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17/06/2016
Volvo Noble Marine RS500 National Championships

    Volvo Noble Marine RS500 Nationals

     

    Day One

    The Volvo RS500 national championships kicked off yesterday at Lymington Town Sailing Club.

    Proceedings kicked off on Thursday with fine solent sailing day on Thursday for a coaching session with world champ Pete Barton, and a visit for many to a brilliant local pub for supper and a catch up.

    On Friday all the RS500 sailing teams came together to a great welcome from the home club, who are preparing for the descent of 150 RS boats over the weekend, the sailors fought out 3 races in changeable wind conditions which ranged from westerly 10kts to northerly 4kts, with rapid changes between the two weather systems. The sailing was tricky and mistakes easy, but the way was shown by Ed  Whitehead and Karen Olden, who scored two firsts and a second sailing a boat borrowed from previous champ Mike Saul.

    The fleet is boosted by teams from Sweden and France, which makes for a great friendly international feel, and thanks must go to RS Sailing for providing the charter boats for these teams.

    The evening yesterday saw the sailors congregate for a fish a chip supper in the beautiful Chipperfield residence - thanks Heather - with all you can drink booze laid on!

    6 more races over two days will decide the championship, and with different wind speeds forecast we look to see  who will be in contention. And who will survive the party at LTSC tonight!

     

    Day 2

    Day 2 of the RS500 nationals at Lymington brought similar weather conditions to day 1 – light, changeable winds swinging between westerly and northerly, and making it difficult for the boats to navigate the strong Solent tidal current. Races 4 and 5 were held in these conditions, with consistency difficult to achieve. The top two teams on the leaderboard – Edd and Karen, and Tim and Tom, achieved a race win each. It should be noted that there were frequent lead changes through these two races, with at least 5 teams leading at some point! Most consistent though was local team Richard and Hannah who scored a second and third. Racing was postponed after the end of race 5, by which time only two points separated the top two teams going into the final days racing.

     

    Day 3

    The final day brought a step change in the wind and hence the racing, with a building 15 to 20knot south-westerly breeze, and a strong wind-against-tide current, this was Solent sailing at its best! To quote our current World Champion, Heather – “If you didn’t enjoy today’s sailing, you’re probably doing the wrong sport!”.

     

    Four races were squeezed in, to complete the championship series. The racing was about having great speed around the course, but also to stay upright! Race 6 saw some really close downwind gybing battles and was all set to be won by Peter Curtis and Fiona Fardon, when a capsize on the final mark rounding saw them demoted to fifth, and the race was won by locals Richard and Hannah. Sadly Peter and Fiona’s bad luck continued when a snapped trapeze line caused them to retire ashore after race 7. Hopefully the boat breakage is all out of the way ready for the Worlds now! Race 7 saw a win for Tim and Tom, when a close battle between them and Richard/Hannah ended in a big capsize for the latter on the windward mark bear-away. Tables were turned in race 8 when it was Tim/Tom who capsized just before the finish, to lose a second place. Meanwhile Edd and Karen had found more form in the building breeze and took a comfortable win after gybing inshore out of the tide. The final race, with a tired, depleted fleet saw a three way drag race to the top mark. Richard/Hannah’s race was cut short by another swim when they had to make a duck behind Edd/Karen. The latter lead for the next lap, until a spinnaker problem on the final downwind leg allowed Tim/Tom through to take the final race win.

     

    In the end only one point separated the top two teams, but Edd and Karen had done enough, with good results across each day’s racing, to become the 2016 RS500 National Champions. Well done!

     

    Massive thanks to Lymington Town Sailing Club who put on a fantastic event both afloat and ashore. We look forward to returning with greater numbers next year!

    Tim Wilkins

     

    FINAL RESULTS BELOW

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    Sailwave results for Volvo Noble Marine RS500 National Championships 2016 at Western Solent 2016

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    Volvo Noble Marine RS500 National Championships 2016

    Western Solent

     

    Results are final as of 17:58 on June 19, 2016

    RS 500 Fleet

    Sailed: 9, Discards: 2, To count: 7, Entries: 16, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Fleet Division Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Nat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Nett
    1st RS 500 C   RS 500 1040 Parkstone YC Edd Whitehead Karen Oldale
    GBR
    1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 (4.0) (4.0) 2.0 1.0 2.0 18.0 10.0
    2nd RS 500 C   RS 500 625 Great Yarmouth & Gorleston SC Tim Wilkins Tom Hammond
    GBR
    2.0 (9.0) 1.0 3.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 (4.0) 1.0 24.0 11.0
    3rd RS 500 C   RS 500 1097 Lymington Town SC Richard Russell Hannah Snellgrove
    GBR
    3.0 3.0 6.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 (17.0 DNF) 2.0 (17.0 DNC) 54.0 20.0
    4th RS 500 C   RS 500 508 Parkstone SC Peter Eyre Ian Mairs
    GBR
    (8.0) 4.0 (7.0) 6.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 39.0 24.0
    5th RS 500 C   RS 500 659 Island Barn Resevoir SC Peter Curtis Fiona Fardon
    GBR
    5.0 2.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 (17.0 DNC) (17.0 DNC) 64.0 30.0
    6th RS 500 C   RS 500 727 Netley SC Jane Olive Tiffany Willcox
    GBR
    4.0 7.0 3.0 9.0 9.0 12.0 5.0 (17.0 DNF) (17.0 DNC) 83.0 49.0
    7th RS 500 C   RS 500 548 Downs SC Julia Judd Timothy Knapp
    GBR
    (12.0) 10.0 8.0 5.0 6.0 9.0 6.0 (17.0 DNS) 5.0 78.0 49.0
    8th RS 500 C   RS 500 561 Lymington Town SC Rebecca Hannam Justin Hannam
    GBR
    14.0 11.0 (17.0 DNF) 7.0 (17.0 DNF) 8.0 8.0 5.0 4.0 91.0 57.0
    9th RS 500 C   RS 500 1015 YCGC Alexandre Emanuel Caroline Andrevon
    FRA
    10.0 (13.0) 11.0 12.0 11.0 7.0 7.0 6.0 (17.0 DNC) 94.0 64.0
    10th RS 500 C   RS 500 88 GKSS Peter Bokmark Martin Persson
    SWE
    7.0 5.0 4.0 13.0 8.0 (17.0 DNC) (17.0 DNC) 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 105.0 71.0
    11th RS 500 C   RS 500 8 SS Kaparen Martin Johansson Alex Johansson
    SWE
    6.0 6.0 10.0 8.0 7.0 (17.0 DNC) (17.0 DNC) 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 105.0 71.0
    12th RS 500 C   RS 500 1005 Netley SC George Wilson Laura Wilson
    GBR
    13.0 8.0 9.0 11.0 10.0 10.0 (17.0 DNF) (17.0 DNC) 17.0 DNC 112.0 78.0
    13th RS 500 C   RS 500 1054   John Hobson Crew
    GBR
    9.0 15.0 (17.0 DNF) 14.0 14.0 6.0 (17.0 DNC) 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 126.0 92.0
    14th RS 500 C   RS 500 748 Great Yarmouth & Gorleston SC Anna Zmura Keith Sykes
    GBR
    11.0 14.0 (17.0 DNF) 10.0 13.0 (17.0 DNC) 17.0 DNF 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 133.0 99.0
    15th RS 500 C   RS 500 563 Club Nautique de Wimereux Eric Gdalia Perrine Gdalia
    FRA
    16.0 16.0 13.0 (17.0 OCS) 12.0 11.0 (17.0 DNC) 17.0 DNS 17.0 DNC 136.0 102.0
    16th RS 500 C   RS 500 723 Club Nautique de Wimereux Arnaud Bouchez Benoit Frottier
    FRA
    15.0 12.0 12.0 15.0 15.0 (17.0 DNC) (17.0 OCS) 17.0 DNS 17.0 DNC 137.0 103.0

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