Blustery conditions

Sasha Oswald reports on round three of the Holt RYA National Ranking Series 2002

Tuesday October 29th 2002, Author: Sasha Oswald, Location: United Kingdom
The extreme weather conditions this weekend put a stop to play in Weymouth for the third round of the Holt RYA National Ranking Series. The high winds that swept across the south coast of England exceeded the wind strength limit for many of the Olympic classes on Saturday and as the forecast was due to get worse on Sunday the decision was made to abandon racing on Saturday lunch time for the weekend.

This means that there is no change to the national ranking tables with Graham Vials and Matt Gill leading the 470 class, Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith the 49ers, Debbie Winstanley the Europe class, Andrew Simpson the Finn class and Rob Wilson and Will Howden the Tornado class.

There is still time for the tables to turn with a further two events scheduled next month to complete the series. The last two events will take place at Rutland over the weekend of the 9/10 November for the Europe, 470, Finn and 2.4mR (the Tornado class will stay in Weymouth and race there) and at Warsash Sailing Club over the weekend of the 16/17 November for the Europe, 470, Finn, 49er, Tornado and Yngling class.

The race series is an open event and therefore anybody who sails an Olympic Class boat can enter. After each event a Holt RYA National Ranking list is compiled with those who are at the top of the ranking list being the ones with the least number of points. The Ranking List is then used to distribute grants to non-lottery funded sailors to attend events such as the Princess Sofia Regatta, Hyeres and Spa.

Entries to all Holt RYA Ranking Series events will take place on the day, with registration from 1000 on the Saturday. The first race is scheduled to start at 12 00 and a social evening sponsored by Holt will follow on the Saturday evening.

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