Rhu’s Luke Patience and sailing partner Chris Grube picked up a near perfect scoreline in the last racing event of the calendar year last week.

The duo were on top form at the RYA Olympic Classes National Series, held at Weymouth and Portland, where the conditions were sunny and blustery, challenging competitors.

Both event honours and overall 2017 series standing were at stake across the seven Olympic classes racing in Portland Harbour, as well as the Nacra 15 National Championship running concurrently.

Some 73 boats were in action in chilly conditions, with high winds temporarily stopping play on Saturday, while on Sunday sailors were blessed with sunshine and winds of 15-25 knots.

Patience and Grube finished in first in all but the last of the eight races to come out on top in the 470 sailing class.

Helensburgh’s Charlotte Dobson was also in action with sailing partner Saskia Tidey, and finished in fourth place in the 49er FX class.

Dobson’s old sailing partner Sophie Ainsworth, with whom she competed at Rio 2016, won the event, with British sailing team coach Ian Martin as her partner.

In the Women’s 470 fleet, Amy Seabright and Anna Carpenter proved to be the ones to beat after winning their second ranking event and with it wrapped up the series.

Teammates Jess Lavery and Flora Stewart finished the series as runners up ahead of Hannah Mills and Eilidh McIntyre.

A battle unfolded in the Finn fleet, with places swapping all weekend between Hector Simpson and Ben Cornish.

It was eventually Simpson who overcame him teammate and rival to narrowly snatch victory on countback.

Having won September’s Finn Nationals and finished as runner-up in at the first ranking event, Simpson added the National Ranking Series accolade to his name.