It was quite blowy this morning with a West wind about 15 mph with 25 mph gusts coming through. It had been decided to use the same format as the Summer Series with a 35 minute pursuit race followed by a 45 minute handicap. Mike A set the first beat to 5 then 2s, 4s, 8p, 7p and back through the start.
William and Joe in their Toppers were first away from the line and at the end of the lap William was still in the lead with Curtis (Radial) up to 2nd and Joe 3rd. Ralph (Laser) had come through to 4th with Chris H (Comet) 5th, Hugh (Radial) 6th and then the Lasers of James, Richard S, Franz and Gareth with Chris A (Solo) in the middle of this Laser Pack.
Unfortunately on the second lap Joe made a mistake with the course which pushed him to the back of the fleet.
At the gun the positions were –
1st Curtis; 2nd William; 3rd Ralph; 4th James; 5th Hugh; 6th Richards S
Well done William and bad luck Joe who had been going really well.
Despite the frisky conditions there were no drop-outs and all 11 started the second race.
Richard S was first back through the line, but only just ahead of James and Curtis. Ralph came through in 4th place with Hugh close behind him. Then there was a slight gap back to the Lasers of Gareth and Franz and then another gap back to Chris H and Chris A and finally the two Toppers of William and Joe.
On the second lap James passed Richard to take the lead and Hugh moved up to 3rd place. Ralph was now 5th and all the boats behind him maintained station.
By the third lap Curtis had come to the front pushing James down to 2nd and Hugh to 3rd and Richard to 4th. Ralph retired (cream-crackered) and the only other mover was Chris A who had got past Chris H. William and Joe received the finish gun at the end of this lap.
At the end of the fourth and last lap James crossed the line first, which meant that the lead had changed on every lap! Everyone else remained in the same positions as the lap before.
Despite the windy conditions it was a really good race to watch and all the sailors seemed to enjoy it.
There were only two capsizes by Gareth and Joe respectively, but these were virtually dry capsizes and they both got going again very quickly.
The final positions on the water were – 1st James; 2nd Curtis; 3rd Hugh; 4th Richard S; 5th Gareth; 6th Franz
On Handicap, Curtis and Hugh, who were out in Radials, should move up to 1st and 2nd with James 3rd Richard 4th, and Gareth 5th, with Chris H moving up to 6th.
Remarkably it looks as if Franz and Chris A will tie for 7th place! – just shows how close the racing was.
Well done to William and Joe who kept going in testing conditions.
Thanks to the OOD Team of Phil M, Monica and Mark R, Chris B and Rick.