Windsurfing Open 2012
Notts County Sailing Club held its annual Windsurfing open attracting 36 competitors in testing conditions with strong gusty winds.
The Seavets and the local Youth squad joined the club for an interesting day, nearly everyone was tired by the end of the day. The First Race saw some of the most vicious gusts, with squalls of up to 30mph, the Techno sailors some as young as 14 holding onto 7.8 sails and put the more experienced sailors on Raceboards to shame. Though for some of the supervets (over 60) completing the course was an achievement.
Tom Naylor sailed with an 8.6 and won all the races, with Dean Hutchinson (stepping on his Raceboard for the first time in years) showed how to handle the wind, winning the 7.5 fleet with ease, and coming second overall, both demonstrated excellent control in the downwind legs, the same can be said of Robert York in the Technos who discarded a first.
The Technos saw Emma Lambourne in an excellent second position on equal points with Cameron Coghill but by being ahead on the last race getting second overall.
The 7.5 Raceboard saw Andy Lacy from Oxford of the Seavets second, and Tony Goodwin third. In the 9.5 Guy Sprekley from Notts County was second with Ian Pilkington third.
The event finished with a sit down roast meal (about 50 attended) served by the club caterer Pauline, and the bar stayed open late.