Summer Series 6 – 17th July

With a good SSW wind, James set a first beat to X then 2, 5, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.
Pursuit Race
There were 18 starters and it was good to see Sylvia back sailing and going well. Peter S, Luke and Josephine were given DNFs with “Missed start” as the reason. Presumably they started outside the designated start line rather than not getting to the line in time!  .
There were no really early starters this week (William had abandoned his Topper and was getting to grips with a 4.7 rig Laser) and late starter Paul R (Aero) was already in the lead at the end of the first lap with Ellen & Newton (RS200 in 2nd and Julian B (OK) 3rd .
The final positions at the gun were  –
1st Paul R; 2nd Ellen & Newton; 3rd Julian B; 4th Roland & Ryan (National 12); 5th Karen (Laser); 6th Sylvia B (Radial)
Handicap Race
There were 13 takers for the second race and Luke and Peter successfully negotiated the start!
Paul led from start to finish followed by Newton & Ellen who retained 2nd place for all four laps.
On the first lap Karen and Luke (Laser) came through together  in 3rd place but Julian B had moved up to 3rd at the end of the second lap and kept this position to the finish, leaving Karen, Roland & Ryan and Richard S (Laser) to battle for 4th spot.
Hadey retired from 8th place on the second lap, but not sure of the reason. Gareth and Steve P both in Lasers were having a good battle for the vacated 8th place with Gareth just pulling away towards the end of the race. Peter S could not quite make up the gap and William was going steadily behind him and actually getting Past Peter on the second lap.
The final positions on the water were –
1st, Paul R; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Julian B; 4th Richard S; 5th Karen; 6th Roland & Ryan
On handicap William will take 6th place from Roland & Ryan.
Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Paula, David H, Mike T and Rachel C.

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