In the closest competition for years, the 2007 Belle Isle title went right down to the wire remaining undecided until the final race at the final event of the season, the Waldringfield Lark Cartoon.
2007 National Champions Steve Cumley and Eluned Jones, chasing their third straight traveller series win were up against 2006 National Champions Alan Krailing & Edd McArdle over 6 races on their home turf.
First blood went to Cumley/Jones who lead from start to finish in race 1. They were followed home by Krailing/ McArdle and Emma Harris and Arron Woolfe.
Harry Pynn and Clare Gosling dominated race two wining from Chris & Cathy Fish and Simon Cox & Joe Hunt showing they know the river better than they think with a 3rd.
In race 3 Pynn & Gosling lead early on but then took half the fleet the wrong way down the first down wind leg. Krailing & McArdle were the big beneficiaries being left with an unassailable lead. Cumley & Jones pulled through for 2nd with Matt Stearn & Adam Owens snapping at their heals in 3rd.
After day one it couldnít have been any closer with never more than a place between them, Krailing & McArdle lead Cumley & Jones by just a point.
The Breeze was up for day 2 and Steve Hall & Simon Haighton were in their element. Firsts in races 4 and 6 sandwiched a 2nd in race 5, which was enough to rocket them up to 3rd overall. Nigel Scott & Rachel Rhodes posted 2 4ths and a 6th to take 2nd in the Silver Fleet behind Matt Stearn and Adam Owens. Holly Hewatt & Ally Dart showed that they arenít just quick in light winds taking the Bronze Fleet from Jamie Mayhew, who might have finished higher had it not been for a broken boom.
Meanwhile, in the Battle for the Belle Isle the, stronger winds favoured Krailing & McArdle who with a 3rd (subject to protest) and a 1st in races 4 & 5, had the edge going into the final race. A 720 on the first beat proved costly for Cumley & Jones with Krailing & McArdleís 2nd enough to take the event and with it the Belle Isle title.
A big thank you to the series sponsors P&B, Speed Sails and Pedrollo. The 2007/08 Belle Isle kicks off at the Winter Championships at Northampton on the 24/25 November. It promises to be a fantastic event, donít miss it!
1st Alan Krailing & Edd McArdle, Waldringfield
2nd Steve Cumley & Eluned Jones, Barnt Green
3rd Steve Hall & Simon Haighton, Northampton
4th Matt White & Harri Steer, Waldringfield
5th Stephen Videlo & Chris Videlo, Waldringfield
6th Matt Stearn & Adam Owens, Waldringfield