 10.0 6.0 9.0 6.0 7.0 48.0 38.0
    9th RS700 1029 Chris Kirk Queen Mary SC 8.0 7.0 (9.0) 7.0 7.0 9.0 47.0 38.0
    10th RS700 982 Roland Smith Queen Mary SC (11.0) 11.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 62.0 51.0
    11th RS700 944 James Bayliss Queen Mary SC 6.0 8.0 (13.0 DNF) 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 66.0 53.0
    12th RS700 758 Simon Hawes Queen Mary SC (13.0 DNC) 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 13.0 DNC 78.0 65.0



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