23 August Summer Series 11

The wind was light from the south and Peter S used a Tektona start to 2S, 3S, 4S, 9P, and 5S for both races.
In the Pursuit Race the slower boats got away well and Hadey (4.7) and Chris A (Solo) took some catching. Ellen & Newton (RS200) got a good start and managed to hold off Ian C (Supernova) as he tried to catch them towards the end.
The final positions on the water were 1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Ian C; 3rd Hadey; 4th Chris A; 5th John W (Laser); 6th Luke (Laser).
The rain came for the second Handicap Race and with that the wind dropped almost completely. Many boats were stalled on the line as the start gun went. Newton & Ellen drifted onto the outer mark and then sailed clear with the others left on the line and they were still clear in the lead at the first mark even having done penalty turns!
At the end of the first lap Newton & Ellen still led but Ian C was not far behind and he was followed by the Lasers of Luke, Mark B, and John W. The Leaders were next through with Nev & Issy just leading Sally & Paul and they were some way ahead of Steve P (Laser) and Chris H (Comet). The early leaders in the Pursuit Race came through next with Chris A and Hadey crossing the line together and they were followed by David M (Laser), Adrian (Vago) and Paul W (Radial). In the light winds there was not much overtaking over the next two laps and although Ian managed to take the lead he could not pull away enough to beat Newton & Ellen on handicap.
The final positions were 1st Newton & Ellen; 2nd Ian C; 3rd Luke; 4thMark B; 5th Nev & Issy; 6th Sally & Paul.
In the Pursuit Race it was Ellen’s first race victory and there are now three girls in the top 6 in this series, with Karen 3rd, Ellen (& Newton) 4th and Hadey 5th.
Perhaps the girls are better catching the boys than the boys are at catching the girls ?
Thanks to Peter S and the OOD Team (no names on the Race Sheet)

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