Cobley Series 10 – 18th November 2018
With a light wind about 11 mph from the ENE, Peter R opted for a Tektona start with a first beat to 6 then 9, 7, 2, 3 and back through the start.
There were 19 starters and early starter Ron in his Mirror was still leading at the end of the first lap with Nev and Chris H in Comets coming though in 2nd and 3rd places. Chris A (in the only Solo out today) was 4th with Dave & Ann (Leader) 5th and Jon in the first of the Lasers was 6th. There was not time for a complete second lap and at the gun the final positions were –
1st Karen (Radial); 2nd Ron (Mirror); 3rd Simon (Blaze); 4th Will (Radial); 5th Jon (Laser); 6th Mike Tr (Laser)
Olivia who sailed her Topper in the first race decide to sit this one out so the fleet was down by one. Peter R adjusted the course slightly using 6, 8, 7, 2 and back through the start.
First boat back through the line was Simon (Blaze) already two minutes ahead of Ellen & Newton (RS200) who in turn were about 30 seconds ahead of Karen (Radial) in 3rd place.
Then came a close group of Lasers, Jon, Mike Tr, James and Ralph who were nor far ahead of Will (Radial). A motley trio were having a good battle for 9th place with Chris A (Solo) just leading Dave & Ann (Leader) and Dean & Nick (Vago). About 30 second further back there was another close battle between Chris H (Comet), Adrian (s/h Vago), Nev (Comet) and Mike C (Wanderer), then bringing up the rear of the fleet were Ron (Mirror), Alistair S (Laser) and Rhys (Topper).
By the end of the second lap Simon had doubled his lead over Ellen & Newton and Jon had passed Karen to move up to 3rd. Mike Tr, James and Ralph were still in line in 6th to 7th, but Dave & Ann and Dean & Nick had moved up two places to 8th and 9th positions. Further back Nev and Mike C were both up three places to 11th and 12th and Alistair had caught and passed Ron.
Ron and Rhys received the gun at then end of this lap.
The third lap was the last and Simon crossed the line over 6 minutes ahead of Ellen & Newton in 2nd place. Mike Tr gained two places to finish 3rd and Ralph snatched 6th place from James. The double handers Dave & Ann and Dean & Nick maintained their positions and Will had regained three places to 10th. Chris H and Adrian improved by one place and the final order on the water was –
1st Simon; 2nd Ellen & Newton; 3rd Mike Tr; 4th Jon; 5th Karen; 6th Ralph.
On corrected time Simon retains 1st place with Karen moving up to 2nd, Mike Tr still 3rd and Ellen & Newton equal 4th with Jon and Ralph 6th.
Thanks to Peter R and the OOD team of Bill C, Gordon P, John H and Pat G.