Frost Bite 5 – 6th January 2018

It was a fairly light wind this morning about 5-6 mph from the West and David C used a Tektona start with the pin down towards No 2. The first mark was 4 then 3, 2, 5, 8, X (about halfway between 5 and 6) and finally No 1 and back through the start line.

16 starters and Simon B (Blaze) got a flyer and led Newton (Solo) by three minutes at the end of the lap, who in turn was about 30 seconds ahead of Dean & Nick who crossed the line in 3rd place. There was a terrific battle for the 4th to 8th positions with Mike T (Laser) just ahead of Bill (K1), then Ralph and Mark crossed the line together only four seconds in front of James all in Lasers). Mike A (Lightning) crossed in 9th place with Chris H (Comet) and Sally & Mike C (Leader) close behind. The other Leader of Dave & Ann was next through followed by Ellen (Laser) then Alistair and Rick (both Lasers) and finally Ron in his Mirror.

Considering the close racing it was surprising that there was no change in the order of the first four boats on either the second lap or on the third and last lap. On the second lap Mark and Bill could not be separated across the line as they battled for 5th place. James gained one place to move up to 7th spot and Ralph and Chris H crossed the line together battling for 8th place. Sally & Mike C also gained a place to move up to 10th with Ellen gaining two places to move to 11th. Further back Alistair and Rick both gained a place by passing Mike A. Ron received the finish gun at the end of this lap.

By the end of the last lap with no change in the first four, Bill had managed to secure 5th place and James gained another place to finish 6th. Ellen and Alistair both moved up one place at the expense of the two Leaders (not the 1st and 2nd, but Sally & Mike C and Dave & Ann!)

The final order on the water was –
1st Simon; 2nd Newton; 3rd Dean & Nick: 4th Mike T; 5th Bill; 6th James

On corrected time Newton (Solo) should take the victory with Chris H (Comet) moving up to 2nd place with Simon (Blaze) 3rd and Mike T (Laser) 4th. Sally & Mike C should move up to 5th place with Dean & Nick in 6th place.

Thanks to David C and the OOD Team of Donal Mc, Emily S, Helen J, Jon C, Paul H and Sam S.