Boxing Day at Weir Wood is always special. Join us for the ever-popular Boxing Day race (one race, 11am start). Work off the figgy pudding and enjoy the Boxing Day race with your friends. Everyone welcome whether you want to race or just socialise off the water. Rachael, Annie and Simon will be offering mince pies and mulled wine, and there will be prizes for the first youth helm, first youth crew and best-dressed boat.
Good forecast conditions greeted local and visiting crews, all set for 5 competitive races in the next event in the SEAS calendar.
Race 1 got underway with a clean start into a 10kt westerly ideal for Weir Wood. Early leaders XX fell foul of fluky conditions mid race and were overhauled by 4 boats with victory going to Chris and Nicki Webber, closely followed by locals John Ramshaw and Mark Harrington.
Straight into the second race which almost led from start to finish by Paul Cullen from WWSC with youth crew Theo Gumbley, only to be overhauled at the final gate by David Jessop and Sophie Mear with a very tight finish to the line.
Time for lunch then back out on the course for 3 short races, which even saw some brief planing in the gusts. Despite good starts from Andrew and Gill Peters, pure boat-speed, particularly downwind, saw David and Sophie win the final 3 races and victory overall. Second place went to Andrew and Gill, with Chris and Nicki third. So a 1, 2 for Queen Marys and 3 for Pevensey Bay.
More photos of the day can be found here – special thanks to Richard Hall and Peter Meares.
If you want to know more about the 200 fleet at WWSC, contact Mark Harrington below.