Pwllheli blow out
A total of 86 sailors signed up for the first event, including twenty 49ers, eight 470s, eleven Europes, ten Finns and nine Mistrals. Saturday brought fierce gale force winds and choppy seas, causing the race committee to take the decision to abandon the racing. Sailors could only hope for less breeze the next day and went off to enjoy a social evening sponsored by Holt.
Sunday's racing had the opposite problem to the first day, and although one start almost got away, the wind died to nothing, leaving the race committee with the same option as Saturday and they again had to cancel all racing as the wind failed to show its face.
This means that the Holt RYA National Rankings list stands from last year with Debbie Winstanley (Ayshire) leading the Europe class, Graham Vials and Dan Newman (Hampshire) at the top of the 470 class, Paul Brotherton and Simon Hiscocks (Hampshire) leading the 49ers, Charlie Cumbley (Teignmouth) heading up the Finn class and Gavin Rogers leading the Mistral windsurfing class.
Round two of the Holt RYA National Ranking Series is being hosted by Hayling Island Sailing Club and takes place on the 4/5 May. Competitors can register on the day from 10.00am, with the first race scheduled to start at 12.00pm. Racing will take place in Europes, 470, Finns and 49ers and is open to all sailors that own one of these Olympic Class boats. The weekend will consist of two race days with a social event sponsored by Holt on the Saturday night.
The Holt RYA National Ranking Series consists of five meetings in total, the others are scheduled to be sailed at Weymouth on the 26/27 October in Europes, 470s, Finns, 49ers, Tornados, Ynglings and 2.4mRs, Rutland on the 9/10 November in Europes, 470s, Finns, Tornados and 2.4mRs and finally Warsash on the 16/17 November in 470s, Finns, 49ers, Tornados and Ynglings.