The wind had settled in at an average 22-25Kn from the southwest for the day by the time the first race started. The race team has set a fairly short inner trapezoid course with multiple loops of the inner sausage to get to the desired race time. The hot 3 sprang out of the traps together with Will Lowes and Hugo Tucker.
Eilidh got to the windward mark first followed by Will. Here the wave practice from Whitstable came in useful as Will streaked past Eilidh. Ultimately though Hugo beat them both to the leeward mark with Tim trying to close the gap on the leading 3. Will got undone though by his tiller extension parting company from the tiller in what it universally known not to be a fast move. Eilidh took advantage to ignite the afterburners and smoke off into the distance for a whopping win with Hugo second and Tim third.
The conditions were sufficiently fierce to force some boats to retire and this attrition continued all afternoon. In the second race Eilidh & Vikki motored for the horizon again with a repeat performance leaving Hugo/James & Tim/Molly to also repeat their first race results.
By now tiredness was getting to everyone. This ‘flatoutwarpfactoradrenalinepumping’ sailing seems to have an endurance side effect.
This time Tim and Molly sailed out of their skins to win with Hugo and James very frustrated about getting bad knot in the kite to record a third. The third was battling though and it was a phenomenal performance in the circumstances to rescue that result. But in a 3 race, no discard series we all know it ain't over until the fat lady sings.
Eilidh & Vicky might have thought they could hear her warming her voice up given that they had 2 wins and were in second place 30 yards from the finish BUT... At 20 yards from the finish their mast broke spectacularly whilst flying with kite up.
From the shore people were anxiously bobbing up and down to see if they could make the line. Vicky was trying to act like a human sail. The tide was still sluicing to the west. Lucky the finish was also to the west but the line was only some 30 yards long! Eventually they drifted trough the line to record the first ever finish by a Feva without a rig (We’ve done backwards and upside down before).
A great maiden victory then for the dynamic girls from HISC and ESC. Hugo and James but should be proud of the salvage job in race 3. Tim and Molly ecstatic that this heavy weather malarkey is to their taste.
Will and Hugo should be pleased for sailing one and a half races without a tiller extension in big waves and 22+ knots. Everyone else did a great job in difficult circumstances and should be looking ahead to a great season finale at Draycote next weekend.
Hill Head should also be proud of the job they did to produce excellent racing in what is always one of the friendliest clubs to visit. Many thanks.
Hill Head SC RS Feva Open - Final overall results
|1st||3030||Eilidh McIntyre||Vicky Payne||Hayling Island SC||1.0||1.0||2.0||4.0||4.0|
|2nd||655||Tim Norris||Mollie Knowlden||Warsash SC||3.0||3.0||1.0||7.0||7.0|
|3rd||936||Hugo Jones Warner||James Poyner||Hayling Island SC||2.0||2.0||3.0||7.0||7.0|
|4th||2609||Paul Fisk||Jack Fisk||ESC/ESSC||4.0||7.0||4.0||15.0||15.0|
|5th||2837||Alexandra Orton||Stephanie Orton||5.0||6.0||7.0||18.0||18.0|
|6th||3001||Charlier Warren||Sophie Andrews||Hayling Island SC||6.0||4.0||12.0||22.0||22.0|
|7th||1847||Suzannes Peters||Emily Peters||Hayling Island SC||8.0||8.0||8.0||24.0||24.0|
|8th||365||Amber Brown||James Brown||Burghfield SC||7.0||9.0||9.0||25.0||25.0|
|9th||843||Steph Webber||Meadhbh Hogg||Hill Head Sc||10.0||11.0||6.0||27.0||27.0|
|10th||774||Stuart Denyer||Ben Hoddy||Dell Quay SC||9.0||12.0||10.0||31.0||31.0|
|11th||2416||Alice Masterman||Iona Williams||Hayling Island SC||24.0 DNF||10.0||5.0||39.0||39.0|
|12th||2509||Cameron Stewart||Oliver Cutbill||Hayling Island SC||24.0 DNF||5.0||11.0||40.0||40.0|
|13th||2587||Adam Kay||Lisa Kay||Warsash SC||11.0||24.0 DNF||24.0 DNF||59.0||59.0|
|14th||1286||Georgia Hughes||Madge Poynter||Arun YC||12.0||24.0 DNF||24.0 DNS||60.0||60.0|
|15th||34||Deianie Rutter||Islay Grant||Emsworth SC||24.0 DNC||24.0 DNS||24.0 DNS||72.0||72.0|
|15th||571||Lily Summers||Molly Peel||Emsworth SC||24.0 DNF||24.0 DNS||24.0 DNS||72.0||72.0|
|15th||2890||Charly Capon||Olivia Buckland||Hill Head Sc||24.0 DNF||24.0 DNS||24.0 DNS||72.0||72.0|
|15th||1226||Will Lowes||Hugo Turner||Whitstable YC / Emsworth SC||24.0 DNF||24.0 DNF||24.0 DNS||72.0||72.0|
|15th||2012||Pheobe Warren||Tabitha Peel||Emsworth SC||24.0 DNS||24.0 DNS||24.0 DNS||72.0||72.0|
|15th||1660||Steph Harding||Katherine Colvin||Hollowell SC||24.0 DNF||24.0 DNF||24.0 DNF||72.0||72.0|
|15th||2480||Emily Hine||Georgie Houston||Hayling Island SC||24.0 DNS||24.0 DNS||24.0 DNS||72.0||72.0|
|15th||2600||Ruth Allan||Tessa Allan||Emsworth SC||24.0 DNF||24.0 DNS||24.0 DNS||72.0||72.0|
|15th||2574||Jim Sowden||Jamie Tarant||Highlffe SC||24.0 DNF||24.0 DNS||24.0 DNS||72.0||72.0|