Summer Series 28 August 2016

This morning was dull with a threat of rain, but a good SW wind about 12 mph. Mike A set the first beat down to 4 then 2p, 5s, 8p, 6s, 7s, and back through the start.
Pursuit Race
There were 17 starters including Monica, who seemed quite spritely after the Jazz night revels and also out were the Mirrors of Pat and Robbie. Ralph last seem helming a Feva turned up with his newly acquired Laser for its first outing
Ellen & Luke (RS200) were first back through the line having got past Steve S (Solo), Monica (Europe), Chris A (Solo) and Dave & Ann (Leader) who had all gone off at the same time. Mark B (Laser) was 6th, having just passed Dave I (Radial) who was now being caught by the Lasers of Rod, Ralph and Rick (sounds like a band!) and they in turn were being caught by Adrian in his Rooster Rig Laser (sounds like a guitar!). Then came the Lasers of Alistair S and Gareth with Pat (Mirror) just ahead of Paul W (Radial) and Robbie in her Mirror.
Just after the start of the second lap a squall came through, the wind got up and it absolutely threw it down. Monica, Pat and Robbie quickly decided that there was no fun in that and came in to retire.
At the gun Ellen & Luke were clear ahead with Mark B in  2nd place and the 3rd place being closely contested by Steve S and Adrian.
The final positions were –
1st Ellen & Luke; 2nd Mark B; 3rd equal Steve S and Adrian; 5th Ralph; 6th Dave & Ann
Handicap Race
The fleet was down to 12 for the start of the second race and Ralph came through the line just ahead of Rod to lead on the first lap. Steve S was next through in 3rd place followed by Mark, Gareth and Adrian. Next came Dave & Ann in the only remaining double-hander followed by Rick, Chris and Franz who was braving his Contender in the frisky conditions. Alistair S and Paul W were bringing up the rear of the fleet.
By the end of the second lap Mark had moved up to 3rd place and Adrian up to 4th. Rick and Franz had both gained a place to move to 7th and 9th respectively.
At the end of the third and last lap there was a really close finish as Ralph crossed the line just ahead of Adrian with Mark and Rod close behind them. There were no changes in position behind these four.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Ralph; 2nd Adrian; 3rd Mark; 4th Rod; 5th Gareth; 6th Steve S
As the finish was so close, on handicap Steve should snatch the victory from the boats ahead of him with Ralph 2nd, Mark and Rod still 3rd, and 4th. Dave & Ann should take 5th pushing Gareth down to 6th.
Thanks to the OOD Team of Paul R (who stepped in to help although not on the rota) and Jerry C and John H who stoically manned the rescue boats sitting in the pouring rain!

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