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Luke and Emma McEwen survive to win at Eastbourne

Luke and Emma McEwen picked up another Open Meeting victory at the Magic Marine RS800 Grand Prix held at Eastbourne Sovereign SC.

A smaller than expected fleet of 10 boats, made the annual trip to Eastbourne, for what was to be one of the most exciting sails of the season so far!

The first day was a struggle for some to survive the three races, but was key to acheiving a good overall result.

Paul and Peter Jenkins took three race wins to look to have the meeting in the bag, in some of the windiest conditions the fleet have raced in for years, with the committee boat recording one gust of 30 knots and regular ones in the 27 knot range.

Hot on their heels for most of the day were Luke and Emma McEwen (3,2,2) who pushed the Jenkins hard all the way despite a 3-foot tear in their spinnaker.

A little off form were Andy and Allyson Jeffries, who seemed to struggle with the conditions, scoring a 2,3,6.

Day 2 saw a complete change in conditions. Summer had returned and the sailors were greeted with a 5-15 knot warm offshore breeze.

In the first race of the day National and European champions Luke and Emma showed just why they have been so dominate this year finishing a full post code in front of the fleet.

So as the fleet headed into the final race 1st place was already secured by Luke and Emma but 2nd overall would be decided between the local boats of the Jenkins or the Jeffries.

The Jenkins recovered their day and sailed a solid race to finish 2nd and take 2nd place overall, with the Jeffries close behind securing the final place on the podium.

RS800 - Magic Marine RS800 Grand Prix
1st 1220 Luke McEwen / Emma McEwen (3.0) 2.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 11.0 8.0 pts
2nd 1195 Paul Jenkins / Peter Jenkins 1.0 1.0 1.0 (8.0) 8.0 2.0 21.0 13.0 pts
3rd 1212 Andy Jeffries / Allyson Jeffries 2.0 3.0 (6.0) 6.0 1.0 3.0 21.0 15.0 pts
4th 1132 Laurie Fitzjohn- Sykes / Ann Babtie "(11.0DNC)" 4.0 4.0 5.0 4.0 6.0 34.0 23.0 pts
5th 1216 Ella Morland / James Morland "(11.0DNC)" 5.0 3.0 3.0 6.0 9.0 37.0 26.0 pts
6th 1144 Daniel Goodman / Nick Jerkins "(11.0DNC)" "11.0DNC" 5.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 41.0 30.0 pts
7th 1202 Andrew Blundell / Maddie Fenner "(11.0DNC)" "11.0DNC" "11.0DNC" 2.0 3.0 4.0 42.0 31.0 pts
8th 1050 Joe Joyner / Will Broom 4.0 "(11.0DNF)" "11.0DNC" 7.0 10.0 7.0 50.0 39.0 pts
9th 1062 Cameron Moss / Darrol Moss "(11.0DNC)" "11.0DNF" "11.0DNC" 10.0 7.0 8.0 58.0 47.0 pts
10th 1224 Fred Lord / Louise Gale "(11.0 DNC)" "11.0DNC" "11.0DNC" 9.0 9.0 "11.0DNC" 62.0 51.0 pts