Over the Easter Weekend the BSA kicked off their season with 6 rounds of competition in medium offshore winds at Marazion. Check out our event report over the next few pages and some questions with the winner James Dinsmore. Full results on the last page.
In the pro fleet there was a healthy amount of new blood with a number of guys having made the step up from amateur fleet. However, the top three from last season showed they are still the guys to beat and the super broad first reach was a closely fought drag race between James Dinsmore (Starboard/Severne), Simon Colfield (Fanatic/North) and Kev Greenslade (Taboo/GA). Behind these usual suspects Sam Latham (Fanatic/North) was sailing strongly but not quite a threat to the overall podium. Whilst some sailors were on sails as small as 7.0m, Dinsmore and Colfield hung onto their big 9.5/9.6m sails all afternoon and the strategy paid off. Dinsmore seemed to have a slight edge on boardspeed and took four bullets to lead overnight from Colfield and Greenslade.
On Sunday a cold offshore northerly meant that it was a bit gusty and sail choice was therefore very tricky. Two more full rounds were run for amateur and pro fleets. In the first pro final of the day Kev Greenslade went for the gamble of using his faster medium board and nailed a perfect pin end start to win ahead of Dinsmore who was on his big board (both on 8.6m sails). In the sixth and last final Dinsmore was back to his winning ways and Greenslade just beat Colfield and in doing so snuck into second place overall. Sam Latham took fourth just ahead of Lee Marrs (Starboard/Severne) and Simon Pettifer (Tabou/Simmer). Notable results included first youth Tom Wells in 7th and first pro fleet rookie Leigh Kingaby (RRD) in 9th.
In the amateur fleet, youth, Nick Welsh turned it around by winning the last three rounds to take the overall win ahead of seasoned racers Tim Gibson and Simon Langley. He is certainly a name to watch for the future. Closer to shore the masterblaster fleet completed a 27 race bonanza with Nick Cox taking overall honours ahead of Charles Milner.
A couple of questions for James Dinsmore:
How did you find racing in Marazion?
I loved it. It has been well over five years since I last raced there. It is a breathtaking location and it doesn't get any better than gybing in front of St.Michaels Mount before you start your run up to the start line. The event organisation was first class. The UKWA, led by Bob Ingram, have worked hard over winter to improve various aspects of the BSA series and it has been well worth it. Bob's decision to take three support boats to slalom events where possible was immediately vindicated, as the racing was seamless and non-stop all weekend. Previously with two boats when a rescue was required racing had to be temporarily suspended. Bob and his on and off-water support teams are due massive thanks for their efforts.
How did you feel about starting off your title defence with a win?
Obviously I am very pleased. On the race-course things went my way this weekend. In the early rounds I pulled off a couple of risky pin-end starts that on another day could have gone very wrong. I am finding my new equipment is spot-on and in particular my Reflex 5 9.5m and iSonic 130 combination is very easy and fast to sail. In previous years I have struggled to keep up with Simon (Colfield) in particular when we have been on big kit but this weekend I seemed to have gained an extra couple of knots top speed which meant that I could make it to the first mark in the lead. Once you’ve done that it is a question of relaxing and not making any mistakes. Simon and I went big on sail size compared to everyone else on Saturday. At times it was getting pretty lively on the 9.5 but it meant that in the run up to the start and down the first leg I always had power on tap to get out of trouble if I got into dirty air. All in all it was a great fun weekend and it was clear that everyone was enjoying themselves with duels going on throughout the fleets and smiles all round on the beach. I look forward to the next round in Weymouth on May 10/11 when we hope to see Ant Baker rejoin the fray.