First of all a correction to the Sunday report, Newton & Ellen were out in Mark’s RS 200 not in the Laser 2000.
The wind was a 10 mph Northerly, slightly brisker than Sunday’s light wind. Dave L was SOOD, but a special thank you to Lynne & Steve P and Neville R who were all on duty yesterday and again today.
They were joined by Paul R who was not scheduled for duty but stepped in to help.
Another Tektona start with the first mark as 5, then a run down the buoy line to 4, a beat back to 9, round 9 with another run to 1 and then up to 2 and back through the start line.
The plan was another two back to back races, but in fact there was actually a preliminary practice race when the original first race of the day was abandoned after one lap as the SOOD’s timer packed in!
The race was restarted and at the end of the first lap Ian C (Supernova) crossed the line first followed by Peter R (Enterprise), Steve S (Laser), David C (Laser), Newton & Ellen (RS200) and Mike C (Solo). Further back Hugh (Byte) was going well just ahead of Alistair (Laser), Hadey (Radial), Monica (Europe) and Peter S (Byte).
The second lap leaders were the same five boats, but Steve S and David C were having a terrific battle and crossed the line together. The only mover up the fleet was Monica who gained two places up to 9th place.
At the finish gun Ian C was still in 1st place but David C just squeezed past Steve S to take 2nd place.
Newton & Ellen had made up a place to 4th with Peter R 5th and Rod B 6th. Mike C was still in 7th place, but Monica had managed to get past Hugh to take 8th.
Dave P decided it was not quite windy enough for his Wayfarer and retired before the end of the lap.
The final positions on the water were 1st Ian; 2nd David; 3rd Steve S; 4th Newton & Ellen and these are not likely to change on handicap, but Mike C and Hugh should move up to 5th and 6th respectively
For the second race of the day we had lost Peter R, but gained Curtis (fresh from a bit of mast bending with Roland). The wind had freshened a little more and it was a glorious day for sailing with a bright sun and a good wind.
Ian C was first back through the start line again and continued to lead for the rest of the race. Behind him David C and Steve S had renewed their battle and this also continued for the rest of the race!
Curtis came through in 4th with Newton & Ellen 5th, Rod 6th and Monica 7th ;.behind these there was a close battle between Peter S and Mike C with Bob L (Solo), Hadey, Hugh and Mike A in close attendance.
At the end of the second lap Newton & Ellen had moved up to 4th but there were no other movers up the fleet, but we had lost Bob, who capsized and impaled his mast in the mud. It took most of the rest of the race to extricate him from this predicament!
By the third lap Ian still led with David C and Steve S locked together behind him. Curtis had managed to get back in front of Newton & Ellen, but there were no other changes throughout the fleet.
At the finish gun the leading six boats had maintained position but Mike C had made up two places to 7th by passing Hadey and Peter S.
The final positions on the water were exactly the same as for the earlier race, 1st Ian; 2nd David; 3rd Steve S, however in this case the Lasers were close enough to push Ian down to 3rd on handicap.
The overall results for the Easter Cup will be based on the best three positions out of the four races and it looks as if Ian and David will finish on the same number of points with Newton & Ellen coming 3rd. Not sure how the eventual winner will be decided, perhaps on the results of the discard race, but watch this space !