Gillette Series 17 – 8th August 2018

Gillette 17 – 8th August 2018

There was a blustery SW wind tonight blowing about 14 mph and Roland S set a long first beat down to 3 then 1, 5, 6,7 and back through the start.

There were 20 starters, but not for long as Hugh bent his knee back just after the start and had to retire. First back through the line was Ralph (Laser) followed closely by Mark B, Karen and Ellen, all in Lasers. Newton (Solo) came through in 5th with another two Lasers behind him, namely Alistair S and Will P. The first double hander, Dave & Ann (Leader) was next through in 8th place with the Lasers of Richard H and Rick following in 9th and 10th places. Then along came the second double hander in the persons of Dean & Nick in the Vago, followed by Chris H (Comet) and Mike A (Lightning). Sally & Stuart out in the second Leader were next through about 30 seconds ahead of Ron (single handed Mirror), who was followed by Alistair J in another Vago. Finally the Toppers of Rhys, Ollie and Emily crossed the line ahead of Phoebe in an Oppie. Ollie and Phoebe received the gun at the end of their first lap.

On the second lap there was no change in the order of the first five boats, but Richard H and Rick both gained three places to move up to 6th and 7th places. Sally & Stuart gained four places to 10th just behind Dean & Nick in 11th place. Emily received the gun at the end of this lap and Alistair J retired.

No change in the first six on the third lap, but Dave & Ann and Sally & Stuart got past Rick to move to 7th and 8th places. Will regained a couple of places to recover to 10th and Mike A passed Chris H to move up one place to 11th. Chris, Ron, Alistair S and Rhys all received the gun at the end of the lap.

On the last lap the only surprising change in the order was Dean & Nick rocketing up three places to cross the line in 8th place, perhaps they found where the spinnaker was stashed! There was a really close finish for 3rd place with Karen crossing the line just two seconds ahead of Ellen.

The final order on the water was –
1st Ralph; 2nd Mark; 3rd Karen; 4th Ellen; 5th Newton; 6th Richard H

On handicap the first two retain their positions but Newton moves up to 3rd pushing Karen and Newton down to 4th and 5th and Ron despite finishing a lap earlier moves up to 6th.

Thanks to Roland S and the OOD Team of Andrew B, Julian W, Martin W, Nev and Ryan S.