K6 Eurocup, Riva del Garda, Italy

Every year the K6 class holds a European event on mainland Europe, last year is was the Netherlands but in alternate years the fleet always comes to Fraglia del Garda.

This year had the biggest spread of countries with teams from France, Germany, Czech Republic and the UK all making their way to Lake Garda for the this years Eurocup.

With very unlike Garda weather the first day was spent doing some fast and furious practice races combined with a an unofficial mini-series. After 4 races Team Hall won the day with a 5,2,1,2.

The first day of the championship proper dawned and it looked like it was going to be a classic Garda day. However the previous days weather had brought snow on the high mountains and the wind decided it would stay from the north. Race one and it was a battle between the teams of Kirkby, Fulcher, Smithwhite and Hall. Team Kirkby lead into the final run only to be taken on the line by Team Hall. Race 2 once again started in the breeze from the north which looked like building. At the front of the fleet it was the usual suspects but just as the leaders approached the last windward mark the wind inverted and the race was abandoned. After a long wait while, a weak Ora finally filled in and the restart finally got away. Breaking all the Garda rules Robin and Charlotte Richardson took the lead from the middle of the lake. They held it all the way to just before the finish where team Kirkby piped them at the post.

Day 2 and Garda delivered, an early wind set in with a good 22 knots plus with even more by the cliffs. With the stronger wind it brought a number of the heavier crews to the front. Team Fulcher started off the day with a first but it was the Smithwhite team that was able to take advantage of the breeze and ended the day with a 2,1,1 to take the overall lead. Team Kirkby – one of the lighter teams held on to second while another heavy weight team Calascione pulled up to 3rd with a display of heavy weather sailing. After a disappointing first day another of the heavyweights team Jones had an excellent day with a consistent 3,2,2.

Lake Garda was a little kinder for day 3. The southerly breeze came at 12 -15 knots providing exiting racing and fun sailing. Team Smithwhite won every race of the day, however not without challenges from team Fulcher and team Calascione. Team Kirkby now slipped from their 2nd place allowing Team Fulcher and Calascione to to leap frog them. Going into the last day baring disaster the top 2 places of Smithwhite and Fulcher were taken, however with 3 races to go places 3rd to 6th were still wide open. After the long day on the water the fleet enjoyed an evening at the new refurbished restaurant next to the club. Fun speeches and prizes were handed out to those who had achieved exceptional performances – not necessarily relating to their race position.

With snow on the mountains around the lake and racing starting for the last day in the morning it was an early cold start for the fleet. While Team Smithwhite continued their winning form the battle for 3rd was hard fought. With 4 teams in the running it was team Hall who had one of their best days and pulled up to the 3rd slot overhauling team both team Kirkby and Calascione. Team Cook were also in the running and had a good day but not quite enough to improve their position.

So the 2013 K6 Eurocup winner by a large margin is the team of David Smithwhite, Martin Wedge and Riki Aydeni.

A big thank you goes to Fraglia del Riva for their hospitality and incredibly efficient race team who in the mixture of conditions got all the races in.

OVERALL RESULTS -
Rank Nat Sail No. Name Club Crew 1 Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8 Race 9 Race 10 Race 11 Race 12 Total Nett Crew 2
1st
GBR
208 Dave Smithwhite Hayling Island SC Riki Aydeniz (2.0) (4.0) 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 (17.0 DNF) 33.0 10.0 Martin Wedge
2nd
GBR
222 Neil Fulcher Stone SC William Smithwhite (9.0) (15.0) 1.0 3.0 5.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 (6.0) 1.0 53.0 23.0 James Polson
3rd
GBR
220 Dave Hall Thorpe Bat SC Tom Hall 1.0 3.0 (8.0) (8.0) (17.0 DNF) 4.0 4.0 5.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 2.0 62.0 29.0 Laura Hall
4th
GBR
216 Peter Kirkby Queen Mary SC Heather Chipperfield 3.0 1.0 5.0 (6.0) (8.0) (6.0) 6.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 4.0 3.0 52.0 32.0 Richard Barker
5th
GBR
156 Jonathan Calascione Itchenor SC David Mossman 4.0 (9.0) 4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 (6.0) 5.0 (6.0) 58.0 37.0 Pyers Tucker
6th
GBR
206 Julian Cook Royal Torbay YC Hugo Fitzjohn 5.0 (13.0) (6.0) 5.0 4.0 5.0 3.0 6.0 6.0 2.0 2.0 (7.0) 64.0 38.0 Caroline Aisher
7th
GBR
213 Nick Jones Aldeburgh YC George Jones (12.0) (10.0) 3.0 2.0 2.0 (11.0) 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 9.0 84.0 51.0 Mike Butler
8th
GER
125 Hans-Joerg Schaffer STSG Malte Kremer 7.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 6.0 (13.0) (12.0) 9.0 (17.0 DNC) 8.0 11.0 10.0 113.0 71.0 Martin Schaffer
9th
GER
145 Syndey Gottschalk SCW Jens Zuppke (11.0) 7.0 (10.0) 9.0 7.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 (12.0) 10.0 8.0 105.0 72.0 Thorston Seglitz
10th
GBR
172 Robin Richardson Itchenor SC   6.0 2.0 9.0 13.0 9.0 9.0 10.0 11.0 9.0 (17.0 DNC) (17.0 DNC) (17.0 DNC) 129.0 78.0 Charlie Richardson
11th
GBR
119 Terry Wilkinson Queen Mary SC Frances Wensley 13.0 (17.0 OCS) (17.0 DNC) (17.0 DNC) 17.0 DNC 14.0 11.0 10.0 11.0 9.0 8.0 4.0 148.0 97.0 Gareth Watkins
12th
FRA
194 Michel Guglieri Societe Nautique la Ciotat Quentin Delahoche 10.0 14.0 (17.0 DNC) (17.0 DNC) (17.0 DNC) 12.0 15.0 12.0 10.0 11.0 9.0 5.0 149.0 98.0 Kais Kaddour
13th
GER
111 Robert Kellner/Volker Grabon DRS Erika Aldelsburger 8.0 11.0 (17.0 DNC) 12.0 11.0 (16.0) (14.0) 14.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 12.0 154.0 107.0 Robert Kellner/Dominik Scheer
14th
GBR
109 John Adcroft Aldeburgh YC David Adcroft 14.0 8.0 12.0 11.0 (17.0 DNC) 8.0 9.0 13.0 (17.0 DNC) (17.0 DNF) 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 160.0 109.0 Steve Dewberry
15th
CZE
126 Roman Fiser Jachtklub Kralovska Merin Ivan Vavrina (16.0) 12.0 13.0 14.0 12.0 (15.0) 13.0 (15.0) 12.0 10.0 12.0 11.0 155.0 109.0 Ondrej Busta
16th
GBR
135 Philip Waterfall St Mawes SC Samuel Waterfall 15.0 5.0 11.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 (17.0 DNF) (17.0 DNC) (17.0 DNC) 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 17.0 DNC 163.0 112.0 Chris Gorner


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