Cobley Series 8 – 28th October 2018

It was quite blustery this morning with a NW wind of 15 – 20 mph. James set a first beat to X, then 5, 8, 4, 3, 2 and back through the start.

There were 13 starters and it was certainly unlucky for some of them as a number went over in the blustery conditions. At the end of the first lap early starter Dave P (Mirror) was still leading followed by the other early starters of Rhys (Topper) and Chris H (Comet), however by the time the finish gun went the maelstrom maestro JC (Laser) had come through to take the victory. Marczin retired, but everyone else managed to last the distance (well the time actually!)
The final order was –
1st Jon C; 2nd Dave & Ann: 3rd Mike Tr; 4th Newton & Ellen; 5th Chris H; 6th Rhys

Down to 12 for the second race and Dave P (Mirror) and Olivia (Topper) both retired on the first lap.
First back through the line were Ellen & Newton (RS200) just in front of Jon (Laser) and these were some 30 seconds ahead of Dave & Ann (Leader) in 3rd place. Gareth (Laser) and Mike Tr (Laser) were battling for 4th spot and they crossed right behind Dave & Ann. About 30 seconds later Dean & Nick (Vago) came through in 6th place about one minute ahead of Chris H (Comet) and Adrian (Vago s/h) with Mike C (Wanderer) some way behind them. Finally battling bravely on came Rhys in his Topper in 10th place.

By the end of the second lap Jon had taken 1st place and Gareth and Mike Tr had passed Dave & Ann to move up to 3rd and 4th. There were no further changes in order, but Rhys received the gun at the end of the lap.

At the end of the third and last lap Jon had increased his lead, crossing the line a minute ahead of Ellen & Newton. Gareth was still 3rd, but Mike Tr must have had an incident as both Dave & Ann and Dean & Nick had got past him. Chris was still ploughing along in 7th followed at intervals by Adrian and Mike C .

Final positions on the water were –
1st Jon; 2nd Ellen & Newton; 3rd Gareth; 4th Dave & Ann; 5th Dean & Nick; 6th Mike Tr

On handicap the first two retain their positions, but Dave & Ann move up to 3rd and Chris H up to 4th pushing Gareth down to 4th and Dean & Nick down to 6th.

Thanks to James and the OOD Team of Bea, Ralph and Rick.