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Frustration rules on day 1

The UK Flying 15 Nationals at Hayling Island SC got of to a frustrating start on day 1, with a tricky tide causing 6 failed starts before the wind died for 3 hours.

A combination of late wind changes, scrapped starts and general recalls frustrated the Race Officer and the fleet on the first day. A few competitors fell foul of the black flag on later starts, notable the Ian's Pinnell and Cadwallader, FFI President Chris Waples and Simon Hunt and HISC F15 Fleet Captain Mark Nicholson and Steve Culpitt.

By 2pm the wind totally died and the fleet drifted around waiting for the new sea breeze to fill in. Race Officer Mark Darling kept his patience though and repositioned the committee boat in anticipation and when the new breeze appeared shortly before his cut off time of 4pm, the fleet started cleanly in the new south westerly breeze.

The fleet split into two with Greg Wells leading a group out to sea to take the benefit of the flooding tide. The other tracked along the shore before tacking out to sea. The result was a slight advantage for the shore huggers. Downwind was yet again another split between gybing and bearing off and this time it was no contest with those not gybing winning out down at the leeward mark. The second beat served to consolidate positions with no one in the leading group making the mistake of gybing on the second and last run.

The winning team were Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado, followed by Steve Goacher and Tim Harper and George Jordan and Matt Armstrong taking the next two podium positions.

Results can be found on the HISC website

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