Competitors arriving at Brixham Yacht Club were greeted by rain, light winds and fog, leading to questions as to whether we would actually be racing. Just in time the fog burnt away and the fleet of 18 RS600s headed out, watched with interest by the resident seals. After a brief delay while the wind settled, racing got underway in a perfect 10 knots with slight chop.
In race 1, Jamie Mawson port tacked the fleet and headed inshore in an attempt to beat the tide. Unfortunately this did not pay off due to a large shift to the left, with the rest of the fleet arriving in a tight bunch at the first mark. George Smith and Mike Izzatt pulled away from the fleet to finish in that order, followed by Adam Watson.
Race 2 saw the breeze increase to 12-15 knots and settled in to a more consistent direction. George and Jamie engaged in a private battle, stretching out a good lead on the rest of the fleet. After changing places several times, Jamie took the win by a few seconds from George, with Alex Piggott third.
In the final race, George took an early lead and took his second win unchallenged, with Jamie second along with Chris Haslam.
A long beat home was rewarded by a hard working beach team fetching our trolleys and complimentary ice creams, before the fleet headed out for much deserved pizza.
Thanks for a great day Brixham YC!
Day 2 of the Noble Marine Allen RS600 Nationals dawned rather damp and overcast but we had a good forecast and left the slipway with 3 races scheduled.
The wind had headed round to the west and increased slightly from the previous day giving some great 600 conditions in the 15 to 18 knot winds. With the shift to the west the breeze was now off the land giving generally a flatter sea state to the previous day.
The first race followed a very similar pattern to day one with George Smith showing the fleet the way round with Jamie Mawson always in close contention to finish in second.
The second race saw a perfect port end flyer by Ian Montague to lead at the first mark by some distance. George, again showing his great upwind speed pulled his way through to take the lead and win and Ian second.
Race 3 got underway in much the same conditions, with very close race between the top 4 of Jamie, Mike Iszatt, Chris Haslam and George, with this being the finishing order.
Notable mention must go to Jamie Watson who drove to Plymouth (twice!) in search of rudder fittings having broken a pintle the day before. He managed to just make it out in time for the second race and go on to get the better of his brother too.
The Brixham race team are doing a great job setting excellent courses of just the right length and angles. Again Brixham pulled out all the stops with help on the slipway followed by cakes and donuts handed out to the competitors. Thanks to all.
The evening do was bangers and mash followed by ‘hog racing’ which was nothing if not entertaining! The daily rooster prize winners were Jamie Mawson in the gold fleet, Jon Heissig in Silver and Paul Patrick in bronze. T
We are now just over half way through the racing with everything still to play for.The forecast for Saturday looks slightly more moderate and with four races based on a light wind outlook for Sunday. Lets hope the next two days are as good as the first two.
Ian Montague and George Smith
Day 3 – classic Torbay Conditions and tight racing
The 3rd day dawned with some hoping the breeze from the last 2 days would moderate somewhat and we might even see some sun in the sky. Due to the forecast for Sunday looking very flat a potential 4th race was on the cards, which was bad news for those who had sampled the Torquay night life and then posted the video on the WhatsApp group at 3 AM!
As it turned out the breeze was very similar to yesterday, but with more West and South in the direction it was very much a day for keeping the head out the boat and an eye on the compass.
The first race of the day got away cleanly with the fleet mostly heading to the left hand side. Those that went most left looked good coming into the windward mark but left themselves a high risk tack to complete in the face of the starboard-tacking George Smith who came in on the layline. Alex Piggott was first round but rolled at the mark by George. A nip and tuck reach left a good group to battle down the first run. George went too far left with eyes on the wrong mark at one point allowing the battling group back through. Jamie Mawson came through best and lead for the rest of the race, chased down by George and Ian Montague and Alex Piggott (transferring his nightclub moves into boat handling).
The second race had a slightly more moderate breeze, allowing the lighter sailors advantage on the reaches and runs. George managed to hold off the attacks of Mike Iszatt, Jamie and Chris Haslam, but the racing was getting tighter and the mental arithmetic had begun.
Race 9 was again more moderate and Jamie sailed fast out to the front. George couldn’t hold off the ever-fast Chris downwind and had to follow him across the line. Matt Potter sailed a very good race and defended hard on the reaches to hold his position from those chasing behind. Another close race and another win for Jamie meant the scores in the gold fleet were getting tighter and tighter. The silver fleet was also up in the air as Alex Piggott had an uncharacteristic 11th meaning it was tight between him and Jon Heissig. Jamie Watson was having a very consistent day to sure up his position at the top of the bronze fleet and his newly acquired rudder fittings seemed to be holding firm.
A straw pole discussion was had about the fourth race and the majority were keen. The race team turned the start around fast again as they had done all regatta. There was some pre-race cat and mouse between George and Jamie but Jamie managed to find a good spot at the committee boat once those at the boat end had slipped down a way. The left paid significantly and Ian Montague and Jon Heissig sailed well to get to the front with George chasing behind. Jamie went from broke and sailed fast but up the less favoured side and found himself in the pack on a long starboard layline. George overhauled Jon and Ian to get his nose out in front and managed to keep it there till the end. Jon Heissig sailed his best race of the champs to come 2nd and hold off Monti in 3rd. Chris Haslam and Alex Piggott had another good race and rounded out the top 5. Scott Holland, new to the boat this year, sailed fantastically well, especially upwind to finish 7th with his best result yet and a big smile on his face as he crossed the finish line.
The fleet made their way in with the promise of an AGM but more importantly fish and chips! The AGM welcomed Jamie Mawson onto the committee and also welcomed Jim Hood of RS sailing who updated the fleet on the current progress that has been made bringing the RS 600 back under the RS sailing wing. We are grateful for all the work that Jim and his team have done and are looking forward to seeing the boat back on the website with spares and sails in stock. A presentation (long overdue) was made to Ian Montague for all of his work as class chairman with a framed picture from the Weymouth nationals
Many chose to hedge their bets on tomorrow's light wind forecast and prop the yacht club bar up. The race officer has wisely decided to postpone an hour to give any breeze chance to fill in and settle.
Photos: Gareth Fudge, Boatographic. Full gallery and photos to purchase: day 1, day 2