Summer Series 10 – 5th August 2018
It was another light wind morning about 3- 5 mph from the SE, but variable.
There were 10 starters, but they only managed a lap and a bit before the hooter sounded to finish the race. The final order was –
1st Mike Tr – Laser; 2nd Ron – Mirror; 3rd Dave I – Laser; 4th Rhys – Radial; 5th Chris H – Comet; 6th John W – Laser
After taking bronze Dave sat this second one out to give the others a chance and he was joined by Rick who wanted to catch his wind or anyone else’s wind for that matter!
First man back through the line was Ralph intent on maintaining his form of last Wednesday night’s victory. Mike Tr was 2nd about 30 seconds ahead of Monica in her Europe and Will sailing single handed in the Enterprise came through in 4th place with Chris H in 5th . After another gap of about 30 seconds Rhys crossed the line in 5th place just ahead of John W, who in turn was about 30 seconds ahead of Ron.
On the second lap there was no change in order although the gap between Chris in 5th and Rhys in 6th place had increased considerably. I suspect the rear of the fleet had found the RSC Sargasso Sea!
By the end of the third lap Mike Tr had caught and passed Ralph to take the lead. The only other change was John W passing Rhys and they and Ron received the gun at the end of the lap.
On the final lap Chris H made up three places to move up to 2nd, although it was very close finish between the first three boats and Monica was not far behind in 4th place.
The final order on the water was –
1st Mike Tr; 2nd Chris H; 3rd Ralph; 4th Monica; 5th Will; 6th John W; 7th Rhys; 8th Ron
(normally go to six places but it seems a shame to leave the last two out)
On Handicap the crafty Comet will take the spoils with Chris H moving to 1st place and Monica to 2nd spot. The leader on the water Mike Tr will drop to 3rd with Ralph 4th and Will 5th (the only one not to change his position). Ron will gain two places to move up to 6th.
This may have been Rhys’ first race in a Radial, so well done to him.
Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Bea, Chris M, Chris S, Monica & Mark R and Nev.