This is more like Spring, a pleasant sunny morning with a 5 mph NW wind, although it did get up a little more during the race.
Bob L used the new race hut on the island as his HQ and set a first beat to X, which was near the buoy line approximately in line with 8 from the shore, then it was 8S, 4P, 3P, 1P and back through the start line. There were 22 starters and it was good to see Charlotte back on the water and welcome to Gareth in what may have been his first race.
First back through the Start Line was Ben in his Topper, followed by Chris H (Comet), Charlotte (Radial), Karen (the first of the Lasers), Hadey (4.7) and Mike A (Lightning). Then along came Jon (Laser), Adrian (Rooster), Hugh (Radial) and then James sporting a piratical looking black sail on his Laser (that should be good for masking the mud after capsizes!). Ellen & Newton (RS200 were further back than usual in 11th place followed by quartet of Lasers, John W, Steve P, Richard S and Ken P. Sally (Comet) was through in 16th with Alistair S (Laser) and Dave I (Radial) closing in on her. Dean & Nick (Vago) had caught and passed Gareth in a Pico and Rick (Laser) and the lantern rouge was carried by Curtis (Laser), who may have missed the start!
At the finish gun, Karen had HQHQHHhhhtaken the lead, but Chris and Charlotte had hung on to 2nd and 3rd places. Jon had moved up to 4th with Ben 5th and Adrian 6th. Hugh had moved up two places to 7th and Ellen & Newton up three places to 8th. Rick had gained two place and Curtis one place, but the rest of the fleet had kept station.
Sally decided to sit this one out, but David C turned out. Not sure if he had been doing some early morning triathlon training or just rolled over.
Richard S got a flyer and was first back though the line followed by David C, Karen, Jon and Newton & Ellen. Hugh was going well in 6th place with Adrian and Curtis chasing him. The next bunch through were John W, Ken, James and Dean & Nick. In the Radial battle Charlotte was just ahead Dave I with Chris H on his tail. Towards the back of the fleet Steve P, Hadey, Rick and Alistair were having a good scrap and bringing up the rear were Ben and Gareth.
At the end of the second lap there was no change in the front two, but Newton & Ellen had moved up to 3rd. Adrian and Curtis had moved up one place by passing Hugh. Charlotte, Dave I, Chris and Steve P had all managed to get past Dean & Nick. Ben and Gareth received the finish gun at the end of this lap.
The third lap was the last and Richard crossed the line with a clear lead from David C. Jon and Karen had got past Newton & Ellen. The other movers were John W, Charlotte and Mike A who all gained one place and Steve P and Alistair who gained three places.
Final positions on the water were –
1st Richard; 2nd David C; 3rd Jon; 4t Karen; 5th Newton & Ellen; 6th Adrian.
On handicap the first four will retain their places, but Chris H should move up to 5th.
Thanks to Bob and the OOD Team of Sylvia, Paul W, Helen J, Tim B and Gavin T.