Laser Masters (aka ILCA 6 & 7) Nationals at Pevensey Bay Sailing Club 10th / 11th of October 2020
44 Masters competed in what was their second sea event this year. Pevensey Bay went to great lengths to provide for a covid secure event, particularly welcome after many of the seasons circuit events had been cancelled.
PBSC found novel ways to ensure the event went ahead and competitors were kept in groups of six on the beach and the race officer briefing and prizegiving were conducted in the dinghy park by loudspeaker at a distance and most of the event paperwork being completed online.
Conditions were almost ideal, with winds ranging between F3 to F5 dry mostly sunny conditions.
There were three races each day and the neap tides helpfully avoided any black flag starts and the races were run to timetable.
Pevensey Bay have hosted the Masters on many occasions previously, typically putting on a buffet dinner / social event on the Saturday evening on their balcony with sundown views over to Hastings. This year, dinner was reduced to limited table service, and the social event was held by way of zoom with spectators joining from their cars, hotels and tents and camper vans located on PBSC camping lawn behind the clubhouse. The social zoom event was made that little but special with two PBSC sailors from the top of their field joining, Oli Greber (Team INEOS America’s Cup grinder – complete with his own grinding machine) and Nikki Boniface (Nacra 17 Olympic campaigner)
Alison Stevens for the UKLA said, ‘Pevensey Bay went into tenacious detail to ensure that the event went ahead. Good planning combined with superb conditions meant the event was a great sailing success. We have had very few open meetings this year and we are delighted that they went to the extra effort to put in place the additional protocols to run an event like this.
Dick Holttum, Commodore and Race officer, and said “We were very pleased to see the Masters again, they are always a friendly group and we work well with them’
The Masters will be back on the 9-11 July 2021 for a three day National Championships where over 100 competitors are expected.