MUSTO Skiff Ovington Inlands at Grafham Sailing Club 5th & 6th November 2016 (GBR)
Ice cream heads all round ...
Report by Dan Trotter
Photos by Tim Olin olinphoto.co.uk
A fleet of nearly 30 boats attended the 2016 Ovington inlands despite the cold and very blustery forecast.
Race 1 got underway in a fresh wind with gusts well over 25mph. George Hand sailed away from the fleet to take a comfortable win with Dan trotter second and Ben Schooling third.
Race 2 Started and Bruce keen after some confusion causing him to miss the first race finally decided to go sailing. Bruce and George battled it out at the front with Bruce taking the win in the end.
A decision was then made to abandon racing for the day due to the ever increasing wind strength and a concerning number of boats facing the wrong way up!
After a long hard evening in the bar the fleet arose to a thick frost and yet more windy conditions, the freezing cold temperature and gusts of over 30mph was enough to put most people off however the race officer was keen to get under way so the hardier sailors braved the conditions and got on with it.
George Hand gave the fleet a master class in strong wind sailing winning both races. Bruce keen also put in a rock solid performance taking home two seconds.
This meant that George won the event with Bruce keen in second and Dan Trotter in third.
Big thanks to everyone at Grafham water sailing club and Ovington boats for putting on a great event.