The final stage of the Dustbuster Series was contested on Sunday morning.
With a 20-30 knot westerly forecast, the Etchells made the bold decision to defer their classes racing to a later date in August (TBC 25/8/19).
The Elliott’s however were chomping at the bit to get out on the water to settle their final placings. A pleasant, but very shifty 10 to 16 knot westerly graced the Elliott competitors for the first 3 races, with the wind strengthening to 25 knots for the fourth and final race.
The first race got underway at 0815hrs under the watchful eye of National Race Officer, Elaine Fowler.
The tussle at the top between regatta leader Pat Langley sailing Riggtech Elliott and Chris Way on Easy Tiger Elliott (with Tom Brewer substituting in) was always going to be exciting to watch, with only a few points separating the two from taking bragging rights.
In the first race, there were plenty of lead changes between the two, with a few teams getting in the way. A few teams decided to call in some heavyweights to fill in for. Alex Robbins on the B&G Elliott called in Jim Colley. Jim has been actively campaigning in the 49er class for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic’s.
John Corrie also decided to bring in some of the Alfreds best youth sailors, with Niall Powers and his team using the Dustbuster as a great warm up before they head off to Noumea next week to compete in a Youth Development Match Racing regatta.
The top two places have been mostly dominated by both Pat and Chris, however both Niall and Jim managed to get in the way!