A late addition this year and yet already succesful, Starboard/Severne teamrider James Dinsmore went ahead and won the first windy British Slalom Association event of the year.
The first day of event in Weymouth delivered a chilly but consistent 15-20 knots breeze and, after three completed eliminations, James held the overnight lead ahead of reigning British Champion Ant Baker.
In the third final, up and coming Starboard sailor Sam Sills sailed a brilliant race to win his first ever elimination and was in third overall. The second day started with low temperatures and 40 knot winds but these dropped to nothing as racing started and so no further eliminations were completed. The next round of the seven-event British Championship will be in Worthing in late May.
"I only picked up the sails a fortnight before the event so I had been a bit nervous about getting tuned up in time. However, even though I had only had a limited chance to test the set-up, the board and sail combination felt fast and comfortable. Most of the day I sailed on the iSonic 107 and Reflex 3 8.6m combination. The start was far upwind from the beach and it was a long first day yet I still felt strong at the end which says a lot about how easy the gear is to sail."
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