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RS800 European Championships 2023 at Circolo Vela Torbole, Lake Garda, Italy - Day 4

by Eddie Grayson 2 Jun 07:18 BST 28 May - 2 June 2023

Setting my alarm for 6:30am was not what I'd expected this week but alas, that's what I found myself doing Wednesday night. The aim was to utilise the morning Pelèr in order to catch up on Wednesday's lost race and that's exactly what we did.

There was much chuntering between some of the heavier teams as we rigged up about the strength of the breeze but it actually turned out to be proper twin wiring as we launched. As we began racing however it became patchier and it all went pear-shaped for James and myself after rounding the first leeward gate in 3rd in a big hole. The rest of the fleet made huge gains on us and the top guys we rounded with somehow managed to escape the becalmed state we'd found ourselves in with ease.

After much swearing and discontentment with our sailing abilities we headed out to the cliffs alongside Geoff Carveth and Lez Dhonau in what seemed like the best course of action. Only to realise far too late that the windward mark had been repositioned and we'd sailed twice as far as we needed to. As we beam reached back to the mark we watched as the guys we'd rounded the gate with start hoisting kites about a kilometre away and resigned ourselves to a discard. Enough about our plight. The race finished with Phil Walker and John Mather taking the victory, Maria Stanley and Tommy Darling taking second, and Tom Morris and Guy Fillmore taking third.

The afternoon was why we come to Garda. The Ora came in the best it had so far this week and we enjoyed champagne sailing conditions for two races. The stronger breeze seemed to separate the fleet more than previous days however in the first race it was the usual suspects leading the way with Maria and Tommy posting their first bullet of the championship after Tom and Guy started halfway up the beat and got U flagged. Phil and John took second, and Luke and Emma McEwen third. We took fourth after a last lap battle with Fred Lord and Louise Gale rounding off the top five with their best race so far.

In the final race of the day we had the privilege of experiencing another Ralph Singleton port flyer (how do we keep letting him get away with these!?) culminating in a tenth and his and Ollie's best result of the championship up to now. But it was Gilles Peeters and Heloise Baize who rounded the windward mark in pole after hitting the left hand side of the course hard. Despite their best efforts they couldn't hold back the rampaging Tom and Guy who eventually hunted them down on the last lap to take the win. It was an excellent race for Gilles and Heloise in second and their best result so far. Luke and Emma rounded off the top three.

It's all still to play for with only seven points separating the top four (watch out guys, we're only 24 points behind!). Tom and Guy lead heading into the last day, can they hold on to win their first Garda Europeans? With two races scheduled Friday it's fingers crossed for the same conditions as today and let's finish the championship with a blast!

Results after Day 4:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1GBR1144Tom MorrisGuy FillmoreHISC(3)311213(UFD)112
2GBR1207Phil WalkerJohn MatherHISC212(5)(9)212414
3GBR1220Luke McEwenEmma McEwenRoyal Lymington YC12(4)313(4)3316
4GBR1234Maria StanleyTommy DarlingHISC(4)4323421(5)19
5GBR1245James PentyEddie GraysonBeaver SC5774(11)10(16)4643
6BEL1236Gilles PeetersHeloise BaizeSociete Nautique Larmor Plage(UFD)569(10)9510246
7GBR1187Geoff CarvethLez DhonauHISC(23)651067109(15)53
8GBR1204Martin OrtonIan BrooksChichester YC889(14)558(12)1154
9ITA1247Duccio ColombiGiovanni PuntelloMarvelia SSD(17)1311(25)7866758
10GBR1224Fred LordLouise GaleCarsington SC911( RET)886(14)51259
11GBR1045Claire LaskoEdward DyerHISC15128(UFD)414128(18)73
12GBR985Chris FeibuschCam MitchellHISC79(25)6(22)19177873
13FRA1158Xavier BroiseC Le RouxSNL6(19)15719(20)13111485
14GBR1153Stuart DoeChris DoeThorney Island SC1310121513157(17)(DNC)85
15GBR1008Ben PalmerBruna de QueirozHISC1214(16)12(16)1111141387
16GBR1232Cameron MossDarrol MossLyme Regis SC(DNC)(DNC)101314 UFD9189104
17GBR1166Ralph SingletonOllie SingletonRestronguet SC14(DSQ)19(22)1213182110107
18FRA1162Frederic Le BasClement BouchardYC Carnac(22)161816(21)12151320110
19GBR987Monique Vennis‑ OzanneOllie Vennis‑ OxanneHill Head SC11(21)14(21)1721211517116
20GBR1241Stephen BrownPhilip BairstowDerwent Water10221320(25)17(23)2216120
21GBR820Bryan OrmondAnna PrescottQMSC16151718152220(24)(23)123
22GBR1186Fiona CollinsSally WakefieldNetley SC(21)1821(23)1818191921134
23FRA1237Mark JohnsonJuliette TronquetArradon SC2017(DNF)(DNC) DNC16222019145
24GBR1146Michael DyerSamuel DyerHerne Bay SC(DNC)20241123(DNC)2816 DNC153
25FRA1063Blandine JaffrainAmaury JaffrainAPPC Voile Sportive(DNF)2422172023(25)2524155
26FRA1228Alexandre EmanuelAnne FromentouxACTV18(DNF)2019(DSQ) DSQ272322160
27GBR1239Josh PoatHattie FieldHISC19252324242426( DNC)(DNC)165
28CZE844Jan BuchtaEliska KuthanovaLSBYC25(27)262726272426(DNF)181
29SUI1180Uwe HoffmannJulius HoffmannSegelclub Hallwill242327262725(DNC)(DNC) DNC183
30FRA1240Jean SchweizerJosiane RuffaA.C. Treffort Voile(UFD)2628(DNC) DNC26 DNC DNC DNC204

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