Colin Smith leads the Volvo Noble Marine RS100 National Championship taking place at Hayling Island SC this weekend with a 2, 1, 3 scoreline that just beats the 3, 2, 2, of Mike McIntyre. In third is Neal Freeman with a 1, 4, 4.
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Race one started in a shifty, variable, 12 - 14 knots. David Smart mistook the gate mark as the pin end transit & encouraged the fleet over the line ! At the 2nd attempt & under a black flag it was Huw Powell who got caught out & lost his huge win in his 10.2 rig. Neal Freemen took the gun in his 8.4 after a tussle with Alastair Dixon with Colin Smith gaining the win for the big rig.
The wind dropped slightly for race two, but was just as shifty & equally patchy. The first attempt was postponed as the wind went left only to go hard right for the actual gun. The leaders came out from the right. Smith stormed away to lead to the finish. The 8.4 fleet had more place changing but when the wind died to near nothing on the last leg it was Neal Freeman again who found the wind first to come up smiling.
Race 3 saw the wind drop to 5 - 6 knots. David Smart started at the pin & crossed the fleet before taking the next right shift to tack back & play the shifts to lead the 8.4 rigs at the windward mark. Mark Nethercleft kept left & caught the gusts first only to lose the lead to Mike MacIntyre at the first mark in his 10.2 rig. As the 2nd beat was shortened by a third it was Nethercleft to benefit & take the gun, whilst Freeman overtook Smart on the last run to win the 8.4's.
RS100 - Volvo Noble Marine RS100 National Championship (33 entries)
1st 388 10.2 Colin Smith HISC 2.0 1.0 3.0 6.0
2nd 378 10.2 Mike McIntyre HISC 3.0 2.0 2.0 7.0
3rd 183 8.4 Neal Freeman Parkstone YC 1.0 4.0 4.0 9.0
4th 233 8.4 Clive Eplett Frensham Pond SC 4.0 5.0 14.0 23.0
5th 407 10.2 Mark Nethercleft HISC 14.0 11.0 1.0 26.0
6th 277 8.4 David Smart Chew Valley Lake SC 8.0 14.0 7.0 29.0
7th 410 8.4 Alistair Dickson PDSC 6.0 9.0 16.0 31.0
8th 195 8.4 Tim Weeden Thorney Island S.C. 12.0 7.0 12.0 31.0
9th 379 8.4 Mark Harrison Gurnard SC 5.0 12.0 15.0 32.0
10th 359 8.4 Giles Peckham NASC 13.0 8.0 11.0 32.0
31 August 2013 20:26 GMT