Gillette Series 7 – 25th May 2016

With a light 6 mph N wind Roland S used an Island start with a first beat to 5, down to 6s, 9s, 4p, 2p and back through the start.
There were 15 starters including Edward in his Topper and Jemima in her Oppie. Karen (Laser) was first back through the start followed by Newton (Solo) and then going well were Sally & Stuart (Leader) in 3rd Julian W (Solo) was 4th but only just ahead of Mark B (Enterprise), then there was a gap back to a gaggle of boats led by Paul H (Supernova). In the Juniors Edward led Jemima and she receive the finish gun at the end of the first lap.
At the end of the second lap the first three boats were the same but Dean & Nick (Vago) had moved up to 4th. Rod (Laser) had gained one place to move to 7th, Mike T (Laser)had gained two places to 9th and Chris A (Solo) one place to 11th and bringing up the rear were Rick (Laser) and Dave & Ann (Leader). Edward received the finish gun at the end of this lap.
The third and last lap saw Karen finish well ahead of the fleet with Newton still in 2nd place. Mark had moved through to 3rd and Julian had retaken Dean & Nick for 4th place. Paul H had moved up two places to 6th, Mike A (Lightning) was up three places to 7th and Chris A up another place to 10th. The rest of the fleet had either maintained their position or lost ground. Unfortunately Sally & Stuart after being 3rd for most of the race had a disastrous last lap and slipped down to 11th !
The final positions on the water were –
1st Karen; 2nd Newton; 3rd Mark; 4th Julian W; 5th Dean & Nick; 6th Paul H.
On handicap the first two should keep their places but Julian will push Mark down to 4th and Mike A and Chris A should move up to 5th and 6th respectively.
In the Junior Series Edward will get a 1st and Jemima a 2nd.
Thanks to Roland & Ryan S and the OOD team of Carol & Chris M, Jeremy, David M and Gary B.

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