Three bullets for three sad old blokes

Sacha Oswald reports from the Laser SB3 Nationals in Largs

Thursday June 5th 2008, Author: Sacha Oswald, Location: United Kingdom
The wind gods were smiling down on the 37 boat Laser SB3 fleet as the first day of racing got underway in a force 4 southerly breeze in Largs, Scotland, at the Laser SB3 National Championships.

Boat of the day went to Jerry Hill and his crew of Joe Llewellen and Sam Minnis on 3 Sad Old Blokes who sailed an almost faultless day, posting a fourth place and three firsts to take an early lead in the championships.

A delighted Hill said: “We had a fantastic day today and really enjoyed the conditions - blue sky, sunshine and a great 18-22 knot breeze - it doesn’t get much better than that and the race committee did a really good job in the shifty conditions. I think we had a good feel for the breeze today, we knew where we wanted to go and were quick upwind and downwind and made very few mistakes.

“It is obviously early stages in the championships and there is some great competition with Mark Rushall, Jono Shelley ( Team VW Touareg) and Christina Summerhayes ( Team Maclaren) to name just a few, so we are really looking forward to the next few days racing.”

Finishing the first day on just seven points, Jerry Hill takes an early lead from Mark Rushall with Jono Shelley currently lying third, but racing is tight and with a different boat taking the podium spots in each of the today’s races, anything can happen over the next eight races.

The Laser SB3 National Championships is taking place at Largs Sailing Club from the 4-7 June.

Results (top 5)
1, 3 Sad Old Blokes (J Hill/J Llewellen/S Minnis) 7 pts (4,1,1,1)
2, M Rushall/J Baxter/L Rushall/C Savage 16 pts (1,4,2,9)
3, Team VW Touareg (J Shelley/J Modral/C Blackburn) 23 pts (11,5,3,4)
4, Baloo (M Boatman/I Turnball/J Outhwaite) 26 pts (3,6,12,5)
5, City of Capetown (D Hudson/R Hudson/A Hudson/T Jacobs) 30 pts (6,10,6,8)

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