Proceedings got underway on time and with a reasonable tide under us we were not disappointed as the conditions lived up to our expectations.
As the races developed it was clear that despite the left hand side offering more pressure in the gusts, taking the offshore route with greater tide assistance generally paid. Meanwhile down wind there was still plenty to play for and places were changing within the top 5 on each lap.
After three races Rob Garcka and Abbey Jupp had established themselves as the clear leaders followed by the chasing pack of Matt and Jake Exon, Dan Norman and Jenni Donovan headed by the more consistent Simon Moruzzi and Hayley Smith in second place.
Sunday opened with beautiful sunshine but little wind. The race team took this in their stride and held the fleet on the beach waiting for an anticipated sea breeze. This duly arrived in the form of a variable force 2 to 3 in time for a midday start.
With the breeze in the opposite direction racing was now against the tide and most boats decided to make their way to the right of the course hoping for less adverse tide closer to the shore. This strategy generally paid but as expected deciding just how far to take it before tacking out for the mark was not straightforward. Some crews were finding that going offshore could prove faster especially when the breeze was at its strongest.
In these conditions it was Matt and Jake that showed their skills and took three straight wins, generally reading which side of the course was best to take lap by lap. Each of the other contenders had a least one hiccup in the tricky conditions but it was Rob and Abbey who did just enough to keep their lead and take the event from Matt and Jake by a single point. Behind them it was a tie for third with Dan and Jenni taking the place from Simon and Hayley on count back.
Well done to Rob and Abbey and a big thank you to I.O.S.S.C. for an excellent and very well run event.
|1st||7349||Worthing SC||Robert Garcka||Abbey Jupp||1||1||2||3||‑5||2||9|
|2nd||7685||Bridlington RYYC||Mat Exon||Jakob Exon||2||‑7||5||1||1||1||10|
|3rd||7945||IOSSC||Dan Norman||Jenni Donnovan||5||4||1||2||‑7||3||15|
|4th||7973||Dee SC||Simon Moruzzi||Hayley Smith||3||2||3||‑9||3||4||15|
|5th||6893||Worthing SC||Rod Winrow||Sarah Gee||‑8||3||7||5||6||5||26|
|6th||7959||UKIDA||Mike Jones||Alyesha Franks||6||5||6||‑12||8||8||33|
|7th||4684||Netley SC/FFSC||Tom Parker||Sara Stones||4||9||12||‑16||4||6||35|
|8th||7942||DWSC||Duncan Manning||Fraser Manning||7||‑14||4||4||13||9||37|
|9th||7894||RYYC||Joe Franks||Harriet Franks||11||‑16||10||13||2||13||49|
|10th||7737||FFSC||Andy Robinson||Bev Goodchild||9||‑15||9||10||11||10||49|
|11th||7714||Weston SC||Sean O’Connor||Helen Jones||(DNC)||11||13||7||9||12||52|
|12th||7962||IOSSC||Mark Robson||Kerra Pearce||10||6||8||‑18||15||14||53|
|13th||7129||Stokes Bay SC||Gary Piper||SINGLEHANDED||‑17||12||14||6||10||11||53|
|14th||7930||Dee SC||Geoff Lloyd||Jenny Lloyd||13||8||16||8||12||(DNC)||57|
|15th||7382||DWSC||Barry Peter||Mark Stones||12||‑20||11||17||17||7||64|
|16th||7712||IOSSC||Tim ‘Viper’ Harris||Claire Jeffery||15||10||15||14||‑16||15||69|
|17th||7000||IOSSC||Joe Baker||Roger Baker||16||‑17||17||15||14||17||79|
|18th||5122||Weston SC||Owen Cook||SINGLEHANDED||18||18||20||11||(RET)||DNC||90|
|19th||6921||Worthing SC||Mark Coad||Izzie Gee||‑19||19||18||19||18||16||90|
|20th||4293||Island YC||Darren Wood||Tracey‑Ann Wood||21||13||19||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||99|
|21st||7433||IOSSC||John Day||Jess Day||14||(RET)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||106|
|22nd||7068||IOSSC||Robin ‘Bomber’ Harris||Steph Godwin||20||21||21||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||108|