Spring series 1 Sunday 5th March
The first of the Spring Series races and what a start to the series. When Jon and David opt for radial rigs you know that there is trouble ahead! The format was the same as last year, a 35 minute pursuit followed by a 45 minute handicap race.
With a SW wind varying between 15 and 25 mph, Newton set the first beat to 4, across to 2, back to 9 then 5, 6, 7 and back through the start.
There were only five starters and needless to say, it was quite windy on occasions, with everyone seeming to capsize at some point. It was not much of a pursuit either as there was only one boat, Chris in his Comet going off ahead of four Lasers.
David was first back through the line followed by Jon then Chris, James and Franz.
By the end of the second lap James had caught Chris and Franz had disappeared and at the finish gun the final positions were –
1st David; 2nd Jon; 3rd James; 4th Chris.
Franz was still drying out, so there were only four starters for the second race and only three finishers!
Chris did not make the end of the first lap! James was doing quite well early on with a full rig as the wind had dropped slightly, only to be wiped out a number of times later in the race when a squall came through.
The final positions were –
1st David; 2nd Jon; 3rd James.