Weymouth: watch the big vessels

The best UK Formula Windsurfing sailors have opened the 2011 UKWA Tour calendar in Weymouth, with a promising weather forecast.

In the first day of competition, racing got under way in 12–14 knot wind conditions, so most sailors used 12 metre rigs. Richard Jones was the man to beat last year, but due to a mast extension breaking on the way out, his hopes finished for in the first race.

Nick Ickye rounded the windward mark first to the surprise of much of the fleet, but it was Dave Coles who got the victory, followed by Tim Gibson and Daniel Skudder. The race was very close but by the end of the first day, Coles took the lead followed by Tim Gibson and Richard Jones.

In the second day, wind had increased to 18–22 knots. Most sailors were on 10 metres or less, except Rich Jones who sailed all day on a 11 metre rig and won all five races. The day finished with Rich Jones in first place, followed by Tim Gibson and Dave Coles.

In the final day of competition, there were 20-25 knot winds. Two races were held back to back before being sent in for lunch during a thunder storm. Then the wind died and got back for two more races.

Richard Jones won the Weymouth Cup. Tim Gibson was second and Dave Coles took third place. Windsurfers now head to Belgium for the first round of the North Sea Cup, followed by a trip to Derwent Reservoir for the second round of the Inland series. The second round of the Cup Series will be at Minnis Bay.

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