4th May Pennant

The wind was a light South West about 8 mph and Dave I set a first beat to 4, back across to 9 then down to 3, back along the buoy line to 5, across to 8 then up to 6, 7 and back through the start.
There were 20 starters and a lull in the wind at the start made life difficult. Karen (Laser) infringed Hugh & Neville in the Leader and had to do penalty turns before she had really got going.
Paul R (Aero) did get a good start and was first back through the line at the end of the first lap. Jon (Laser) came through in 2nd followed by David C (Laser) and then Newton & Ellen (RS 200). Karen and Rod both in Lasers were very close together and crossed in 5th and 6th places. Chris A was going well in his Solo in 7th place and then close together were Adrian (Vago) and Sylvia (Laser).  Then there was a trio of two Lasers Curtis and Dean with Monica in her Europe (It was Monica’s Birthday – so many happy returns to you Monica). These were followed by Hugh & Neville (Leader), Peter S (Byte) and Mike C (Solo). Next it was good to see Ralph & Anna out in their Feva and Mick G out in the Otter and bringing up the rear of the fleet, Gordon in his Mirror and Eddie B in his Laser.
At the end of the second lap the first four remained the same but Rod had just nipped past Karen. Curtis had moved up three places to 7th and Sylvia up one place to 8th and Mike C four places to 10th.
Monica, Gordon and Eddie had all retired, no doubt off for tea and cakes !
The third lap was the last lap and Paul crossed the line to win with Newton& Ellen finishing 2nd with Jon 3rd. David C was 4th and Karen just managed to pip Rod to take 5th.
However on handicap it looks like 1st Paul; 2nd Jon; 3rd David with Peter S 4th (moving up from 12th on the water).
Thanks to the OOD team of Dave I, Oswin, John C, Kate H and Ian S.

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