16 Jul PoW Postponed
After a frustrating first day on Thursday when gale force winds kept the fleet ashore the 14 fleet hoped that Friday would bring better conditions for the PoW race, the one race winner takes all nationals, which is being held at Hayling Island Sailing Club. However Friday saw a steady 28 knots in Hayling Bay and gusts well into the 30s, so at the briefing race officer Ossie Stewart postponed the PoW to Saturday and announced his intention to hold a race inside the harbour on the top of the afternoon tide if possible. However by 4 and the top of the tide the wind hadn’t died and with a building sea making even getting to the course difficult the racing was cancelled
Without any other races to show form it is difficult to predict a winner for the big race tomorrow. Last year’s winners Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane have been going well in the recent races and are probably the favourites. With a windy forecast, heavy air specialists, Andy and Tom Partington might be worth a punt, as is current world champion Archie Massey sailing with Damien Ash in a borrowed boat. If an outside bet is more your thing then Douglas Pattison and Mark Tait are worth a look with their radical new boat, with a dreadnought bow and very different deck layout – though it hasn’t even got wet yet.