It was very breezy this morning blowing about 16 mph SW. Richard S was OOD, but he did not record the course for posterity, so no idea where the fleet went, but wherever it was they went there quickly!
There were 15 starters and it was definitely a Laser day with 8 out there plus 2 Radials.
William in his Topper hung onto the lead on the first lap with Chris H (Comet) in 2nd place, then came Jon in the first of the Lasers with Hadey (Radial) 4th being rapidly caught by Karen coming through in 5th place. Ellen & Newton in the RS200 had caught Luke in the family Radial and he was about to be caught by Paul R in his Aero. Then came a stream of Lasers, James, Mark, John W, Gareth, Rick and Dave P (good to see you back on the water or should that be in the water!). Laser 61642 brought up the rear of the fleet (let us know who you are by signing in !).
At the gun Jon had got past Wiliam and Chris to take the victory.
The final positions were – 1st Jon; 2nd Karen; 3rd Ellen & Newton ; 4th Paul; 5th Hadey; 6th Luke
The wind got up a little more for the second race and the fleet was down to 12 boats.
Paul came through the line in the lead with Newton & Ellen 2nd, Karen 3rd ,Jon 4th and Mark 5th these five held those positons for all three laps of the race. On the first lap James was 6th just ahead of Luke and Hadey who crossed the line virtually together. Then there was quite a gap back to 61642 in 9th place and another gap back to Gareth in 10th place and then William and Rick bringing up the rear.
At the end of the second lap the first six were in the same order, but Hadey had moved up one place to 7th and Gareth and Rick had gained one place to 9th and 11th.
At the finish the first five had retained their positions, but James must have had a moment earlier in the lap as Hadey pipped him across the line to take 6th. 61642 did not make it to the finish so this moved Rick up one more place.
Final positions on the water were –
1st Paul; 2nd Newton & Ellen; 3rd Karen; 4th Jon; 5th Mark; 6th Hadey.
On handicap Hadey should move up to 5th with Luke moving up to 6th.
Thanks to Richard S and the OOD Team of Isobel, Bill C and Richard.