The signal to launch came at midday and the RS100 European Championships fleet set out towards the Eastern Course with a steady force four Northerly ‘Pela’ wind. The first race of the day got underway with Michel Rotach (Swiss) leading at the windward mark closely followed by Andre Blasse and Al Hall.
As the wind continued to die the race was abandoned shortly thereafter much to the relief of Huw Powell and Blasse who were then languishing some way back after finding wind holes on the course.
After a short interval a force five set in unexpectedly from the South as dark storm clouds approach (these are becoming the norm this week)…. the race team then had to turn the course around (not an easy feat in Garda) and the race finally started. Huw Powell established an unassailable lead at the windward mark which stayed in place for the rest of the race. The early finishers were granted a result with Cotgrove just squeezing past Rotach on the line for the minor places. The rest of the fleet were counted in their positions on the course as they were out of time becalmed.
So Powell leads with two bullets, Cotgrove second, Alberto Zamo third and Hall fourth. The fleet are hoping for perhaps a better weather tomorrow!
|1||GBR 240||Huw Powell, 8,4, Red Wharf Bay SC||2,0||1||1|
|2||FRA 334||Mark Cotgrove, 8,4||4,0||2||2|
|3||ITA 429||Alberto Zamo, 8,4, YCRA||7,0||3||4|
|4||GBR 480||Al Hall, 8,4||11,0||4||7|
|5||GBR 299||Jim Hood, 8,4, Lymington Town SC||12,0||7||5|
|6||GBR 362||Martin Boyde, 8,4, Guernesy YC||12,0||6||6|
|7||SUI 318||Michel Rotach, 8,4, YLSNG||14,0||11||3|
|8||AUS 511||Andre Blasse, 8,4, Black Rock YC||15,0||5||10|
|9||GBR 24||Ian Crossouard, 8,4||18,0||10||8|
|10||AUS 509||Brett Bowden, 8,4, Royal Brighton YC||18,0||9||9|
|11||GBR 309||Mostyn Evans, 8,4, Mounts Bay SC||23,0||12||11|
|12||LTU 158||Paulius Jersovas, 8,4||24,0||8||dnf|
|13||AUS 510||David Temby, 8,4, Royal Brighton YC||25,0||13||12|
|14||IRL 320||Emmett O'Sullivan, 8,4, Monkstown Bay SC||32,0||dnf||dnf|
|14||ITA 112||Fabrizio Zarantonello, 8,4, A.L.S.Z.V De Blauwe Schuit||32,0||dnf||dnf|