For the heavier crews among the 130 competing boats of the Aigua Charter GP14 World Championships Tuesday was the day they dreaded. Lighter winds, a chop that was difficult to cut through and a tide that was flooding in with some force.
The top three positions are still only separated by 5 points; Matt Burge and Rich Wagstaff lead the Gold, Mark Wolf and Alain Renaud the Silver, Ed Dutton and Megan Hicklin leading the way in the Bronze fleet.
Burge and Wagstaff in their P and B driven Winder hull led race 4 from start to finish, taking the gun from Ger Owens crewed by Melanie Morris in their Duffin hull, half black, half varnished timber; stunning to see cutting through the water. Mike Senior and Chris White took third in this race.
Christian Birrell and Ben Ainsworth lead race 5 at the windward mark. These two, sailing the first Boon moulded hull from Steve’s workshop in Stoke, were in control of the race from gun to gun, stretching their lead throughout. Behind them the Burge and Wagstaff machine was steam-rolling its way to the top of the standings with a fourth top three finish, both sailors looking behind with a wry smile, seeing the Senior - White combo having its first disappointing result of the regatta. Simon Potts and Pete Grey made up for a disastrous race 4 with their first podium finish, coming in third.
GP14 - World Championship after Tuesday results (127 entries)
1st 14095 Matt Burge / Richard Wagstaff Poole YC 8.0 pts
2nd 14082 Mike Senior / Chris White, South Staffs SC 12.0 pts
3rd 14021 Ian Dobson / Andy Tunnicliffe Burwain SC/RWYC 13.0 pts
4th 14123 Christian Birrell / Ben Ainsworth RYA 17.0 pts
5th 14076 Ger Owens / Melanie Morris Royal St George YC 17.0 pts
6th 14107 Simon Potts / Peter Grey Blithfield SC 20.0 pts
15 August 2012 0:10