Cobley Series Race 3 25th Sptember
With quite a blustery Westerly, varying from 10-14 mph, Nev (standing in as SOOD) set a first beat down to 3, then 2p, 5s, 6s, 7s and back through the start.
There were 24 starters with the three Toppers of William, Rhys and Thomas away first followed some time later by Chris A in the sole Solo. No Leaders out today, but there were the two Vagos of Dean & Nick and Adrian (single-handed), the RS200 of Ellen &Newton, the Comet of Chris H and the Contender of Franz to provide some variety from the pack of Lasers. Although one of the Lasers was the Laser II of Milo & James and Hadey and Curtis were using Radial rigs.
At the gun Ellen & Newton had come through to the front with Karen 2nd and William 3rd.
The final positions were –
1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Karen; 3rd William; 4th Mark B; 5th Curtis; 6th Luke
The fleet was down to 20 for the second race as John W, Chris H, Ken and Eddie decided to sit this one out.
Newton & Ellen (RS200) led at the end of the first lap followed by the Lasers of Mark, Luke and Richard S. Curtis (Radial) was 5th followed by another trio of Lasers, Steve S, James and Karen with Chris A (Solo) in 10th place just ahead of Ralph in another Laser. Then came Hadey (Radial) ahead of Dean & Nick (Vago), Rick and Alistair(Lasers), Adrian (Vago), Franz (Contender) and Milo & James (Laser II). At the back of the fleet the Toppers were having their own battle with William getting away from Thomas and Rhys.
By the end of the second lap Luke had got past Mark to move up to 2nd and Steve S and James had got past Curtis to take 5th and 6th places. Further back Ralph moved up to 10th by passing Chris A with Franz and Milo & James gaining two places. Rick retired on this lap and Thomas and Rhys received the finish gun at the end of the lap.
At the end of the third and last lap Newton & Ellen had kept their lead to cross the line first, but behind them Steve S had moved up to 2nd place and Curtis had gained two places to move back to 5th. Karen and Ralph both gained a place to move up to 7th and 8th and further back Franz and Adrian also gained a place.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Newton & Ellen; 2nd Steve S; 3rd Mark B; 4th Richard S; 5th Curtis; 6th Luke.
On handicap Curtis should take the victory.
Thanks to Nev and the OOD Team of Sally, Dave I, Bob W and Bev & Roland L