After the thrills and spills of Saturday’s high winds, a bright start was a welcome sight to competitors as they followed the committee back to the south side of the break water for the final 3 races of the championships.
With the same 3 lap race course format as the previous 2 days the crews were well aware in this tight fleet how quickly fortunes could change. The day’s first race had a variable breeze of 10 – 14 knots and dropping, combined with a rolling swell. The crew of Harlequin continued their trend and took the first bullet to further extend their lead overall.
Whilst the top position was now looking secured, the rest of the podium was still very much up for grabs and Shiver‘s consistent finishes in the top 5 were showing their value. A 5th place in race 9 put him into second place with one race to go.
Tension grew as once again the pressure of the start with 19 closely matched one design boats was too much and caused a general recall. The committee once again raised the black flag to maintain order on the start line. At the second time of asking the fleet were away cleanly, once again remaining in close contact around the course but it was Patrick Liardet’s Cosmic who sneaked away to finish the regatta on a bullet. Thereby joining Shiver in second place on equal points but beating them on count back! They also take home the title of top Corinthian team.
Prizes were presented outside the Royal Western’s club house by Nigel Dunkley. Sebastian Ripard thanked the club, sponsors and the J/70 committee for their hard work and effort in to this great event.
1st Harlequin Seb Ripard and Jonathan Calasione
2nd and Corinthian champion Cosmic Patrick Liardet
3rd Shiver Ian Wilson
Top Young Crew Yeti Jack Davies
Top Senior Crew Shiver Ian Wilson
Top Mixed Crew Just 4 Play Simon Cavey