RMW gives a sailing lesson
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.
|2||OMEGA SMEG||BARNABAS TREVOR||AUS||3|
|4||TOTAL REC||HANNAN TONY||AUS||8|
|DNF||BASE 1||DULSON ROB||GBR||32|
|DNF||BLUES PT||JEHANNO RONAN||FRA||32|
|DNF||FISHER PA||ROLLERSON GRANT||AUS||32|
|DNF||GENERAL E||HAMLIN HOWARD||USA||32|
|DNF||GROUPE SE||ORION CHRISTOPHE||FRA||32|
|DNF||INNO SOUR||HOLSBOER BERNARD||NED||32|
|DNF||LER OLE||BROENDUM JESPER||DEN||32|
|DNF||LINK ASSO||PENFOLD TIM||GBR||32|
|DNF||SP SYSTEM||DAWBER BILL||GBR||32|
|DNC||C||MARTIN IAN/BARDEN AARON||GBR||32|
|DNS||TYRROL WI||WILKIE MARTIN||GBR||32|