With the ebb in full flow by start time on Saturday the RO had no choice but to send the fleet from the shelter of Chichester Harbour into English channel for a roller coaster ride in the 20 knot south easterly.
It turned into a blood bath when Andrew Friend broke his boom with his head !
After two races and the tide turning against the wind the fleet was sent home.....Getting there was not so easy ! However Chris Rashey gave a faultless display of how it can be done with no capsizes or pitch poles all day. Although he does need coaching on approaching a lee shore in 3 knots of current. His only mistake of the day was getting ashore.
Sunday was forecast to be 30knots plus and some didn't show up as a result. But it didn't come - with the gusts max around 22 knots occasionally. At one point the race leaders were all off their foils.
4 races were completed to make up the full series. Chris dominated and Dylan would have secured second overall had he not lost his eyes ( contact lens) in the excitement of Saturday, forcing him to retire. Dylan took a race from Chris and dominated another comfortably for some time before Chris snuck past after weed and crisp packets slowed progress.
The first 3 - Rashley / Lennon / Fletcher were all using the A2m design. This sail was developed over the winter leading up to the Sorrento worlds. This sail was a design collaboration between Lennon Sails, Ellway Aero and Chris himself.
Pictures from Friday testing with Lennon using an A1m+ Rashley and Fletcher using A2m. Photos Angus Peel / Lennon sails
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