Day 1 - Dart 18 GP  Round 4 at North Devon Yacht club

Day 1

Day 1 dawned with little wind and breakfast for 30 teams in the club bar. The early tides meant a briefing at 0900 and first race targeted for 10.30 but the wind was 2-3 kn and easterly.

The racing was delayed and we watched the sea breeze come in from the NW. Finally the RO set a course of triangles and sausages and off we went at 1100 in 6 kn wind.

The early lead was established by Dan and Amy Teubert from Restronguet which was held to the end with Darren and Tracey-Ann Wood taking second some way back. Brian Phipps close behind took 3rd. Garry Jennings held his own for the locals taking 5th.

The second race saw the wind build a little and tide weaken but the fleet were too keen to get away and forced a general recall. On the second start the wind had shifted more westerly and built a little but the result was much the same with The Teuberts taking first from Brian Phipps giving Restronguet a 1-2, and 3rd to Tom parker and Lucy Mayhew of Netley. Frazer Manning and Erica King , last years winners from NDYC took a 4th with first singlehanded place going to Des Barnes in 5th.

The race officer squeezed a 3rd race in with winds now 8-9 kn and a short race saw Dan Teubert lead most of the way to loos it on the final beat taking a 3rd place but first overall for the day. First was Brian Phipps with Tom Parker in second and Marco Manganelli from Stokes Bay taking a 4th having missed the first race because of a gear failure on the beach.

We look forward to tomorrow.

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