There was quite a blow this morning about 16 mph from the West but with gusts of well over 20.
Peter S set a first beat to X then 5, 9, 4, 3, 2, 6, 7 and back through the start. Most of the Laser sailors (apart from Adrian) opted for one rig down because of the conditions.
There were 11 starters (there may have been 12 as Dave P signed The Declaration Sheet but was not recorded on the Race Sheet, so he either thought better of it or did not make it round on the first lap!). Mike T (Laser) led back through the start line followed closely by Ellen (Laser), then there was a slight gap back to Steve S (Aero) with James (Laser) close behind him. About a minute later Newton (Solo) crossed the line in 5th place just ahead of Adrian (Laser) then 20 seconds behind them came Will (4.7 rig but Radial handicap). Bill (K1) came through next on his own and well ahead of Rhys (4.7) and Chris H (Comet) with Ron in his Mirror bringing up the rear. Bill retired at the end of this lap.
At the end of the second lap Ellen had taken the lead from Mike, but Steve and James retained 3rd and 4th places. Adrian had passed Newton to move up to 5th. There were no other changes in order apart from the shuffle up due to Bill’s retirement.
On the third lap it was all change at the front with Steve moving up to 1st spot and Mike passing Ellen to move back to 2nd place. No change in 4th and 5th, but Will passed Newton to move up to 6th. Rhys and Chris maintained their positions, but Ron came to grief and retired on this lap.
Lap four saw no change with the first five boats but Newton had regained 6th place from William.
Rhys received the gun at the end of the lap and so did Chris despite a spell of pond dipping somewhere down by 2, but he got going again to receive the gun.
So only seven boats left on the last lap and poor Ellen capsized when a gust hit her gybing round 7 in sight of the finish. Steve crossed the line in first place tow minutes ahead of Mike T in 2nd place and Adrian managed to pip James for 3rd place.
The final order on the water was –
1st Steve S; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Adrian; 4th James; 5th Newton; 6th Will
Corrected time should see no change in these positions, not something that happens very often!
Ellen received a nasty bang on the head and we all hope that she has recovered and is feeling better.
Thanks to Peter S and the OOD team of Alistair S, Frantz, Jerry and Mike C.