John Lavery and David O'Brien of Ireland lead the Flying 15 European Championship after two races on day 1. Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda delivered a classic Ora breeze Sunday, 15 knots at the start and building to 20 knots by the end. Sunny, windy and warm water - fabulous conditions.
John Lavery and David O'Brien sailing IRL 4002 survived a protest after their victory in the first race of the series and with a second place in race two, behind Greg Wells and Richard Rigg (GBR), take a two point overall lead.
In race one John Lavery and David O'Brien sailing IRL 4002 crossed the fleet on port and despite a luffing match with Steve Goacher and Phil Evans down the last two reaches held on to a well deserved victory. In third place was the father and son team of Chris and Tom Waples with Greg Wells and Richard Rigg recovering well from an appalling start to finish 4th Just ahead of David and Sally McKee.
In race two more boats lined up at the port end of the start line and this time Lavery had to duck behind a few boats but still managed to get out on port. Greg Wells and Richard Rigg won the pin and after a few boat lengths tacked onto port and from there were well clear at the windward mark. A lead they extended to win comfortably.
John Lavery and David had a battle with Alan Bax and Simon Childs up the first beat and came out on top at the first mark. From there they also extended and took 2nd. Alan and Simon finished 3rd. Charles Apthorp and Alan Green had a good tussle with Gill Browning and Tom Pickles. Charles took Gill 100 yards from the finish to take 4th and Gill was 5th.
Flying 15 - European Championship after 2 races <35 entries)
1 IRL 4002 Lavery John, David O'Brien, National YC 3,0pts 1 2
2 GBR 3920 Wells Greg, Rigg Richard, HISC 5,0 4 1
3 GBR 3821 Steve Goacher, Phil Evans, Royal Windermere YC 8,0 2 6
4 GBR 3994 Waples Chris, Waples Tom, HISC 10,0 3 7
5 GBR 3957 Apthorp Charles, Green Alan, HISC 10,0 6 4
6 GBR 3998 Alan Bax, Simon Childs, HISC 12,0 9 3
7 GBR 3955 Gill Browning, Tom Pickles, HISC 18,0 13 5
8 GBR 3795 Patterson Simon, Thompson Simon, Draycote Water SC 18,0 7 11
9 GBR 3820 Snewin Philip, Thompson Mark, Royal Windermere YC 20,0 12 8
10 GBR 3954 Waples Justin, Stowe Iain, R.C.Y.C. 22,0 10 12
28 August 2012 6:21