Well it was not quite as windy as the gale force winds yesterday, but there was a brisk NW wind 14-15 mph for the 14 starters this morning.
At the end of the first lap the earlier starters were still leading with Ron (Mirror) way out in front followed by Steve S (Solo) then the trio of Leaders, Nev & Mike N, Sally & Mike C and Dave & Ann.
The three leading boats were still ahead at the gun and the final order was –
1st Ron; 2nd Steve S; 3rd Nev & Mike; 4th Ralph; 5th Karen; 6th Ken
Mike T (Laser) was first back through the line not far ahead of the Lasers of Ken, Ralph, Karen and Jon. Adrian (Laser) and Newton & Ellen (RS200) crossed the line together battling for 6th place. Then it was the first of the Leaders manned by Nev & Mike N closely followed by Sally & Mike C. There was a slight gap before Alistair S (Laser) came though some distance ahead of Dave & Ann in the third of the Leaders, who had Dean & Nick (Vago) on their transom. Finally, about a minute later Ron turned up in his Mirror at the rear of the fleet, but were the leaders far enough ahead to shake him off?
At the end of the second lap Karen crossed the line just a whisker ahead of Mike T with Ralph still 3rd. Newton & Ellen and Nev & Mike had passed Adrian to move up to 6th and 7th respectively and behind them Ron had got past Dean & Nick.
On the third lap Mike T regained the lead from Karen, and Ken passed Ralph to take 3rd place and Adrian regained 7th spot from Nev & Mike. There was no change in the order behind them and Ron and Dean & Nick received the finish gun at the end of this third lap.
At the finish Mike T had managed to ease away from Karen to take the victory. Jon had moved up two places to 3rd and Ralph and Newton & Ellen had passed Ken to take 4th and 5th places respectively. Nev & Mike were still 8th in front of Sally & Mike C and the latter were nearly caught on the line by Alistair S, who was about a minute ahead of Dave & Ann, the lanterne rouge recipients.
Final order on the water was –
1st Mike T; 2nd Karen; 3rd Jon; 4th Ralph; 5th Newton & Ellen; 6th Ken – definitely a Laser day on the water today!
On corrected time there was no change in the order of the fist five, but Ron pushes Ken out of 6th place.
Thanks to SOOD Rick and the OOD Team of Cecilia, Jess, Graham and Paul W.