Open Dinghy Regatta, Day 2

Day 2 (Sunday) of the HHYC Scallywag Foundation Open Dinghy Regatta 2021 dawned much the same as Day 1 – incredibly blue skies and a fresh southerly breeze. Race officer, Inge Strompf, began her briefing earlier in an attempt to improve on Saturday’s course-laying delays.

Once again, the importance of ice and water on all support craft was stressed, and plenty of sun block advised. Incidentally, temperatures were to soar above 36° Celsius during the day and the Observatory claims it was the hottest May day on record. Phew!

On shore, the D flag was raised at 0900 and the committee boat, Hebe One, left the dock at 0905.

So far so good . . . and it was only to get better. Out in Port Shelter, race management had all four courses prepared in quick time and, very important, the wind held steady between 8 and 10 knots. Air clarity was even better than Day 1 and, from Hebe One, it was possible to see the sails of the Waszps, 29ers and 420s preparing for their start on Course 4, beyond Shelter Island. The Main and Intermediate Optimists arrived under tow in five groups – all 51 of them.

Most classes were looking forward to three races while, for the Optimists (Main and Intermediate), it was to be a busy day with four races to complete.

No AP flags this time and the 14 fleets got away from the scheduled 1100 onwards. Even better, the wind was increasing and, at 1300, was a steady 13 knots from 130°.

On Course 1, under the University, the 30 Optimists sailing in the Green Fleet completed all seven of their races, with Nicolas Tancock emerging victorious, followed by Rosie Woolterton and Oliver Aitken. Take note, these young sailors are the future. It’s worth keeping an eye on them!

On Course 2, the Intermediate Optimists completed six races with Emma Yi Yeung Leung taking the overall honours. In the Optimists Open, Peter Jessop finished 1st overall with a net total of 7 points. Julian Hill won overall in the Lasers, with Lucas Minne topping the results in the Laser 4.7s. In the 2.4mRs fleet, Virgile Bertrand claimed 1st overall, followed by Sailability’s Yuen Wai Foo and Chi Yeung Puk.

On Course 3, the Laser Picos (single-handed) were won by David Leadsom and the Laser Picos (double-handed) saw Flynn Wilkinson & Maddy Tidball claim 1st after six races. In the RS Quest fleet, again after six races, Andy Lau & Moses Chan took 1st overall followed by Juliet Ashton & Frances Hurley in 2nd. In the 14-strong Hansa 303 fleet, Joel Suarez won overall followed by Alexandra Jones, while in the three-strong Hansa Liberty fleet, Peter Danielsson claimed the overall honours, followed by Greg Downes and Paul Tyson.

Out beyond Shelter Island, on Course 4, there was much spirited competition among the Waszps, 420s and 29ers. After six races, Thibault Minne emerged victorious with a net total of 7 points. The five-strong 420 fleet saw experienced dinghy sailors Julia Jacobson & Duncan Gregor score four 1st places and a 2nd to win overall. There were eight entries in the 29ers with Juliette Clot the winner overall.

Back at the Hebe Haven Yacht Club, trophies were handed out but, sadly, with the Covid-19 restrictions still in place, no formal prize-giving. Nevertheless, this should not deter from an amazing two days of intense, exhilarating and rewarding sailing for the competitors, not forgetting the high level of logistics support and commitment from the race management and volunteers.

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