‘Blasting’ conditions for the Staunton Blaster

‘Blasting’ conditions for the Staunton Blaster leg of the Staunton Blaster/ Notts County Cooler mini-series

The Staunton Blaster lived up to its name again with driving rain, and the wind blasting with gusts of up to 40 knots through Day 1 and gusts of up to 28 knots on Day 2. Thirty-two boats from across the Midlands, took part, with 15 different fleets represented. The weekend was an incredible test of endurance for sailors, safety teams and race officers, capsizes were frequent and the safety teams did an excellent job on both days!

Race 1 saw Ogston’s, Roscoe Martin sail into first place (RSAero5), Staunton’s Matt and Simon Foskett (Fireball) and Pete Gray and Rachael Rhodes (Scorpion) came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Whilst the safety team was kept busy on the water, the race officials were kept just as busy trying to note down Notts County S.C.’s Jamie Manson’s (RS600) laps! A welcome break from the weather and everyone headed in to enjoy a choice of very welcome pasta bakes and cakes before taking to the water again for the afternoon’s back to back racing. Then it was back on the water for the afternoon’s racing, Race 2 started with strong winds and lots of rudders and daggerboards on show. Staunton’s Corey Newton (Supernova) had got into his stride by now, with a first place finish, and Notts County’s, Jamie Manson (RS600) and Ogston’s, Roscoe Martin came 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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