2 races completed in champagne
conditions :: Report from 24/06/2012
Pre-event release: For publication immediately
The ACO MUSTO Skiff World Championships
started today with the second of a two day pre-worlds
warm up regatta.
The fleet were chomping at the bit after
yesterday’s delay so as the rain stopped, the sun shone
and the breeze did its part to lay on a great playing
field inside the harbour at WPNSA.
The first race got under way with a huge
fleet of MUSTO Skiffs lining up together on the start,
there was an individual recall of just two boats as
the fleet kicked into gear.
Dave Poston (GBR) led at the windward mark closely followed
by Bruce Keen (GBR) and Andy Peake (GBR). The fleet
flew downwind in dramatic style. Keen overhauled Poston
and a hard charging Tom Wright (GBR) pulled through
from a poor start to claim the last podium spot. UK
class chairman, Jon Simpson had the race of his life
to take 4th.
The breeze built in race two to 18-23 knots and the
fleet were a bit eager first time round, being general
recalled. The well-practiced WPNSA team headed by PRO
David Campbell-James got them all back and restarted
clean under a black flag.
Current UK national champion Bruce Keen led at the windward
mark, closely followed by Richard Stenhouse (GBR) and
Stenhouse gybed earlier than the boats around him and
pulled through to take the lead. He wasn’t to be headed
but was chased hard by Australian class chairman Jon
Newman, only taking the gun by 5 seconds. Keen took
3rd place and with that the win of the Pre-World Championships.
The fleet has a day off before the ACO
World Championships starts, with Monday evening being
handed over to top rules expert Trevor Lewis who is
presenting a seminar on the racing rules to the sailors