J classes racing round the Nab Tower during the 100 Guinea Cup race , clockwise around the Isle Of Wight. The winner was Lionheart, with Velsheda finishing in 2nd place 3 minutes behind and Ranger bringing up the rear 9 minutes behind the winner. Pretty close stuff after 5+ hours of racing. The other photo's are of people getting into the Olympic spirit and showing their support for Team GBR by participating in the RYA organised "Push the Boat out" as part of the Sail for Gold campaign to raise awareness of our sailors in the games.
Normal 0 0 1 99 568 4 1 697 11.1282 0 0 0 The Merlin Nationals held at HISC were eventually won by Andy Davis and Tom Pygall from Blithfield SC, after a 2 hour match race with Geoff Carveth and Graham Williamson from HISC.
The match racing started after a general recall before the 2nd start gun, with Davis protesting Carveth and gaining the upper hand whilst Carveth performed his turns. Then a gruelling match started, with them both starting several minutes behind the rest of the fleet and it carried on throughout the entire race, with Davis preventing Carveth moving up the fleet to gain enough points to beat him. Carveth eventually broke the stranglehold and managed to get ahead, but too late to gain back enough places.