Cobley Series 12 – 2nd December 2018

It was quite windy this morning with a SW wind of about 14 – 16 mph. Adrian was SOOD and presumably set a beat down the lake towards No 4, but unfortunately there was no record of the course on the race sheet.

Pursuit Race
There were 19 starters and with the strong wind the late starters were able to catch and pass the earlier slower handicap boats before the gun went.
The final positions were –
1st Steve – Aero; 2nd Simon – Blaze; 3rd Ralph – Laser; 4th Karen – Radial;
5th Newton & Ellen – RS200; 6th Mike Tr – Laser

Handicap Race
Karen, Jeremy, Rick and Olivia sat the second race out, so there were 15 starters. Ellen’s kicker broke just after starting and she had to retire and Ralph also retired on the first lap.
Simon B (Blaze) was first back through the line followed by Jon (Laser) just in front of Steve (Aero). Mike Tr (Laser) came through 20 seconds later in 4th place with Richard S (Laser) and James (Laser) chasing. Dave & Ann (Leader) were the first double hander followed by Will (Radial) just in front of brother Rhys (4.7) and Sally & Mike C (Leader) who crossed the line together. A minute and a half later Chris (Comet) and Jeremy (Laser) crossed the line together with Alistair S in another Laser chasing them.

On the second lap there was no change in the order of the first eight boats, but Sally & Mike had managed to secure 9th place. Behind them Jeremy had gained two places and Chris one by both getting past Rhys.

At the end of the third and last lap Simon crossed the line well ahead of Jon to take the victory. There was no further change in order down to 9th place, but Alistair gained two places to move up to 10th by passing Rhys, Chris and Jeremy.

The final order on the water was –
1st Simon; 2nd Jon; 3rd Steve S; 4th Mike Tr; 5th Richards S; 6th James.

On handicap Mike Tr leapfrogs Steve to take 3rd place pushing Steve down to 4th, but everyone else keeps their place.

Thanks to Adrian and the OOD Team (who should have been Colin H, Dave W, Julie V, Paul H and Susannah M, but none of their names were on the race sheet)
A reminder if you are on OOD duty make sure you put your name on the race sheet or you might get assigned another duty!

These were the last races of the series and Karen prevailed to win the Pursuit Series and Ellen & Newton took the Handicap Series. Congratulations to them.