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RS300 Magic Marine Winter Champs

RS300 Start race 1, 490 well over the line (OCS)

It is fantastic when visitors to our club appreciate the experience they had.  So below is an article writen by the event winner, who I believe by tradition has to write the event report and as he wins more than most is very well practiced.  To add our bit it was a real pleasure accomodating such a nice buch of sailors and I believe the RS300 association have already requested coming back at some stage.

So I am going to leave it to Steve Bolland, current RS300 National Champion and active RS300 association member.

So over to Steve

What a wonderfully welcoming club South Cerney is.  Nestled within the Cotswold Water Park it is based on one of 150 lakes in the vicinity.  Luckily we had been provided with good directions to the correct one so we didn’t trouble the kayakers and water skiers on the other lakes nearby.

There was a degree of excitement a week earlier with the forecast showing gusts of over 40 knots.  On Saturday we actually had 8 knots with gusts well up to about 10 and on Sunday we had nothing at all.  Well done Windguru (other weather guess providers are available).  More excitement on Saturday morning after it transpired that we were going to have a female racing in the fleet for the first time in a very long stretch indeed.  That she was the wife of another owner matters not one jot – more on this later.

Furthest travelled was Alistair ‘Storky’ McLaughlin, from Prestwick.  I don’t know why he’s called Storky either.  Anyway, the point is he was OCS in the first race.  400 miles and a six-hour drive is a long way to sit out the first race.  But being Scottish this was not the worst thing to happen that day – more on this later.

The boring bit is that the first race was won by Steve Bolland (Bristol Corinthian) followed by Steve Sallis (Hykeham) and Alastair Wood (Bough Beech) proving that the oldies still have it, if ever they had it in the first place.  The interesting bit is that Emily Watson (Bowmoor) sailing a borrowed RS300 for pretty much the first time, and incidentally having had to go home to pick up her kit so last minute was the offer of the boat, beat hubby Paul (also of Bowmoor obviously).  I’m just checking the results while I’m writing this and it was by quite a few places too.  That’s probably enough Paul-baiting for a while, but more on this later.

Race two was shaping up to be a close three-way battle between the two Steves and Storky until the latter’s “never say win” attitude kicked in and a coming together with Watson (Paul) at one of the windward marks pegged him back momentarily.  He still has it though and fought back into third at the finish behind Steve 1 and Steve 2.

More excitement in the final race (though we didn’t know it at the time as we were still looking forward to the forecast storm on Sunday) when there was a general recall.  I presume Storky was involved somewhere – he normally is.  Ian Clark (Warsash) went right in a big way on the first beat to lead the fleet round, an interesting tactic seeing that left had paid on every other beat, but sometimes fortune favours the brave (and reckless).  At the finish though it was Bolland, McLaughlin and Sallis.

And that was it.  A quick turnaround in the shower, a quick stop at the bar and it was down to the serious business of watching the Calcutta Cup.  Storky wisely kept his head down and kept his humour.  Actually he’s not that interested in rugby, not unlike the Scottish team really.  OK, I’ll leave it there as we’re heading up to Scotland for the Nationals later in the year and I don’t want a price on my head.

I mentioned earlier what a welcoming club South Cerney is.  It’s worth coming for the curry alone – 10 different home-cooked dishes on Saturday night, all for a tenner.  Fabulous.  I still think they’re going to need a bigger oven for the Albacore Inlands next month though.  Just sayin’.

Come Sunday morning and the lake looked like a millpond – a millpond with no wind.  Despite waiting the wind didn’t materialise.  Big cheers all round at the prize giving for the first lady – at least one member of the Watson family walked away with a prize.

Next up, Sprint Champs at Rutland on 22-23 April.  That’s St. George’s Day on the Sunday – what antics will Storky get up to then?

By Steve Bolland

Photos thanks to Dave Whittle

Lovely wooden trophies hand made by Gary Morris

RS300 Winter Champs 2017          
Position Helm Name Sail No Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points
1st Steve Bolland 411 Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club 1 1 1 3
2nd Steve Sallis 476 Hykeham Sailing Club 2 2 3 7
3rd Richard Le Mare 555 Notts County Sailing Club 4 7 4 15
4th Alistair Mclaughlin 490 Prestwick Sailing Club 16 3 2 21
5th Alastair Wood 422 Bough Beech Sailing Club 3 6 12 21
6th Richard Hargreaves 373 Stewartby WSC 6 9 6 21
7th Rob Jones 480 Warsash Sailing Club 9 5 8 22
8th Ian Clark 527 Warsash Sailing Club 10 8 5 23
9th John Charles 384 Leigh-on-Sea Sailing Club 5 12 7 24
10th Paul Watson 337-4 Bowmoor Sailing Club 11 4 10 25
11th Pete Ellis 500 Stewartby WSC 8 10 9 27
12th Emily Watson 337 Bowmoor Sailing Club 7 11 11 29
13th Bob Peak 352 Alton Water Sports Centre 12 15 13 40
14th Gary Morris 318 South Cerney Sailing Club 13 13 14 40
15th Dan Cowin 347 Burghfield 14 14 16 44

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Event photographs available courtesy of Dave Whittle, click here

Vernon Perkins

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