The UK 18 foot Skiff Grand Prix got under way today (Saturday) with three excellent races sailed from the Weymouth Sailing Academy on the flat waters of Portland Harbour with pleasant sunshine and a force 4 breeze.
National champions Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Jonny Meers on 'RMW Marine' had a clean sweep, eventually winning all three races by substantial margins, although they had to fight at times to get past Victor Brellisford, James Fawcett and Dave Smith on 'White Stuff' and Tim Penfold, Andy Jameson and Will Penfold on 'Marlow'.
'White Stuff' finished the day with a third place and two seconds, while 'Marlow' had a second and two thirds.
James Campbell, Lee Child and Drum Sydenham had a steady day, finishing up with two fourth places and a sixth. A good performance was put up by the new team of Jon Bennett, Andy Jeffries and Don Francis on their boat 'GoFish', which they have recently purchased from Australia.
With three more races scheduled for tomorrow, 'RMW Marine' is in a very strong position, but there will be more fast and exciting racing to come.
Positions after 3 races, no discard:
1.'RMW Marine' Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Jonny Meers, 0 points
2. 'White Stuff' Victor Brellisford, James Fawcett and Dave Smith, 11.7 points
3. 'Marlow' Tim Penfold, Andy Jameson and Will Penfold, 14.4 points
4. 'West Mersea Trailers' James Campbell, Lee Child and Drum Sydenham, 27.7 points
5. 'Go Fish' John Bennett, Andy Jeffries and Don Francis, 29.7 points
6. 'Alba Marine' Martin Goodlad, John Aitken and Richard Thoroughgood, 35.7 points
7. 'Bristol Panel Formers' Dominic Bowns, Richard Edwards and Tom Edwards, 36 points
8. 'Total Recall' Ollie Holden, Ben Clothier and Will Clothier, 43 points
9. 'Custom Eyes' Andrew Hetherington, Chris Hopkins and Luke Byrom, 47 points.