GREAT NORTH ASYMETTRIC CHALLENGE – BASSENTHWAITE – 26 & 27TH APRIL 2014
Team – Andrea Baronti,(W) Henry Roberts(W), James Thomas(H), Brad Moss(W) – Saturday Chay Turner-Richard (P) , MPR – Sunday
Saturday saw some excellent strong winds blowing down Bassenthwaite with impressive white horses building up over the day. This occasioned some “swimming” or “boat washing” from both boats but some excellent sailing with both boats showing significant improvements of gennaker handling and starting over the day which consisted of three races starting at 1pm followed by a break and then two more finishing at 6pm.
Unsurprisingly the crews were fairly tired by the end of a long day’s racing but equally full of having enjoyed themselves. They were neck and neck in terms of results. Were it not for an ambitious start by James Thomas in Race 3 which was unfortunately OCS, he might have pipped the others to top place but unfortunately was just displaced by them, partly due to the favourable handicap used for the Laser 3000.
Due to other commitments we replaced those 4 sailors with two more on Sunday and just sailed the V3000 in slightly less wind but had just as much fun. Chay Turner-Richard crewed for MPR and showed exactly how a skiff should be crewed sheeting the main from a fully trapezing position almost throughout.
However the new PY for the V3000 of 1007 did us no favours over the weekend so despite being first youth boat and first school boat we could only aspire to 18th overall. But a good weekend was had by all.