K6 Eurocup 2019 AVAL-CDV, Gravedona, Lake Como 

24th – 28th June 2019 
K6 Eurocup, AVAL-CDV, Gravedona, Lake Como 
 
The best weeks racing the class has probably had seemed to be the consensus amongst the 20 boats who made the trip to Gravedona on Lake Como. The sun shone, the breeze blew, the race management was spot on, the club super welcoming and there was a Laser cockpit full of cold beer thanks to legend Philip Waterfall when you came ashore each day. If you weren’t sailing, the club even provided wine tasting and pasta making lessons. Life doesn’t get much better! 
 
Brothers Steve and Ross Birbeck won the week with a couple of races to spare. They had an uncanny ability to dig themselves out of trouble when not at the front of the pack, and almost always seemed to be able to pick the right side of the course for each leg. And the right side of the course never seemed to be what it was on the previous lap! This goes some way to explaining why 9 of the 20 boats had 1st or 2nd places in at least one of the races. Special mention goes to John Adcroft and Steve Dewbury from Aldeburgh who we think became the first Aldeburgh boat to win a race in the Europeans, and led for the the whole of race 6, going right up the first beat when everyone else went left. Steve didn’t loose the grin for the rest of the week.  
Those mentioned in despatches included: 
 
Fraser Elms for being caught with a racing rules book at evening dinner; 
Steve Drewbury and Hugh Duncan for both managing to end-up in the water; 
Austrian brothers George and Gunter Blatnig as best dressed crew, not only on the water but also off with matching crew gear for every occasion; 
Martin Wedge for managing to mistake the finishing marks as the leeward gate twice in the same day and causing Steve Drewbury’s swim at the same time - should have gone to SpecSavers; 
Dylan Wells and Harry Clarke for showing even young blokes can multitask, helping pull every boat out of the water and up the ramp, beer in hand! 
Num 
NomeTimon 
NomeEquip 
Club 
Barca 
Rank 
R1 
R2 
R3 
R4 
R5 
R6 
R7 
R8 
R9 
R10 
Totale 
Netto 
GBR  
165 
Stephen Birbeck 
Ross Birbeck 
Royal Torbay YC 
Mildly Moist 
-3 
(20 DNC) 
34 
11 
GBR 
142 
Dave Hall 
Graham Hoy 
Blackwater SC 
 
-7 
-8 
41 
26 
GBR 164 
Julian Cook 
Caroline Aisher, Hugo Fitzjohn 
Royal Torbay YC 
Ping the Peas 
-7 
-9 
50 
34 
GBR 222 
Neil Fulcher 
Dylan Wells, Harry Clarke 
Stone SC 
all the Gear 
-11 
-11 
57 
35 
GBR 
166 
Fraser Elms 
Georgie Smith, Heather Chipperfield 
Hayling Island SC 
Tonic 
-12 
-11 
60 
37 
GBR  
195 
Steve Bales 
Jon Rigby, Ued Web 
Ruthland SC / RAFSA 
Malarky 
-9 
-14 
69 
46 
GBR  
172 
Mike Trueman 
Stewart Pegam, James Bennett 
Oxford SC 
Red Shark 
10 
11 
-14 
-15 
77 
48 
GBR  
216 
Peter Kirkby 
Richard Barker 
Queen Mary SC 
Pippi 
-16 
-11 
78 
51 
GBR 
159 
Giles Chipperfield 
Fiachra Etchingham 
Lymington Town SC / Greystones SC 
Backstop 
-13 
-10 
10 
75 
52 
AUT  
146 
George Blatnig 
Gnter Blatnig 
Union YC Woerthersee 
Superfly 
10 
-15 
-12 
10 
10 
84 
57 
GBR 1159 
David Gorringe 
Andy Heissig 
Lymington Town SC 
Les fromage mangeant singes 
11 
10 
11 
10 
-15 
11 
15 
(20 RET) 
114 
79 
GBR 208 
Martin Wedge 
Maurice Cousin 
Royal Torbay YC 
Eric 
12 
(20 RET) 
(20 RET) 
14 
15 
12 
12 
12 
125 
85 
GBR 109 
John Adcroft 
Steve Dewberry 
Aldeburgh YC 
Overdraft 
13 
-17 
16 
13 
11 
14 
13 
-17 
12 
123 
89 
GBR 
124 
Paul Owen 
Amy Owen, Oliver Owen 
Oxford SC 
Happy Feeet 
14 
11 
-18 
13 
10 
11 
-16 
16 
14 
10 
128 
94 
GBR  
213 
Nick Jones 
Alex Cooper 
Aldeburgh YC 
galloper 
15 
14 
13 
12 
-17 
12 
13 
-18 
12 
13 
13 
137 
102 
GBR 
122 
John Tabor 
Martin Gibson 
Oxford SC 
 
16 
12 
14 
10 
16 
17 
16 
15 
13 
(20 DNC) 
(20 DNC) 
153 
113 
GBR 
161 
Jeff van der Borght 
David Guthrie, Hugh Duncan 
Lyme Regis SC 
Dark & Stormy 
17 
13 
17 
17 
-18 
16 
17 
17 
(20 DNF) 
16 
14 
165 
127 
GBR  
08 
Phil Waterfall 
Chris Gomer 
St Mawes SC 
Vegetables don't scream 
18 
15 
15 
16 
15 
(20 RET) 
18 
14 
14 
(20 DNC) 
20 DNC 
167 
127 
GBR 104 
Richard Addison 
Ricky Buro 
Aldeburgh YC 
Courageous 
19 
18 
18 
(20 RET) 
19 
18 
19 
(20 DNF) 
18 
17 
15 
182 
142 
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