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03/08/2019

    Questions, questions

     
    Is it true Netley SC is some form of RS100 black hole, sucking up every boat that comes on the market, for it never to be seen again outside a patch of water defined by the Hamble river at one end and the river Itchen at the other?
     
    Could the travelling RS100 team persuade any of the Netley massive to come to the Nationals?
     
    Would all that isolationist club class-racing have elevated the Netley standard beyond that of the circuit regulars? 
     
    And on a personal note could your correspondent somehow fluke another win to make it four in a row?
     
    In brief, yup, nope, jury’s out, fat chance.
     
    The conditions were as forecast, mainly cloudy, but warm with a moderate SE breeze. But what’s this gibberish about the tide coming in, then stopping, then coming in again before surging out as if someone unplugged that black-hole generator? The racing was excellent as evidenced by the topsy-turvy high scoring. Going from hero to zero, or vice-versa within and across races was a theme all weekend.
     
    Notwithstanding the ‘fat-chance’, in a boat covered in Harken stickers, yours truly was instructed before launching by Harken’s Ben McGrane to get the start right and, unusually, an instruction was obeyed. Winning the pin and with a header arriving at just the right time, Clive Eplett’s comfortable first race win flattered to deceive. Bolt well and truly shot then. Behind, Netley’s James Ross was well quick upwind, but confessed to not having quite got the knack going the other way, ultimately finding himself ground down by Mark Harrison of Gurnard and Huw (foot-in-home-and-away-camps) Powell.
     
    Race 2 and the pin was in demand. This time Netley’s Graham Wilcox echoed the first race formula; win the pin then sail off. James led the chase, this time keeping the others behind, with Nils Jollife waking up for third.
     
    That made it one bullet each to away and home teams. 
     
    Race 3 and the contra tide had stopped running. Yes you saw it coming, it was general recall time, catalysed also by Huw sailing along the line in the final 30 seconds, wailing “oh no, I’m miles above my transits” and failing to find a hole to dip into. On the restart, the furthest travelled Nick Heather from Windermere SC read the first beat best. Netley’s Steve Main got his groove on for a deserved second, after a battle with Nils and Clive.
     
    2-1 on bullets
     
    In the final race of the day and with a now ebbing tide, local top-gun Nils finally decided to join in from the start, taking a comfortable win. Duncan Barr had his best race, securing second from Mark and Huw. Your correspondent had better confess to falling over and out of the boat to capsize on the lightest gybe of the day, whilst well positioned. Such muppetry was ultimately going to prove expensive.
     
    2-2 in home/away race wins, four different race winners. Overnight Nils was looking good on 7 points though, from Mark on 10,  Huw 12, Clive 13, Nick and James on 16.
     
    Race Officer Dougal Henshall assured us during Sunday’s briefing that the wind was going to jump from SE to S at 1pm. He was right, but the weather was on GMT not BST. After a re-laid course, off we went into an insecure breeze. The pin was the place to be, but starboard tack was not, the wind had flicked back and many well over-stood. But Nils came out smelling of roses as did Clive who bailed from being buried only to see the mark bang on the nose. Nils inexorably drew away until the last beat to the gate finish where he finally got a shift wrong, but not by quite enough for this pursuer’s liking. Graeme Ross clearly had been side-stepping the dark-n-stormies the night before to grab third from Huw. Nils lead was now looking secure, but the chasing pack had all to play for.
     
    The final race was the wackiest of the weekend. In a flooding tide, left was the place to be on the first beat until its last minute, when it veered 20 degrees and the wind-speed dropped dramatically. Cue mark pile-ups, where it was only just possible to stem the tide. James Stewart showed that class will always out to lead from Graeme. Meantime, Nils and Huw looked like they were toast as a result of the melee. But Huw did the illogical thing of sailing out of the strong, favourable tide to emerge 4th at the leeward mark, with Nils just behind. How did they do that? Graeme got past James S to take his second bullet of the weekend. Clive’s 7th was too far from Huw, making the final order a well-deserved win for Nils followed by Huw, Clive, Mark, Graeme and James R.
     
    Thanks go to all of Netley SC for putting on a fabulous weekends competition. The new clubhouse is a triumph that any club would be proud of and the general atmosphere is a delight; Netley is clearly a club on the up. No wonder the scallywags won’t travel.
     
    Next up for the RS100s is Ulswater on 17/18 August, Starcross on 7th September before the Nationals pasty-fest on 12-15 September. Porthpean is another lovely club on a beautiful stretch of water (says the Cornishman born and bred just the other side of the Gribben Head). Don’t miss it.

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    Sailwave results for RS100 Open Meeting at Netley Sailing Club 2019

    RS100 Open Meeting

    Netley Sailing Club

     

    Results are final as of 14:40 on August 4, 2019

    Overall

    Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 30, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Tally SailNo Club HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
    1st 5 370 Netley SC Nils Jolliffe (9.0) 3.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 22.0 13.0
    2nd 14 508 Red Wharf Bay / Netley Huw Powell 2.0 (6.0) 6.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 26.0 20.0
    3rd 15 509 Frensham Pond Clive Eplett 1.0 (9.0) 4.0 8.0 2.0 7.0 31.0 22.0
    4th 8 379 Gurnard SC Mark Harrison 3.0 4.0 7.0 3.0 (12.0) 6.0 35.0 23.0
    5th 18 241 Netley SC Graeme Willcox (15.0) 1.0 8.0 13.0 3.0 1.0 41.0 26.0
    6th 22 264 Netley SC James Ross 4.0 2.0 10.0 (12.0) 5.0 9.0 42.0 30.0
    7th 25 377 Datchet Water SC Andrew Wilson (31.0 DNS) 8.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 14.0 70.0 39.0
    8th 3 364 Netley SC Duncan Barr 10.0 (14.0) 14.0 2.0 11.0 3.0 54.0 40.0
    9th 9 348 Netley SC Nick Sandison 6.0 5.0 9.0 10.0 10.0 (15.0) 55.0 40.0
    10th 26 503 SWSC/RWYC Nick Heather 8.0 7.0 1.0 11.0 15.0 (17.0) 59.0 42.0
    11th 21 372 Netley SC Steve Main 13.0 15.0 2.0 (17.0) 7.0 13.0 67.0 50.0
    12th 11 407 Netley sc Mike Rhodes 11.0 10.0 16.0 7.0 9.0 (19.0) 72.0 53.0
    13th 28 229 Netley SC James Stewart 18.0 16.0 11.0 (31.0 RET) 8.0 2.0 86.0 55.0
    14th 19 302 Netley SC Daniel Craft 7.0 12.0 12.0 5.0 (31.0 DNC) 31.0 DNC 98.0 67.0
    15th 23 366 Frensham Pond James Jaffa 12.0 18.0 (22.0) 16.0 14.0 8.0 90.0 68.0
    16th 16 421 Netley SC Jeremy Troughton 5.0 17.0 17.0 15.0 18.0 (31.0 RET) 103.0 72.0
    17th 27 403 RYA Charlie Room 16.0 13.0 (24.0) 19.0 13.0 11.0 96.0 72.0
    18th 12 470 Llandegfedd Francis Bucknall 14.0 (21.0) 18.0 14.0 19.0 10.0 96.0 75.0
    19th 24 122 Leigh-on-Sea John Chares 19.0 (25.0) 20.0 9.0 16.0 12.0 101.0 76.0
    20th 29 472 Netley SC Stewart Hawthorn 20.0 11.0 15.0 18.0 20.0 (31.0 RET) 115.0 84.0
    21st 10 147 Port Dinorwic SC Aidan Skinner 17.0 20.0 13.0 20.0 (23.0) 20.0 113.0 90.0
    22nd 1 266 Netley SC Andy Trickett 22.0 (27.0) 19.0 21.0 25.0 16.0 130.0 103.0
    23rd 13 184 Netley SC Nick Whidborne 21.0 23.0 (27.0) 23.0 17.0 21.0 132.0 105.0
    24th 7 156 Netley SC Nick Creek 23.0 24.0 (25.0) 22.0 21.0 22.0 137.0 112.0
    25th 2 153 Netley SC Tim Child (25.0) 19.0 21.0 25.0 24.0 24.0 138.0 113.0
    26th 6 412 Netley SC Andy Heather 24.0 22.0 23.0 24.0 (26.0) 23.0 142.0 116.0
    27th 30 36 Netley SC Vicky Taylor 26.0 26.0 28.0 (31.0 RET) 22.0 18.0 151.0 120.0
    28th 17 300 Netley SC Alex Ogilvie 27.0 29.0 26.0 26.0 (31.0 RET) 31.0 DNC 170.0 139.0
    29th 4 127 Netley SC Tom Milne (31.0 DNF) 28.0 29.0 27.0 27.0 31.0 RET 173.0 142.0
    30th 20 222 Netley SC Mike Lewis (31.0 DNC) 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNC 31.0 DNC 186.0 155.0

     

     

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