Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Photos and video links credited to VR Sport TV
Day one of the Championship started as promised with a SW force 3 building during the afternoon, with great waves for surfing. Their was two races for the day with a windward leeward course set. The fleet split at the start of both races with Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado favouring the left both times and finding themselves first at the Windward mark each time, managing to hold the lead to gain two bullets at the end of day one.
link to day 1 of Video and interviews from VR Sports TV
With the wind increasing, the race officer planned in three races for the fleet. Richard and Matt opted to go for the starboard end of the line with a view to go right, up the course. The fleet still seemed split on the favoured side to the windward mark. With the increasing conditions, results saw Lovering/Alvarado taking a 3rd and a 5th giving them a 4 point lead over second place Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett who had secured two 2nd places for the day. With winds gusting at 27 knots the third race was abandoned.
Video of the day and interviews.
25+ knots of breeze saw another exhilarating day on the water for the Flying 15 fleet. With three races on the cards it was all to play for in the top ten. Hamish Mackay and Andrew Lawson flew round the first race of the day clinching the bullet, with Davy/Huett taking the next two in races 6 and 7. With a 6/10/2 Lovering/Alvarado saw their lead slip to Davy/Huett by 2 points.
Video and Interviews of Day 3
Blue skies and a gentle breeze welcomed the fleet on the final day of racing and with all to play for they were keen to get out on to the water. With two races planned there was scope to see positions change. Bullets were taken in Race 9 by Ian Cadwallader and Dave Sweet and Race 10 by David Tabb and Chewey Sherrell. The fight for the podium saw Jeremy and Martin secure the Championship title with a 2nd and a 4th whilst Richard and Matt clinched second with a 10th and 14th ahead of third place winners Greg Wells and Richard Rigg. Richard commented that after committing a lot of the season to their 505 campaign they were delighted to secure second place this year and were quick to congratulate Jeremy and Martin stating that “they sailed a great regatta and were the right winners of the week, well done to them both!”
Video and interviews of day4
Overall Results https://www.hisc.co.uk/media/67262/ff-nationals.htm
Next up for Richard and Matt are the 505 Nationals which leads them to the 505 Worlds in Weymouth.