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Wild finish for RS100 Nationals at Weston

After a wild final day for the 2017 RS100 Nationals at Weston SC, Al Dickson from Gurnard SC retained his title.

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Having never sailed an RS100 before this event, Pim van Vugt earned a popular and deserved second (and first youth).

And local sailor Steve Lee did steal that third he was targeting by one point from Brett Aaron in fourth.

The final race was sailed in a westerly breeze, averaging between 25-30 knots, gusting 35.

With the scores tight with only one point for the championship between Al Dickson and Pim Van Vugt, and Steve Lee looking to grab third from Brett Aarons, it was still all to play for, with two races scheduled for the day.

Dickson and Greg Booth fired off the pin end, looking for a left-hander.

Instead, in comes a big-righty, getting Lee around first. A big bunch follows, including Dickson and a rapidly catching Vugt who then decides to have a very-quick, cooling swim.

Dickson has a shroud break in the gybe, but decides ‘oh-well’ and keeps going. Lee goes for a swim on the drop.

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At the bottom of the run, it’s neck-and-neck.

Vugt gybes for the finish but a lift and the tide means he’s gone too early, so he goes for another, onto starboard, that will mean Dickson and Huw Powell somehow have to avoid him or gybe again themselves.

Nooo! He drops it in, letting them off the hook, meaning the finishing order is Dickson, Powell, Mark Harrison and Lee with Vugt finishing seventh . . . Mate, I know the feeling.

The wind continued to build so OOD Barry wisely calls it a day at that.

Huw Powell was first Master in fifth (surely some mistake, he’s far too young), and Cindy Doennecke-Herz won the First Lady prize.

RS100 - Volvo Noble Marine RS100 Nationals - Final after 14 races

1st RS100 - 410 Alistair Dickson - - Gurnard SC 24 pts
2nd RS100 - 288 Pim van Vugt - - WSV H2O 30 pts
3rd RS100 - 314 Steven Lee - - Weston SC 39 pts
4th RS100 - 527 Brett Aarons - - Gurnard SC 40 pts
5th RS100 - 508 Huw Powell - - Red Wharf Bay SC 42 pts
6th RS100 - 523 Greg Booth - - Port Dinorwic SC 77 pts
7th RS100 - 172 Andrew Jones - - Chew Valley Lake SC 85 pts
8th RS100 - 480 Chris Goldhawk - - Chew Valley Lake SC 97 pts
9th RS100 - 379 Mark Harrison - - Gurnard SC 102 pts
10th RS100 - 140 Robert Richardson - - Royal Windermere YC 107 pts
11th RS100 - 509 Clive Eplett - - Frensham Pond SC 111 pts
12th RS100 - 218 Ed Jones - - Chew Valley Lake SC 111 pts
13th RS100 - 312 Iain Horlock - - Exe SC 121 pts
14th RS100 - 130 Steve Jones - - Chew Valley Lake SC 137 pts
15th RS100 - 259 Ian Gregory - - Frensham Pond SC 138 pts
16th RS100 - 127 Luke Goble - - Netley SC 142 pts
17th RS100 - 359 Giles Peckham - - Gurnard SC 148 pts
18th RS100 - 362 Adam Knight - - Guernsey SC 172 pts
19th RS100 - 421 Jeremy Troughton - - Netley SC 184 pts
20th RS100 - 370 Nils Joliffe - - Netley SC 189 pts
21st RS100 - 348 Nick Sandison - - Netley SC 201 pts
22nd RS100 - 472 Stewart Hawthorn - - Netley SC 214 pts
23rd RS100 - 154 Simon Geyman - - Datchet Water SC 224.6 pts
24th RS100 - 407 Michael Rhodes - - Netley SC 233 pts
25th RS100 - 180 John Richardson - - Royal Windermere YC 235 pts
26th RS100 - 526 Mostyn Evans - - Mounts Bay SC 245 pts
27th RS100 - 255 Kevin Moore - - Weston SC 250 pts
28th RS100 - 229 Nick Shuttleworth - - Netley SC 252.5 pts
29th RS100 - 302 Daniel Craft - - Weston SC 284 pts
30th RS100 - 492 Nick Griffin - - Castle Cove 300 pts
31st RS100 - 366 Simon Lomas-Clarke - - Frensham Pond SC 304.5 pts
32nd RS100 - 305 Jeremy Gilbert - - Mounts Bay & Penzance SC 318 pts
33rd RS100 - 188 Samuel Spencer - - Weston SC 323 pts
34th RS100 - 221 Martin Wilson - - Datchet Water SC 324 pts
35th RS100 - 491 Simon Jones - - Teign Corinthian SC 344 pts
36th RS100 - 205 Jim Wicks - - Locks SC 368 pts
37th RS100 - 333 Paul Craft - - Teign Corinthian SC 370 pts
38th RS100 - 3791 Martyn Prince - - Netley SC 374 pts
39th RS100 - 266 Andy Trickett - - Netley SC 376 pts
40th RS100 - 156 Chris Brown - - Weston SC 384 pts
41st RS100 - 1127 Cindy Doennecke-Herz - - CKA 419 pts
42nd RS100 - 364 Julian Hines - - Netley SC 454 pts
43rd RS100 - 148 Paul Drewery - - Banbury SC 506 pts
43rd RS100 - TBA Thomas Southwell - - Netley SC 506 pts
43rd RS100 - 413 Tom Powell - - Llandefedd SC 506 pts

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Clive Eplett
12 September 2017 9:34 GMT


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