Rob Greenhalgh and the RMW Marine supreme team
 

Rob Greenhalgh and the RMW Marine supreme team

RMW gives a sailing lesson

After a bumpy first day of 18ft skiff racing in Carnac

Thursday June 5th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: France
The international fleet of 18ft skiffs saw brisk conditions on their first day of racing at their championship race in Carnac yesterday.

Although the wind was regularly 15-18 knots, a lumpy sea state proved taxing in the exteme for the 24 boats that include entries from the UK, Australia, the US, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Holland and France.

"We had good speed right out of the start," commented RMW Marine team manager Richard Woof. "We sailed out from under Howie’s [Hamlin] lee and at weather mark had a comfortable lead from John Winning, who’s going quite quickly and then Howie Hamlin who was equally spaced behind John Winning going down the first run, when most of the fleet ran into trouble."

Prior to the start at 3.20pm local time, several boats had already capsized and during the race all the fleet capsized at least once - with the exception of RMW Marine. Greenhalgh and his crew ended up lapping the only other contenders - including Hamlin, the world champion - to finish 8 minutes ahead of the second placed boat.

"The boat was going very quickly and the boys to be quite frank, gave the rest of the fleet a complete sailing lesson. We are pretty chuffed about that," commented Woof.
"Basically it was boathandling errors in really difficult conditions. It was pretty bumpy. The guys who have always been absolutely solid in big breeze were swimming."

Two injured crew were taken ashore by RIB, one French crewman suffering a knee injury. Because of the carnage, the second race of the day was cancelled.

Three races are being held today.

Pos Boat Skipper Nat Tot
1 RMW GREENHALGH Rob GBR 0
2 OMEGA SMEG BARNABAS TREVOR AUS 3
3 YANDOO WINNING JOHN AUS 5.7
4 TOTAL REC HANNAN TONY AUS 8
DNF BASE 1 DULSON ROB GBR 32
DNF BLUES PT JEHANNO RONAN FRA 32
DNF ELCOTEC LAGI STEFANO ITA 32
DNF EXARTECH RALSTON VERNON GBR 32
DNF EXEL RUEGER STEPHAN SUI 32
DNF FISHER PA ROLLERSON GRANT AUS 32
DNF FLAWLESS SOLDANO PABLO ITA 32
DNF GENERAL E HAMLIN HOWARD USA 32
DNF GROUPE SE ORION CHRISTOPHE FRA 32
DNF HERMES BROWNE ED GBR 32
DNF HYDE JARDINE Mark GBR 32
DNF INNO SOUR HOLSBOER BERNARD NED 32
DNF LER OLE BROENDUM JESPER DEN 32
DNF LINK ASSO PENFOLD TIM GBR 32
DNF RADII RICHARDS ANDY GBR 32
DNF ROCKPORT SCOTT ADAM GBR 32
DNF SP SYSTEM DAWBER BILL GBR 32
DNF WEMPE CLAUSEN FLEMMING DEN 32
DNC C MARTIN IAN/BARDEN AARON GBR 32
DNS COMPUTA BENNETT JON GBR 32
DNS TYRROL WI WILKIE MARTIN GBR 32

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