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29/08/2005
National Championships South Caernarvonshire YC, Abersoch

  • RS700 Nationals Plymouth 2014
  • RS700 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
  • RS700 Eurocup, YC Carnac, May 2018
Gul RS700 Nationals – Final Day Going into the last day, the Championship was still wide open with Neil Robinson leading but with only a 2 point gap on Peter Greenhalgh. Jason Belben was ready to capitalise on any slips only 4 points further back. Game on! The day started with a light breeze, but instead of dying as earlier in the week, it held and the fleet were treated to 3 races in a very shifty force 2. Abersoch had provided a real challenge for the sailors and this rounded off the week perfectly. Two light wind races had put a premium on spotting the pressure and light wind boat speed, the 3 races in strong winds placed boat handling at a premium, and finally 3 races in medium breezes gave the opportunity for the tactical minds to shine. The winner was going to best all-rounder and a worthy champion. Race 6 - Battle was joined! The 3 protagonists were glued together and after the first round had pulled clear of the rest of the fleet and were fighting their own battle. In the end the race came down to the last run, and it was Peter Greenhalgh who took the win with Jason Belben 2nd and Neil Robinson a very close 3rd. Race 7 – It was Andy Irons who lead the charge up the left hand side with Peter Greenhalgh in close attendance followed by Jon Heissig and Ian Nolan who had clearly benefited from the Mark Littlejohn seminar on the weather the previous evening. The order stayed the same down the first run but opinions were split on the next beat with Irons and Nolan going right and Peter Greenhalgh splitting off and taking the left hand side. This proved to be a winning strategy as he led at the top mark and through to the finish. Matthew Humphreys found some pressure on the last run and managed to come through the fleet and get in touch with Irons. Humphreys won the last gybe, and snuck through into 2nd. Race 8 - Going into the last race, the championship was still mathematically open but the advantage was now with Peter Greenhalgh who simply needed to keep in touch with Neil Robinson to take the win. And this is exactly what happened with the two boats effectively joined by elastic. In fact Neil’s efforts to break free resulted in the two boats cruising around mid fleet for much of the race. While the two contenders were amusing themselves, the rest of the fleet were having a cracking race. Jon Heissig led at the top mark from Stephen Butcher and Ian Nolan. Matthew Humphreys’ coaching had obviously helped his buddy significantly as Stephen pulled through to take the race win. Behind him Peter Greenhalgh had broken away from Neil Robinson and managed to pull himself back through the fleet. However it was Matt Humphreys who stole second place at the last moment followed by Peter Greenhalgh and Jon Heissig. This rounded up an excellent championship week for the fleet. Many thanks go to everyone at South CaernarvonshireYacht Club for making us very welcome, and a special vote of thanks to the race team who managed to put on an excellent series of races despite the best efforts of a very unhelpful breeze. A number of regulars were missing from the championship for various reasons such as the proximity to the Eurocup or work commitments. However the only really valid excuse was that of class chair Alex Newton- Southen who became a father during the final days racing. Best wishes from all of the 700 fleet go to mum Sian and daughter Olivia Eve (6lb 9oz). Nice one chap! Overall Results: 1 Peter Greenhalgh (Holt) 11 pts 2 Neil Robinson 16 pts 3 Matthew Humphreys (Harken) 21 pts 4 Jason Belben (Ronstan) 22 pts 5 Leigh Albrecht 33 pts 6 Andy Irons 36pts 7 Jon Heissig 36 pts 8 Stephen Butcher 37 pts 1st Lady: Nicky Griffin 1st Master: Neil Robinson Silver Division 1st Stephen Butcher 2nd Dave Smithwhite 3rd Ian Swann Best Buddies: Matthew Humphreys and Stephen Butcher For full race results please go to: www.rs-association.com
Day 3 Day 3 started with a weather forecast warning of conditions conducive to the spread of potato blight… hence sun and no wind. In reality the wind did arrive along with very large waves causing problems for many of the fleet. Race 3 was won by Neil Robinson who showed good pace in the breeze, Alex Koukourakis followed in second with Leigh Albrecht third. Race 4 saw the worst of the conditions with huge waves even washing the deck of the committee boat. Some put the kites up for the down wind leg but most were not that brave/stupid! Neil again showed good speed to win followed by Peter Greenhalgh in second with Andy Irons third. Race 5 The last race of the day was sailed on a course moved closer to the shore to escape the wind against tide further out. The wind shifted throughout the race but Peter Greenhalgh won from Neil Robinson in second and Jon Heissig in third. All returned ashore knackered but glad that the breeze had finally arrived.
Day 2 Day 2 of the RS700 started launching into a gentle southerly breeze, allowing evrtone to wash the sand out of the boats on the way to the start. The wind starting fading near start time, but all crossed the line correctly and split into two groups, one heading inshore and the other into the bay. At the first mark Steve Butcher led, having gone middle left, closely followed by Jason Belben and Matt Humphreys. Steve gybed, the others carried on and Belben and Humphreys sailed off again to first and second. As the wind died to nothing on the second lap, Ian Swann found a zepher pulling him into third, Pete Greenhalgh fourth with Dave Smithwhite and Buthcher following on. The breeze didn’t return, and after a small period of acrobatics off boats racing was postponed to another day. Belben leads from Humphreys overall, with racing starting even earlier tomorrow to catch the wind before the sun drives it away.
RS700 National Championships day 1 The RS fleet descended on North Wales over the weekend for their National Championships at South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club, Abersoch. The weather over the weekend had raised expectations for a windy event with gusts of up to 49 knots having been recorded. Interest in the event was also heightened by the return of some absent faces including Jason Belben. Would they be able to challenge Peter Greenhalgh after his recent win at the La Rochelle Eurocup? Monday morning dawned with horizontal rain and low cloud which fortunately cleared throughout the day to reveal light winds and bright sunshine. Race 1 started after a general recall and it was Jason Belben who stole the lead from the pin end. A group consisting of Jason, Leigh Albrecht, Stuart Riches and Peter Greenhalgh who rounded the first mark together but it was Jason Belben who pushed through to take the lead at the lee mark in a lightening breeze. The fleet split up the next beat with some boats going left, another group including Leigh Albrecht and Peter Greenhalgh going right, but it was Neil Robinson sailing up the middle who made the biggest gains. At the windward mark the order was Jason Belben, Matt Humphries, Neil Robinson, Peter Greenhalgh, Griff Tanner and Andy Holland and this order changed little down the run apart from Leigh Albrecht taking back a couple of the places which he had lost on the beat. A second race was started in very light winds with the main contenders clustered at the pin end again. However the race was cancelled after a few minutes much to the consternation of those doing well. Racing continues all week with a programme of 10 races scheduled for the championship.
GUL RS 700 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2005
RS 700

Series Place Sail No Fleet GM Owner Club Tally Series Points Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8
1 849 Gold   Peter Greenhalgh   127 11 3 4 4 2 1 1 1 3
2 744 Gold Y Neil Robinson Hayling Island SC 128 16 4 17 1 1 2 3 5 11
3 933 Gold   Matthew Humphreys Weston SC 118 21 2 2 6 16 11 7 2 2
4 881 Gold   Jason Belben Stokes Bay SC 112 22 1 1 9 5 8 2 8 5
5 939 Gold   Leigh Albrecht Queen Mary SC 117 33 5 9 3 4 10 5 7 16
6 823 Gold   Andy Irons   114 36 10 8 15 3 6 8 3 8
7 882 Gold   Johnathan Heissig Lymington Town SC 121 36 7 12 29 29 3 6 4 4
8 891 Silver Y Stephen Butcher Hayling Island SC 107 37 29 6 5 15 29 4 6 1
9 922 Silver Y Dave Smithwhite Hayling Island SC 110 44 21 5 11 6 4 9 9 13
10 890 Silver   Ian Swann Hayling Island SC 102 53 20 3 18 7 9 14 10 10
11 766 Gold   Alex Koukourakis Eastbourne Sovereign SC 105 57 14 14 2 9 5 29 13 18
12 941 Gold   Rob Chaplin Queen Mary SC 124 59 12 18 7 11 12 10 16 7
13 760 Silver Y Steve Marshall Corus SC 111 62 16 7 10 29 7 12 14 12
14 861 Silver   Eddie Gatehouse Chichester YC 101 74 17 11 14 10 15 13 11 23
15 806 Gold   Nicky Griffin Hayling Island SC 113 80 11 22 13 12 16 11 17 20
16 912 Silver   Ian Nolan Hunstanton SC 106 84 29 16 20 14 17 16 12 9
17 906 Gold   Andy Holland Hunstanton SC 108 88 8 19 8 13 19 21 21 22
18 769 Silver   Mark Pollington Burghfield SC 103 93 15 21 17 17 14 15 15 19
19 840 Gold   Daniel Azzopardi Queen Mary SC 104 95 9 10 21 29 29 19 22 14
20 832 Gold Y David Geal Eastbourne Sovereign SC 119 104 13 29 12 8 13 29 29 29
21 767 Silver   Stuart Riches Hunstanton SC 109 107 19 20 16 29 29 17 20 15
22 776 Gold   Griff Tanner Queen Mary SC 120 117 6 29 29 29 29 29 18 6
23 733 Silver Y Peter Halliwell Queen Mary SC 116 117 25 13 22 18 20 20 25 24
24 868 Silver   Matthew Conner Weston SC 122 136 24 29 29 29 29 18 19 17
25 913 Silver   Jonathon Cameron Queen Mary SC 123 141 18 23 29 29 29 22 24 25
26 725 Silver   Ian Sanderson Royal Lymington YC 126 144 23 15 19 29 29 29 29 29
27 880 Silver   Howard Edwards Queen Mary SC 125 149 29 29 29 29 18 29 23 21
28 873 Silver   Adam Golding Hayling Island SC 115 161 22 29 23 29 29 29 29 29

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