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Bristol TT Event - Chesil Sailability on Tour!

Despite on having sailed the boats a handful of times, Tim Scarisbrick and Anya de Iongh took on the challenging of flying the Chesil Sailability flag for the first time on the circuit. Bristol Docks was the venue of the Access Class Association Traveller Trophy event in late August. For two sailors more used to the steady winds and space of Portland Harbour, the Bristol Docks on a light wind day proved challenging to say the least. But despite the problems with Mother Nature on the water, we were welcomed into the Class with open arms - from the enthusiastic volunteers running around the club hoisting and rigging, to the safety and race teams on the water - everyone was brilliant! The other sailors were very friendly - it is a great class to be a part of with all the usual banter in between races! Having a pub in the middle of the club made a very buzzing atmosphere - plenty of people to watch us at the bottom mark! Anya de Iongh managed the astounding feat of coming first (and last!) in all her races, as she was the only 2.3, but it looked like she gave the faster Liberty class sailors a run for their money - up the first beat at least! But is it all about points for Chesil Sailability on the circuit. Tim Scarisbrick, with Hugh de Iongh as a crew, found the light and fluky conditions difficult too, with other boats seeming to overtake suddenly for no reason - like an extreme and unlucky game of snakes and ladders. A great introduction to Access racing, and the class - and it made us realise just what special venue Portland Harbour is after all. Photos to follow...

Chesil Sailability: 29th Sep 2013 21:01:56

 

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