Harken UK Musto Skiff Nationals 2015 – After a general recall, the fleet started cleanly under U flag again. In 8kts of breeze and a tricky lumpy swell from the SE, Dave Annan sailed a great first beat and rounded first overlapped with Bruce and Alex Knight in third.
The run was widely split with Ian Trotter and Alastair Conn finding pressure on the left to pull through to third and fourth. Bruce led at the leeward mark from Knight and Annan. By the next windward, Keen had a narrow lead from Knight, Trotter, Annan and Schooling. At the finish, Keen had taken his fourth victory from Knight with Schooling pulling through to third.
After a short postponement, the committee boat moved to windward in search of more pressure and some flatter water with the fleet beginning to feel queasy. The fleet got away cleanly in nine knots with Rick Perkins leading the fleet out to the right. At the windward mark, Schooling had a steady lead over Dan Kilsby with Keen, George Hand and Trotter in close pursuit.
Schooling retained his lead over the group with Sam Barker showing a great pace to pull through to second at the next windward. The positions remained that way to the finish with Keen in the third. After another short postponement, the race officer made the wise decision to send the fleet ashore in the fading breeze.