Cobley Series 4 – 30th September

This morning was cloudy with sunny spells and a WNW wind varying from 5 to 10 mph. Peter S used a Tektona start with the first mark as X (towards 2) then 3, 2, 5, 9, 6 and back through the start.

At the end of the first lap the early starters were still ahead with Chris H and Nev in Comets leading followed by Mike C (Wanderer), Bea (Oppie) and Chris A (Solo). Karen (Radial) came through next followed by the Laser pack.
At the gun no-one had managed to get past the Comets, but the Lasers were up amongst the rest of the fleet. The final positions were –
1st Chris H – Comet; 2nd Nev – Comet; 3rd Mike Tr – Laser; 4th James – Laser; 5th Karen – Radial; 6th Richard S – Laser.

Dean & Nick decided not to contest the second race which left 17 starters. The wind had increased slightly and changed direction, so Peter changed the start line and the position of X (up near the buoy line between 4 and 5) but kept the rest of the course unchanged.

It was one of those mornings where all the boats maintained their position for most of the race. At the end of the first lap the first four boats were Lasers led by James then Mike Tr, Richard S and Mark B with small gaps between all of them. Karen (Radial) came though in 5th place then Mike A (Laser), Jess B (Radial) and Rhys (Laser) were very close together with Dave P (National 12) not far behind them. The next four boats Mike C (Wanderer), Nev (Comet) Chris H (Comet)and Adrian (Vago s/h) were evenly spaced. There was a long gap back to the next boat, which was Sam (Laser) and she was about one minute ahead of Chris A (Solo) and then there was another five minutes before Emily (Topper) and Bea (Oppie) came along. Bea received the finish gun at the end of her first lap.

On the second lap James increased his lead slightly at the front but there was no change in position for the following seven boats. Dave P and Mike C crossed the line together battling for 9th place, but behind them the only change was Chris A catching and passing Sam. Emily received the gun at the end of this lap.

At the end of the third and last lap the order remained the same for the first 10 boats, Dave P just nudging ahead of Mike C to take 9th spot. Further back Chris H and Adrian just got past Nev to each gain a place. It was remarkable that although there were some good battles through the fleet, the actual order hardly changed.

The final order on the water was –
1st James; 2nd Mike Tr; 3rd Richard S; 4th Mark; 5th Karen; 6th Mike A

On handicap James keeps his 1st place, but Karen moves up from 5th to 2nd. Mike C should take 3rd place with Mike Tr dropping to 4th, Chris H up to 5th and Richards S down to 6th.

Thanks to Peter S and the OOD Team of Carlo, Ferdinando, Mike T and Paul W.