Report by Roland Smith (RS700 1068)
After four light wind races and four with a stronger breeze, Roland’s 3rd place was fairly secure, but there was only one point separating Matt Carter’s first and Pete Purkiss’s second. The forecast suggested light winds in the morning, picking up into the afternoon accompanied by rain. With time pressure to get the racing complete and a lack of clarity about when the breeze would arrive, the Race Officer pushed ahead with the races in 4-6 knots of wind.
For race one Christophe Vellen read the conditions the best up the first beat, only just bested by Pete with his significant light wind speed. Matt rounded in 3rd but was unable to pass Christophe by the line. After discard changes, Matt and Pete were all square going into the last race. Whilst a 45 degree wind change required the whole course to be shifted, this did not produce more wind and the wind shifted back at the gun. This time it was Axel de Blay de Gaix sped out of the pack repeating his form of earlier in the weekend to best Matt at the top mark. However this time Matt was able to recover second by the line, but there was no stopping Pete. As if to mock Matt, the wind did finally arrive (13-15 knots) as the fleet was sailing back to the shore.
So congratulations to Pete Purkiss our RS700 EuroCup winner! Well done to second placed Matt Carter and third placed Roland Smith.
The RS700 fleet would like to give huge thanks to Carnac YC for hosting a super event. Thank you also to our generous event sponsor Salcombe Gin.
Now we’re looking forward to our Noble Marine RS700 Nationals and RS700 European Championship at the RS Games 28-31 July. Info here.