K6s Eurocup 2017, Fraglia Riva Del Garda

26th - 28th June 2017



Day 5 & Final Results

Going into the last day the number one spot was between Neil Fulcher with Oliver & Harry and Dave Hall with Graham & Bryan. Neils team need to win both of the last two races while Daves team had to win one.

Both boats hit the line together charging off in the now familiar Garda Breeze. It was neck and neck at the first mark with Dave just taking the lead. Neil split the gybes and at the leeward mark there was only a boat length between them. Dave extended the gap up wind and just held off Neil to take the win and the overall championship. The second race of the day was a virtual re-run with Daves team taking the last gun of the week. The Austrian family team of George, Guenter and Valentina finally had a good day finishing the week with a well-deserved 3rd – we hope to see them back next year having gained the experience from the British teams. Nick Jones and his team unaffected by their drama of Wednesday sailed a steady series to come in third overall.

A big thanks to Fraglia della Vela Riva and to Gul for the prizes – it was a very different and interesting week on the Lake.


Dave Hall


No.

Sail No.

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

Total

1

GBR 220

Dave Hall, Bryan Sargeny, Graham Hoy

(2)

1

2

1

1

1

1

7,0

2

GBR 222

Neil Fulcher, Oliver Boosey, Harry Clarke 1 2 1 2 (dns) 2 2 10,0

3

GBR 213

Nick Jones, Twinkle Jones, Steve Dewherry

3

3

3

3

(5)

3

4

19,0

4

GBR 208

Martin Wedge, Scott Allen (8) 5 5 4 3 4 (dns) 29,0

5

GBR 22

Jeff Vander Borght, Dave Guthrie, Hugh Duncan

10

7

(dns)

6

4

5

5

37,0

6

AUT 146

George Blating, Guenter Blating, Valentina Blating 4 6 8 (dns) dns 6 3 39,0

7

GBR 172

Mike Truman, Martin Gibson, Tim Williams

5

(10)

7

5

2

(dns)

(dns)

41,0

8

GBR 216

Peter Kirkby, Richard Barker, Heather Chipperfield 6 4 4 (dns) dns dns dns 50,0

9

GBR 195

Steve Bales, Jon Rigby, Jon Smith

7

9

6

(dns)

dns

dns

dns

58,0

10

GBR 135

Phil Waterfall, Chris Corner, Malcolm Hull (dns) 8 9 dns dns 7 (dns) 60,0

11

GBR 122

John Tabork, Chris Burrows, Richard Kidd

9

11

10

(dns)

dns

8

dns

62,0








Day 4

After 2 days of abandoned races it was good for the fleet to get out and blow the cob webs away. The past two days have been somewhat crazy with epic storms and wind, there will be many a tail for many years as teams recall how the drama unfolded when the 50 knot storm crossed the fleet. All was well with only a few damaged sails – with some boats even making it to the windward shore for a beer at the café while they waited for it to pass.

So finally, the fleet got away with a stiff but somewhat cool breeze from the south kicking in. Neil Fulcher with Oliver and Harry led the charge followed by Dave Hall with Bryan and Graham. They had a tussle all the way round until the final drop when Neils team just caught the spinnaker in the water allowing Dave to slip through. The second race in an increasing wind saw Daves team lead the way followed by team Nick Jones. This stayed the same until the final drop when Team Jones spinnaker went trawling allowing team Trueman through to second. One more day left and we will see what Garda has to throw at us for the final day.


Dave Hall


No.

Sail No.

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

Total

1

GBR 220

Dave Hall, Bryan Sargeny, Graham Hoy

(2)

1

2

1

1

5,0

2

GBR 222

Neil Fulcher, Oliver Boosey, Harry Clarke 1 2 1 2 (dns) 6,0

3

GBR 213

Nick Jones, Twinkle Jones, Steve Dewherry

3

3

3

3

(5)

12,0

4

GBR 208

Martin Wedge, Scott Allen (8) 5 5 4 3 17,0

5

GBR 172

Mike Truman, Martin Gibson, Tim Williams

5

(10)

7

5

2

19,0

6

GBR 216

Peter Kirkby, Richard Barker, Heather Chipperfield 6 4 4 (dns) dns 26,0

7

GBR 22

Jeff Vander Borght, Dave Guthrie, Hugh Duncan

10

7

(dns)

6

4

27,0

8

AUT 146

George Blating, Guenter Blating, Valentina Blating 4 6 8 (dns) dns 30,0

9

GBR 195

Steve Bales, Jon Rigby, Jon Smith

7

9

6

(dns)

dns

34,0

10

GBR 135

Phil Waterfall, Chris Corner, Malcolm Hull (dns) 8 9 dns dns 41,0

11

GBR 122

John Tabork, Chris Burrows, Richard Kidd

9

11

10

(dns)

dns

42,0







Day 3 - Another Difficult day on Lake Garda

Today was biblical. There are RIB drivers who have been working in Riva for 30+ years who say they have never seen anything like it. A Ponale wind (straight down the mountain) came out of nowhere accompcnied by forked lightening and hail stones the size of golf balls. Those who were nearest to the line of wind didn’t have time to drop sails, but those who have been to Garda before knew to get in the water, capsized or turtled if possible. The Ponale wind doesn’t last long but behind it came the strong Northerly wind (Peler) making the slow sail back in extremely difficult. It’s interesting how people cope with things like this. All respect to the Australina boats who sailed into the lee of the cliff right next to a café and, once assured that there would be no more racing(!), sent one of their team swimming to shore to get the dark & stormys.



Nick Jones and his team moored themselves to a mark in the centre of the lake to sit it out. On return Twinkie said once they were settled down, her Dad and Steve decided they were hungry and had their lunch in 50+ knots. ‘It’s the strangest picnic I’ve ever had. Awesome, my brother will be so jealous!’ - goo.gl/photos/EKrHmTps43NMvRFb8

Once we were all in and starting to tell our tales over a reviving beer, the 3rd storm (70+kts) came in. Southerly this time – the Ora. Epic. - www.facebook.com/circolosurftorbole/videos/10154473852857397

Unbelievably, apart from some cuts and bruises and a few tattered sails, there were no injuries or damage. Respect to the seamanship and courage of the sailors, and respect for the boats. Those of us who were there will never forget this day.


Heather Chipperfield





Day 2

A difficult day for competitors on Lake Garda.

Overcast sky and rain precluded the famous Ora wind developing on the lake. After some delay the Race Officer started the two fleets well down lake on the light northerly breeze but after just one round it was abandoned for both classes.

A new start area was established but the light breeze never settled or strengthened and the fleet were eventually all towed back to the harbour.

Another difficult day for the PRO is expected today (Wednesday) with rain and thunder forecast.


David Pitman



Day 1

The K6 Eurocup started in great style on Monday 26 June at Fraglia vela Riva, Lake Garda, with bright sunshine and a warm Ora wind. Neil Fulcher and Dave Hall showed us all their heels, but there's still 10 races to go in this 5 day regatta ... The fleet and their families are certainly making the most of the wonderful town of Riva del Garda.


Heather Chipperfield


No.

Sail No.

Crew

R1

R2

R3

Total

1

GBR 220

Dave Hall, Bryan Sargeny, Graham Hoy

1

2

1

4.0

2

GBR 220

Dave Hall, Bryan Sargeny, Graham Hoy 2 1 2 5.0

3

GBR 213

Nick Jones, Twinkle Jones, Steve Dewherry

3

3

3

9.0

4

GBR 216

Peter Kirkby, Richard Barker, Heather Chipperfield 6 4 4 16.0

5

AUT 146

George Blating, Guenter Blating, Valentine Blating

4

6

8

18.0

6

GBR 208

Martin Wedge, Scott Allen 8 5 5 18.0

7

GBR 172

Mike Truman, Martin Gibson, Tim Williams

5

10

7

22.0

8

GBR 195

Steve Bales, Jon Rigby, Jon Smith 7 9 6 22.0

9

GBR 22

Jeff Vander Borght, Dave Guthrie, Hugh Duncan

10

7

dns

29.0

10

GBR 135

Phil Waterfall, Chris Corner, Malcolm Hull dns 8 9 29.0

11

GBR 122

John Tabork, Chris Burrows, Richard Kidd

9

11

10

30.0





Photos: Fausto Maroni