This year’s overall Vets Head results were severely impacted by the effects of the tide. We realised several weeks before the event that the scheduled start time was too early and that the low tide was going to be later than we originally calculated. After discussions with the PLA over the river closure, they insisted that the original Notice To Mariners could not be changed. We shifted the start to be as late as that window allowed.
Additionally, after the cancellation of yesterday’s HoRR, we could not risk the safety of our competitors and officials by holding marshalling crews any longer before we actually started the race.
The end result is that the later you started the more assistance you got from a very strong flood tide. All the categories raced together so the category positions are meaningful. The overall positions are not as trustworthy as we would have liked.
A couple of boating locations misplaced some competitors’ numbers, these crews raced with spare numbers and this has had an effect on one or two categories (notably Men’s Masters C) where a crew raced significantly out of position.
We appreciate that these results do not look great, but in the interests of openness and transparency we present them as recorded by our timing teams.
A category ordered set will be published in due course, which we’re sure will look more reasonable than reading the overall results in isolation.
– Chris Harrison, Chairman, Vesta Open Events Committee