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The day one report of the J/70 UK National Championships

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The J/70 UK National Championships on day first
The J/70 UK National Championships on day first

Caribbean style conditions on the first day of the J/70 UK National Championships had the J/70 fleet grinning form ear to ear, after three highly competitive races in the beautiful surrounding of Torbay, nicknamed Torbados but the J/70 fleet. Calascione & Ripard's Calypso was the top performing boat racing for the J/70 UK National Championship. Second in the British pecking order was Doug Struth's DSP, and third was Wilson & King's Soak Racing. 10-12 knots of breeze from the east, created light conditions with subtle shifts during the course of the day. A good start is always a winner in the J/70 fleet, especially so in light airs and with the calibre of teams racing at the J/70 UK National Championship.

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“We have been working on our starts for quite a while,” commented Calypso's helm, Seb Ripard. “Today, the left was favoured with lifts and acceleration coming from the land. Although the left was was down tide, the better pressure on that side out weighed that negative. Downwind we always have our tactician looking back at the fleet, to see any changes to the situation but the big focus for us is to maximize our VMG and get to the bottom mark as fast as we can. All in all it was a good day for us, but we were a bit disappointed not to win the second race, having led at the top mark.”

The J/70 UK National Championships on day first
The J/70 UK National Championships on day first

“We started well today, choosing a slot about three in from the pin, which was slightly conservative but avoided the big fight between some well sailed boats at that end,” commented Doug Struth, DSP. “Once you get a good start, it is essential that you can hold your lane, and that is all about boat speed, which seemed to be on the money. We did get pretty deep in the fleet in the second race, but Geoff Carveth did a great job on the helm to get us back into the top part of the fleet.”

Caribbean style conditions on the first day of the J/70 UK National Championships had the J/70 fleet grinning form ear to ear, after three highly competitive races in the beautiful surrounding of Torbay, nicknamed Torbados but the J/70 fleet. Calascione & Ripard's Calypso was the top performing boat racing for the J/70 UK National Championship. Second in the British pecking order was Doug Struth's DSP, and third was Wilson & King's Soak Racing. 10-12 knots of breeze from the east, created light conditions with subtle shifts during the course of the day. A good start is always a winner in the J/70 fleet, especially so in light airs and with the calibre of teams racing at the J/70 UK National Championship.

“We have been working on our starts for quite a while,” commented Calypso's helm, Seb Ripard. “Today, the left was favoured with lifts and acceleration coming from the land. Although the left was was down tide, the better pressure on that side out weighed that negative. Downwind we always have our tactician looking back at the fleet, to see any changes to the situation but the big focus for us is to maximize our VMG and get to the bottom mark as fast as we can. All in all it was a good day for us, but we were a bit disappointed not to win the second race, having led at the top mark.”

“We started well today, choosing a slot about three in from the pin, which was slightly conservative but avoided the big fight between some well sailed boats at that end,” commented Doug Struth, DSP. “Once you get a good start, it is essential that you can hold your lane, and that is all about boat speed, which seemed to be on the money. We did get pretty deep in the fleet in the second race, but Geoff Carveth did a great job on the helm to get us back into the top part of the fleet.”

The J/70 UK National Championships on day first
The J/70 UK National Championships on day first

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