Sailing Chandlery sponsored sailor Jamie Cook tells us about his experience at the 420 Inland Championships.
The 420 inlands was rescheduled due to the icy and windy conditions that we faced in March. The event was also shared with a few others classes which meant we were sailing an infamous triangle sausage course which was great fun.
When we launched on Saturday we were expecting light and shifty winds but were actually greeted with a nice semi trapezing wind which was great for close and exciting racing. We managed to kickstart the event with a good first race and a decent second race However, we were held back by a bit of a boat issue in the third which then became our discard. Thanks to the spares and equipment we’ve managed to acquire thanks to Sailing Chandlery we got the boat set up and race ready for the last day of racing. Overall, we were sat tenth after the first day with plenty of opportunity to gain places due to the close racing.
The second and final day in Rutland started off grey however the sun did come out towards midday and the fleet was greeted with a nice range from 7-12 kts which fluctuated through the day. In the first race we managed to pick up a 6th which was a good way to start the day. As the were only two races on Sunday we finished the last race in 7th place which boosted us up to 8th overall. As we felt fast that day it would’ve been nice to see what one more race could have done to the overall standings.
The weekend was a great chance to check over the boat and equipment before we head to France next Sunday for an event. It was great to use some of the ropes that have been tapered by Sailing Chandlery like our spinnaker sheets as they help us to keep on top of boat work so we can focus more on the racing. Thanks as always!
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