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Edge Race Cup – The wrap up!

So that’s it the First Edge race cup is finished and it was a great weekend.  The racing kicked off on saturday under overcast skies and light Ne Breezes, after registration the competitors moved down to the main event site on the  beach in Exmouth.

The wind took a bit of time to settle in so Beach volley ball contest was started which everyone enjoyed followed by a fiercely contested  paddleboard race.  Emerging through the rounds to the final were Callum Edge, Lee Pasty and local boy George Shoulder.  In a dramatic final race in an ever strengthening tidal flow the lead changed hands regularly with Lee just edging it from Callum with George close behind.

At about 3pm the wind had increased just enough and combined with an outgoing tide there was enough power to get the race boards out for the first race.  The trend for the racing was set early with Oliver Bridge (12 years) leading around the windward mark followed by  Denzil Williams and Callum Edge.  Unfortunately Oliver hadn’t concentrated hard enough at the briefing and probably not expecting to be leading headed off to the wrong 2nd Mark! Denzil the wiley old fox wasnt to be suckered into this error and went on to to win the race from a late charging callum  with oliver and jason Mac caffrery on their heals.

Unfortunately that was it for day one except for the sail loft party which was a great night with fantastic weather and good company.

Sunday dawned with a bit too much NE gradient for the organisers to be that confident of their good sea breeze predictions however at about 11.30 the wind switched   on shore and all looked set for a good day.  Once the tide turned all was set for some racing.  The new generation course racing boards were havin a ball in these marginal 8 -10 knots of wind.  With flat out full power racing up and down wind when the twin tips couldn’t get off the beach!

Racing was tight with Steph and Denzil battling it out at the front of the fleet with Denzil having a slight edge upwind and Steph going quicker downwind.  They split the races 2 each with Callum and Oliver never far Behind.  By about 3pm the wind had increased enough for the directionals and twin tips to join the fray and the long distance blasting races were started.  The course was a long figure of eight slalom course making the most of the wind against tide conditions.

In these increased power conditions it was cornish beef in the form of Lee Pasty that took line honours from  Oliver in second.  In the twin tip class Big Nigel Haworth was ruling and took a deserved bullet with local Doc Debenham wining the surfboard class.

There was just enough time for one last course race dominated and won by a very happy Oliver Bridge getting his first race win from Denzil in second with nigel winning the twin tips.

It was all over and a great time had by all.  A few things learnt and everyone looking forward to next year.

Results :

Race board category

1st Denzil Williams (Fone)

2nd Oliver Bridge (North)

3rd Callum Edge (North)

Twintips 1st Nigel Haworth

Directionals 1st Tom Debenham

Long Distance  1st Lee Pasty

Thanks to everyone that supported the event including:  Flexifoil, North Kiteboarding, Da Kine, Excel Wetsuits , West Wetsuits

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