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All four races were completed in better conditions on day two of the Musto Skiff UK National Championships

Saturday June 14th 2008, Author: Rick Perkins, Location: United Kingdom
Competitors were greeted by sunshine and a west backing to northerly breeze on day two of the Musto Skiff UK Nationals, which throughout the day rose from eight to 15 knots with good visibility. The conditions allowed for all four scheduled races to be run.

Race four started on time with the 65 boat fleet splitting quickly out to the left and right hand side of the course. The leaders of each pack converged at the windward mark evenly. A slight shift to the right favoured the gybe set and a continual shift to the right allowed the fleet to work that side downwind to the leeward gate. Ian Trotter ( Trident) made the most of the conditions to pull clear ahead for an easy win, followed by a pack headed by Dan Dixon and Gareth Davies.

For race five the wind continued to clock right and build over the duration. Richard Stenhouse ( Helly Hansen) led the fleet to the windward mark and never put a foot wrong to take the win, although Dan Vincent ( Rooster) sailed well to stay in contact for a well deserved second place.

With the tide still ebbing races six and seven started under black flag and a number of the front runners were caught out and sent home for an early shower. Martin Boatman fresh back from his second overall at the SB3 Nationals put in a great first beat to allow him to control the fleet and take the win, followed again by a hard charging Dan Vincent, Ian Trotter and Rick Perkins.

Race seven saw the wind now clock completely to the North and become patchy, making the choice of tactics up and downwind critical for all. Stenhouse didn't put a foot wrong, even though at times he had to cover both sides of the course on different occasions to score another bullet and maintain a lead overnight, from Ian Trotter ( Trident) and Graeme Oliver ( SELS).

With two days left to run, there are still five races left and with a second discard coming in after race nine there is still all to play for.

Results:

1-GBR369 Richard Stenhouse
2-GBR294 Ian Trotter
3-GBR363 Graeme Oliver
4-GBR161 Dan Dixon
5-GBR314 Richard Lovering
6-GBR290 Gareth Davies

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