Spring Series showdown

The final RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series event for 2006 will take place at Hayling Island this weekend

Friday May 5th 2006, Author: Lindsey Bell, Location: United Kingdom
The third and final RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series event for 2006 gets underway this weekend (6-7 May) at the Hayling Island Sailing Club, with competitors set to battle it out for a place at the top of the final Series rankings.

The RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series events provide a UK showcase for new talent either on the World Class programme (or aspiring to be), regular class members, and top performers when they are in the country.

After a disappointing start to the Spring Series, with racing at the first scheduled event at Weymouth in February cancelled due to appalling weather conditions, Grafham Water Sailing Club saw successful racing in March, including a first domestic test for the new RS:X windsurf class.

Bryony Shaw and Leo McCallin currently top the RS:X 8.5 and 9.5 rankings, while a first place finish at Grafham for the Scots-Welsh combination of Luke Patience-Chris Grube sees them at the top of the 470 men's table.

The Spring Series crown in the Finn class will be between recent Hyeres regatta winner Ed Wright and Chris Brittle, while in the 49er class Skandia Team GBR development squad sailors Dave Evans and Rick Peacock will be hoping for another strong Spring Series this weekend at HISC to add to their first place at the Grafham event last month. Hugh Styles and Tom Peel came out on top in the Tornado fleet at Grafham, so are firmly in the hunt for the Spring Series title.

"Having lost one of the spring events due to the weather, the final at HISC will be especially important for those sailors in the hunt for the title and championship grants," explained Olympic Development Squad Manager Barrie Edgington. "The stage looks set for some exciting battles."

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