Frostbite 4 – 30th December 2018
It was quite a light wind this morning, but a good turnout for the race between Christmas and the New Year with 15 starters.
Mike T (Laser) was first back through the line but only just ahead of a tight pack consisting of James, Steve S, Ken, Ralph, Rick, Ellen, Newton and Alistair S, all within 30 seconds of one another, with Steve in his Aero and Newton in his Solo and the rest in Lasers. The two Leaders of Sally & Mike C and Dave & Ann were next through the line, very close together sandwiching Chris H in his Comet. Nor far behind Chris was Will P (Radial) about one minute ahead of Ron (Mirror) with Rhys (4.7)bringing up the rear of the fleet.
On the second lap Mike T maintained his lead but it was all change behind him. Steve had moved up to 2nd and Ralph up to 3rd with James down to 4th place. Rick had gained a place to move to 5th and Newton gained two places up to 6th. The only other change in the right direction behind these was Sally & Mike C passing Alistair to move to 9th place.
By the end of the third lap Ralph had gained another place to move up to 2nd and James regained a place to move to 3rd. Newton and Ken were up two places to 4th and 5th respectively pushing Rick back down to 6th spot. Further back Chris passed Alistair to move to 10th and Will moved up to 12th by passing Dave & Ann. Ron and Rhys received the gun at the end of this lap.
At the end of the last lap the first two retained their positions but Newton had gained another place to take 3rd place over the line. Steve had a good last lap moving up three places to finish 4th with James down to 5th. Ellen also had a good last lap gaining two places to finish 6th with Ken down to 7th and Rick down to 8th place. Behind these there were no further changes in position.
The final order on the water was –
1st Mike T; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Newton; 4th Steve S; 5th James; 6th Ellen
On corrected handicap time Newton gets the victory with Chris moving up from 10th to 2nd (you have to get a long way ahead of these Comets and Mirrors!). Mike T who was first over the line was down to 3rd with Ralph 4th, James 5th and Ron who finished a lap earlier in his Mirror up to 6th.
Thanks to SOOD Dave Isaacs and the OOD Team of Bill I, Peter W and Peter R.