28TH JUNE, 2016
Drop Bear posts a near perfect score to win the HP30 Class at the IRC Nationals.
John Reivers team, Drop Bear Sailing, came out on top, with an impressive five out of eight bullets, to win with a single digit score of nine. Malcolm Wootton's Pegasus, scored 14 points, including two firsts, to secure second place and team FOMO came third.
Over the course of the breezy and sometimes quite stormy weekend, the fleet of five HP30's was confronted by extremely changeable conditions, including shifty squalls, thunderstorms and torrential rain, as well as brilliant sunshine and perfect breeze! The RORC race committee set a mixture of windward leeward races, with two round the cans races mixed into the series, adding some variety. For the smaller boats in the fleet, the strong spring tides, lengthened almost every upwind beat, resulting in longer deltas and less close results than were seen at the first event.
Having said that, it looked as if there has been a considerable amount of practice going on, since the first regatta, with much improved boat handling all round. All of the starts were competitive, with no OCS calls registered. Pegasus was arguably the best improved, being right in the mix all weekend, discarding a fourth and narrowly missing an additional first placed spot in race three.
Attention now turns to the HP30 Class Nationals in Plymouth, where the fleet is set to reach double digits for the first time. Racing will be over a series of different courses, including windward leeward courses, within Plymouth Sound and some short coastal races outside the famous breakwater.
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