posted on April 30, 2010
Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club was the host for the first of the seasons Championship events, and the first qualifying event for the 2011 World Championships.
A high quality field of fifty-six boats from all over the country arrived to blue skies but no wind. The wind did fill producing a variable breeze of 6-12 knots from the east but with some substantial shifts. David McKee and Chris Hewkin started the weekend with their first win. In the second race Alan Bax and Bill Masterman were first at the last mark but carried on sailing another round of the course, allowing McKee and Hewkin their second win. The third race was the breeziest and was won emphatically by Mike Hart and Richard Rigg with Ian Linder and Kevin Sweetman second and Jeremy Davey and Simon Childs third. The results otherwise among the fleet were very variable, leaving a lot to be settled on Sunday.
Day two dawned with overcast skies and a shift of the breeze to the south, blowing across the lake. The shifts were greater than Saturday and the first beat shorter. Setting the course was difficult for the race officer resulting in a little delay. The impatient fleet was recalled twice and five boats fell victim to the black flag. David McKee took control once again to win from Graham Vials and Chris Turner with Steve Goacher and Phil Evans driving through the fleet after an indifferent start to finish third.
Although McKee and Hewkin had their hands on the trophy going into the last race the other places were open. The wind backed substantially after the start displacing those boats that had taken the starboard end of the line to start. This did not stop David McKee and Chris Hewkin recording their fourth win giving them, after discard, a clean sweep, a substantial achievement in difficult conditions and the presence of a high class fleet.
Scoot Train and Graham Lamond won the classic section having posted an impressive 13th overall in the last race.
Giles Passmore and his team in the Committee Boat did a sterling job in trying conditions and Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club proved to be excellent hosts.