Gillette Series 18 – 10th August

Steve S had difficulty in setting a start line and a course as the wind was swinging round so much. Eventually just before the start it settled down to a WSW about 5- 8 mph and Steve used X as the first mark, close to 5 on the buoy line, then 9s, 5p, 4p, 8p and back through the start line.
Karen (Laser) was first back through the start followed by Newton (Solo) and these two had pulled a slight gap on Hugh (Laser), who came through in 3rd place. Bob (Solo) had got away well and was right behind Hugh with another gap back to Dean & Nick (Vago) in 5th place. Julian out in the third Solo was 6th but only just ahead of Paul H (Supernova). At the rear of the fleet Mike A (Lightning), Rick (Laser), Dave I (Laser) and Sally & Stuart (Leader) were having a good battle.
At the end of the second lap the two leaders came through in the same order, but Karen had eased out slightly. Bob had managed to get past Hugh to move up to 3rd. Paul H had gained two places to move up to 5th place and Rick had gained a place to 8th.
On the third lap the first four had maintained station, but Julian had moved up to 5th and the boats behind these five were constantly changing position.
At the end of the fourth and last lap Karen crossed the line well ahead to take the victory. The only movers behind her were Dean & Nick regaining 6th place and Rick reclaiming the 8th place he had lost on the lap before.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Karen; 2nd Newton; 3rd Bob; 4th Hugh; 5th Julian; 6th Dean & Nick
On handicap the first three should keep their places, but Julian should move up to 4th and Mike A to 5th pushing Hugh back to 6th.
The juniors were back in action tonight with Edward and Joe in their Toppers and Jemima in her Oppie.
The honours on the water went to Joe who led for the whole of the race with Edward in 2nd place and Jemima 3rd, but the sting is in the tail because on handicap Jemima should take the final victory.
Thanks to Steve S and the OOD Team of Bill C, Peter C, Robert B and Steve P. 

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