Hayling Open 2007

July saw the second outing to HISC for the fleet this year
Despite a poor forecast a decent turnout of 27 boats came to compete on the sea at HISC on Sunday 22nd of July. Conditions looked light while competitors rigged, but the warm sunshine looked promising for a sea breeze.

The first race got underway in a slight breeze, after a general recall and the threat of a black flag. The first beat was challenging with holes in the wind throughout the course. The boats on the right-hand side came into breeze allowing the current national champion, Will Warren, to round the windward mark in pole position, closely followed by Matt Biggs.

The wind disappeared completely and with a strong tide the rest of the fleet fell back away from the windward mark, while Will and Matt increased their lead by half a leg. At the gybe mark Will hit the mark in the tide and proceeded to complete turns in no wind while the rest of the fleet came down on the fresh sea breeze. Dave Dobrijevic and Dave Winder passed Will and Matt on the second reach, and these positions were maintained till the OOD shortened the race at the end of the second beat.

The second race took place in a strong force 4 to 5 sea breeze. Glen Truswell was first to the windward mark, but Will Warren passed into first place with ease as Glen did some spins for hitting the windward mark. Glen held second place while Dave Dobrijevic took third and Alex Jackson fourth.

The final race saw Will Warren round the windward mark first followed by Glen Truswell and Dave Winder. Will’s outhaul hook somehow detached itself from the mainsail, which was quickly sorted out by his amazing crew, but unfortunately they lost a place in the process. The sea breeze eased slightly which seemed to favour Alex Jackson and Chris Downham who, after passing Warren and Winder on the second beat, closed on Glen and Davo down the run. Rounding the leeward mark just behind Glen, Alex managed to power through Glen’s lee and sail back up to his line with phenomenal speed . The heros for the last beat were Mike and Jane Calvert who took Winder and Truswell, and caught right up to Jackson’s transom by the finish.

A fantastic and challenging days sailing and yet again top quality race management from Hayling Island SC.

Report: Chris Robinson
Top 6 results with one discard to count:

William Warren / Chris Robinson – Shoreham SC - 4 points
Dave Dobrijevic / Rach Dobrijevic – Shoreham SC -  4 points
Alex Jackson / Chris Downham – Shoreham SC - 5 points
Glen Truswell / Paul Davies  - Salcombe YC - 5 points
Dave Winder / Pippa Taylor  - Hollingworth Lake - 7 points
Mike Calvert / Jane Calvert – Axe YC -  12 points