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RS800 European Championship at Circolo Vela Torbole - Day 3

by Emma McEwen 25 Jul 2019 19:50 BST

Tuesday night was hot and humid and in the morning it didn't take long for the cicadas in the olive groves above town to build to top volume as the full heat of the day hit in. A lighter Peler blowing in the morning fuelled rumour of a big Ora day to come. By the time the D flag was dropped to release the sailors from the shore the wind had already kicked in nicely and with certainty this was going to be another awesome day's sailing.

The start of the first race of the day was super competitive with a busy front row of boats bang on the line. They all got away cleanly with Tim Gratton and Fiona Hampshire timing their committee boat start to perfection and tacking away first towards to cliffs. Megan Brickwood and Steph Orton were next hot on their heels.

At the windward mark it was overnight leaders Luke McEwen and Milly Boyle who hoisted first but then trawled their kite allowing three boats past. So Andy and Allyson Jefferies, demonstrating their big breeze speed skills, took the lead, followed by Stevie Wilson and Rory Hunter and Tom Morris and Guy Fillmore.

Tom and Guy gybed off early down the run and by the leeward mark Stevie Wilson and Rory Hunter had powered past Andy and Allyson to take the lead. It was very tight behind with Luke and Milly rounded in third place just ahead of Tom and Guy and the French team of Gilles Peeters and Heloise Baize who were having their first great race of the regatta.

The top four places remained unchanged for the rest of the race as they all sailed bows-down for speed upwind and enjoyed the sleigh ride downwind, with the Riva cliffs side of the course the one side to go each way. With boats hoisting their kites on the top spreader reach there were opportunities for losses or gains as manoeuvres started to get challenging in the building breeze.

The second leeward mark became slightly more interesting as two paddle-boarders had decided it a good idea to visit it. After some very close calls with the tail end of the RS700 fleet, the rescue boat finally managed to escort them clear just before the leading RS800s reached the mark.

The final gybing of the leading boats in to cross the challengingly short finish line was action packed and very close as the top six finished with a boat length or two separating them. Frances and Tom Partington nearly caught the leaders and just held off Gilles and Heloise after a very exciting race.

By the start of the second race it was like being inside a giant hairdryer switched to full power. In a bizarre pre-start moment Steve and Sarah Cockerill's mast folded in half leaving them to pick up the pieces and get towed ashore.

Meanwhile, Hugh Shone and Hannah Tattersall got a cracking start and were looking sweet as they tacked off followed by Joe Joyner and Will Broom. While the vast majority of the fleet stuck to the game plan of heading to the cliffs, Luke and Milly got a good start but took a gamble to go hard left. By half way up the beat it was apparent this was a very bad idea and they crossed back behind over half the fleet, opening up the top of the leader board again.

At the top mark Gilles and Heloise were having a fantastic day hoisting in first place. By the leeward mark they had been overhauled by a very close battle between Hugh and Hannah, and Andy and Allyson. Over the next lap Hugh and Hannah established the lead which they impressively held to the finish. The second leeward mark offered up the additional challenge of a slow-moving RS700 that created problems for the chasing pack; Tom and Guy negotiated best pushing Gilles and Heloise hard while Frances and Tom got in to difficulty and lost out allowing Stevie and Rory to move on up to 5th.

Wobbly boat handling was witnessed throughout the fleet and many fell victim to a capsize or two. Some big gusts made the final run to the finish fairly hectic even for the top teams. Big smiles from Hugh and Hannah, and Andy and Allyson as they finished well clear of the rest of the fleet. Tom and Guy finished a good day in third; with the new over-night leaders Stevie and Rory claiming fourth. Frances and Tom recovered to 5th place with Rob Gullan and Callum Healey having a much better day finished in sixth.

Returning to the class after more than a decade, Geoff Carveth and Lesley Dhonau were having a great race until a swim on the final spreader reach caught them out. The new team of Eddie Bridle and Ed Gibbons continue to improve race-by-race as they finished in eighth place. Chris Feibusch and Nick Jerkins were looking cool up in the top ten until a disastrous pitchpole caused by halyard malfunction resulted in Nick face-planting on the jib track and a trip to hospital to stitch up a nasty head injury. They'll be devastated if this has taken them out of racing for the rest of the week.

The evening was billed to be lively as the Crews Union gathered for pizza and prosecco at the favourite and tolerant Sotto Vento restaurant, leaving the helms to fend for themselves. Stories of the big day on the water and quirky helm habits were exchanged at the crew's dinner while the helms probably discussed rig settings and mark rounding rules with enthusiasm. All seemed to still be in one piece as everyone convened at the Winds Bar for another late session.

Results after day 3:

PosSail NoHelm - Crew - ClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1GBR 1215Steve Wilson ‑ Rory Hunter ‑ tbc53‑1131416
2GBR 1144Tom Morris ‑ Guy Fillmore ‑ HISC‑88324320
3GBR 1234Frances Partington ‑ Tom Partington ‑ HISC3‑7265521
4GBR 1220Luke McEwen ‑ Milly Boyle ‑ Royal Lymington YC‑3211431827
5GBR 1207Phil Walker ‑ John Mather ‑ HISC116418(dns)30
6GBR 1171James Penty ‑ Eddie Grayson ‑ Beaver SC2‑161377736
7GBR 961Megan Brickwood ‑ Stephanie Orton ‑ Chichester YC1249‑2013947
8GBR 1222Paul Jenkins ‑ Peter Jenkins ‑ Eastbourne Sovereign SC‑195108121348
9GBR 1228Andy Jeffries ‑ Allyson Jeffries ‑ Eastbourne Sovereign SC(ocs)926102249
10GBR 1194Joe Joyner ‑ Will Broom ‑ Lyme Regis SC14214514‑1549
11GBR 1231Hugh Shone ‑ Hannah Tattersall ‑ Swanage SC1311‑21179151
12GBR 1203Tim Gratton ‑ Fiona Hampshire ‑ St Catharine's College SC110‑2016111755
13FRA 1236Gilles Peeters ‑ Heloise Baize ‑ SN Larmor Plage10‑17171261055
14GBR 1131Rebecca Diamond ‑ Ed Fitzgerald ‑ HISC41471516(dns)56
151121Ben Clegg ‑ Abi Embser ‑ Kay ‑ Brightlingsea SC‑341389151257
16GBR 1187Geoff Carveth ‑ Lesley Dhonau ‑ Warsash SC1712513‑211158
17GBR 1139Eddie Bridle ‑ Ed Gibbons ‑ Brightlingsea SC20‑30231110872
18GBR 1204Martin Orton ‑ Ian Brooks ‑ Chichester YC‑29151214241681
19GBR 1232Cameron Moss ‑ Darrol Moss ‑ Lyme Regis SC16206(dns)301486
20GBR 1225Stephen Cockerill ‑ Sarah Cockerill ‑ Stokes Bay SC926182220(dns)95
21GBR 1145Peter Bromley ‑ Chris Doe ‑ Itchenor SC18181523‑272296
22GBR 1188Daniel Goodman ‑ Debbie Clark ‑ Stokes Bay SC1521‑32192621102
23GBR 1224Fred Lord ‑ Louise Gale ‑ Carsington SC23(dns)16262519109
24GBR 1064Chris J Haworth ‑ Stuart Aston ‑ Bristol Corinthian YC619(dns)dns1924111
25GBR 1043Christopher Dodd ‑ Bryony Meakins ‑ Rutland Water SC24‑2924211826113
26GBR 1195Graham Williamson ‑ Jeremy Williamson ‑ HISC‑282519242823119
27GBR 11Robert Gullan ‑ Calum Healey ‑ HISC722(dnf)dnsdns6121
28GBR 885Chris Feibusch ‑ Nick Jerkins ‑ HISC(dns)23221817dns123
29GBR 834Chris Matthews ‑ Ali Hinds ‑ Brightlingsea SC3027‑34252320125
30GBR 1200Richard Smith ‑ Ellie Smith ‑ Wilsonian SC22(ufd)27272227125
31GBR 1126George Smith ‑ Alice Crick ‑ Bough Beech SC21242528‑2928126
32GBR 1198Alex Benfield ‑ Nick Ireland ‑ Stokes Bay SC26353130‑3825147
33GBR 1241Stephen Brown ‑ Phil Bairstow ‑ Ullswater YC31282929‑3232149
34NED 878Tjeerd van Rij ‑ Matthijs de Langen ‑ KWV de Kaag33323332‑3429159
35GBR 1115Stuart Keegan ‑ Sophie Johnston ‑ Derwent Reservoir SC38313033‑3930162
36GBR 1238Ciaran Hurney ‑ Mel Kwan ‑ Oxford SC3534‑36313334167
37GBR 1140John McKelvie ‑ David Jessop ‑ SLYC/Schnellwurst253335(dns)35dns171
38FRA 1105Francois Bergasse ‑ Johanne Ulrich ‑ ACTV3637‑40363131171
39GBR 1057Mark Oakey ‑ Emily Robertson ‑ Itchenor SC27(dns)2834dnsdns175
40FRA 1101Alexandre Emanuel ‑ Anne Fromentoux ‑ ACTV3738‑39353633179
41GBR 913Adrian Howe ‑ Fenella Williams ‑ Oxford SC(dns)36383737dns191
42SUI 1180Uwe Hoffmann ‑ Julius Haffmann ‑ SCH(dnf)3937dnsdnfdns205

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