We thought our luck had finally run out looking at the forecast leading up to the weekend. All 10 previous BSA events hosted here at The OTC had accrued enough wind to gain a result, but was the 11th event going to be the first to be skunked…? Well … we are very pleased to say it wasn’t! It was a game of patience, with the conditions agonisingly close on Saturday and little to get excited about early Sunday morning. Yet the 60+ competitors across the three fleets held firm, and their resolve paid off. As forecast, the conditions built early Sunday afternoon, enough to eek out results in both the Amateurs and Pro Fleets. The Master Blasters were keen at it throughout the weekend and competed in a staggering 28 races – got to be something of a record?
The full results will be displayed on the UKWA website, but a quick mention of James Faley, who was awarded a prize as the event’s most improved sailor by Ross Williams. Ross signed his competition rashie from PWA Fuerteventura ’15 where he came an outstanding third and helped him to secure his best ever result on the world slalom stage last year. Massive congratulations to James who thoroughly deserved the award.
Many thanks to Ross Williams and Tabou/GA Sails for their support sponsoring the event. Thanks also to the UKWA team and their support crew, without whom the series would certainly not be possible. And lastly many thanks to all the competitors who came from the four corners of the UK to take part. Despite an ominous forecast it was fantastic to see so many people at the event, including many new faces. And your commitment has paid off – it wasn’t an all time classic due to the conditions, but the atmosphere was super welcoming and relaxed, which is all down to you guys. Thank you. The next event is at Hayling Island on the 21-22nd of May and promises to keep the BSA rolling in as healthy a fashion as it has started the 2016 season.
Lastly, thanks to Andy Stallman for these cracking images.