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RS100 Websites

14/06/2012 2 comments

Hi Guys, 

In order to make life easy for EVERYONE moving forward the class association have created a fantastic new class website. Both international and UK wise. This means that everything is in one place. Making it easier for events, results, forum topics. Everything.


This site will be archived, so you still have access to what has been spoken about and posted on here. There have been some good topics come up on the new sites forum, so please come along and join in!


This site will lose its functionality over the next few weeks so if you have any questions or would like to know anything, please jump online!

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Noble Marine RS100 Nationals 2012 – Paignton SC

24/05/2012 1 comment

The queen has recognised the importance of the RS100 nationals at Paignton SC and decided that we should all have a double bank holiday to celebrate the event held from Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 5th June.

Over the past three years the RS100 has grown in size with over 320 boats sold worldwide showing the success of the class nationally and overseas. This will be the third edition of the RS100 nationals. The past two editions have been very successful with excellent racing had by all throughout the fleet.

We are looking forward to what is widely expected to be a year where the entry exceeds the previous year’s total of 47 boats.

With two time 8.4 title winner Neal Freeman entered (and spotted practising at the POSH event at Paignton) and the previous winners of the 10.2 title, Huw Powell and Paul Childs plus at least 8 other national championship winners show that the event will be hotly contested. Competition is sure to be great but the class are also renowned for their sense of fun, both on and off the water and this will be a great event to experience this.

Racing will be in wonderful Torbay, we are planning 10 races over the 4 days.   There will be a full social programme, including nights at the club, crazy golf tournament, and probably a curry or fish & chip night.  

There is coaching with Paul Childs planned for Friday 1 June you can book with your entry.


Who is coming that hasn’t signed up?? It will be a cracking event and looks like a lot of you guys are missing out at the moment!! COME ON GUYS GET DOWN

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RS100’s In Bruinisse

14/05/2012 2 comments

RS100’s at Bruinisse, The Netherlands.  12/13 May 2012


17 sailors from 8 countries took part in the Dutch RS100 Grand Prix, the first stage of the four-part RS100 European Tour hosted by Aquavitesse.  The 100’s were paired with the RS500’s also staging the first leg of their European Tour.


7 competitors took part in a training day run by Paul Childs on Friday, enjoying some thrilling (and spilling) sailing in a gusty South Westerly Force 4 to 5.  David Smart gained some confidence from two virtual wins in the practice races, ahead of Mark Harrison and Greg Booth.


Saturday dawned with a solid Force 4 from theNorth West.  Paul Childs was hoping to repeat his win from 2011, but events did not start as planned as the downhaul patch pulled off his new kite just before the first start for the 500’s.  This necessitated a trip back to the slipway and an expected discard.  Fortunately for Paul, the badly behaved 500’s and a windshift meant that when Paul returned 30 minutes later, the race still hadn’t started.


Race 1

While there was a small starboard bias on the line, Greg Booth started at the pin end and gained pressure and a lift up the beat to make it first to the windward mark, followed by Mark Harrison, who had played the shifts up the centre, followed by Paul Childs, Sam Vaughan and Jon Holroyd.  Paul made a rapid hoist and as Mark had half hoisted his kite, Paul shouted ‘SPREADER’!  Greg and Mark had completely missed the spreader mark which meant Greg had to beat back up to it, although Mark didn’t lose as much time getting back to it.


By the Leeward mark the order was Paul, Sam, Jon Holroyd, David Smart, who’d made up five places on the downwind leg, a fast approaching Clive Eplett and Mark Harrison.


Places were almost unchanged for lap 2, except Mark overtaking Clive, but at the final windward mark, David hoisted just behind Jon, who luffed and protested.  David had to drop his kite to execute the 360, letting Mark through.  At the leeward mark, Jon tried to hold his kite on the short tight fetch to the finish line, but a gust knocked him over, leaving the final result of Paul winning followed by Sam, Mark, David, Jon, Clive and a rapidly closing Lars Holm.  Greg finished a despondent 8th.


Race 2

Another slight starboard bias on the line led to a bunch at the committee boat end, but a clean getaway for the fleet.  Mark played the shifts up the beat to lead by a healthy margin at the top mark.  This coincided with Paul’s hangover kicking in, so Sam was second  followed by Paul, then Jon Holroyd and a gaggle including Lars Holm, Tom Partington and David.  Jon made an unusual mistake in taking a quick swim before the spreader mark.  Tom and Lars continued to play the shifts up the second beat but by the second windward mark, Mark had pulled out a large cushion, followed by Paul, with David having pulled up to third.  After Jon’s swim on the fetch to the finish line, everyone dropped the kite for the 50m reach, except David who was suffering from cramp, but succeeded in just holding on to cross the line and then capsize.  Tom finished 4th followed by Lars and Jon.


At the end of the second race, Greg needed to sort out his rig, so sailed over to the nudist island 1 km away for some R&R, coming back a refreshed man!


Race 3

Another starboard bias led to an individual recall for Gerard Vos, however both Greg and Lars also returned, with Greg probably distracted by his antics on the nudist beach.


Paul and Mark continued to scrap it out at the front followed by David in close combat.  David couldn’t quite close on Mark, although he came close up the second beat, and Paul continued to sail well for the bullet.  Jon battled hard for his 4th, followed by Sam, Clive, Tom then Lars.


Paul then donned the ‘Class Rep’ hat and told the Race Officer Arky that we should not try for a fourth race.  Many suspect the hangover was too bad, although after 3 hard races, bodies were starting to cramp up so nobody complained too much.


After the ‘walk through Chinese’ of Saturday night, Sunday welcomed the sunshine, but very little breeze.  Arky told everyone to launch into no wind at 10.20, but there was a mutiny ashore until David Smart decided it was time to go, to much jeering from the rest of the fleet.  The wind filled in gently with a very shiftyWesterly.  The line had a starboard bias up to two minutes to go, but then shifted hard left.  This was only spotted by David and Mark, who made a beeline for the pin.  David won that race and they tacked onto port on the gun to cross the fleet by 50m.


David pulled away throughout the first lap, but Mark was caught on the run by those behind in a gust, and proceeded to start the beat with his spinnaker still up.  Jon went left up the beat and Paul went right, with Mark up the middle, finding a big hole and watching Jon and Paul both race into the windward mark ahead.


David took the win, followed by Paul, Jon, then Chris O’neill revelling in the shifty conditions, Mark, Tom and Sam followed.


The wind then vanished and after a long drift, the fleet was sent home to pack up.


At the prize giving, the European class chairman, Lars Holm awarded some special prizes to Emmet O’Sullivan for his long travel from Ireland, as well as braving out with a 10.2 sail in the fresh conditions of Saturday, and Urlich Rubelmann from Germany was rewarded for his endeavour in surviving Saturday and taking his battered and bruised body out to finish the race on Sunday.


The top three places were taken by Paul Childs with an impressive 1, 1, 2 to count, followed by Mark Harrison and David Smart, with only one point separating them at the end.

 Thanks for David for writing this full report!

Everyone had enjoyed a fantastic couple of days hosted by the ever friendly and welcoming Aquavitesse. 



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2 Weeks until Bruinesse

There is two weeks to go until the first European Grand prix regatta in Bruinesse, Holland.

RS Sailing still have space left on their trailer(s) to Holland. This event is set to be a cracker with 8 Nationalities competing to take the win.

There will be class training on the Friday, for anyone that can make it. Please do not be put off if you think you will not be on the pace. We are a very friendly bunch and it would be great to see you there.

Check out the NEW International Class website and Championship Site to find out all of the details-

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Winter Sailing Events 2011-2012

17/11/2011 8 comments

Is anyone planning on doing any of the big winter sailing events??

The dates for the big 5 are:
Grafham Grand Prix. GWSC – MONDAY Jan 2nd 2012
Bloody Mark. Queen Mary – Saturday 7th Jan
Steve Nicholson Memorial. Northampton SC – Saturday 28th Jan
Tiger Trophy . Rutland – 4/5 Feb
Draycote Dash. DWSC – 25/26th Feb

It would be good if we could get a good showing to at least a couple of these events, showing the strength of the class and the fun we have. (EVEN IN THE COLD!)

I reckon that I will do the Grafham Grand Prix and the Steve Nicholson, as am busy for the others.

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European Review of 2011

26/10/2011 8 comments

RS100 2011 Round up.


After the first full season of RS100 events it is time to reflect.


This year we have had four ‘European Tour’ events, held in Bruinisse – Holland, Lake Como – Italy, Weymouth – England and finishing at L’Estartit in Spain.

We had a great turn-out over the course of the events with 85 boats competing and 8 different nations represented, highlighting the truly global appeal of the RS100. Boats are still flying all over Europe and across the world and we can only hope that this trend continues to build on the success of 2011.

The 8.4m class was hotly contested throughout the year with four different event winners: Heisig (GBR), Cunningham (GBR), Neal Freeman (GBR) and Giorgini (ITA). However, the overall European tour winner was to be our international chairman Lars Holm (DEN)

Fortunately I was able to tie up the 10.2m class despite some very tough competition in all events from Vaughan, Gorringe, Powell and Childs snr amongst others.


Looking forward to next year we have a very exciting plan lined up for our European travels.  After the success and relative ease of getting to Bruinisse we will be heading back there on the 12-13th May (PROVISIONAL).

Following this we will head to Garda for the European Championships, from the 16-20th July again this is still a PROVISIONAL plan dependant on numbers. The final event of the year will see us travel to a Mediterranean venue for the last of the summer sun!

The UK Nationals will be held at Paignton SC from the 2-5th June which is a bank holiday in the UK, this will hopefully give everyone the chance to make the event.


With all of these events in the pipeline we would love to see you there.


I would like to thank those of you who have attended this year’s events and I hope that you have enjoyed them as much as me, both on and off the water. My personal highlight throughout the season was the great close racing right through the fleet. For those of you who are less confident or would like to refine your techniques, we will be holding a training day before all of these events, to help you out and give you some pre-event tips. Everyone attending the European events this year has left wanting to come back, having improved in their RS100!


Huge thanks must go to Golly Tucker, who has been key to making these events happen in 2011.She has certainly set a high bar for Heather Chipperfield to reach in 2012. Something that I am sure she will be able to reach. I am looking forward to sailing in Europe again in 2012 in some more fantastic events.



Tips for sailing upwind.

Here are some tips for sailing upwind when it is breezy.

Here is Mark Powell (Very talented sailor, who could have easy gone on to sail on the Olympic stage) sailing the RS100 upwind. please click on the link.

Mark Rushall gives commentary on the important parts of sailing an RS100 and how to keep the boat moving through waves while Powell sails the boat and then feeds back his thoughts.

In addition to what is shown on this DVD I think that the kicker and cunningham set up is vital. In big breeze you need to have you kicker strops as short as possible, so you can max out your kicker and keep the leach controlled and under tension. This will de-power you and mean than you can sail free, rather than pinching close to the wind. The cunningham comes on progressively more the more over powered you get. I only start to use this control until I am overpowered and starting to ease main.

The RS100 can be sailed pointing high. On flat water this can be done very effectively. However as soon as you are on the sea or experiencing any chop it is vital to get the boat really moving through the water and powering forward. Once you have good pace, you can then start to work some height up. If you feel the boat slowing or bouncing and stopping on waves you need to bear away and get her moving again.

My key to sailing fast upwind when you are overpowered is these 3 things:

  1. Pull your kicker and cunningham on hard. You can (and I often do) pull your kicker block to block and when I am really overpowered I pull my cunningham as hard as I possibly can.
  2. Hike! You need to keep that boat flat. Do not be afraid to move back in the boat. As soon as there is any chop I will be at the back of the front toe-strap and angling my body backwards so I can lift the boat over waves.
  3. Use your mainsheet. Don’t keep it pulled on tight and pinch. Work your sheet as much as you can. In breeze I want my boom going out horizontally and I ease it till I am flat. Then squeeze it back, before easing for the gusts. If you can see the gusts coming and be proactive with your sheet it will make steering a lot easier and you will keep your speed.

The RS100 Smart Sailing DVD is available to buy from The DVD gives you a lot of help from all points of sailing through to maintaining your RS100 and is of great use in getting you up to speed in the boat (also only £4.95!).

For information on future events, reports from open meetings and some light hearted banter check out . Here you will also find some great updates from sailors including some vital boat pimping!

This website has also been used to organise sailing and training. If you are sailing alone or want to know who sails near you, then just make a post and you can organise some local training which ever country you are in!


Finally, If you know anyone who would be interested in this message or future mail-outs please let me know by emailing and I will make sure they are added to the list.

It would be fantastic to gain a database of sailors from all over the world, so that we can keep in contact with you and make you aware of any meeting/training/messages that would be relevant to you.  If you don’t think that I have your details, please send me a message, so I can keep you updated on all things RS100.

All the best and I hope to see you out on the water soon.


Paul Childs

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RS100 Eurotour – L’Estartit

30/09/2011 3 comments

The RS100 class seam to be blessed with their events this year with some cracking racing having taken place on lake como, bruinesse and now at L’Estartit. 

Day one of the RS100 Eurotour in L’Estartit started with a warm welcom from the club but little wind materialising. After an hours postponement 15 sailors from 6 different nations launched in a steady 7kts. 

Race one saw Simon Childs and Lars Holm explode out of the blocks and up the first beat. Unfortunately they got the second half of the beat wrong, which led Paul Childs through to the lead, followed by Michel Geerling (NED) and Michele Giorgini (ITA) a tough battle between Childs jnr and Geerling took place with P.Childs taking the first bullet of the event.

Race two saw an increase in pressure to 8-10kts. The fleet headed left up the first beat with S.Childs rounding the award Mark just ahead of P.Childs with Mark Harrison in third. P.Childs managed to take the lead down wind and managed to hold it to the finish S.Childs managed to keep second followed by Harrison. 

The final race of the day saw Davenport Gorringe fly out of the traps and take 1st at the windward Mark, followed by S.Childs and P.Childs. Goring extended his lead over the next lap, but was reeled in on the final run by P.Childs who snatched the win by 30cm on the finish line. S.Childs finished third. 

After a tricky 1st day P.Childs leads with 3 points followed be Giorgini, S.Chi.ds and Lars Holm (DEN) all tied on 12 points.

Tonight we will be treated with a welcome reception and surely a few glasses of sangria in the beautiful Marina. What more could you want??

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