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RS700 European Championship at Lake Garda - Day 2

by Colin Dacey 24 Jul 07:24 BST 22-26 July 2019
RS700 European Championship at Lake Garda - Day 2 © Jamie Gettings

It was more traditional fare for Day Two of the RS700 International Championship as the competitors prepared for the days racing in sweltering heat and no wind but this is Garda and Ora duly made its appearance providing a warm 18 knot breeze.

Race One:

First to tack off and head to the cliffs were Jerry Wales, Robbie Bell, and Richard Wadsworth with Milan Hajek close by. These four broke clear and had a close race with Robbie gaining the advantage downwind to secure the win with Jerry followed by Richard and Milan.

Race Two:

The wind increased to well over 20 knots for race two which caused plenty of incidents and casualties. Jerry and Milan had a coming together launching their spinnakers which resulted in Milan having a swim. Next was Richard who broke his wing bar then it was Robbie retiring with spinnaker issues. This left the front of the race with chairman Theo Galyerbeing chased hard by Michal Kotek with Colin Dacey in close attendance. Michal was showing some impressive speed in the near survival conditions. The posting of three laps had caught out some competitors but this extra lap was enough for Jerry to catch up from his capsize and hone in on Michal who had a capsize to deny him of victory. So Jerry secured the win, with Theo second, Colin third and Michal recovering well to finish fourth.

The length of the second race gave enough time for repairs to be made as the fleet started the third race of the day. Richard, always keen to try new things, decided to go left away from the cliffs - this has never worked and Richard will attest to this. This left Robbie, Jerry and Milan to fight it out at the front of the fleet. Jerry took his second win of the day and boosted himself to current overall leader. Robbie managed to beat Milan to the post for second place.

After five races Jerry is leading with 6 points, Robbie is on 8 and Milan ison 10 points. So it is all still to play for with eight races to go.

Results after Day 2:

PosSail NoHelm / ClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1GBR 1060Jerry Wales / Windsport2‑32116
2GBR 875Robbie Bell / Snettisham Beach SC411‑1628
3CZE 1065Milan Hajek / YCLP124(dnf)310
4GBR 1027Colin Dacey / Snettisham Beach SC36‑93416
5GBR 1063Theo Galyer / HISC‑13452718
6CZE 988Michal Kotek / JMJ6‑10104525
7GBR 720Richard Wadsworth / Stokes Bay SC953‑141128
8GBR 966Matt Carter / Lancing SC‑22865928
9CZE 1018Tomas Vastl / tbc5‑1187828
10GBR 1023Ian Nolan / Snettisham Beach SC8711‑15632
11GBR 1055Jonathan Cameron / HISC1197‑171037
12CZE 905Vaiclav Brabec / YC Cere1412‑1861345
13GBR 860Jack Napolitano / Snettisham Beach SC1014148(dns)46
14CZE 951Marek Dudak / YC Cere16‑1813101251
15CZE 9881Kamil Kotek / JMJ17(dns)12111454
16CZE 1036Jiri Lassig / JMJ7152013‑2155
17CZE 788Jiri Kuthan / YC Liskovec‑20161691758
18GBR 982Roland Smith / HISC/QMSC12‑2115121958
19ESP 781Michael ten Bokum / Club de Vela Benicasim191317(dnf)1665
20GBR 914Graham Blake / QMSC182019(dns)1572
21CZE 984Kiara Houskova / Sokol Dobrichovice151922(dnf)2076
22GBR 1046Miles Roebuck / Oxford SC211721(dnf)1877

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