|The show starts at Calshot for the bank holiday weekend|
The bitterly cold Solent was gruelling enough for the regular day tripper
let alone the few that had donned rubber suits for a day on the water.
Eight skiff teams entered the 2nd Round of the UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix, the
based at Calshot Activity Centre.
The bighting north easterly blew a consistent 14, gusting 16/17kts at times
with some reasonable shifts making life challenging on a short windward
leeward course with plenty of ragging the kite to make the downwind gate.
It was Pica that was to dominate the day posting three 1sts. With LED,
Ronstan and Young & Reckless hot on their heels at times. Ronstan, having
made the trip down from Loch Lomond to enter their first 18 event put in an
impressive first showing with two seconds and a third often being hotly
pursued by Young and Reckless. This promises more close racing between
these two teams as the rest of the weekends racing unfolds.
Mark Watts and his team on Aftica showed great pace having bought Jack
Grogan's M18 to replace their old B18 . They were no doubt happy with a 3rd
in the first race but had to retire through gear failure in the 2nd. The
Hyde team, having only taken delivery of their replacement boat from Europe
weeks before, spent the day in the boat park putting things together.
Carsington and Gill were stretching their legs as crew work settled down
getting into the mix during the 1st couple of laps A number of team
members, mostly helms with the exception of the clearly indestructible crews
Steward Mears and Matt Kiddle, enjoyed a session in the Calshot Activity
Centres Velodrome. More learning although different types of corners!
The Calshot Activity Centre had live band and Hog roast lined up to.
So a full complement of 8 boats is expected for Sunday's three starts. The
last day of sailing will be Bank holiday Monday.
Class Sponsors - Blue Sheets Marine Directory, Spartan Wetsuits, Ovington
Boats and Action Cameras
Event sponsors - DRisk Risk Management Software and Hyde Sails
Courtesy of Ben Clothier
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2012 (Archive on Sunday, August 05, 2012)
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