Childerley edges ahead
Despite the tough conditions the teams enjoyed fantastically close sailing with some very exciting mark roundings and plenty of place changes on every leg. The wind remained steady at 240 degrees and initially the seas were moderate as racing got underway in around 20 knots. As the day wore on the wind increased until by the middle of the final race it was up to 30 knots. Despite being wind with tide there was still a vicious chop that required full concentration from helms and trimmers both upwind and down and constant work with the bilge pump.
Race one was extremely close with five boats regularly juggling positions at the front of the fleet. At the second weather mark Tom Hughes of the USA led by a narrow margin from compatriot Simon Williams with Ante Razmilovic third, Stuart Childerley fourth, Robert Elliot fifth, Nils Razmilovic sixth and Jamie Boag seventh. Down the run Ante Razmilovic and Childerley took the deeper line, a brave move in the very rough conditions, and it paid off moving them up into first and second place respectively with Hughes now third and Williams fourth, positions they held on the final short beat to the finish. They were followed across the line by Elliot, Nils Razmilovic, Boag and Andy Beadsworth.
In the second race Childerley took control from the start, just heading the fleet at the first mark with Beadsworth and Ante Razmilovic hard on his heels. From there on in he just kept on going and going and going. By the final weather mark his lead was longer than the length of the spreader leg and still he continued to stretch out. Behind him Beadsworth and Ante Razmilovic were holding second and third and Williams took his second fourth place of the day with John Brinkers fifth Richard Burrows sixth, Graham Bailey seventh and Hughes eighth.
Speaking after sailing a happy Stuart Childerley commented: "It was a lovely day's racing. There was a nice starboard bias on both lines and we had long, long beats against the tide. It was pretty uncomfortable by the end of the day and the legs were really hurting. The first race was great because there were three of us just boat lengths apart pretty much the whole way through the race.
"In the second race we were in front of the group at the weather mark which helped. Upwind we were comfortable but certainly down wind I think we just went that bit lower and were prepared to steer round the waves a bit more, whereas by that stage I think a lot of people preferred to heat it up a little bit and kept it safe.
"Our crew work was really good, Roger [Marino] and Fumesy [Simon Russell] are just great at that side of things. They are two smashing guys to sail with and that really counts on a day like today. It's good to have the confidence that when you say "let's gybe" it will just happen."
|1||GBR 987||Bedrock||Stuart Childerley||2||1||3||3|
|2||GBR 1333||Swedish Blue||Ante Razmilovic||1||3||4||4|
|3||USA 1198||Fresh Guidance||Simon Williams||4||4||8||8|
|4||GBR 1187||Shirin||Andy Beadsworth||8||2||10||10|
|5||USA 526||America||Tom Hughes||3||8||11||11|
|6||GBR 1340||Matatu||Nils Razmilovic||6||9||15||15|
|7||IRL 1015||Matatu Dubh||Richard Burrows||10||6||16||16|
|8||GBR 957||Arbitrator||Graham Bailey||11||7||18||18|
|9||GBR 1195||Patriot Games||Jamie Boag||7||11||18||18|
|10||GBR 1175||Darling S||John Brinkers||18||5||23||23|
|11||GBR 1332||Gelert||David Bedford||13||10||23||23|
|12||GBR 1036||Esprit||Robert Elliott||5||20||25||25|
|13||GBR 937||Evelina||Chester Maudsley||9||18||27||27|
|14||GBR 1331||Yes!||Adam Gosling||14||13||27||27|
|15||IRL 1330||Fraculator||Dan O'Grady||15||15||30||30|
|16||GBR 1339||Freelance||Laurence Mead||19||14||33||33|
|17||GBR 1193||Snatch||Andy Oddie||22||12||34||34|
|18||GBR 1067||Slieve Elva||Graham Sunderland||17||17||34||34|
|19||GBR 1325||Festina 2||John Greenwood,||23||16||39||39|
|20||GBR 1196||Best Mate||Chris Torrens||24||19||43||43|
|21||GBR 1297||9||Mike Sparks||12||34||46||46|
|22||GBR 992||China White||Andrew Cooper||16||34||50||50|
|23||GBR 1251||White Pointer||Richard Grey||29||21||50||50|
|24||GBR 1165||Wobbegong||Doug Flynn||20||34||54||54|
|25||GBR 1075||Extravaganza||Cordelia Ellis||21||34||55||55|
|26||GBR 812||Mac a do||Nigel Harley||25||34||59||59|
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