Straight firsts for Glover brothers
Event organisers breathed a sigh of relief when, after two days of light wind conditions and little racing, a steady eight to ten knot north-easterly breeze prevailed on Thursday morning, allowing racing to get underway at the scheduled start time of 1030 for the first time this week.
The RS:X class was the first to leave the shore, with Richard Hamilton enjoying the slightly windier conditions to take two race wins and boost him to the top of the windsurfing leaderboard, with Kim Jiskoot and Elliot Carney close behind in second and third places respectively
The Hobie 16 class finally got their regatta underway today with Weymouth brothers Richard and Andrew Glover seeing the perfect start to their campaign for a national title. Richard, aged 18 and who won gold crewing for Tom Phipps at the 2006 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships, and 14-year-old Andrew notched up the perfect scoreline on Thursday, with three race wins from the fleet’s three races of the day.
“After two days of hanging around, it was just great to finally get racing!” explained Richard. “We guessed that racing would be brought forward today, as the forecast for today was the best it’s looked all week.”
Although the Glover brothers will have no doubt caught the eye of the RYA selectors scouting for crews to compete at this year’s Youth Worlds in Kingston, Canada, in July, Richard is keeping cool about their chances of making the squad at this stage of the competition.
“Of course selection for the Youth Worlds is always in the back of our minds, but it was only our first day of racing so we’ve still got to get there first. There’s still a long way to go, but we couldn’t have asked for a better start.”
The stronger breezes saw a change at the top of the 29er fleet, with a different female crew at the top of the overall standings. Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth – the Under 19 and Ladies World Champions in the class – take the lead after an eigth and a first from the fleet’s two races today, in spite of hitting the line of a lobster pot during the first race. They are on equal points with James Ellis and Rob Partridge, who posted two sixth places. Overnight leaders Frances Peters and Hannah Diamond are currently in third, just five points behind the leaders, so the battle at the top of the 29er fleet is proving to be a close one.
The Laser Radial class is proving equally close, with Tom Willis holding on at the top of the leaderboard for the second day in a row, with David Jessop in close pursuit in second place. Top female Chloe Martin is in third place overall, winning the second race of the day by a sizeable margin, while 2006 Youth Worlds representative Anna Dobson also notched up her first bullet of the regatta on Thursday.
James Burman, Oliver Tweddell and Callum Calder occupy the top three positions after three races in the Laser Standard fleet, while in the 420 class the mixed crew of Tim Saxton and Claire Lasko are currently equal on points at the top of the table with Jonathan Moss and Ben Muskett. Lucy de Boltz and Katherine Kimber are the top all female crew in fourth place after four races.
“It’s been a very hard week so far, but the sailors and the race teams have all worked hard to get the best out of the conditions,” said Event Director Rob Andrews. “We finally had a great day’s racing today and are hoping for similar conditions over the next couple of days, so that we can catch up on the race series and enjoy a really positive end to the regatta.”