Day of the Greenhalghs
The Greenhalgh family's G&T crew, current 1720 UK National Championships, were a
class apart as they won three races to take the overall championship lead by 6.5 points from Mike Budd's Animal/Gul which scored a 5,2,2,7 for the day.
G&T made their most regular gains downwind and were comfortably clear in each victory. In the first race they had a minor mainsheet tangle at the windward mark but they used the gusts to best effect on fully amped up reach and were ahead by the leeward mark. The first punishing reach sorted out the most competent boat handlers when a 30 knot squall produced some of the most dramatic downwind sailing the class have enjoyed this summer, with half a dozen big broaches.
In the second race G&T reported speed problems when they hooked a large piece of weed, and could only manage fifth while local boat King Quick steered by Ruairidh Scott, proved the value of their slick crew work as they took the winning gun.
G&T were back to speed for the third race which taxed the ability to keep the boats powered up as the breeze fell back to 12-15 knots for the second round with Gul taking second.
With the breeze backing slightly to the south east the course had to be re-laid and with a spell of lighter wind prevailing the race officer allowed the full rig - big kite and genoa - to be used. An obvious benefit on the left of the course ensured that the fourth race start line was pushed hard, and two general recalls ensued before the 28 boat fleet got away at the third time of asking. With the squalls and rain returned it was one final test which, once again G&T won, setting a blistering pace downwind.
The G&T campaign is very much a family centred one with brothers Rob and Pete the engine room, steering and trimming respectively, with father David and sister Libby joined by Rachael Larman and Becci Owen.
" We'll be looking to just keep it tight for the last day, but trying to keep an eye on the opposition and if we can do anything to hold them back then we'll do so," explained Pete Greenhalgh.
Racing is due to finish tomorrow (Saturday) with three final races scheduled.
Results: Old Pulteney 1720 Sportsboat European Championships, Scottish Sailing
Institute, Largs, Scotland. Day 3:
1 King Quick (G&R Scott, Tarbert)
2 Gul/Animal (M Budd, Leigh & Lowton)
3 Aquatack (D Faherty/M O'Connell, Howth YC)
4 Wet & Black (P Reilly, Howth YC)
5 Boats.com (I Atkins, Hillhead SC)
1 G&T (D Greenhalgh, Royal Southern YC)
3 Irish Spars (S Douglas, Royal Ulster YC)
5 Rageur (Thompson/Links, Australia)
3 Buddy White (C Frize Jr, Clyde)
4 King Quick
Overall standings after 8 races:
1 G&T 22.25pts
2 Gul 28.75
3 King Quick 30.5
4 Wet & Black 46pts
5 Boats.com 50pts.