CHESIL Sailability welcomed Hansa sailors to the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Aca-demy for the first Hansa event ever to be held on the sea in the UK.

It was also the first time Chesil Sailability have hosted a Hansa event. All three classes were in action, with the Libertys, 303s (split into single and double- handed fleets) and 2.3s.

Racing started with three races back to back in a nice 13 knots of wind. Although the wind was steady compared to the usual lake racing venues, a big right shift in the second race saw the standings in the 303 fleet change.

The real action came on the second day after a two-hour postponement because of the strong winds and high seas.

The seas were still very choppy when racing began, with the pre-start area full of “eeek” and “yee ha” from the sailors.

It made for a wet and bumpy beat, but it paid off down wind with a bit of surfing. Through the two races, the sea calmed down and the wind was a steady 12 knots.

Sailors from Team Chesil made a convincing debut on the Hansa circuit this year, claiming two out of three podium places in the 303 double class.

Tim Scarisbrick and Anya de Iongh of Chesil led the fleet with Anaick Ankers and David Ankers in third place.

Meanwhile, sailors from Rut-land and Frensham dominated the other fleets.