14 December Frost Bite 4

After the excitement of a lively AGM it was back to the sailing, but first a big THANK YOU to all the members of the Committee and the organisers and helpers for the Monday Oppies, Wednesday Suppers, Thursday Pirates and Saturday Pinkies. We appreciate your hard work and commitment on behalf of the club members.
With quite a brisk SW wind, about 12 mph but gusty, Adrian set the first beat to X, which was hidden around the back of the island, about where No 1 was usually to be found.
There were 16 starters and some elected to stay out wide and some decided to go between the bank and the island. The latter group seemed to fare slightly better on the first lap.
After rounding X it was back to 6, then right down the lake to 4, then across and past 9 to 8,
turning left up to 5, then across to 7 and back through the start. Good idea to write this one down!
At the end of the first lap Paul R (Aero) wearing a jaunty piratical head scarf was in the lead followed by David and Jon C (Lasers) and then Ian C (Supernova), Karen (Laser) and Newton & Ellen (Laser 2000).  Then there was a slight gap back to James P (Laser) and then a larger gap back to Dave P, Dave L and Mike A (Lasers) and an even larger gap back to Hadey (4.7).
Peter R was next, but not surprisingly was struggling to hold his Enterprise sailing single handed. (It is rumoured that a change in the racing rules is being considered for next year to allow single handed sailors to use their other hand as well !). Quite a way behind Peter came Alistair S (Laser), William P (Topper) and Steve P trying to cope with the somewhat cramped conditions in a Laser compared to his usual Titanic.
Unfortunately Sally came to grief on the first lap and had to be retrieved by the rescue boys.
By the end of the second lap Paul and David C had pulled a slight lead on Ian and Karen in 3rd and 4th places with Newton & Ellen battling with Jon for 5th place. James had capsized gybing round 5 and got tangled in the buoy line and Dave P had capsized going back towards X, this had let Mike A and Dave L through, but then Dave L was hit by a gust after gybing round 8 and he capsized, letting Mike up to 7th with Dave P retaking Dave L to 8th. Peter R decided to retire on this lap, but Hadey, Alistair and Steve were still plugging away and William was given the gun at the end of this lap.
The three leaders were in the same positions at the end of the third lap, but Karen had retired as she needed to get away early to start her annual winter migration to the ski slopes. Jon had squeezed past Newton & Ellen to take 4th place. There was a terrific tussle going on between Mike A, Dave L and Dave P in 6th, 7th and 8th places with James P starting to make up ground (should be water) on them in 9th place. Hadey was in a clear 10th place and Steve had managed to catch and pass Alistair, who had suffered a triple capsize and these were finished at the end of this lap (in more ways than one).
At the end of the fourth and final lap Paul was first across the line with David C slightly behind him with Ian slightly further back in 3rd. Jon managed to hold Newton & Ellen off to take 4th. Dave P won the scrap behind moving up from 8th to 6th, with Dave L 7th, Mike A 8th and James P 9th. It was a really good race with an interesting course, good wind and close racing throughout the fleet.
The final positions on the water were 1st Paul, 2nd David C, 3rd Ian C, but on handicap it will be David first with Paul second and Newton & Ellen third.


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