Wells and Rigg take lead at Flying 15 Europeans

It was a bad day for the Irish at the Flying Fifteen Europeans at Fraglia Vela Riva, Lake Garda. After leading for the first two days John Lavery and David O'Brien finished in double figures in both Wednesday's races to see Greg Wells and Richard Rigg take a five point lead. Lavery and O'Brien finished the day in third behind Steve Goacher and Phil Evans.

After a 30 min postponement the orange flag was raised and suddenly the wind increased to 18-20 knots for race 5. Following a clean start the boats which started by the committee boat and tacked came out on top. This pack were led by Wells and Rigg followed by Goacher and Evans and the two Simons - Patterson and Thompson. Wells and Goacher pulled clear to take first and second. Alan Bax and Simon Childs surfed past Charles Apthorp and Alan Green to take third. Lavery and O'Brien could only finish 11th.

At the start of race 6 the Ora was still blowing strong and again despite more port bias the boats starting near the committee boat came out ahead. Goacher and Evans led the way at the top mark followed by Patterson and Thompson and then Bax and Childs. As the race progressed the wind eased a little and Goacher extended and Bax moved into second and Gill Browning and Tom Pickles upto third.

Behind the pack Wells and Rigg were starting to move through the fleet following a poor start and on the approach to the final windward mark Wells passed Browning to move into third. At the downwind finish it was 1st Goacher, 2nd Bax and 3rd Wells, with 4th Hamish Mackay and Andrew Lawson who had sailed a stunning last lap.

Flying 15 - European Championship after 6 races <35 entries)
1 GBR 3920 Wells Greg, Rigg Richard, Hayling Island SC 8,0pts (4) 1 1 2 1 3
2 GBR 3821 Steve Goacher, Phil Evans, Royal Windermere YC 13,0pts 2 (6) 4 4 2 1
3 IRL 4002 Lavery John, David O'Brien, National YC 17,0pts 1 2 2 1 11 (12)
4 GBR 3998 Alan Bax, Simon Childs, Hayling Island SC 17,0pts (9) 3 6 3 3 2
5 GBR 3957 Apthorp Charles, Green Alan, Hayling Island SC 22,0pts 6 4 3 5 4 (9)
6 GBR 3788 Mackay Hamish, Lawson Andrew, Royal Highland YC 34,0pts (16) 10 7 8 5 4
7 GBR 3795 Patterson Simon, Thompson Simon, Draycote Water SC 41,0pts 7 11 12 (21) 6 5
8 GBR 3955 Gill Browning, Tom Pickles, Hayling Island SC 43,0pts 13 5 5 (16) 14 6
9 GBR 3942 Cadwallader Ian, Sweet Dave, Chew Valley Lake SC 47,0pts (dnf) 9 8 7 15 8
10 GBR 3994 Waples Chris, Waples Tom, Hayling Island SC 49,0pts 3 7 (19) 14 18 7