Emsworth Sailing Club hosted their inaugural RS Tera Open in perfect sailing conditions of sunshine and 10-12 knots. There were eight boats in the Pro fleet and nine in the Sport fleet, but an early retirement to a Sport sailor saw eight of each racing. Racing was held near Little Deep in sight of the club which allowed parents a good view of the action.
The first race saw a conservative start by both fleets but the leaders soon established themselves and led for most of the three laps around the trapezoidal course. Alex Butler won the Pro fleet by a comfortable margin over Joshua Bonniface and Grace Summers, while Billy Vennis-Ozanne won the Sport fleet comfortably ahead of Ethan Miles and Ben Poe. The rest of each fleet battled it out closely for the remaining places.
The second race saw a much more aggressive start by all sailors as they all headed left to avoid the tide on the first beat. In the Pro fleet Alex had to wrestle with Grace until he took the lead, finishing first again ahead of Grace with Zoe King close behind. The Sport fleet saw Ethan and Billy fighting for the lead early on with then Ethan eventually pulling ahead to win comfortably ahead of Billy and Ben Poe.
Prior to the start of race three the pin end was moved to windward to change the bias, which caught out a number of sailors. The starts again were very tight withBilly over early and having to turn back and restart. Ethan took advantage of this to lead the three laps finishing first ahead of India MacNally and Ben Thomson. In the Pro fleet, Alex again took the lead early and continued to pull away from the rest of the fleet who battled together closely, with Grace finishing second andZoe third.
The wind had gradually dropped down to about 6-8 knots and so the fourth race was run over two laps. Once again Alex in the Pro fleet made no mistakes and lead the entire race to finish first ahead of Joshua and Zoe. The Sport fleet raced closely with Ethan edging into the lead towards the end winning ahead ofAndrew Frost and Ben Thomson.
From the Committee Boat it was a pleasure to see the sailors enjoying the excellent conditions so much so that many were able to chat with each other around the entire race, and in the spirit of competition it was good to hear, from quite some distance, several in-depth discussions about the rules of racing.