K6 Eurocup 2017 

K6 Eurocup 2017 
Fraglia Riva Del Garda | 26 - 28 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 
GBR 220 
Dave Hall, Bryan Sargeny, Graham Hoy 
(2) 
2 
1 
1 
7.0 
GBR 222 
Neil Fulcher, Oliver Boosey, Harry Clarke 
2 
1 
2 
(dns) 
2 
2 
10.0 
GBR 213 
Nick Jones, Twinkle Jones, Steve Dewherry 
3 
3 
(5) 
19.0 
GBR 208 
Martin Wedge, Scott Allen 
(8) 
5 
5 
4 
3 
4 
(dns) 
29.0 
GBR 22 
Jeff Vander Borght, Dave Guthrie, Hugh Duncan 
10 
7 
(dns) 
6 
38.0 
AUT 146 
George Blating, Guenter Blating, Valentina Blating 
4 
6 
8 
(dns) 
dns 
6 
3 
39.0 
GBR 172 
Mike Truman, Martin Gibson, Tim Williams 
5 
(10) 
7 
5 
2 
(dns) 
(dns) 
41.0 
GBR 216 
Peter Kirkby, Richard Barker, Heather Chipperfield 
6 
4 
4 
(dns) 
dns 
dns 
dns 
50.0 
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) 
9 
dns 
dns 
(dns) 
60.0 
11 
GBR 122 
John Tabork, Chris Burrows, Richard Kidd 
11 
10 
(dns) 
dns 
dns 
62.0 

Test 

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 
GBR 220 
Dave Hall, Bryan Sargeny, Graham Hoy 
(2) 
2 
1 
5.0 
GBR 222 
Neil Fulcher, Oliver Boosey, Harry Clarke 
2 
1 
2 
(dns) 
6.0 
GBR 213 
Nick Jones, Twinkle Jones, Steve Dewherry 
3 
3 
(5) 
12.0 
GBR 208 
Martin Wedge, Scott Allen 
(8) 
5 
5 
4 
3 
17.0 
GBR 172 
Mike Truman, Martin Gibson, Tim Williams 
(10) 
19.0 
GBR 216 
Peter Kirkby, Richard Barker, Heather Chipperfield 
(dns) 
dns 
26.0 
GBR 22 
Jeff Vander Borght, Dave Guthrie, Hugh Duncan 
10 
(dns) 
27.0 
AUT 146 
George Blating, Guenter Blating, Valentina Blating 
(dns) 
dns 
30.0 
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) 
9 
dns 
dns 
41.0 
11 
GBR 122 
John Tabork, Chris Burrows, Richard Kidd 
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 
GBR 220 
Dave Hall, Bryan Sargeny, Graham Hoy 
4.0 
GBR 222 
Neil Fulcher, Oliver Boosey, Harry Clarke 
2 
5.0 
GBR 213 
Nick Jones, Twinkle Jones, Steve Dewherry 
3 
3 
9.0 
GBR 216 
Peter Kirkby, Richard Barker, Heather Chipperfield 
16.0 
AUT 146 
George Blating, Guenter Blating, Valentine Blating 
18.0 
GBR 208 
Martin Wedge, Scott Allen 
18.0 
GBR 172 
Mike Truman, Martin Gibson, Tim Williams 
5 
10 
7 
22.0 
GBR 195 
Steve Bales, Jon Rigby, Jon Smith 
22.0 
GBR 22 
Jeff Vander Borght, Dave Guthrie, Hugh Duncan 
10 
(dns) 
29.0 
10 
GBR 135 
Phil Waterfall, Chris Corner, Malcolm Hull 
dns 
9 
29.0 
11 
GBR 122 
John Tabork, Chris Burrows, Richard Kidd 
11 
10 
30.0 
Photos: Fausto Maroni 
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