Great Britain, OK Easter Eggs 2009
by Robert Deaves
Former world champion Nick Craig didn't have it all his own way in a rare visit to Waldringfield Sailing Club over the Easter weekend. The regatta was characterised by light winds, brilliant sunshine and local knowledge as several times, Craig lost the advantage to local sailors.
The opening race included a long beat from the club line against the tide and while Craig led the fleet along the island, Robert Deaves sailed straight to the opposite shore and popped out at the first mark some 300 metres ahead of Craig to take the race win. In the very short second race, Dan Ager found a shift out of the start to lead at the top mark and with a shortened course at the bottom of the course to make time for tea, there was little anyone could do about it. Ager also won the afternoon race after getting the very important inside overlap on the first downwind mark and leading the rest of the way to take a useful overnight lead.
Sunday morning dawned with a new wind direction and Craig finally getting his act together. A nice little course downstream of the club was set and Craig produced two race wins from Ager and Jon Fish in the light winds with long downwind legs against the flood tide.
The deciding race was between Ager and Craig for the Egg, and with the tide now ebbing made for some interesting tactical decisions upwind. However, once ahead of Ager, Craig stuck to him like glue and looked to be heading for this third win of the day. However, on the final beat Deaves sailed the other side of the island from the fleet and took a 200 metre lead, while Simon Shaw, sailed up the far shore to round the final upwind mark second. Craig finished a distant third with Ager fourth.
So with two race wins apiece between Craig, Ager and Deaves, Craig, sailing a borrowed boat, took the WSC Easter Egg Trophy he last won in 2001.