Twenty-nine of the 31 RS Elites entered for the Zhik RS Elite National Championship made it to the start line on Day 1.
Apologies for the late report but I and the rest of the fleet have only just about recovered from the battering we got down at Hayling Island. Not only were the winds very strong but the journey from Sparks marina to Hayling Bay across the sandbar was more than a little hairy with all crew members in the back of the boat to prevent submarining on the return journey. Overall I can honestly say this was survival sailing and not at all enjoyable, thank heavens for the safe waters back at Burnham.
The winds were 21 knots gusting 26 and peaking at 31 which is at the limit of our boats and crew: only two of the four RBYC Elites managed any racing on day 1 due to breakages, notably Serious Moonlights boom snapped in half.
All racing cancelled due to high winds, most crews took the opportunity for a bit of sightseeing and some additional ale consumption
The winds today were very strong again with 18 knots gusting 23 and peaking at 30. All our fleet were out today and the first two races passed without incident apart from numerous black flags. Then the heavens opened as if we weren't wet enough already and some crew resorting to the use of buckets as head ware. There was a short postponement while the rain and 30 knot winds subsided and then the final two races got under way.
Afraid nothing to boast about here as we are just not used to sailing in such extreme conditions but all crews made a valiant effort.
19th Place:- Neil Fulcher & Nick Radley:- 104 points
25th Place:- Oink Squeal-Dave & Fran Wood with Steve Cook:- 120 points
26th Place:- Serious Moonlight-Richard Bavin, Joey Thompson & Duncan Haley:- 123 points
31st Place:- Anduril:-Adrian Olsen, Mick Lovell & Trevor Greenway:- 176 points