Cold northerlies battered the UK over the the bank holiday weekend, in some areas temperatures dropped below 10 degrees, a stark contrast to the previous week where they were above 20. Hardly the best conditions for racing, and even less for Formula racing.
The UK open in Bridlington was held over the three days and saw just about every condition imaginable, Saturday was too light to race, Sunday too windy with waves and a crunching shoredump. Luckily, just as Goldilocks found out, Sunday was just right..
Keith struck gold on 4 times out of the five races, and in that he got a second as the winds peaked at 20knots. Monday arrived with howling winds and a suicidal race officer. Jay Williamson sent the rather smaller Formula fleet out, only to abandon racing as conditions deteiroated and looked more like those for a freewave competition. Alan Jackson, at his local, (he is Scottish) came in at second and and flying french man Xavier Ferlet at third.
The raceboard fleet also witnessed the return of the estranged Tom Naylor. The Northerner showed the fleet he has not forgotten any of his old tricks, and won every single race. A bit like old times. Youth Richard Hamilton, probably the brightest star in the Olympic RS:X fleet also cleaned up. And it was no surprise who won the very competitive junior Techno Fleet. World Champ already, Ali Masters. Ali is tiny, but can still hold a 7.8 down in the strong conditions. Neo local and Boardseeker columnist, Connor Bainbridge, managed to steal a first place of Ali in race 5. Sam Sills however put up the best challenge.
Of his victory Keith Atkinson had this to say..
“\’I am very pleased to have retained the title of \’British Open Champion\’ and with four first places in some testing conditions. We are now half way through the 2007 UKWA National Championship series and whilst I have a comfortable Championship title lead I will not be relaxing until the final event is over at Clacton in September. I have recently relocated to Felixstowe just two minutes from the beach so I will be able to get much more on water training than in the past. I would like to thank all my sponsors including POINT-7, Dakine, Eurovans and Starboard whose 161 board is just phenomenal. I\’m looking forward to the next UKWA Inland series event at Farmoor on the 9th-10th June”.