Today Balevuillen produced some up and down conditions, with light starboard tack conditions and some small waves coming through the bay. The competition got going with the amateurs in the morning; all the amateurs performed well in the light tricky conditions. Will Barrett lost out on a place in the final with a very close decision, each judge having a different winner in his heat with Scott McDowell and Alfie Hart. In the final Tom Bennett-Lloyd took fourth position with some great wave riding, Scott McDowell finished just ahead in third. It was a close battle for the top spot in the single elimination, but it was taken by Ian Ross just ahead of Alfie Hart.
The women and masters started the double elimination, but the flukey conditions meant the competition stopped and started and the double eliminations were not completed. The leaves Debbie Kennedy still in the lead in the women’s fleet, whilst Davey Edmiston is in the lead after the single of the masters.
Boards caught up with Big Davey from Troon at the end of the day today:
“I’d like to say thanks to RRD, Boardwise and NeilPryde, plus Adrian Jones, Andy King and Alan Jackson etc for all their tips. This time in Tiree has definitely been the best for me so far, winning the single the third time in a row is by far the most special. We’ve had good conditions so far, I would have liked it a bit bigger in the final but I managed a solid forward and a couple of good waves which I think helped me to the win.
I really like Tiree and Rhosneigr, I love the conditions we can get and I would definitely encourage other master’s to come have a go and try it. It’s not all about what you can do, it’s about getting into the competition mindset and I think the tips that Adrian, Andy (King) and Ben (Proffitt) gave me this year really helped me get into that. They showed me a few things with the boom and the sail that really made a difference and meant I wasn’t just wiggling down the wave.”
Davey is hoping to confirm his win through the master’s double tomorrow; the pros are up for first skippers tomorrow at 7.30am at Balevuillen, with all other fleets at 9.00am. Looks like it could be the day to finally get the pro’s on the water competing, so fingers crossed the wind and waves come through.
Check out the gallery of shots from Dave White yesterday as well as Boards images from today.
Meeting this morning at Balevuiullen at 9:00am for the skippers meeting. Starboard tack sailing, with around 15knots of wind. Potential for some more competition today, but in the mean time here’s some shots from yesterday on Tiree, all images credited to Dave White/BWA Tiree 2012.