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Boss Multi Gala at Royal Sovereign Yacht Club

by Julian Cramp 26 Jun 2001 08:58 BST

Boss Multi Gala Series Sponsored by Bank of Scotland

A large on-shore swell and a steady force 4 greeted the arrivals to the at Eastbourne for the second event of the season. Undaunted by the hairy launching conditions, which were handled superbly by the club volunteers, the fleet set sail. All the Bosses had the new mast head kite although one crew decided to err on the side of caution and sail with the smaller spinnaker. The competition for places was close and the race committee commented that their task was made all the more difficult because the fleet often did a 180 degree position shift over any one lap. The most entertaining part of the racing was definitely the downwind legs especially on the gybe with a following sea. Mistakes here, of which there were a few, were punished by spectacular capsizes and often during the occasional gusts the foot straps on the racks became more useful as grab handles as the boats dropped off the waves. The end of the first day saw Chris Gandy and his crew Richard Davison dominating the results with two firsts and a second four points clear of Julian Cramp and Patrick Carter just ahead of Dan Dixon and Gareth Davis and Steve Bell and Martin Ockenden with 10 points.

In the evening the club laid on the most superb BBQ with 2 chefs working hard to feed the ravenous horde.

On the Sunday morning everyone woke a little worse for wear (due to the exercise of course) to find that the wind had swung so that the breeze was now a more shifty force 4 offshore and overnight the swell had disappeared. As on the previous day the racing was very close with place changes on most legs. Beer obviously settles some peoples sailing as Dixon opened his account with a couple of firsts whilst Gandy was down the pan. This meant that Gandy who had looked secure after the first day was now under pressure to beat Dixon in the last race. In a race where places changed often, Steve Bell took line honors, Chris Gandy took third place, two places ahead of Dan Dixon, so securing his victory. After an excellent weekends sailing everyone is now looking forward to the next event at Weston SC on the 21/22 July.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewPts
1st780Chris GandyRichard Davison9
2nd812Dan DixonGareth Davis11
3rd815Steve BellMartin Ockenden12
4th740Julian CrampPatrick Carter17
5th755Robin HydeDarren Hester20

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