Cobley 5 9th October

What a lovely morning for a sail, the sun was out and there was steady 10 mph wind, pity that it was coming from the NNE, but still very pleasant. Adrian used an Island Start making use of Newton’s lakeside retreat and set a beat to X (still South of 6) then back down the lake to 1, up to 5 then 3, 2 and back through the start.
Pursuit Race
There were only 13 starters this morning, which was surprising considering the pleasant weather conditions. It was good to see Snow Storm the Laser 200 back racing in the hands of Steve & Oscar. In the absence of any Toppers Chris H (Comet) was first away followed by Chris A (Solo). In fact they held out for quite a way before being caught by the Lasers and RS200s.
At the gun the positions were –
1st Newton & Luke (RS200); 2nd Steve S (Laser); 3rd Mike A (Laser); 4th Rod (Laser); 5th Richard S (Laser); 6th Chris H (Comet)
Handicap Race
There was a course change for the second race using the same marks, but in a slightly different order, Xs,1s, 3s, 5s, 2p and back through the start.
Steve S had pulled a slight lead from Ralph (Laser) and Richard S at the end of the first lap. Slightly further back Rod was 4th just ahead of Luke & Newton, then Mike A and Peter & Sylvia (RS200) came through the line virtually together and further back Rick and Franz, both in Lasers were also very close. Then there was a gap back to Gareth (Laser) and then another gap back to a three-way scrap between Chris A, Steve & Oscar and Chris H.
On the second lap the fleet became spaced out and there was no change in the order of the first nine boats. Chris A managed to get past Gareth and Steve & Oscar retired.
At the end of the third and last lap Steve still led, but Richard had passed Ralph to move up to 2nd and Mike A had passed Luke & Newton to move up to 5th. Further back Chris A and Gareth had got past Rick and Franz and Chris H had also got past Franz.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Steve S; 2nd Richard S; 3rd Ralph; 4th  Rod; 5th Mike A; 6th Luke & Newton
On handicap Chris H should overtake Luke & Newton for 6th place
Thanks to Adrian and the OOD Team of Dean, Nick, Robbie H and Dave W.

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