After a fantastic practice afternoon on Friday, the competitors were greated with a light NW breeze coming across the lake on their arrival for the 1st day of competition.
PRO Ken Binks and his team were forced to move the course to the opposite side of the lake and set an awkward course, the wind filled in during the day but the direction stayed mainly WNW creating shifty conditions. All but the very brave changed down to No 2 rig during the day with plenty of nose diving, the sailimakers within the fleet must have been licking their lips!
The difficult conditions tested all but as usual the cream rises to the top.
The top 20 after day 1 are:
1 Brad Gibson 42 Birkenhead
2 Olivier COHEN 100 France
3 Graham Bantock 95 Chelmsford R.Y.C.
4 robert walsh 25 fleetwood
5 Phillip Playle 77 Chelmsford R.Y.C.
6 Patrice Montero 138 Société Nautique de Bandol – France
7 Josh King 26 Windrush RYC
8 Martin Roberts 64 Birkenhead
9 Huub Gillissen 199 NL
10 ROSSIGNOL Yannick 122 US Carmaux Voile
11 Trevor Binks 72 EDMYC
12 Peter Stollery 39 Guildford
13 DERAVIN Eric 28 cazeaux lac france
14 Tony Edwards 75 Leicestershire RYC
15 Joop de Jong 141 NL
16 Walter Geurts 91 Rockanje NL
17 Matteo Longhi 34 Circolo Vela Tivano Italy
18 Mark Dennis 177 Chelmsford R.Y.C.
19 John Tushingham 51 Keighley
20 Simon Clarke 94 Woodspring MSC
Hanneke Gillissen has taken some pictures and willpost them on her own site but a couple are below.