Well worth the wait ... EPIC
:: Report from 29/06/2012
The 4th day of the ACO MUSTO Skiff World
Championship was pretty much as forecast blowing dogs
off chains … so it was postponement time.
Race officer David Campbell-James held
his nerve and rolled through a few postponements. The
fleet were eventually released about 4ish for two races
in conditions every skiff sailor dreams of … sun and
The first race of the day got off first
time in 20 knot breezes gusting 25 and the fleet roared
off upwind; at the first mark it was Keen (GBR) followed
by Schwerdt (GER) and Newman (AUS). As the race progressed
there were many place changes and a few capsizes with
all the sailors having a great thrash around Weymouth
harbour in the tough conditions. At the second upwind
it was Keen (GBR), Newman (AUS) and Stenhouse (GBR)
with the pack chasing hard. At the finish Keen held
on for the win followed by Newman and Wright (GBR) these
3 separated by just 10 seconds.
The next race also got away first time;
first to show again was Keen chased by Stenhouse &
Poston (GBR) … with again an incredibly tight fleet
on their tail … a great sight for the spectators and
a real thrill for the competitors. At the finish it
was Keen (GBR) followed by Wright (GBR) and Newman (AUS).
We now have six races on the board and
the discard will come into play.
Standing with one day to go are Stenhouse
(GBR) followed by Keen (GBR) and Newman (AUS). Fourth
is Oswald (SUI), fifth Wright (GBR) and sixth Vincent
The plan for tomorrow is to start at 10am
and do 4 races.
Tonight is the Gala dinner for the
club where we will also host some guests from title
event sponsor ACO.