2017 420 World Championships – Day 2

GBR 420 Class Class matters, Event Reports, International events

Today started an hour earlier and with hardly any breeze in the Dinghy Park. Coach, Nigel Marsden briefed his GBR team and warned them “yesterday was about survival, getting the boat around the course. Today we will be racing, boat on boat. Be sure to get the basics right, Port and Starboard rules are always pushed hard and we don’t want to be in the protest room.”

As the fleet launched we received a message from one of the RIBs – just 5 Knots on the race course. By the time all were afloat a second message – 15 knots. This set a tricky pattern for the first race of pressure building and dropping off. The breeze continued to increase to 15-20 knots for the second race (and third race for the Open fleet).

Eleanor Keers and Aaron Chadwick were 4th at the first mark and finished 7th in the first race of the day for the Open fleet – another fantastic start. Jack Lewis and Charlie Bacon sailed brilliantly in the under 17s, posting a 3rd and then a 4th place, with Rhys Lewis and Drew Wright close behind in 6th. Izzy Davies and Gemma Keers continued to deliver great results in the Ladies fleet coming 8th and 14th.

Overall, Day 2 was an improvement for Team GBR with some of the sailors getting used to the strange mix of huge swell, heavy chop and wind that is difficult to predict. The Sailors agree “It’s not like anything we have seen before.”

Coaches Marsden and Wriggley had a bigger smile on their faces when they returned to shore.

Report – Clive Wright, Photos – Paul Cross