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RS800 European Championships 2023 at Circolo Vela Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy - Day 2

by Tommy Darling 31 May 11:23 BST 28 May - 2 June 2023

Another day of perfect skiff sailing conditions at the RS800 European Championship at Circolo Vela Torbole. Flat water and a consistent 15 knots meant that the racing was tight all the way through the 30 boat fleet. With the race course set in the middle of the lake, both corners looked favourable for potential gains.

In the first race, the events' leading four boats chased the breeze on the left hand side. However, local legends Geoff Carveth & Lez Dhonau led the fleet to the first mark having won the right hand side. Tom Morris & Guy Filmore, and Phil Walker & John Mather were the earliest to gybe and took the lead in the pressure under the cliffs.

After showing that the right hand cliffs looked to be a gain feature Maria Stanley & Tommy Darling won the starboard end and led the fleet out to that side. After gybe setting and heading back to the same gain feature Maria & Tommy showed the fleet exactly where the lay line wasn't, overstood by 10 boat lengths and handed the lead to Tom & Guy.

The afternoon breeze was falling away in the last race and it was a high risk strategy to chase the gain features on the corners of the race course. Luke and Emma played the shifts up the middle, sailed the shortest distance to the mark and led the fleet the whole way round, extending their lead with great pace in the marginal downwind conditions.

It is the Crews Union tonight so look forward to tomorrow's report to find out if everyone makes it home / makes it to the race course / stays with their sailing partner, after a night of drinking and complaining about how annoying helms are!

Results after day 2:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
GBR1220Luke McEwenEmma McEwenRoyal Lymington12‑4317
GBR1144Tom MorrisGuy FillmoreHISC‑331127
GBR1207Phil WalkerJohn MatherHISC2125‑910
GBR1234Maria StanleyTommy DarlingHISC‑4432312
GBR1245James PentyEddie GraysonBeaver SC5774‑1123
GBR1187Geoff CarvethLez DhonauHISC‑236510627
BEL1236Gilles PeetersHeloise BaizeLarmor Plage(315691030
GBR1204Martin OrtonIan BrooksChichester YC889‑14530
GBR1224Fred LordLouise GaleCarsington SC911(318836
10°GBR1045Claire LaskoEdward DyerHISC15128(31439
11°GBR985Chris FeibuschCam MitchellHISC79‑2562345
12°FRA1158Xavier BroiseC Le RouxSNL6‑191571947
13°ITA1247Duccio ColombiGiovanni PuntelloMarvelia SSD171311‑25748
14°GBR1153Stuart DoeChris DoeThorney Island131012‑151348
15°GBR1008Ben PalmerBruna de QueirozHISC1214‑16121654
16°GBR987Monique Vennis‑OzanneOllie Vennis‑OxanneHill Head SC11‑2114211763
17°GBR820Bryan OrmondAnna PrescottQMSC161517‑181563
18°GBR1241Stephen BrownPhilip BairstowDerwent Water10221320‑2665
19°GBR1166Ralph SingletonOllie SingletonRestronguet SC14(3119221267
20°GBR1232Cameron MossDarrol MossLyme Regis SC(313110131468
21°FRA1162Frederic Le BasClement BouchardYC Carnac‑221618162171
22°GBR1186Fiona CollinsSally WakefieldNetley SC211821‑231878
23°GBR1146Michael DyerSamuel DyerHerne Bay SC(312024112479
24°FRA1228Alexandre EmanuelAnne FromentouxACTV18(3120192279
25°FRA1063Blandine JaffrainAmaury JaffrainAPPC Voile(312422172083
26°GBR1239Josh PoatHattie FieldHISC19‑2523242591
27°FRA1237Mark JohnsonJuliette TronquetArradon SC2017(31313199
28°SUI1180Uwe HoffmannJulius HoffmannSegelclub Hallwill24232726‑28100
29°CZE844Jan BuchtaEliska KuthanovaLSBYC25‑27262727105
30°FRA1240Jean SchweizerJosiane RuffaA.C. Treffort Voile(3126313131119

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