As the sailors arrived at Royal Western Yacht Club they were greeted by some light Devon drizzle and a building breeze. After tucking into some great bacon butties and hot drinks, the sailors were briefed and things quickly got underway. The 11 teams from across the UK made their way down to the fleet of RS21s and dependant on their place in proceedings, either collect their RS21 for the first round of racing or they clambered on board the motherships with plenty of kit and copious snacks to see them comfortably through the day.
PRO, Mike Johnson and his fantastic team smashed through the racing schedule today. The first couple of races were held in around 8-12 knots, with the breeze picking up to 10-15 knots and the sun breaking through the drizzle. The breeze fluctuated throughout the day, with pressure filling in on either side of the course which kept the teams on their toes. Racing was incredibly tight, with RS21s stacked up 3 boats deep at some mark roundings. The breeze started to become more unstable throughout the afternoon and the focus shifted away from boat speed to nailing the right side of the shifts.
With tight racing, you are always guaranteed to keep the umpires busy. There were plenty of red protest flags flying throughout the racing but no collisions and great quick decisions by the umpires meant that racing kept on track. Umpire Nigel was even spotted rescuing a cap up one of the beats, now that is world-class support!
After 14 races and a fantastic day on the water, the sailors were greeted with a BBQ and cold beer as they came ashore. Within minutes of being back, the results were published on the notice board and the teams eagerly started making plans of attack on the water tomorrow. The chat soon digressed to lessons learnt on the water, with teams sharing tips and settings for the RS21s.
With the points still tight across the fleet its all the play for tomorrow but who will be going to the final? Stay tuned.
Check out the results here!