Frostbite 11 January 31st

It was a terrible start to the morning with hardly any wind and a heavy persistent drizzle, but fortunately by the time of the start the wind had picked up to about 10 mph SSW and continued to increase during the race. Mike A set the first beat down to 2 then 4S, 9P, 5S, 8P, 6S and back through the start ( avoiding the use of No 7 as requested by Hadey !) There were 15 starters, which was very good considering the conditions.
Newton & Ellen (RS200) were leading at the end of the first lap and continued to do so for all four laps of the race, although they could never relax as Ian C (Supernova) and Richard S (Laser) pressed them hard all the way. After these leading three had passed through there was a slight gap to another closely contested pack consisting of the Lasers of James, Rod, Ken and Rick and the Byte of Roland S. Next through were Hugh (Radial) and Alistair S (Laser) with another gap back to Chris H (Comet), Curtis (Radial), Hadey (4.7) and Adrian (Vago) with William gamely chasing these in his Topper.
By the end of the second lap Ian had just pinched 2nd place from Richard and the next four places remained the same, but Hugh was going well and had managed to get past Roland. Further back Hadey and Adrian had moved up one place by passing Curtis who seemed to be struggling today.
After three laps the leading seven positions had not changed but there was really close racing between the first three and then between the next group from 4th place to 10th place. Rick continued to go well in 7th place and Roland had retaken Hugh with Alistair S in very close attendance. Adrian had moved up two places by passing Chris and Hadey. William received the finish gun at the end of this lap. 
At the end of the fourth and last lap there was a photo finish with Newton & Ellen just winning by a nose (or a prow) from Ian with Richard 3rd. James was still 4th but Ken had managed to get past Rod to take 5th place. Unfortunately Rick who had held a steady 7th for most of the race capsized on the last lap and dropped to 10th, which let Hugh through into 7th, Roland to 8th and Alistair S to 9th. The increasing wind seemed to refresh Curtis and he passed Hadey and Chris but could not catch Adrian.     
The final positions on the water were –
1st Newton & Ellen; 2nd Ian; 3rd Richard; 4th James; 5th Ken; 6th Rod.
On handicap Richard will pip Ian for 2nd spot with Roland moving up to 3rd  and Chris up to 5th. 

Thanks to Mike A, Neville, Sylvia and Peter S and to Roland L and Dave I who also helped with the OOD duties.

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