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Hayling Island SC to host skiff grand prix for second year

Thursday August 22nd 2002, Author: Sarah Christofi, Location: United Kingdom
Hayling Island will once again play host to some of the best sailors in the UK, in a unique sailing event on 4-6 October when the tide is expected to be at its most extreme. Red Bull Tide Ride is the first competition of its kind to involve four classes of skiff boats in an elimination slalom regatta over short courses.

Skiff racing is as extreme as it gets in sailing and Hayling Island is the ultimate location in the UK. Due to ideal tidal conditions at this time of year, the course will be located very close to the shore giving spectators the rare opportunity to appreciate the extremity and excitement of this type of racing.

The event will be restricted to four classes of asymmetric skiffs; B14s, International 14s, 49ers and RS800s with cash prizes being awarded within each class. The first race kicks off with the 49er's on Friday morning and continues throughout the weekend. It will culminate in a thrilling four boat final on Sunday for each class, where competitors will have the opportunity to enjoy 'crash and burn' style racing!

The superb sailing conditions at Hayling Island combined with the best of the best in skiff racing and an exclusive after contest party, guarantee to make Red Bull Tide Ride a memorable weekend for sailing enthusiasts.

Red Bull Tide Ride is being held in association with Hayling Island Sailing Club for the second year running. Entry is limited to forty boats per class, with fantastic cash prizes up for grabs. If you want to take part or simply want to come along to check out the action, more information can be found on the website www.redbulltideride.co.uk or by contacting Tim Hancock at Hayling Island Sailing Club on 02392 463768.

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