24th June Gillette Series Race 12

It was a pleasant evening for sailing with a 10 mph SW wind and the sun peeping through light cloud. Mike A set a longish beat to 4, then basically zig-zagged back up the lake via 2, 5, 8, 6 and 7 and back through the start.
There were 16 starters and first back across the line was David C (Laser) just in front of Ian C (Supernova) and Karen, Sylvia and Curtis all in Lasers. Next through was Mike T in another Laser closely followed by Chris A (Solo) and Paul H (Supernova). Then there was a slight gap to Peter S (Byte) in 9th place who was pursued by the Lasers of Dean and Alistair J (good to see Alistair join us for his first Gillette outing this season). Mike C (Solo) was close to these two and being hotly pursued  by Bob in another Solo.  The Leaders of Sally & Stuart and Hugh & Hadey were next through, although Hugh & Hadey were having to play catch-up, as when the start gun sounded Hugh was tied to the jetty and Hadey was sprinting across the grass having got caught in traffic. Hadey took a flying leap into the boat as Hugh set off for the start line – a real old Le Mans start ! Bringing up the rear was David M (Laser), but this was highly creditable as David had only completed his RYA Level 1 a few weeks ago !
By the end of the second lap Ian had taken the lead and in fact kept it right to the finish. Karen was now 2nd and David 3rd, but these two had a terrific scrap changing places all through the race.  Sylvia was 4th and Curtis 5th and they maintained these positions to the finish. Chris A had got past Mike T and Mike C had moved up two places.
The third lap saw the 11 leading   boats maintain their positions, the only change through the fleet was Sally & Stuart moving up one place to 12th by passing Alistair.
After four laps David had passed Karen to take 2nd, Mike T had retaken Chris A to move up to 6th and Alistair had repassed Sally & Stuart.
At the finish gun, Ian crossed the line in 1st place well ahead of Karen who had retaken David to take 2nd. Chris A had repassed Mike T and Paul H and Peter S crossed the line together impossible to split on time.
The final positions on the water were 1st Ian – Supernova; 2nd Karen – Laser; 3rd David – Laser and these will not change on handicap.
Good to see David M and Rick out on the race course again so soon after their initial training.
Thanks to Mike A, Tracey & Amy T and Martin W for doing their OOD duties.   

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