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Pop-Up Open at Eastbourne - Report and Photos

posted 13 Aug 2017, 03:42 by RG NCA   [ updated 13 Aug 2017, 03:44 ]
20 Skippers converged on Princess Park in Eastbourne on Saturday to take part in the Pop-Up that was set up to fill the void left by the cancellation of the Euro-GP.  With a good weather forecast and light winds predicted everyone selected their biggest A suit for the pre-event practice.

No sooner had the briefing finished when the wind died away completely, causing a delay to the start of proceedings. 10 Minutes later the first seeding race got under way with Wayne Stobbs leading the first lap before heading into a hole and allowing the whole fleet to sail on past with Noel Donaldson taking the gun.  The 2nd Seeding race was won by the local skip, Jeremy Collier.

After the seeding races the new Scurry’s, built by Alex Cory,  took first place in the next 5 races with the Sith of Clive Cockayne managing to wrest the 6th away, only for the Scurry’s to take the rest of the 12 races on the day. Those that had played with a few A rigs early on paid the price as the wind built up through B to C rig conditions as the 3-rig limit prevented them from reducing sail enough to stop them nose diving and flopping around on the surface, much like the swans and ducks on the lake. The big winners were the DF65’s who revelled in the conditions allowing them to win the B heat and make appearances in the A fleet.

Towards the end of the day the wind dropped back to A rig conditions to allow for some tight contests between everyone when the fleet was reduced to 1 heat for the last few races. In the end it was John Tushingham who showed everyone the way with 16 points, followed by  Alex Cory on 25, Jez Collier on 29 and Nigel Brown on 39.

Thanks goes to the Race Team and of course the trolley ladies for putting on a great show one again.

Sue Brown's photos can be found here