25th January Frostbite 10
With an 8 mph South West wind, Phil M surprisingly used a Tektona start with a short one tack beat to 2, up to 4 then a run down to 8, across to 6 and back up the lake to 5 then down to 9 and back through the start.
There were 20 starters of which 12 were Lasers, but the first boat back through the start line was Steve P in his 505 followed by Ian C in the Supernova, then the first Laser was Steve S but he was followed by Newton & Ellen in their Laser 2000. The next seven boats were Lasers then came the Leaders of Neville in 12th and Hugh 14th sandwiching Sylvia in her Laser. Mike C (Solo) and Peter S (Byte) were having a close battle just ahead of Hadey in her 4.7 and bringing up the rear were Alistair S (Laser) and William in his Topper.
At the end of the 2nd lap the leaders were still the same, but Steve P did not come back through the start line and was disqualified (not that he knew this until the end of the race !).
David and Jon C had managed to slip past Mark B to take 4th and 5th spots respectively and Curtis and Adrian had moved past Mike A to 7th and 8th. Peter S and Mike C continued their battle with Peter crossing the line just ahead of Mike C.
Ian C was still leading at the end of the third lap in company with the disqualified 505 with Steve S 2nd and Jon C up to 3rd. Curtis and Adrian were still very close together in 7th and 8th places. Rod B had gained a place moving up to 9th and Sylvia had escaped the clutches of the Leaders moving up two places to 10th. James P had also passed the Leaders and gained two places to 12th. This time round Mike C was just in front of Peter S. At the end of this lap young William received the gun.
At the finish the first two had held their positions, but David C managed to pip Jon to take 3rd, but Newton & Ellen were ominously close in 5th place with Mark B 6th. Adrian managed to nip past Curtis to take 7th. Further back James P had gained one more place and Peter S had retaken Mike C.
The final positions on the water were 1st Ian C, 2nd Steve S, 3rd David C, but on handicap it is likely that Newton & Ellen will take the second spot from Steve S. Neville, Hugh, Mike C and particularly Hadey should move up quite a few places as they were not far from the back of the Laser pack.
Bad luck for Steve P who sailed the whole of the race, only to find that he was disqualified, but well done to Hugh sailing the Leader single handed and to William who got another finish under his belt in the Topper.