Conditions were sparkling for Itchenor’s first 2000 open.
Entrants travelled from Keyhaven in the west and Bough Beach in the east.
The expert race team consisted of International 14 sailors waiting for their boats to return from their recent world championships in San Francisco and they provided solid windward leeward courses and well-run racing.
The three new club owned 2000s were sailed by ISC members and it was Rob Struckett and Senem Cilingiroglu who laid down an early marker with a win in race one, with Miles and Audrey Wade from Thorney Island second.
Conditions on day one were fairly light and the big tide made calling the downwind angles critical. Richard and Ian Hudson won the next two races taking them back to the clubhouse as overnight leaders.
On day two Rob and Senem posted another win in race four but it was local team of Ed Fitzgerald and Becky Diamond who quickly demonstrated their skill wrapping up the last two races.
Itchenor Sailing Club has introduced the 2000 class to fill a gap in their sailing offering for those who want to race something a little less full-on than some of the twitchy high-performance dinghies around nowadays.
They also double as a training boat and great facility for members who just want to get on the water with family and friends but, when the conditions are 15 gusting 20 knots and the sun is out they provide great competitive class racing for all and the intention is to build a fleet to fill that slot on a regular basis as well.