Monday, October 05, 2015
A mix of 28 boats turned out for the Weston Catamaran open. With everything from Foiling A-class and foiling Nacra 20 through to Formula 18 and Shadows, the fleet was bolstered by the Spitfire fleet of 9 boats. With sailors coming from as far as Liverpool to compete. Sailors including Grant Piggott who has taken line honours in every long distance race this year, and Paul Larsen (the fastest sailor on the planet) was trying out his new foiling A-class.
Day one was light and fluky with sea breeze fighting against the gradient NE, no sea breeze materialised but one race was held in 3-5kts of wind coming through the flats on Weston shore with some large shifts. Not Classic conditions for a foiling boat to sail to their handicap, but Grant Piggott took the win followed by Olli Harris and Son on their Spitfire with Luke Yeates and Oli Eagan of Hyde sails on the Edge F18 in 3rd.
Day two started with more breeze but still from the east, meaning shifty and gusty conditions.
The race officer managed 4 short races in quick succession to make up for Saturday.
Race 2 was led from start to finish by Luke Yeates and Oli Eagan on the F18 Edge, pulling out a 3 minute lead in a 22 minute race. Tim Neal and Bob Fry on their Nacra Infusion were 2nd with the Spitfire of Jack Dutters and James King 3rd.
Race 3 was led by Tim Neal and Bob Fry, with Luke Yeates and Oli Egan left chasing and finally getting past on the final leeward mark to take the win, with Tim and Bob 2nd. Paul Wakelin, National Catamaran Coach and Josh O’Brien national champion coming in 3rd
Race 4 Luke ad Oli were over the line and re-called, Tim and Bob lead the race followed by Paul Wakelin and josh O’Brian. Jack Dutters and James sailed the difficult conditions well to get a 2nd on handicap, Paul and Josh 3rd and Luke and Oli recovering to 4th
Race 5 Alex Reilly and Oliver Bond of the Artemis Offshore Academy made the best start and were having a great first beat. Luke and Oli making best use to the right hand phases on the first beat. Both boat rounding together ahead of the fleet. After some tough choices on lifts and pressure downwind Luke and Oli came out ahead and lead to the finish. Alex Reilly and Oliver Bond only a minute behind in 2nd with Jack Dutters and James King sailing well again to take 3rd
Luke Yeates of Hyde sails said ‘pretty tough conditions for everyone, few hero to zero moments going on out there. We manage to get the shifts right and stay in pressure to take 3 bullets against some tough competitors. Thanks to Hyde sails for the boat speed.’