Reigning champion Andy GREEN secured the right to defend his title at the Series final in March as he swept to victory at the RYA Winter Challenge Match Racing Series 4 at Queen Mary Sailing Club over the weekend.
A beautiful warm January weekend welcomed the teams from Britain, Poland, Finland, France and Turkey with perfect match race conditions.
The round robin was a keenly fought affair and ended with a three-way between Ali HALL
(GBR), Marek STANCZYK
(POL) and Andy GREEN
(GBR), each with six wins and two losses apiece. Alex LITTOZ-BARITEL
(FRA) was fourth in the round robin with five wins and three losses.
HALL and LITTOZ-BARITEL had each won a race in their semi-final leaving a third match to decide who was to go into the next round, which the Frenchman won.
It was looking as if the other semi-final was going to need a third match as well. GREEN had won the first match but was trailing going down the last leg of the second. However, at the last minute he managed to get an overlap and rolled over the top of world #29 STANCZYK to win.
In the final against LITTOZ-BARITEL, GREEN won the first match before in the second he masterfully pushed LITTOZ-BARITEL the wrong side of the committee boat at the start. With the Frenchman already a penalty down as well, it was game over and GREEN sailing with Mark BULKELEY
, Sam RICHMOND
and Connor MYANT
, took the victory.
GREEN praised RYA and David CAMPBELL-JAMES for organizing such a successful series and Queen Mary Sailing Club for making everyone welcome.
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