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Date and Wincer seal Grand Prix win
7:00am Friday 17th August 2012 in Afloat
RS800 sailors James Date and Toby Wincer didn’t put a foot wrong to win races one to five at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club-hosted GUL Grand Prix.
With easterly winds as forecast at the top end of sensible, navigating the river to get to the start area proved to be the first |challenge of the day and certainly provided some good trapeze practice.
By the time the fleet reached the race area, they were already five boats down.
Race one got under way promptly, with Date and Wincer in ‘RWO’ narrowly leading at the first mark.
With nothing to split the majority of the fleet and boats flying in the flat waters by the shore, the first run down proved exciting to say the least.
Race one had taken its toll and with winds gusting 28 knots and the tide charging up towards Cowes, things were getting interesting.
‘RWO’ ducked the fleet to start race two on port and by the end had established a 40-second lead.
And in race three, the ‘RWO’ duo again stated their dominance when leading from start to finish.
Day Two dawned bright and breezy with the wind from the west of 15 to 20 knots.
Andy Jeffries and Allyson Ody led the way to the first mark, but they were unable to hold off the big yellow kite of ‘RWO’ who speared past downwind.
RWO won race five and the event with a race to spare, so race six was a battle for second, with Dan Kilsby and Bart Bridgen finishing third to clinch second place overall.