July 26, 2019
RS800 Sailing is thirsty work, luckily there were plenty of drinks available at the separate crew and helm dinners. These drinks were available in the normal format or if one preferred via Prosecco soaked napkin balls being launched with much gusto. Once again Rory Hunter was the star of the show.
Some were a little worse for wear the next morning, including yours truly. The hangovers were not helped by the evidently windier day ahead. The Ora had come in early and was looking lamb bhuna to vindaloo. Those who were looking for a slightly milder korma were to be disappointed.
Race one saw Frances and Tom Partington absolutely smash the fleet. Their job was made slightly easier with Luke McEwen and Milly Boyle capsizing whilst in pursuit – handily marking the downwind layline for the rest of the fleet. Other contenders showing form were Andy and Allyson Jeffries who seem to have found their old mojo over the last two days with the building breeze. Stevie Wilson and Rory Hunter also notched another top five.
After a casual hour long lunch break sponsored by Hyde sails which allowed everyone to give their pristine championship sails a good rag, we were treated to full hairdryer mode for race eight of the Euros. The start saw a classic pile up at the starboard end as per norm. Once the dust had settled and people had finished putting their fenders away we all headed off to the cliffs. UNBELIEVABLY we had to do more than one tack as the wind had shifted 30 degrees during the lunch break. Lots of sailors struggled with the huge pulsing gusts and the gybes got increasingly twitchy. A few of the top guns had issues with Luke and Milly snapping a pole, Frances and Tom swimming and then doing very well to avoid a marauding RS700 and John Mather and Phil Walker also swimming. In the end it was Stevie and Rory, Andy and Allyson, James Penty and Eddie Grayson who clinched the top spots.
Looking forward to the BBQ this eve and another day of champagne sailing tomorrow.
By Hugh Shone
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