The 3rd instalment of the 2019 British Keelboat League got under way today on a breezy Western Solent race course. Royal Lymington Yacht Club welcomed 10 teams at the morning briefing, with a variety of sailors from first time keelboaters to seasoned professionals. At the open of racing, the average wind speed was over 20 knots from the South West, making for an exciting start to the day. The London Corinthian Sailing Club team skippered by Anna Dobson won the first race of the day and they were closely followed by the young Wessex team.

Bournemouth University were very happy with their start to the day at the BKL Royal Lymington. As team who had come together from a non-keelboat racing background and never sailed as a team together prior to the event, posting 2 wins by lunchtime was far beyond their expectations. As racing progressed throughout the day a port bias developed on the start line, which the Royal Southern Yacht Club team sailing in MDL Marinas (pictured) took full advantage of, getting ahead of the fleet with ease.

Despite Juliet flag flying for the day in its entirety, the day certainly wasn’t short of action on the race course. Impressively close downwind sailing was seen, with teams working hard to take advantage of the sea state to get the most out of the main and jib sail combination. In the local derby, Lymington Town Sailing Club take the advantage over hosts and neighbours Royal Lymington Yacht Club after collecting 2 firsts during their races today.

A total of 13 racing were completed at the conclusion of day one. For the many interested crew and followers, the provisional results can be found here. It will still be all to play for tomorrow. Winds are expected to be over 20 knots with gusts potentially topping 30 knots. Stay tuned tomorrow for updates.

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