Gillette 15 – 20th July

On one of the hottest days of the year the wind was described as “fresh to scary” by SOOD Roland, but despite this there were 19 starters and everyone finished bar two.
He set a first beat down to 3 then 2p, 8p, 5s, 6s, 7s and back through the start.
First back through the start was Steve S, sailing his Laser instead of his Solo followed by Karen (Laser), Richard H (Laser), Nev & Mike (Leader), Hugh (Laser) and Newton (Solo).
Steve and Karen maintained their leading positions for all five laps of the race, but Sammy (a guest sailor) moved steadily up from 7th to cross the line in 3rd at the end of the race. Other steady movers up the fleet were James (Laser) who moved from 9th on the first lap to finish 4th and Ellen who went from 16th to 9th.
For the first three laps Richard H had 3rd place, but retired somewhere on the fourth lap, not sure if he came to grief or suffered gear failure. Mike T had gone a lap earlier but again, reason unknown!
Further back in the fleet Chris A and Julian W in Solos were having a good battle with Sally & Stuart (Leader) and Paul H (Supernova) and they were always being chased by Dave & Ann in another Leader.  
In the middle of the fleet Hadey (4.7) had a steady race swapping places with Rod (Laser) who just managed to pull ahead on the final two laps.
Bringing up the rear were Paula (Laser) and William (back in his Topper), but Paula did manage to catch and pass Dave & Ann on the last lap.
Paula, William, Sally & Stuart and Dave & Ann received the finish gun after four laps.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Steve S; 2nd Karen; 3rd James P; 4th Hugh; 5th Newton; 6th Nev & Mike
On handicap the first two will keep their positions but Hadey will move up to 3rd with Newton 4th, Neville & Mike 5th and William 6th.
Thanks to Roland (liked his comment on the bottom of the race sheet – “Wish I was sailing”) and the OOD Team of Ryan, Simon, Paul B and Tony R.

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