Cobley Series 8 30th October

It was a misty autumnal morning with not a lot of wind, about 4 mph ESE. Mike A used an Island Start with a first beat (drift) to X (which was about level with 8 in the middle of the lake) then 5p, 2s, 4s and back through the start.
Pursuit Race
Only 8 starters this morning and Chris H (Comet) was first away followed a few minutes later by Hadey (Radial). Chris actually managed to stay ahead until the last 10 minutes of the race when everyone apart from Dave I (Laser) managed to squeeze past him. Ellen & Newton had managed to get away at the front but the rest of the fleet was quite close together and at the gun Steve S was just pipped for 2nd place by Mark B in the final seconds of the race.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Ellen & Newton (RS200); 2nd Mark B (Laser); 3rd Steve S (Aero); 4th Adrian (Vago); 5th Ralph (Laser); 6th Hadey (Radial; 7th Chris H (Comet) 8th Dave I (Laser).
Handicap Race
Last week the wind got up for the second race, but this week it actually dropped slightly. Bob L having sorted out some problems with his Solo rudder joined the fleet for this race. Newton & Ellen managed to get quite a lead on the rest of the fleet with a gap back to Mark in 2nd place and another gap back to Steve S in 3rd place. Ralph and Dave I were fairly close together in 5th and 6th places with another gap back to the rest of the fleet, who were really close together.
With the wind appearing to drop even more, Mike A decided to finish them after just one lap.
The final positions on the water were –
1st Newton & Ellen; 2nd Mark B; 3rd Steve S; 4th Ralph.; 5th Dave I; 6th Hadey; 7th Bob L; 8th Adrian;
9th Chris H.
On handicap the only change should be Chris leapfrogging up to 5th.
Thanks to Mike A and the OOD Team of Sylvia, Bob W and Mick G.

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