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Hornet Nationals 2015 - Race report
Brixham 15-18th Aug
So, here we are at the Hornet Nationals in sunny Brixham. An excellent 22 boat fleet is currently sunbathing on the front. Yes, I did say sunny but utterly windless at the moment. Yesterday was a different matter, 10-17 knot led for interested and varied racing with most boats having a good race and a not so good one leaving the series still up for grabs.
The first race was 10-14 knots with a wind shift that resulted in many of the front runners fighting from the middle of the fleet. The breeze continued to rise to the heady strength of 17 knots and supplied some screaming reaches for the crews to enjoy. Will McGrath and Sam Woolner won with Tim Coombe and James Beer close behind.
The second race had more variable breeze but still sunny and warm. Another large windshift resulted in the moving of the windward mark during the race which the race crews carried off in a highly professional manner. A change in fortune for the front runners resulted in Nigel Skudder and Keith Hills winning the race with Rob Larke & Nic Barnes in second place.
The evening Commodore's reception in the club was accompanied by a lot of Pimms and excellent food. The fleet tucked in with relish and proceeded to assist the bar with shedding some of the bar stock... maybe it's a good idea that there is a postponement this morning...
So now we wait... and wait... and wait...
Day two and three
Days 2 and 3 have provided many changes of fortune in the fleet.
As with day 1, the past two days have been characterised by light wind that tested both the race committee and the competitors. However, the racing was fair and the courses moved with a minimum of time wasted.
Day 2 saw Barnes and Larke throw in a DSQ - not helping their scoring - but then proceeded to win all races apart from the last one where they are counting a 5th.
Skudder and Hills have been consistently in the top three apart from their two discards and are tied on points with Garry and McGrath in 3rd place. From 4th to 8th is up for grabs with only 6 points separating the crews, it's all still to play for...
However, in true Hornet fashion, not only have we had two general recalls and individual recalls, the black flag came into play today after a particularly belligerent start. Everyone was a bit more respectful after that!
So, class dinner tonight, probably some sore heads tomorrow morning: rinse, lather, repeat!
Two races and all to play for.......