The first race of the Ronstan contender worlds was brought forward to 1 o’clock due to  a strong wind warning.  When the fleet left the shore the anometer on the club was recording 25 – 30 knots with peak gusts to 35 knots.

The race started at 1.30 with no recalls, and Tim Holden led the British contingent.  Tim Hill from Australia went around the windward mark in second place.  Unfortunately like most of the British fleet Tim’s challenge foundered with a couple of capsizes leaving nephew Ben to finish top Brit with a 7th place. Tim finished 10th and Simon Mussell 11th.  The race was won by Andea Bonezzi from Italy who, after a capsize on his first tack, recovered to power through the fleet, followed by Marcus Hamilton and Matt Hosie of Australia.  With 2 races scheduled for tomorrow bodies and boats are being prepared for another battering.


With a forecast of even stronger winds the decision was made to start racing at midday instead of the usual 2 o’clock.  The right move as it turned out.

The race started in about 18 knots with the usual suspects of Bonezzi (Italy), Hamilton (Aus) and Hosie (Aus) leading the way.

With the wind blowing rapidly Bonezzi and Hamilton extended their lead and were never really challenged.  However some excellent and exciting racing was taking place right through the fleet.  With Simon ‘Fatty Mussell’ finishing 6th and proving once again that the future of British Contender sailing is not in self induced bulimia! 

The race finished in approximately 30 knots with the prospect of more for the next race.

Final Placings for race 2
Andrea Bonezzi (ITA) 1st
Marcus Hamilton (AUS) 2nd
Matt Hosie (AUS) 3rd
Tim Hill (AUS) 4th
Soren Andreasen (DEN) 5th

British Placings
Simon Mussell 6th
Tim Holden 7th
Matt Aston 11th
Paul Walker 12th
David Davies 14th
Geoff Bettle 15th
Gary Langdown 17th


Race 3 got under way in a steady 30 knots.  Andrea Bonezzi quickly got into clear air off the start and with his excellent boat speed lead around the windward mark closely followed by Marcus Hamilton and Matt Hosie.  Andrea’s task was helped  by Hamilton capsizing on the first reach.

Racing lower down the fleet became more a case of survival as many of the competitors took several capsizes with many retiring and taking a tow to shore.

Andrea continued to dominate at the head stretching his lead to finish well ahead of Marcus and Jan Von de Bank.  Notable British performances came from Simon Mussell 7th and David Davies 10th, Paul Walker 14th, Nick Noble 16th, Ben Holden 17th, Gary Langdown 20th.  British Champion Tim Holden was unfortunate to retire with gear failure.

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