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RYA MultiClass Regatta

The big event in the calender this year for our race team was the RYA Sailability Multiclass regatta in Rutland. This was a regatta for Hansa 2.3's, 303's, Libertey's, 2.4m, Skuds, Challengers and RS Ventures. The weekend proved a great intriudction to big fleet racing in the Hansa class, with 46 boats on the course that we were racing on in 303s. 

Friday saw us get the boats off trailers and into the water ready for a practoce sail - this proved very helpful, with a key learning point being "sailing over weed and carrying it around on your centreboard isnt fast". That evening we prepared for two full days of racing with a Team picnic in one of our tents - which just fitted everyone in! Thanks to Angela and Mavis for gettng such a yummy selection of food! 

On Saturday, the two boats, with Tim and Anya and Dick and Phiip took to the water for two races before lunch. It was a challenging course, with the wind being quite shifty, and plenty of other boats to keep an eye out for! But it was FUN! After lunch, we headed out again in torrential rain for a further two races, but it didn't dampen our spirits! After this first day of racing, Tim and Anya were lying 4th, with Philip and Dick in 7th - great results that Team Chesil were proud of! The first day's racing also formed the Rutland TT, so out of the British boats eligeble for that trophy, Tim and Anya collected a trophey for coming 2nd. 

The evening saw the regatta dinner - a very social affair. As Sunday approached, Tim was taken unwell, but Philip and Dick kept the Chesil flag flying by having a good day racing the 303. Anya managed to blag a ride on the RS Venture, which was very exciting in those conditions - so exciting, that she infamously managed to capzise the non-capsizable boat! Chesil Sailability certianly made an impression on their first debut on the circuit... 

The shore support team of Hugh, Angela, Rob and Liz were brilliant! We couldn't have done it without them! All the volunteers at Rutland were great and the whole event was a great success! 

: 3rd Aug 2014 17:14:00


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