Summer Series 7 – 15th July 2018
It was another hot sunny day with a light wind of only 5 mph coming from WSW veering SW and sometimes none at all! Mike A used a flagpole start with a first beat (nearly) to 5 then 9, 4, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.
There were 8 starters and they managed a lap and a half before the allotted time. The early starters Ron (Mirror) and Rhys (Topper) suffered at the start because they had virtually no wind at all, but by the time Chris H (Comet) started the wind had picked up a little and continued to do so for the Lasers and RS200 that went off last.
The final order was –
1st Karen – Laser; 2nd Newton – RS200; 3rd Chris H – (Comet; 4th Mike Tr – Laser; 5th Mark B – Laser: 6th Ron – Mirror; 7th James – Laser; 8th Rhys – Topper.
As the wind had veered to the SW , Mike changed and shortened the course to X, 9, 8, 6, 7; but not sure if this had much effect as the wind veered back any way and picked up slightly (t times). Julie joined the fleet in her Mirror, so there were 9 starters for the second race.
At the end of the first lap Karen had a lead of about 30 seconds over Newton, who was two minutes ahead of James in 3rd place. James came through in 4th some three minutes ahead of Chris in 5th place, who was just over a minute ahead of the Lasers of Mike Tr and Mark B. Then nearly five minutes passed before Rhys crossed the line ahead of the two Mirrors of Ron and Julie.
There was no change in order with the first six boats on the second lap although they had closed up slightly. At the back the Mirrors had managed to get past Rhys.
On the fourth lap, Newton had passed Karen to take the lead and Mark was just ahead of Mike by a lick of paint as they crossed the line. Ron, Julie and Rhys all received the gun at the end of this lap.
On the fourth and last lap the only change was Mike Tr passing Mark to regain 5th, so the finishing order on the water was –
1st Newton; 2nd Karen; 3rd James; 4th Chris; 5th Mike; 6th Mark
On handicap Chris leapfrogs the 3 boats above him to take victory, otherwise the order remains the same.
Thanks to Mike A and the OOD Team of Alistair J, Bob H, Doug H, Richard H and Tony R.