Following the briefing, the fleet launched in the beautiful ‘English Rivera’ sunshine and promising WNW breeze.
Race one got underway and the first beat enjoyed reasonable pressure. Wind went left at the top of the beat keeping everyone on their toes.
Breeze did ease off a bit by the downwind leg. Interesting to see the angles the sea experts were using with George Cousins going right and Ian Morgan going left. Once Morgan’s pace on the left became apparent the other front runners soon crossed over to join him. Wind had gone so far left the bottom reach (trapezoid course) was a fetch to the finish.
There followed a significant postponement on the water waiting to see if the gradient, or sea breeze, was going to dominate. After several starting attempts Race Two finally got underway with an ESE breeze of five knots which soon eased to a full blown drifter of a race. Many big names caught out of place by the tricky conditions!
Overnight standings after Day One:
1. Greg Bartlett
2. Kian Andrews
3. Paul Scullion
by Neil Washington