After lunch break, the fleet enjoyed a white knuckle kite run from the beach to
the start line in 18-20kts with bunny hops enjoyed by all.
A number of boats were still coming down under kite as the starting sequence
commenced, and had trouble setting up for the start in time. The boats that
were there blasted off towards the left side of the course. Hamilton & Paul
Newman tacked earlier than the fleet, whilst the majority went further to the
left corner and benefited from a left shift and more pressure, and therefore
rounded the top mark well ahead. This bunch included John Newman, Thor and
Denis Jones. Thor had a capsize at the gybe and Hamilton had one at the gate.
Newman & Jones were well clear and battled upwind for the lead. Hill and
Dayes made up ground after a late start. At the last top mark J. Newman got
clear, whilst Dennis dealt with kite hoist issues. Denis recovered to
comfortably take 2nd ahead of Hamilton and the fast charging Thor & Hill.