Scottish Sailing Institute and Cumbrae Team head to Abu Dhabi
The ISAF World Cup Finals took place in Abu Dhabi backed by some of the best mark layers in Scotland. The Scottish Sailing Institute’s David Kent and Stuart White were invited along with SportsScotland’s David Frame and Tom Thurlow and RYA Scotland’s Matt Toynbee to the prestigious event held in the United Arab Emirates. Joining John Horwell, Andy Millington and Martin Stevens from the UK, they were invited along after their successful work with ISAF during the Weymouth Stage of the World Cup Series.
The team flew out to organise the mark laying setup and to ensure the smooth running of all the courses at the event. “It’s a reflection of how good the UK System is for mark laying and organised race management” said the SSI’s Stuart White.
The wind suffered from the heat of the day, shutting off about lunch time so it was early starts all round with the team on the water from 8am and going on until sunset.
Racing took place in several different classes including: 470’s, 49er, Laser, Finn, RS:X Windsurfer and the newly introduced Kite Surfing Class. The four day event saw some of the best sailors from around the world compete with some local talent taking part. Lorenzo Chiavarini from Tartbert competed in the Laser Standard, just missing out in 12th place overall and Rory and Neil Hunter from Arran competing in the 49er Class doing well in 6th Place. Bryony Shaw took 1st place in the women’s RS:X class and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark took the podium position in the women’s 470 class.