Sailing from the fine Scottish venue of Largs, the Radial and Standard fleet enjoyed an epic final day of racing today.
We all sailed in a west-north westerly breeze of force 3-4 with clear Scottish skies and the occasional interruption of a couple of nuclear submarines at the windward mark.
Huub LAMBRIEX beat the rooster, Steve COCKERILL at the windward mark and closely followed by Nick HARRISON. The downwind speed of Steve, allowed for a close fight until the next beat where Huub showed that he is a little taller than the rest of us, which allowed for Steve to use all his reaching skills prior to the finishing beat, to come in First closely followed by Huub and Nick third.
Wilmar GROENENDIJK, Olivier FALQUE, Claudine TATIBOUET and Bill WATSON only needed good results to confirm their championship wins but in the Grand Master fleet all was different. With the five leaders all within five points of each other each position mattered.
The start was a catastrophe for Peter WHIPP, Ian RAWET and Heini WELLMAN as they all had turns to do off the start line. With the fleet sailing away Rawet and Whipp headed off to the right in the opposite direction to the rest of the fleet. They hit the front at the windward mark just behing Groenendijk but were gradually hauled in by the rest of the fleet. The finish was a close a fair for the grand masters but the others were all in their leading spots.
Steve COCKERILL, having won the regatta as an apprentice, had a calling for an early shower and a plate of Haggis, which left Huub LAMBRIEX, who was for the first time this week fractionally line shy to round the windward mark first closely followed by Andres MARTINIE both of whom benefited from a sharp lift to the left after being shown the way up the first beat by Nick HARRISON, who rounded third.
A great contest ensued down the run aided by the odd holes in the wind but the order of merit stayed for the remainder of the last race.
With all the other results in the bag the leaders of the Ladies, the apprentices, the masters and the Great Grand Masters had an easy ride and confirmed their superiority all winning again. Ian RAWET had to finish in front of Poopy MARCON or immediately behind. With the breeze shifting towards the west and starting to fade Marcon lead Rawet all the way round.
Although Paul De Vries split them , Paul was yelllow flagged by the jury on the last reach allowing Rawet to follow Macon across the line to take the Grand Master title.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.