Fourteen K6s turned up for the last GUL-sponsored open meeting of the season
Fourteen K6s turned up for the last GUL-sponsored open meeting of the season in Yarmouth – spiritual home of the K6 – on 4-5 October. The RSYC provided benchmark race management with three windward/leewards and two round-the-cans across the weekend.
The battle for top spot for the weekend was between Yarmouth local, Myles Mence, and Jonathan Calascione (QMSC). A combination of loving big breeze, local knowledge, and a particular knack for the long distance race gave Myles the edge, and he ended-up one point clear of Jonathan.
Third place went to the newly crowned UK Olympic Tornado helmsman Leigh McMillan crewed by his father and Jamie Sheldon. Leigh tried the trick of trying to get what you want (even when you have no rights) by shouting the loudest, but found this worked less well with native English speakers than it had in Cadiz two weeks earlier?.
Martin Wadhams, Amanda and Clare in Fat Face obviously decided they needed the extra pressure of coming from behind to really motivate them after their nationals win last month. However, an OSC and an impressive luffing match with the Wight Link ferry meant that they were already out of the prizes on the Saturday. They made-up for this on Sunday with two bullets, and an exhibition in wiping out.
1st 104 – Myles Mence, Glynn Locke, Judith, Royal Solent Yacht Club
2nd Take Two – Jonathan Calascione, Pyers Tucker Queen Mary Sailing Club
3rd Courageous – Leigh McMillan, Jamie Sheldon, Mike McMillan, Royal Solent Yacht Club
4th Buffalo Girls – Mike Braidley, Mike Austen, Hayling Island
5th Fat Face – Martin Wadhams, Amanda Davies, Clare Upton-Brown, Lymington Town Sailing Club
6th Pippi – Peter Kirkby, Richard Barker, Queen Mary Sailing Club