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With the World Champs in Denmark only a matter of weeks away and predicted to be a light-medium winds regatta, the bleak light wind forecast that greeted the 32 boat fleet in Weymouth was received in a positive light and seen as a chance to help hone the Brits close, low speed tactical racing.

 

It was a regatta where consistency would pay dividends, and of the fleet only Jones and Scott really managed to string a decent set of figures together.

 

During each of Saturday’s races the wind varied between practically nothing and a F3.

 

The starts were all heavily port end biased. In both Race 1 and 2 White excelled in the conditions popping out of the fleet to lead, only to be over-hauled by Jones and Scott in respective races.

Race 3 and Jones lead from start to finish and was never challenged with Scott snatching second and a ‘photo finish’ deciding Aston as third 

 

The usual friendly Contender Travellers circuit hospitality was the order of Saturday night as Nick Grace managed to ‘bed and board’ half the fleet at his Country Estate - the local pub must have thought ‘all its Christmas' had come at once’ when nearly 20 sailors arrived to be fed and watered! – Cheers Nick !

 

Sunday mornings clear blue skies and gentle breeze soon built into a trapezable F3-4 sea breeze. 

 

The PRO delayed for 1hr before sending us out which turned out to be an excellent move.

 

3 races, 3 different winners. The trapezoid course and port biased lines remained but the fleet were able to stretch their legs on the wire, albeit with the occasional gunwale crouching!

 

A number of the top guys made a hash of the port bias in Race 4, which allowed Davies to port tack the fleet by the skin of his teeth. Langdown eventually reeled him in to take the bullet while Davies managed to hold off the fast finishing Bray.

 

Race 5 and Aston snuck out the pin end first, tacked and managed to cross the fleet on port to lead at the top mark by a distance. However, a tacking dual with Scott on lap 3 only weakened his lead and Scott slipped by on the last run to win with Langdown charging through the fleet to pinch third.

 

Going into the last race Scott and Jones were within a couple of points of each other and clear of the rest.

 

Race 6 and Aston almost managed to cross again after the start, however Bate had tacked earlier and lead the fleet to the top mark in clear breeze. Bate sailed a superb race to keep the chasing pack at bay. Aston slipped to third behind Jones who needed to beat Scott by 2 places. He managed it as the race finished in that order with Dives fourth and Scott fifth. 

 

 

Jones finished level on points with Scott but took the event on coutback.

Silver Fleet winner: David Bate

Bronze Fleet winner: Jono Pank 

 

Many thanks to the Castle Cove team for serving up some very tricky and challenging sailing in trying conditions.

 

Next up HISC in 2 weeks.

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