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Final Day at the Blind Match Racing Worlds.

October 16, 2018

Sharon Grennan’s GBR1 team remained undefeated in all of their 13 races over five days to become World Champions, also seeing Lucy Hodges MBE and Liam Cattermole take their third World title in Blind Match Racing.

 

 



The final day, first saw the petite finals between Canada and the USA, both teams had a good chance of taking bronze. Canada had given GBR 2 a hard time in the semi-final, just seeing them miss out narrowly for a place in the final.

 

The breeze was steady with a lovely 8-10 knots. Both boats had a little tussle at the start but it was to be the USA, that took two start wins and held Canada off to take the Bronze medal.

 

It was then the final - GBR 1 against GBR 2. The final is best of 5 races. The first race saw GBR 1 holding out GBR 2 before the start, this showed great team work, with Lucy communicating to Sharon on the helm moving the boat within inches of GBR2 holding them up wind of the start.   But GBR 2 just got away and with two minutes and 10 seconds to go got clear over the line without a penalty, with a good strong start by GBR 1 saw them clear ahead at the start, making sure GBR 2 didn't have a look in for the whole race, Lucy and Liam showed what they had learnt about sailing the boat fast and not getting caught up with fighting the other boats

 

Taking the first race with a leg in hand. The second race saw both boats enter clean. GBR 1 controlled GBR 2 at the start, forcing them high of the line. Again, a good clean start by GBR 1 but GBR 2 close behind. A slightly confusing call from the Race Officer over the radio of OCS saw GBR 1 slow, but with quick confirmation from the RO they where quickly trimmed up to speed.   With GBR 2 starting slightly to the right-hand side of the course they headed out on Port. GBR 1 kept to the centre of the course, but a slight wind shift saw GBR 2 gain hight into the mark. That wasn't enough to get in front of GBR 1, who got a good clear cross, this too is thanks to the training given as Lucy was able to confirm that they had a clear cross of two boat lengths and was on lay line for the mark, the time the team have spent ensuring they are confident mapping sound to distance is invaluable. GBR1 then sailed a solid downwind leg to take the win.