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08/08/2013
Volvo Noble Marine RS800 UK National Championships

  • 2013 UK Nationals
  • 2013 UK Nationals
  • 2013 UK Nationals
  • 2013 UK Nationals
  • 2013 UK Nationals
  • 2013 UK Nationals
  • 2013 UK Nationals
  • 2013 UK Nationals
  • 2013 UK Nationals
  • 2013 UK Nationals

 

Introduction

Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club hosted the 2013 RS800 nationals, seen by much of the fleet as the start of a new era of RS800, with a new modernised sail plan introduced, the square top main bringing the boat into the modern era of sailing.  The jib and the spinnaker remain unchanged, and the addition of country flags to the head of the mainsail strengthens the 800’s growing international presence. Before the event much of the talk was about who would adapt to the sails quickest, but in reality it was those who could cope with Eastbourne’s fantastic conditions who would prevail. 

 

 

DAY 1

Day one at the 2013 RS800 Nationals was a real belter, 48 shiny boats arrived on the beach race ready and eager for action. With bright sunshine and warm winds around 10 knots the fresh new square top mains were a modern glimpse for the future of the class.

 

Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club’s slick race management got racing under way on time in the bay just off the beach.  After a general recall and a subsequent black flagged start (a theme for the remaining nine races) the fleet split up the first beat and re-converged at the windward mark with Roger Phillips and Will Crocker leading from fleet newbies Seb Baucutt and Alex Farrall followed closely by James Date and Toby Wincer in RWO.

 

The majority of the fleet opted to head out to the right hand side of the course downwind in an effort to keep clear air. Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes and Dan Allin found flatter water and less tide in shore and made large gains coming in from the left.  Hugh Shone and Hannah Tattersall sailed well fighting through to second by the end of the second lap followed by Laurie and Dan.  There was not too much change for the subsequent laps with the exception of Laurie and Dan who suffered a snapped rudder stock ending their racing for the day.

 

Race two saw the breeze freshen to a steady 15knots and the fleet got away at the 2nd attempt with the pin end favoured. Local gnomes Andy Jeffries and Chris Feibusch came out from the trench and shot out of the blocks to the left. RWO rounded 1stbut couldn’t hold the momentum and saw Nick Charles and Christian Humphrey leap out from behind them closely followed by the gnomes. The front three jostled for position while Saxon ad Clegg headed to the beach, flatter water and possibly slightly more breeze saw them leap from RWO and the Gnomes. First in was Charles and Humphrey followed by Saxton and Clegg with RWO rounding off the podium once again.

 

 

DAY 2

Day two dawned overcast, drizzly and looked pretty light. Local knowledge proved correct, with Andy “Stand By for a Foam Up” Jefferies correctly picking up the extra sea breeze once the sun came out. 

 

Race three started in a steady 13-15 knots with the right paying heavily due to the lesser tide, flatter water and bend heading in on Port. Many of the fleet had picked this leading to a few failed Gardaesque port tack start line approaches Laurie took the lead on the second beat followed by Roger and Will. These positions were held to the finish with Dave Hivey and Rob Partridge picking the best line through the traffic at the final windward to come through and take third. 

 

 

 

 

The breeze had built significantly for the race 4, starting in about 17-18 knots. Tim Saxton / Jonny Clegg and Dave / Rob went for the right hand end of the line, tacked and headed for the beach immediately. Tim & Jonny’s pace saw them rounding the 1st mark with a ten metre lead over Dave / Rob, with Roger and Will rounding in third. The breeze continued to build to over 20 knots during the race with the final downwind getting pretty spicy, and a graveyard of 7’s / 8’s near the gybe point and bottom of the course. Tim and Jonny took a big win, with Dave / Rob in second and James Date / Toby Wincer coming through to take third.

 

With the breeze continuing to increase and tide turning to increase the chop, the race 5 was sensibly deferred for another day, leaving everyone to head back for an early bath and time to hit the charity shops ahead of the “tight and bright” pub crawl. 

 

DAY 3

The fleet awoke to a light Northerly offshore wind but with the sun out the promise of a sea breeze was on the cards. The race officer was keen to get away on time so after a general recall on the first start which saw 4 boats binned the fleet got away on the 2nd start in a light 5-7kt northerly. The race was then was abandoned half way up the first beat as the breeze flicked to the normal sea breeze direction and the fleet had to hoist kites to the windward mark!

 

Race 5 was then restarted in a building 12 -14kts and fairly flat sea with the last of the incoming tide. Local boys Dave Pike and Nick Jerkins picked the shifts well and came in from the left to lead at the windward. They held onto the lead to the finish with James Date and Toby Wincer breathing down their necks into the finish and Andy Jeffries and Chris Feibusch in 3rd.

 

In race 6 the wind had built to 18kts and the sea state starting to get lumpy on the turned tide. A couple of boats opted for the port start to take the header and flatter water into the shore. Jeffries / Feibusch picked the layline and led round the windward from Ben Schooling / Tim Hirst and Date / Wincer in 3rd. Schooling / Hirst gybed inside and led round the leeward and the positions remained the same round the 2nd lap. Date / Wincer pushed hard down the last run and picked a well timed gybe to take the bullet. Jeffries / Feibusch crossed in 2nd but with no whistle were OCS promoting Schooling / Hirst to 2nd and Laurie F-S and Dan Allin 3rd.

 

By race 7 the sea breeze had ramped up to 20kts and the sea built to full on scary. Schooling / Hirst opted for the punchy port start again and squeezed through a gap to lead out from the left. Hugh Watson and Andy Watkins picked the starboard layline and led round the windward from Schooling / Hirst and a gap back to Tom Halhead & Stu Jagger in 3rd. The fleet enjoyed some epic downwind sleigh rides in champagne Eastbourne conditions with crews working hard over-sheeting the kite to avoid driving in the wave in front. Watson and Watkins went down the mine and pitch-poled out of the gybe to hand Schooling / Hirst the lead which they then held to the shortened 2 lap finish, showing that an older boat with the old main is still capable of winning races in this competitive fleet. Halhead /Jagger also binned it in so Fitjohn-Sykes / Allin brought it home in 2nd with Date and Wincer rounding out a great day in 3rd.

 

 

DAY 4

Going into the last day James Date / Toby Wincer had a good lead cemented by their consistency all week an only needed one top 3 result with Roger Philips / Will Crocker or David Hivey / Rob Partridge not winning all 3 races. A tall order and generally the feeling was that the battle was for 2nd. 

 

In race 8, to add some tension Roger/ Will duly won and James/Toby came 4th meaning that they just needed to ensure that Roger/Will did not win one of the remaining races to be named champions.  

 

At the start of Race 9, the team racing skills came out and a luffing match on the start line actually managed to kill two birds with one stone.  James and Toby managed to block both Roger/Will and Dave/Rob at the starboard end of the start line for a few precious seconds, meanwhile Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes / Daniel Allen also got caught up in the mess, capsizing and not managing to better the second they got in the previous race.  With Roger/Will only managing to catch up to 10th.  And James/Toby showing their superior boat speed and handling to catch up to win the race they were deserved winners of the event with a race to spare. Andy Jefferies / Chris Feibusch finished second with Dave/Rob pulling back though the fleet to third.

 

The final race and Tim Saxton / Jonathon Clegg who still had an outside chance of a podium, duly stamped their authority on the race by showing great speed to hit the right side of the race course and amass a good lead by the first windward mark.  This meant that Dave/Rob had to finish seventh to hold third over all.  They were having a great race with Will/Roger, and just managed to sneak seventh to take the last spot on the podium by just one point.  James/Toby finished second again with Laurie/Dan consolidating their good day to finish third.

 

 

 

So overall, James Date and Toby Wincer in RWO secured the title after 10 years of trying.  We all believe the Bart sticker they had on the back of their boat sent some help down from above as well!  Roger Phillips and Will Crocker finished in a deserved second and David Hivey with Robert Partridge (Sponsored by MAGIC MARINE and LDC sailing) finished off the podium.

 

Winners of the Silver fleet and youth prizes, Seb & Alex deserve a mention for a fantastic 18th at their first nationals, narrowly beating Ella Mitchell who got the first lady helm prize in 19th overall.

 

Eastbourne delivered 10 excellent races with great conditions to test our skills but more importantly made us feel incredibly welcome, with almost the entire club membership helping out with the running of the event.

 

The event was a great success and with 48 boats it was brilliant for the class as a showcase for high performance sailing that is accessible to all.  The verdict on the new sail plan was a resounding success with the new modern look, slightly easier handling and responsiveness of the rig, and the fact that the older boats and rigs have not been materially disadvantaged by the changes.  The one design nature of the class remains strong and the fleet is sure to take this momentum forward and continue to grow.

 

If you want a go in the re-vamped RS800 we will be running some RS800 coaching over the Autumn / Winter where you can be coached in your boat or jump in with one of the top 10 sailors in the country (so won't need your own boat).  If you think you would be interested in joining in, then email David Hivey at [email protected] for more details.  

 

Twin wiring flat out in 20 knots is something we should all do at some point in our lives!

ankSail NoHelmCrewClubFleetBuddy TeamOtherR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10TotalNett
1st 1195 James Date Toby Wincer Port Denorwic Gold D   3.0 3.0 (4.0) 3.0 2.0 1.0 3.0 (4.0) 1.0 2.0 26.0 18.0
2nd 1204 Roger Phillips Will Crocker Emberton park sailing club Gold A   1.0 5.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 (20.0) 6.0 1.0 (13.0) 6.0 62.0 29.0
3rd 1187 David Hivey Rob Partridge LDC Gold F   4.0 6.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 (49.0 DNC) (19.0) 5.0 3.0 7.0 103.0 35.0
4th 1203 Tim Saxton Jonathon Clegg Grafham Water / Itchenor Gold B   6.0 2.0 (17.0) 1.0 (49.0 DNC) 8.0 5.0 3.0 10.0 1.0 102.0 36.0
5th 1113 Ben Schooling Tim Hirst Datchet Water Gold I   (11.0) 7.0 (16.0) 8.0 7.0 2.0 1.0 6.0 5.0 5.0 68.0 41.0
6th 1189 Hugh Shone Hannah Tattersall Castle Cove Sailing Club Gold I LC 2.0 8.0 6.0 7.0 (15.0) 4.0 4.0 (11.0) 9.0 10.0 76.0 50.0
7th 1182 Andy Jeffries Chris Fibush ESSC Gold H   9.0 4.0 7.0 11.0 3.0 (49.0 OCS) 11.0 (12.0) 2.0 4.0 112.0 51.0
8th 1180 Tom Halhead Stu Jagger . Gold E   12.0 9.0 5.0 12.0 6.0 5.0 (24.0) 9.0 8.0 (20.0) 110.0 66.0
9th 1124 Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes Daniel Allin Queen Mary SC Gold K   (49.0 DNF) (49.0 DNC) 1.0 6.0 49.0 OCS 3.0 2.0 2.0 7.0 3.0 171.0 73.0
10th 1066 David Pike Nick Jerkins ESSC Gold M M (49.0 DNF) 11.0 12.0 9.0 1.0 9.0 7.0 (23.0) 18.0 14.0 153.0 81.0
11th 1129 Luke McEwen Emma McEwen Royal Lymington YC Gold J LC 15.0 12.0 (19.0) (18.0) 9.0 6.0 14.0 10.0 6.0 16.0 125.0 88.0
12th 1133 Hugh Watson Andy Watkins Emsworth Sailing Club Gold P M 10.0 13.0 10.0 (29.0) (17.0) 7.0 12.0 14.0 14.0 11.0 137.0 91.0
13th 872 Dan Kilsby Sarah Martin Dubai Offshore Sailing Club Gold C LC 16.0 10.0 11.0 10.0 10.0 (49.0 DNF) (49.0 DNC) 21.0 4.0 13.0 193.0 95.0
14th 1154 David Steed Louise Fisher Netley s c Gold L LC 7.0 14.0 14.0 27.0 31.0 (49.0 DNC) (49.0 DNC) 8.0 15.0 8.0 222.0 124.0
15th 1072 Alex Koukourakis Robert pike ESSC Gold G   20.0 18.0 18.0 15.0 (27.0) 15.0 8.0 18.0 (22.0) 12.0 173.0 124.0
16th 1163 James Green Jamie Trewick Beer SC Gold K   8.0 15.0 13.0 13.0 (26.0) 23.0 22.0 13.0 20.0 (31.0) 184.0 127.0
17th 1146 Martin Orton Ian Brooks Chichester YC/ Treardddr Bay SC Gold M M 17.0 (49.0 DNF) 21.0 26.0 13.0 11.0 13.0 (31.0) 11.0 19.0 211.0 131.0
18th 1128 Seb Baucutt Alex Farrall Thorpe Bay YC/ Essex YC SIlver D Y 18.0 20.0 (24.0) 16.0 12.0 17.0 (49.0 DNC) 20.0 12.0 18.0 206.0 133.0
19th 864 Ella Mitchell James Morland Warsash SIlver P LH 14.0 17.0 23.0 14.0 (29.0) 13.0 15.0 (28.0) 21.0 17.0 191.0 134.0
20th 1061 Tom Jeffcoate Emma Warner Notts county sc Gold G   13.0 23.0 9.0 21.0 (49.0 OCS) 12.0 23.0 7.0 37.0 (49.0 DNC) 243.0 145.0
21st 1127 Derek Buchanan Elaine buchanan Oxford SIlver L M / LC (49.0 OCS) 16.0 25.0 (28.0) 21.0 16.0 9.0 17.0 27.0 21.0 229.0 152.0
22nd 1179 Neil Farmer Karen Baker Datchet/Parkstone SIlver N LC 19.0 26.0 22.0 (34.0) 18.0 10.0 18.0 (33.0) 32.0 9.0 221.0 154.0
23rd 868 Joel Walker Sarah Crossman Lancing SC SIlver D LC (49.0 DNC) 19.0 20.0 19.0 28.0 (49.0 DNC) 16.0 15.0 19.0 28.0 262.0 164.0
24th 1132 Mick Whitmore Sarah Smith Eastbourne Sovereign sailing Club Gold O M / LC 21.0 (49.0 DNF) 15.0 20.0 16.0 (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNC 19.0 17.0 24.0 279.0 181.0
25th 953 Andrew Pickrell Tom Lambert Wilsonian Sailing Club SIlver I M 25.0 29.0 27.0 (49.0 DNF) 24.0 22.0 COR 17.0 26.0 (36.0) 15.0 270.0 185.0
26th 815 Kit Glover Mike Hutton Itchenor Sailing Club SIlver A   (49.0 DNF) 28.0 (32.0) 31.0 20.0 14.0 10.0 32.0 25.0 29.0 270.0 189.0
27th 1142 Oli Woods Jane Turner OB Woods Design SIlver O LC 22.0 21.0 28.0 17.0 (49.0 DNC) (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNC 16.0 16.0 23.0 290.0 192.0
28th 989 Andrew Jarvis Andy Kerr Oxford Sailing Club SIlver M   27.0 (31.0) 31.0 24.0 25.0 19.0 (49.0 DNC) 25.0 24.0 26.0 281.0 201.0
29th 1185 Stephen Brown Will Brown / Phil Bairstow Ullswater YC SIlver C   34.0 35.0 (41.0) (49.0 DNF) 14.0 18.0 26.0 22.0 31.0 22.0 292.0 202.0
30th 1288 Mike Green Sophie McAleenan Eastbourne SIlver E LC 30.0 25.0 26.0 25.0 23.0 (49.0 DNC) 20.0 30.0 29.0 (49.0 DNC) 306.0 208.0
31st 1144 Nicholas Charles Christian Humphrey RYA Gold N   5.0 1.0 8.0 5.0 (49.0 OCS) (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 313.0 215.0
32nd 951 Andrew Blundell Maddie Fenner Warsash Sailing Club SIlver H   23.0 30.0 (38.0) 32.0 30.0 25.0 (49.0 DNC) 29.0 23.0 30.0 309.0 222.0
33rd 1200 Richard kennedy Tom kennedy Thorney Island SC SIlver E   24.0 22.0 30.0 23.0 8.0 22.0 (49.0 DNC) (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 325.0 227.0
34th 1122 Grahame smith Nicola smith Wilsonian sc SIlver J M / LC 29.0 33.0 34.0 30.0 32.0 28.0 21.0 (40.0) 28.0 (37.0) 312.0 235.0
35th 1043 Chris Dodd Henry Arnold Rutland Water Sailing Club SIlver A   32.0 27.0 33.0 (49.0 DNF) (49.0 DNE) 24.0 25.0 27.0 49.0 DNC 27.0 342.0 244.0
36th 1091 Ben Daigneault James Powell-Cullingford Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club SIlver F   26.0 24.0 37.0 34.3 AVG (49.0 DNF) (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNC 24.0 26.0 25.0 343.3 245.3
37th 821 Jamie morgan nick logan Grafham SIlver B   (49.0 DNF) (49.0 DNC) 35.0 33.0 11.0 22.0 COR 49.0 DNC 35.0 34.0 49.0 DNC 366.0 268.0
38th 900 Thomas Durham Roger Plail ESSC Silver P   (49.0 DNC) 36.0 39.0 (49.0 DNF) 37.0 27.0 27.0 36.0 35.0 33.0 368.0 270.0
39th 982 Aaron Smith Alec Rodgers Wilsonian SC SIlver K   (49.0 DNC) (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 22.0 21.0 49.0 DNC 34.0 33.0 32.0 387.0 289.0
40th 1010 Katie Norton James Clapham Cardiff Yacht Club SIlver N LH (49.0 DNC) (49.0 DNC) 29.0 22.0 19.0 26.0 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 390.0 292.0
41st 1015 Simon Payne Fenella Williams Oxford SIlver O LC 33.0 37.0 42.0 36.0 34.0 (49.0 DNF) (49.0 DNC) 39.0 38.0 39.0 396.0 298.0
42nd 907 Stephen McIntyre Ewen Lamont Loch Lomond Sailing Club SIlver F   35.0 (49.0 DNF) (49.0 DNF) 35.0 33.0 30.0 49.0 DNC 41.0 41.0 35.0 397.0 299.0
43rd 932 Brian Allen Claire Allen Brightlingsea sailing club SIlver G M / LC 28.0 34.0 (49.0 DNC) (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNF 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 38.0 30.0 38.0 413.0 315.0
44th 847 Martin Keen Richard Keen HISC SIlver C M (49.0 DNC) (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 36.0 29.0 49.0 DNC 42.0 39.0 36.0 427.0 329.0
45th 961 Stewart Patience Jenny Persson Berliner Yacht Club SIlver J LC 31.0 32.0 36.0 (49.0 DNF) 35.0 (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNC 49.0 DSQ 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 428.0 330.0
46th 983 Dan Druce Stu Moore Stokes Bay SIlver L Y (49.0 DNF) (49.0 DNF) 40.0 49.0 DNF 49.0 DNF 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 37.0 40.0 34.0 445.0 347.0
47th 1102 Peter Hayward Jill Mair Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club SIlver H M / LC (49.0 DNF) 38.0 (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 479.0 381.0
48th 1050 Keith Ellis Kim Ellis Castle Cove SC SIlver B   (49.0 DNC) (49.0 DNC) 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNF 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 49.0 DNC 490.0 392.0
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