Topper National Series 1
This event was one of those events I was not looking forward too, even the night before. With strong winds predicted and rain on the first day it was not going to be nice, but hopefully with the national event debut for my new rooster sailing kit I should be alright.
Day one The forecast was for heavy wind both days but I had to get some good results on the first day because Saturday was the lighter of the two days (18 knots) but these winds still didn't really suit me being one of the lighter sailors at the top of the fleet. Race one started well after the first lap I had a lead of about 20 boat lengths but a tactical error at the leeward gate and two capsizes left me finishing in 8th. I went on to win the next two races and get a second in the last race of the day. This left me on equal points with the leader Jo Mullan but in second on count back. This was a very good result considering the conditions.Day two As 4 races had been completed on day one there were only two race on day 2. But the wind speed had increased and the committee boat was registering gusts of over 28 knots so it was at the maximum we would compete at, furthermore with the committee boat sinking the race committee had be quick with getting the races going. Race one went OK with me getting a 5th but the final race was really for the big kids and the best I could get was a 14th. The final results saw me in 5th out of 189 this wasn't a bad result as I was giving away at least 15kg in body weight to all the top 4 boats. I am now looking forward to the Inland championships at the beginning of May, so long as the conditions are anything under the maximum I will be looking for a good result. Crispin Beaumont