24 May Spring Series 11

With a pleasant 8 –12 mph WSW Mike C, with input from Steve S, set a first beat down to 4, back across to 9 then down to 3, back to 2, then up to 5 on the buoy line and on to 6 and 7.
There were 20 starters and it was good to see Nick Trottman back in his Finn and Paul Waterman out in a Radial.
First back through the nominal start line were Father & Daughter, Ralph & Anna in their Feva, followed by John C (Topaz) followed by Father & Daughter, Newton & Ellen in the Laser 2000 (you cannot say that RSC is not a family club !).  Mike A (Lightning) was 4th, Chris A (Solo) 5th and Neville (s/h Leader) 6th. The leading Laser was Jon in 7th and Eddie kept to his usual routine by retiring at the end of the lap for an early cuppa. Karen nearly completed a lap but her traveller broke as she rounded Number 7.
After two laps Ralph & Ana were still in the lead but Newton & Ellen and Neville had passed John C.
Behind these leaders Mike A and Chris A were having a great battle swapping places every other mark. Richard S had come to the front of the Lasers and was chased by Jon, David C, Dave L, Dean, Phil A, John W, Rod and Alistair S. At the back of the fleet Steve P in his 505 had caught Paul W but Nick T was still ahead of him just behind the Laser pack.
At the end of three laps Newton & Ellen had taken the lead with Ralph & Anna 2nd and Neville 3rd. At the gun these were still in the first three places, but Richard nipped past Mike A at the last minute to take 4th with David C in 6th.
Today was probably a unique occasion in RSC history with Newton & Ellen coming 1st and Ralph & Anna coming 2nd making a Father – Daughter pairing first and second.
Thanks to the OOD team of Mike C, Steve S, Jan & Paul H, Chris W and Chris B. 

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