|Team Magic Marine (GER33, Eike Dietrich on bow, Finn Mrugalla on sheet and Jan Peckolt helming - Standing in for Norbert Peter) won the Final round of the European and UK Grand Prix in Plymouth today in an extremely close fort battle in monster conditions with team Pica (GBR92, Stew Mears, Tristan Hutt and Jamie Mears). Congratulations to them all and also to Norbert who wisely stayed at home to be with his Wife who today gave Birth to there baby boy. Results and Photos and some video will be available shortly (of the sailing!).|
The situation before the final day looked as below:
Twelve 18ft Skiffs from UK, Germany and Denmark have enjoyed 6 races of great sailing in Plymouth sound, hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club and the Mount Batten Centre. Strong performances from Magic Marine (GER33) and Pica see them as regatta leaders with Magic Marine in first place overall on 7 points after 1 discard. Team Pica (GBR92) is catching up and only 3 points adrift with Original Chia (DEN01) in third.
For the overall European Grand Prix Series Title Hyde Sails is looking unbeatable. But for 2nd spot, if positions remain unchanged for this event, Magic Marine and Pica will be tied for 2nd with Euro link 4th and Original Chia 5th. Pica is also looking in good shape to defend the UK National Championship and the UK Grand Prix Overall but it is Hyde Sail and LED battling it out for 2nd place for both titles.
There was no chance of tower trapezing today not least because the class banned it years ago after various attempts but also the shifty westerly with 30 deg shifts gusting up to 24kts in the squalls kept everyone on their toes. With all boats choosing their big number one rigs it made this first day of racing all about “power management”.
Race 1 started in 12-14 kts. Gill with stand in helm Ian Turnbull, Tom Kiddle moving to sheet and Matt Kiddle on bow were over the start line early forcing a feisty and faultless pin end bear away followed by two sail gybe. Eurolink (Thomas Eggersdorfer, Latzi Meissner, Friedrich Renner GER) capsized on the start through an unusual crewing error but with good speed quickly pulled through to 5th . Pica tacked off on port early closely followed by LED (Nick Pratt, Nick Murray and Steve McLean GBR43). Pica (Stewart Mears, Tristan Hutt and Jamie Mears returning to the helm) tacked back controlling the middle of the course whilst LED stayed on for the starboard lay line which proved the favourable side from a shift perspective. However with more breeze on the left Magic Marine (Eike Dietrich, Finn Mrugalla, Jan Peckolt GER33) and Pica pulled ahead on the Port lay line to lead the fleet around the first mark.
On the last downwind, going for the finish-line Pica hits a 20ht gust at the last minute also heading them forcing them the wrong side of the gate letting Magic Marine and Black Dog (Jack Bouttell, Adam Minter, Jarrod Simpson, GBR47) through to 1st and 2nd respectively. Final positions: 1st Magic Marine, 2nd Black Dog, 3rd Pica
Race 2, with the cloud cover increasing the wind began to build to the top end conditions for the big rigs. A squall brought 24kts and plenty of challenge at the first leeward mark requiring significant commitment to “threading the needle” at the bottom mark between capsized boats. “Not being afraid is the important thing …” said Soren Clausen, from Original Chia “ …. just keep having fun”. Team Eurolink started to wonder whether would grow skin between their fingers with the amount of swimming this experienced skiff team were doing in Plymouth Sound. “It was like a graveyard at both ends of the course, with even Pica upside down at times” said Jack Grogan from Hyde Sails.
Meanwhile Gill was finding form and working there way through the fleet on the upwinds to post their best result on the day in 5th. With Pica’s having trouble with an extended capsize at the leeward mark the fleet past through it was Magic Marine that started showing consistency in boat handling and making smart tactical decisions to post their 2nd win. Black Dogs team work was also coming together giving them a 2nd and the experience of the Original Chia (Adam Ovington, Soren and Flemming Clausen), earning a 3rd place
Race 3, the sun came out again with breeze moderating to 12knts. Hyde Sails (Sam Caslin, Mike Banks and Jack Grogan GBR26) had a good start on the pin end putting them in 5th by the first mark, with better speed and more “uprightness” they pulled through to third, their best result of the day. Pica put demons of the first two races behind them to post a 1st with magic marine putting in a solid 2nd to take an early lead overall.
The breeze was funnelling down the Plymouth Catwater into the ount batten centre creating some rig choice debate. With an update from PRO Mike Johnson of the Royal Western Yacht Club that the breeze was 9 to 15kts out on the course. Most teams decided to go for big rigs but rattling halyards and sails in the boat park got the better of some teams who ended up rigging the smaller no.2 rig.
Race 4 started in 12-14kts north westerly and shifty breeze blowing either side or Drake Island making for some difficult choices between left and right side of the course in Plymouth sound both up and down wind.
A great start by Jarrod Simpson in Black Dog gave them the foundation to build a huge lead on Pica and Magic Marine. On the last beat Black Dog stays left allowing Magic Marine and Pica to break right to pick up some huge shifts middle and right side of the course closing down the Black Dog’s 400m lead. Pica went round the last windward mark in first place, Black Dog in 2nd and Magic Marine 3rd. Pica unwittingly were on a collision course with “TC–English Braid” (Richard Bland, Peter Shaw, Richard Allan GBR40) who were coming upwind with right of way. Pica had to make an emergency bear away forcing them to a capsize allowing Black Dog, Magic Marine and Original Chia through before gathering the kite and righting the boat. Magic Marine continued to pick the shifts downwind perfectly. Black dog slightly over stood the finish forcing a kite drop to get through the Finish allowing Magic Marine through to first place by a few seconds. Final positions: 1st Magic Marine, 2nd Black Dog, 3rd Original Chia
Race 5, 14-16kts NW. Pica gets the perfect pin end start to the lead the fleet away in a building breeze. Pica extended their lead while there was a four way battle for second between Magic Marine, Black Dog, Hyde and Eurolink. With the wind swinging right, the right side of the course started to pay more often but with 30 deg shift nothing was certain. At the 2nd windward mark Black dog tacked on starboard just in front of Magic Marine who called foul and logged a protest. Black Dog pushed on to maintain 2nd. Final finishing positions 1st Pica, 2nd Black Dog, 3rd Magic Marine. The protest was heard and despite the Olympic medal credentials of Jan Peckolt it was decided there was no incident and the results remained as per finishing positions
Race 6 started in 16-19kts NNW. Pica got another great pjn end start with Magic Marine and Gill in the middle of the line. Gill tacked early to head off to the right hand side of the course. However the regatta leaders round the first mark with Pica in the lead followed Magic Marine and Black dog. With the increasing breeze boats were hammering down hill in fantastic conditions. Pica and Magic Marine were separated by a boat length at the leeward mark in first and second respectively. Black Dog capsized allowing Original Chia and TC-English Braid through in to 3rd and 4th. Pica and Magic Marine extend. Final finish positions: 1st Pica, 2nd Magic Marine, 3rd Original Chia
in definitely Rigg #2 conditions Team Magic Marine reduced the risk and made it safely home with 2,2,3 and 14 points after 9 races. Until that moment the helm never tried small rig before. Pica brought after a 4. in the first race another two wins on their scorecard and finished 2nd overall with 16 points, followed by TMF with 19 points total. By the way due to the heavy conditions he last race has been finished by only three teams any more. In the European Grand Prix ranking the new winner is Team Hyde Sails from UK, congratulations to the winning team that has an awesome performance over the season. Second over all is a tie between Team Magic Marine, GER and PICA, UK followed by EuroLink, GER and Original Chia, DEN in 4th and 5th place. Congratulation to all of the European participants, there have been 25 participants in the ranking.
In the UK Grand Prix ranking PICA brought home a save victory in front of Hyde Sails. Congratulations also to these teams.
Courtesy of the UK-Website
and Ben Clothier
Posted on Tuesday, October 02, 2012 (Archive on Monday, December 31, 2012)
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