Harken Man in the Van - Blog updates from Sail 4 Gold Regatta


Day 4 (Thursday 5th June)


So, it’s the D-Day Memorial day and the sailors have been blessed with some champagne sailing conditions at the World Class sailing venue they have here at WPNSA.  15-16 knots, blue sky and sunshine which is a little bit of a change from yesterdays 'Fresh to Frightening' conditions as quoted by Andrew Walsh of the MacWalsh Nacra 17 team.

So the 2.4's, Sonars, 470's and Nacra 17's are up first and out on the water along with the Finns.  49er and the FX's this afternoon.  Fingers crossed Niki Birrell doesn’t have to swim his 2.4 across the finish line today now he has his electric pump fitted after finding out his bailing techniques weren’t up to scratch like his Skud sailing.  Team Robertson, Stodel and Thomas are still on for a clean sweep in the Sonars, Helena Lucus and Megan Pascoe are fighting it out at the front of the 2.4 fleet with a point separating them going into today. Also a point separating top two Nacra 17 teams of Gimson / Wilson and team MacWalsh 49ers are being shown the way by Dave and Ed with a healthy 12 point lead and Kate MacGregor and Katrina Best leading the British charge in the FX's after a solid day yesterday chasing the Dutch FX team.

So from a sunny World Class Sailing venue, shorts and sunnies are out!  

Heres to a cracking day on the water.


Day 3 (Wednesday 4th June)

Quick up date from the man in the van.....

Currently wet with more rain forecast during lunch, 12-14 knots forecast to increase after the lunch time rain. 

49ers and FX's up for on the morning start followed by the 470, Nacra's and Paralympic classes this afternoon.  Good day yesterday for Dave and Ed in the 49er claiming top spot along with Kate Macgregor and Katrina Best leading the charge for the British FX's.  Sonar team of Stodel, Thomas and Robertson currently have a clean sweep but being closely chased by Andy Cassel and crew all the way.

Guest appearance from a very well known cat builder Graham Eeles who is down to catch up with some of the Nacra teams to aid them in their campaigns leading to Rio.

From a damp man in a van, signing out.

sail4gold14_3_750Day 2 (Tuesday 3rd June)

Busy morning so far servicing the Team GB Sonar's in time for their early start.  Mixed bag for a few teams yesterday with consistency being the key to a good day.  Breeze has built, currently around 10 knots.

2.4's, Sonars, Nacra 17's and 470's up first today along with the Finn's.  49ers and FX's up this afternoon.


Day 1 (Monday 2nd June)

Today we managed to get out on the water to watch all the action - check it out here 


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