505 European and UK national champions Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane win the final 505 Eurocup Series event at Hayling Island Sailing Club

Judging by the commitment many 505 sailors showed to the class dinner held at HISC on Saturday night, many didn’t expect to go racing today, hedging their bets against the forecast.  However, the wind gods decided otherwise and the fleet set sail for the final 2 races of the series in a north westerly (plus or minus 45 degrees) 4-8kts. After a couple of failed starts and one race abandoned due to the wind collapsing across the course the breeze eventually settled in the north west and the race officer managed to get the fleet away.

The first race was won by Tom Gillard and Geoff Edwards from the ever present Paul Brotherton and Alain Sign, with many of the front runners struggling to make their way through the fleet. It was more like inland sailing than a sea event but it added to the variety for the sailors.  Eventually the breeze appeared to settle but the fleet started the last race in a big right hand shift, taking the leaders almost the whole way to the windward mark. The remaining 2 laps were about tacking when the jib backed and gybing frequently on the shifts. Again the Brotherton and Sign team lead from start to finish closely pursued by Penny and Russ Clark in second with the eventual winners, Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane in 3rd. With first and second in the bag, the final race results meant the third podium spot was seized by the Clarks.

The great effort by the race team to complete the series meant everyone including visitors from Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium and the USA saw UK sailing at its best, strong winds on day one, medium breeze for day two and light and shifty for the finale.  Many thanks to the whole team at Hayling Island Sailing Club and to Ian Mitchell for leading the event organisation.

Results below.

Rank Tally Nat Sail Number Helm Crew Club R1
6 Sep
R2
6 Sep
R3
7 Sep
R4
7 Sep
R5
7 Sep
R6
8 Sep
R7
8 Sep
Total Nett
1st 18 GBR 9215 Roger Gilbert Ben McGrane Netley SC 2.0 2.0 5.0 2.0 1.0 (10.0) 3.0 25.0 15.0
2nd 21 GBR 9222 Paul Brotherton Alain Sign Glossop SC (29.0 DNF) 11.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 47.0 18.0
3rd 16 GBR 9196 Penny Clark Russ Clark RNSA/Stokes Bay 3.0 5.0 3.0 5.0 6.0 (16.0) 2.0 40.0 24.0
4th 23 GER 9198 Julian Slueckl Johannes Tellen DTYC 4.0 4.0 6.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 (15.0) 42.0 27.0
5th 8 USA 9072 Mike Holt Carl Smit Santa Cruz YC 1.0 1.0 9.0 8.0 4.0 7.0 (10.0) 40.0 30.0
6th 14 GBR 9177 Thomas Gillard Geoff Edwards Sheffield Viking SC 7.0 6.0 (8.0) 6.0 3.0 1.0 7.0 38.0 30.0
7th 20 FRA 9220 philippe Boite Pierre Jean Gallo CVSQ 5.0 3.0 4.0 7.0 (20.0) 3.0 8.0 50.0 30.0
8th 15 GBR 9180 Mark Upton-Br