Month: September 2023

MYA RG65 UK Nationals 2023 – Overall

Day 2 dawned with 14 knots from a SSE direction with a forecast set to move this to a Southerly and increase in strength at some point during the morning to be 20 knots with gusts of up to 30.  At least it was mild in the breeze and there was only a small amount of rain most of it falling during an early lunch break.  Course changes were also minimal as the breeze probably only changed in direction by 20 degrees and so all racing could be conducted from the good vantage point of the promenade.

Graham Elliott (Electronica) continued where he left off after the first day and had a dominating day winning 9 of the 15 races sailed.  There were4 race wins for Victor Izquierdo (Ivy), plus one each for Rohan Williams (Uno) and Bill Culshaw (Ivy).  Tobias Laux (Ivy) also had a very consistent day, but without a win to his name.

Unfortunately the combined effects of the strong winds, leaking boats with salt water led to a good number of retirements from racing during the day, so that having started the day with a potential 12 boats racing, by the end there were only 6 boats  in each of the last 4 races.

The final result gave the Championship to Graham in first, well ahead of Victor in second who narrowly beat Tobias into third place.  Full results are below along with pictures of the podium sailors.

Winner Graham Elliott, 2nd Victor Izquierdo, 3rd Tobias Laux

Photos from both days of the event are available on the Birkenhead Flikr Album HERE

A video of Race 10 was taken by Birkenhead member John Beech is available on Youtube here

MYA RG65 UK Nationals 2023 Day 1

It was a tricky day at West Kirby for both the sailors and Race Officer.  After setting up a proposed Course prior to the briefing the wind had swung through nerly 90 degrees during the briefing and so had to be reset and caused a 20 minute delay to the start of racing.  As the day progressed, the 6 to 12 knot wind kept the Race Officer and his mark laying team on their toes with changes or potential changes after every few races even up to the final Race (16) which was completed by 18:00hrs.  The day was rounded out with Graham Elliott sailing an Electronica leading the event, with Spaniard Victor Izquierdo sailing an Ivy in second and Tobias Laux also sailing an Ivy in third.

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