Sunday at the Topper Worlds

The dreary wet morning did not deter many sailors from another early start on the water, trying to make the most of the fresh winds. Those that took a little longer to get out of bed were still able get grab some sailing time with an afternoon practice race and with the winds dropping as the day wore on, it was very noticable to all just how strong the tides were.

With the last of the sailors coming ashore, preparations began for the traditional opening ceremony, a march around the local coastline in front of the clubhouse with a local traditional band leading the procession. As usual it was a fantastic sight with a colourful array of flags, clothing and painted faces. This year the six countries of GB, Ireland, France, China, Macau and South Africa were represented, although in the procession, it was sometimes hard to tell them apart, such was the intermingling and good spirited banter that has become such a trademark of this event.

Following the introductory speech from Any Millington and warm welcomes from a number of the local council representatives, the crowd split... parents to the bar and sailors to the food. A relaxing way to spend the evening before getting stuck in to tomorrows racing!

by Luke McIlwaine