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UK Tidal Nationals

 

RYA Multiclass regatta

After arriving on Friday and getting the boat in the water, accidental entertainment was provided due to the prom being run for the local schools. A red carpet was set up and there was a procession of cars and all the kids arrived beautifully dressed up after which they had an evening dinner in the hanger. It was great fun to watch and there was the wonderful juxtaposition between the sailors wondering around in kit, looking tired and wet and all the kids dressed up beautifully.

The sailing took place over the weekend. On the Saturday morning we had the ken ellis pursuit race. The winds were light but with just enough breeze to get round. The boats who could plane had an advantage and it was the blind sailing teams in the Elliots who won. In the afternoon on the Saturday the wind got up and the waves came up. We managed two races on the Saturday and I think everyone was glad we didn’t do three as everyone was very wet and tired. The waves were pretty big and all the boats were being swamped but thankful no one sunk.

On the Saturday night there was a social held in the hanger which was beautifully decorated with a marquee and fairy lights. We had some lovely live music which was done on two acoustic guitars. A lovely buffet style meal was put on by the sailing academy. The prize giving for the ken ellis pursuit race and the team racing took place.

The wind on the Sunday was much lighter and we went out only to spend a large amount of time drifting around. However, the race officer did an excellent job and coped with some very difficult and awkward conditions. The wind swung round from the north to eventually going south west in the afternoon. The first race was abandoned as boats were struggling to go anywhere and the wind shifted. After moving the course area to closer in, we successfully got two races off in much lighter winds and no waves. Two races were managed to be completed before the race officer called it a day. The prize giving for the whole event was then held in the boat park in the sun after everyone was off the water and packed up ready to go home.

Alongside all the racing lots of other activities were put on for people at the multiclass. On both days OTC very kindly ran windsurfing and paddleboarding sessions for family and helpers. Thanks to the miss isle sailing school, sip and puff sessions were run for kids who previously sailing hadn’t been possible.

Overall it was a lovely event which was very packed. In the 2.4mr fleet as expected MEgan came first with Steve a close second and Kate in third. Thanks to the weymouth and Portland national sailing academy for hosting and all the other organisations who contributed to make the event happen. Look forward to next year.

 

Jazz Turner GBR 134