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K6 EuroCup at Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda, Italy - Day 4

by Heather Chipperfield & Dave Hall 30 Jun 2017 13:44 BST 26-30 June 2017

Day 3 (by Heather Chipperfield)

Today was biblical. There are RIB drivers who have been working in Riva for 30+ years who say they have never seen anything like it. A Ponale wind (straight down the mountain) came out of nowhere accompanied by forked lightening and hail stones the size of golf balls.

Those who were nearest to the line of wind didn't have time to drop sails, but those who have been to Garda before knew to get in the water, capsized or turtled if possible. The Ponale wind doesn't last long but behind it came the strong Northerly wind (Peler) making the slow sail back in extremely difficult.

It's interesting how people cope with things like this. All respect to the Australina boats who sailed into the lee of the cliff right next to a café and, once assured that there would be no more racing(!), sent one of their team swimming to shore to get their Dark 'N' Stormys.

Nick Jones and his team moored themselves to a mark in the centre of the lake to sit it out. On return Twinkie said once they were settled down, her Dad and Steve decided they were hungry and had their lunch in 50+ knots. 'It's the strangest picnic I've ever had. Awesome, my brother will be so jealous!'

Once we were all in and starting to tell our tales over a reviving beer, the 3rd storm (70+kts) came in. Southerly this time – the Ora. Epic.

Unbelievably, apart from some cuts and bruises and a few tattered sails, there were no injuries or damage. Respect to the seamanship and courage of the sailors, and respect for the boats. Those of us who were there will never forget this day.

Day 4 (by Dave Hall)

After 2 days of abandoned races it was good for the fleet to get out and blow the cob webs away. The past two days have been somewhat crazy with epic storms and wind, there will be many a tail for many years as teams recall how the drama unfolded when the 50 knot storm crossed the fleet. All was well with only a few damaged sails – with some boats even making it to the windward shore for a beer at the café while they waited for it to pass.

So finally, the fleet got away with a stiff but somewhat cool breeze from the south kicking in. Neil Fulcher with Oliver and Harry led the charge followed by Dave Hall with Bryan and Graham. They had a tussle all the way round until the final drop when Neils team just caught the spinnaker in the water allowing Dave to slip through. The second race in an increasing wind saw Daves team lead the way followed by team Nick Jones. This stayed the same until the final drop when Team Jones spinnaker went trawling allowing team Trueman through to second.

One more day left and we will see what Garda has to throw at us for the final day.

Results after Day 4:

PosSail NoHelm & CrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1GBR 220Dave Hall & Bryan Sargeny & Graham Hoy‑212115
2GBR 222Neil Fulcher & Oliver Boosey & Harry Clarke1212(dns)6
3GBR 213Nick Jones & Twinkie Jones & Steve Dewherry3333‑512
4GBR 208Martin Wedge & Scott Allen‑8554317
5GBR 172Mike Truman & Martin Gibson & Tim Williams5‑1075219
6GBR 216Peter Kirkby & Richard Barker & Heather Chipperfield644(dns)dns26
7GBR 22Jeff Vander Borght & Dave Guthrie & Hugh Duncan107(dns)6427
8AUT 146George Blating & Guenter Blating & Valentina Blating468(dns)dns30
9GBR 195Steve Bales & Jon Rigby & Jon Smith796(dns)dns34
10GBR 135Phil Waterfall & Chris Corner & Malcolm Hull(dns)89dnsdns41
11GBR 122John Tabor & Chris Burrows & Richard Kidd91110(dns)dns42

[LIVE] 3rd Storm of the dayPosted by Circolo Surf Torbole on Wednesday, 28 June 2017

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