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Tasar World Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club - Practice Race

by Nikki Eaves 28 Jul 2019 19:58 BST 29 July - 3 August 2019

The 2019 Tasar World Championship practice race started at 1415 BST in Hayling Bay with stunning sunny conditions and 12-15 knot winds.

"We believe the Tasar holds a unique place in the sailing world, we all know it's a very special boat enabling mixed teams and parent-child combos to enjoy friendly high-performance sailing," said Tasar UK Chairman and WTC President Rod Porteous.

A few eager beavers over the start line meant a general recall for the fleet but once they had restarted, first round the mark was Aussie boat AUS 2813 Rick Longbottom and Darryl Bentley. Australian teams dominated the practice race with James & Tara Burman (AUS 2942) in first place, Craig McPhee & Gillian Berry (AUS 2857) in second and Rick Longbottom & Darryl Bentley (AUS 2813) in third.

Race Officer Mark Wood said on the way back to the shore, "Shame it was a practice race, Hayling Bay delivers once again"

Hayling Island Sailing Club Commodore Nick Peters is hosting the Commodore's Welcome Reception this evening: "We have a long history of hosting successful international events, our highly experienced Race Officers and team will ensure some great racing and a very sociable time ashore!"

The forecast is looking good for tomorrow's three races, with 9-12 knots from the SE and sunshine the competitors are set for great start to the Championship.

Results can be found here

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