"There was a strong turnout for the event with 19 competitors, 10 visitors (from as far as Royal Highland SC). Competitors arrived on Saturday morning and were greeted by the infamous Hayling Bay conditions, which were so sorely missed at the World Championships last summer.
PRO, Mike MacIntyre, (who was probably incredibly envious of the competitors) set a large Olympic course, which enabled the Flying 15 to thrive in its ideal conditions. There were some awesome quick, tight reaches where the boats just took off and planed on the big waves, kicking up spray everywhere. The day’s conditions were gusty and relatively stable, but gains were to be had with some of the shifts that came down the course.
In Race 1, started in 20 knots after an initial general recall, Pinnell and Darling got the jump on the fleet and never really looked back to take the win. Cadwallander and Sweet came in second. With the gusty and strengthening winds, the gybe mark proved to be ominous. There were some spectacular broaches, including one by Waples, which was caught brilliantly on camera.
Race 2 followed a similar pattern, with Pinnell and Darling taking a commanding lead. This time Osman and Murphy were the best of rest. They put in a superb race to take second in the increasingly challenging conditions, which were blowing at around 25 knots. Minor equipment failures hindered the efforts of some of the teams.
The competitors woke on Sunday morning with aching bodies and some sore heads, to the tail end of the 35+ knot overnight squalls. Whilst some teams made an early get away, the rest of the competitors waited to see if the conditions would ease. Adverse weather conditions had resulted in the cancellation of the ferries, and the decision was taken to cancel all racing as it was unclear when, and if, the conditions would sufficiently abate.
Overall winners with two victories were the imperious Pinnell and Darling (1,1), second were Cadwallander and Sweet (2,3) who posted a very consistent set of results, and third were Peters and Alvarado (4,4).
It was a sensational weekend’s sailing and huge thanks must go the Race Officer and his team who set a great course in demanding conditions, and also to HISC for their fantastic hospitality as always.
Flying 15 - Bulwark Trophy at HISC, Final Leading positions (19 entries)
1st 3955 Ian Pinnell / Mark Darling HISC 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
2nd 3942 I Cadwallander / Dave Sweet Chew Valley 2.0 3.0 5.0 5.0
3rd 3911 Russell Peters / ANO, HISC 4.0 4.0 8.0 8.0
4th 3760 Jeremy Davy / Ashley Painter, HISC 3.0 7.0 10.0 10.0
5th 3957 Charles Apthorp / Jonathan Clark, HISC 5.0 6.0 11.0 11.0
6th 3965 Anthony Osman / Andrew Muphy 10.0 2.0 12.0 12.0
Full Results at this link . . .
Report by Tom Waples"